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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

    Invoicing, Expenses, Contracts & Payments for freelancers

    Armand JayFounder at Artwxrk.com & Student at CSU Β· Written
    Super simple interface that does everything you need like contracts, time tracking, and invoicing!
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    Eva RederGrowh Hacker, Traveler, Founder Β· 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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    Bonsai

    Contracts, invoices, and expenses for digital freelancers

    Kesava Mandiga14Curious cat. Writer. Explorer. Β· Written
    Hello Bonsai has an entire suite of tools for freelancers. Contracts, time tracking, design, project management, invoicing and so on. πŸ™Œ
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  3. Ayush Mittal27bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌ · 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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    Qbserve

    Automatic productivity & time tracking for macOS

    Ivan Mir3maker of Qbserve time tracking app Β· Written
    Ivan Mir made this product
    Qbserve (our app) tracks project time automatically and generates invoices from collected data. It also gives real-time feedback on your productivity – a very important feature for a person new to freelancing and working from home.
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    Harvest

    Simple Online Time Tracking Software

    Kesava Mandiga14Curious cat. Writer. Explorer. Β· Written
    Harvest makes time tracking easy. Simple and easy to use, it can help keep track of pretty much everything you work on.
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    The New Freshbooks

    Ridiculously easy to use invoicing and accounting

    Kesava Mandiga14Curious cat. Writer. Explorer. Β· Written
    I haven't used this one, so it is based on feedback from other freelancers. One stop accounting solution that does pro invoices and more.
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  7. Anton Stenantonsten.com Β· Written
    Anton Sten made this product
    Full disclosure: I'm the author. That said, readers so far have been really satisfied with it and told me it's given them tons of value. For a list of the tools I use, check: https://antonsten.com/tools
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    Timing 2

    Automatic time and productivity tracking for Mac.

    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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