11 responses to “10 Basic Web Tools for Freelancers”

  1. Don

    I have Skype. And I just bought a cordless Skype phone. It’s the best. I live in Canada so I’m not able to receive land line calls, but I can make them and the quality is amazing.

  2. John

    I use Intervals for managing my writing-related tasks. My company built Intervals for our web development needs, but I find it useful for keeping track of articles I am writing. I basically use a task for each article so I can track time spent on it, revisions, feedback, etc.

  3. AnnaLisa Michalski

    I use several of the ones you’ve mentioned, too. Good choices!

    Here are some of the open source applications I really couldn’t live without.

    1) SpyBot Search & Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/spybotsd/index.html) – detects and deletes spyware/malware you’ve unknowingly picked up while surfing the ‘Net

    2) OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org/) – cooperates beautifully with MicroSoft Office suite files; includes word processor, spreadsheet, database, and presentation programs

    3) Time Stamp (http://www.syntap.com/products_timestamp_productinfo.htm) – time tracking and reporting–verrrrry handy for a freelancer!

    4) RoboForm (http://www.roboform.com/) – memorizes your passwords and keeps them all in a single, encrypted, master-password-protected file; automatically fills in you ID and password when you access your accounts; also has a password generator to use when you want to change them. The paid version includes form-filling capability as well.

    5) Volutive (http://www.binarema.com/) – invoicing application. This has nowhere near the capability of QuickBooks, but for a simple, straightforward business, it’s certainly sufficient.

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  5. Pieter

    Can I suggest ‘simple invoices’ (simpleinvoices.org) for easy, web-based invoicing? Worth a look. Not spam, i’m not affiliated with development, just enthusiastic user.

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  10. Tom

    Some more suggestions:

    NotePad++ (freeware/opensource)
    Free tool for all sorts of text/code editing
    http://notepad-plus-plus.org/

    TimeSage TimeSheets (freeware/shareware)
    Flexible project/timesheet/time-entry tool
    http://www.microsystools.com/products/timesheets/

    Skype (free/paid)
    Great for calling with clients and similar
    http://www.skype.com

    Thunderbird (freeware/opensource)
    Great email program in family with FireFox
    http://www.mozillamessaging.com/

  11. Jimmy Wills

    Proofhub can be another addition to the list. Offers project management, collaboration, time tracking, proofing and lots more. Explore more at http://www.proofhub.com

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