Will BrennanDesigner

What are the best tools for doing freelance creative work?

Up to this point I've only ever done full-time work as a designer, but am now dipping my toes into freelance work on the side. What are the best tools for getting started, i.e. tax tools, invoices, time tracking, etc. Is there a one-stop solution for all of this?
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    AND.CO

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    Super simple interface that does everything you need like contracts, time tracking, and invoicing!
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    Eva RederGrowh Hacker, Traveler, Founder · Written
    And Co does more than a lot of other software and ever since they got acquired by Fiverr it's totally free. I used to pay 9.99 USD a month for a similar product with less functionality. Love their contracts & proposals feature!
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  3. Nathaniel NorrisJava Developer(m/f)-Berlin · Written
    I'm actually a big fan of the Creativity 365 suite that comes with 5 apps meant for working on creative projects that have to do with animation, video-editing and a couple of apps that will help you with time-management and organization. One app in particular, NoteLedge, is great for taking creative notes, sketching/drawing and digitizing your ideas. With Markup, you're able to annotate and highlight web-content and trace sources easily, and last but not least, Pocket Scanner is very helpful when you have paper documents, business cards and white-boards you'd like digitized and saved on your cloud. What I like most about this suite is that all the apps are quite versatile, while also easy to use/learn and they're bound to become a part of your daily life.
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    Joshua PowersWeb Development Team Lead · Written
    I've used this suite back when I was doing freelancing, and I found it both useful and easy to master. Mostly I used the Animation Desk for creating animation, and NoteLedge (notes app) for taking care of my schedule and going over projects I was working on. Really enjoyed this suite - great apps.
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    Bonsai

    Contracts, invoices, and expenses for digital freelancers

    Kesava Mandiga15Curious cat. Writer. Explorer. · Written
    Hello Bonsai has an entire suite of tools for freelancers. Contracts, time tracking, design, project management, invoicing and so on. 🙌
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    Awesome Design Tools

    The best design tools for everything.

    Valia6All Problem Solver at FlawlessApp.io · Written
    Valia made this product
    Awesome Designs Tools is the most comprehensive collection of design tools: more than 500 tools in 35 different sections. Hope you'll find here great tools for doing freelance creative work, as well :)
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    Zenkit

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    Tzuan Li4I love productivity and books. · Written
    Zenkit is very flexible to fullfill various needs of freelancer. For instance, use Zenkit as tasks/to-do planner, project management, CRM for invoices, file archive, and many more. You can switch views from Kanban, Table, To-do lists, calendar, mind map, and upcoming Gantt chart! Zenkit also integrates with different time trackers for your needs!
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    Qbserve

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    Ivan Mir4maker of Qbserve time tracking app · Written
    Ivan Mir made this product
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    The New Freshbooks

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    Kesava Mandiga15Curious cat. Writer. Explorer. · Written
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    Timing 2

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    Daniel Alm made this product
    When you are a freelancer, you want to focus on doing your best work rather than tracking your time. That's why my app Timing 2 completely automates your time tracking. It observes how you use your Mac, then gives you an overview of that time. Some nice extras: - Timing automatically suggest blocks of time that belong together. That way, you can assign a whole day in just seconds. - Timing can even automatically ask you what you did, as soon as you return to your Mac. Of course all the basics (projects, start/stop timers, reports, exporting, etc.) are handled as well :-)
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  10. Anton Stenantonsten.com · Written
    Anton Sten made this product
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  11. Ayush Mittal29Head Of Digital Communications · Written
    I used Upwork earlier and Fiverr for my freelance work. Apart from its database of 1.5 million clients, Upwork is excellent. It lets you set up different client accounts within your freelancer account along with powerful reporting tools for every project. It accommodates both short- and long-term projects, hourly or per-project work and expert-level and entry-level engagements. What is more - timesheets, time analyzer, earnings by a client, lifetime earnings, logs, history, etc.
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  12. Celine CarpetProductivity, travel · Written
    PDFelement for Mac/windows is a speedy, lightweight, yet surprisingly powerful PDF editing application. Product page: https://pdf.wondershare.com/?utm... And PDFelement also releases a basic version for those people who require to edit pdf in a simple and fast method with an affordable price. PDFelement Pro for Mac-it helps to read, edit, or annotate PDFs, convert PDFs with ease. Convert PDFs to words/text/PPT/EXCEL. It also support OCR(convert image to words) Product page: https://pdf.wondershare.com/pdf-...
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  13. Eugen TișcovschiFounder, CCO @ Creator.Design · Written
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  14. Levente SzaboCustomer Success at Midori · Written
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    Harvest

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    Kesava Mandiga15Curious cat. Writer. Explorer. · Written
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    Orbit for macOS

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    Malin SundbergiOS & macOS developer · Written
    Malin Sundberg made this product
    If you’re using macOS, I released a time tracking and invoicing app for the Mac yesterday! It’s called Orbit. I might be biased, but I love using it every day! 😉 At the moment, we have a special Founders plan and offer a free trial.
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  20. Great pick! Schedule your meetings and appointments with your leads and send them to your website after the booking. Automatically share relevant links of your work with an follow up message from the system. Connect it to Hubspot CRM (both free tools) to have an organized lead management system in place for yourself.
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