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

    TimeSage TimeSheets (freeware/shareware)
    Flexible project/timesheet/time-entry tool

    Skype (free/paid)
    Great for calling with clients and similar

    Thunderbird (freeware/opensource)
    Great email program in family with FireFox

  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