FREELANCING / NOV. 29, 2014
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5 Tools for Living a Freelance Life

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Being a freelancer is both the most rewarding and the most stressful of occupations imaginable. You have to run every facet of your company, and maintain high quality throughout. Overhead can easily eat into a large chunk of your time, forcing you to either sacrifice time you spend with clients or time you spend with family.

Thankfully, there are tools available for the busy freelancer. Here are some of the most common tools freelancers use to get their business off the ground, and keep it soaring without destroying their family lives.

Freelanced.com

This site serves multiple functions. It is a jobs board, a portfolio site, and a social media platform. People can sign up for free, though to respond to jobs you have to be a paying member.

By being a paying member, you can expand your portfolio by large margins and communicate with potential clients very easily. Seven dollars a month will give you a high profile membership, enabling potential clients and other freelancers the opportunity to see your profile without you having to seek them out. Numerous freelancers have gotten their start here, and swear by the site.

Shake

When a freelancer first starts out, he very rarely has a portfolio of sample contracts that can be modified and used to certify any agreement. Instead of having to type out a new contract every time, or risk losing money due to an oral agreement, Shake allows freelancers to create and seal contracts for free.

This removes a great deal of uncertainty for the freelancer, until he gains enough experience to write his own contracts.

Google Apps for Business

This is worth repeating due to the sheer usefulness of this service. All freelancers need a professional email address. If you own your own domain, use it in conjunction with this service to create a unique email address that signifies to potential clients that you are a consummate professional.

Additionally, you will have access to Google Drive and its office suite. This will enable you to safely create and store all your business documents without ever having to worry about a hard drive failure.

Wave

Keeping track off every deduction and tax owed can be a nightmare for even the most seasoned business owner. Wave works by recording all of the information that comes with a business deal, enabling you to push one button and find out how much you owe, and to whom it is owed.

Dreamhost

Working as a freelancer means having an Internet presence that you control. To do so, you need to have your own website. This will give you complete editorial control of the material you publish, and give you the maximum amount of control over the layout and features of your site.

Dreamhost offers a number of unique features designed to help get a website up and running for as little as possible. Starting at $9 per month, you can have a site that automatically updates, and comes with simple tools that make setting up your webpage and portfolio a snap. 

The key to successfully running a freelance operation is to minimize the time spent handling overhead matters. Focus on using tools that maximize your presence online, and remove the drudgery of handling every receipt and invoice.

By removing the need to dedicate hours every week to paperwork or security updates, you can increase the time spent with clients without impacting your family life. It is the best way to have the best of both worlds.

Remember, every company and field is unique. See what you need to succeed, and use those tools to get ahead.

 

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