Will Brennan
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 Jay
    Armand JayProduct Designer · Written
    Super simple interface that does everything you need like contracts, time tracking, and invoicing!
    Eva Reder
    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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    The project management tool that grows with you

    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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    Contracts, invoices, and expenses for digital freelancers

    Kesava Mandiga
    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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    Automatic productivity & time tracking for macOS

    Ivan Mir
    Ivan Mir4maker of Qbserve time tracking app · 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.
  6. 3
    The New Freshbooks

    Ridiculously easy to use invoicing and accounting

    Kesava Mandiga
    Kesava Mandiga15Curious cat. Writer. Explorer. · 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.
  7. Ayush Mittal
    Ayush Mittal28bro @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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  8. Anton Sten
    Anton Stenantonsten.com · 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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    Simple Online Time Tracking Software

    Kesava Mandiga
    Kesava Mandiga15Curious cat. Writer. Explorer. · 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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    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 :-)
  11. Celine Carpet
    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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    Stripo 2.0

    WYSIWYG editor for interactive AMP emails

    Ivan Burban
    Ivan Burban13CMO at Stripo · Written
    Ivan Burban made this product
    Builder for dynamic AMP email
    Hanna Kline made this product
    This tool lets you create beautiful templates to be sold. You can discuss details with your client there. The coolest thing is that you can create beautiful designs w/o HTML skills
  13. Eugen Tișcovschi
    Eugen TișcovschiFounder, CCO @ Creator.Design · Written
    Eugen Tișcovschi made this product
    The Creator helps you create and design better and faster, branded graphic design for your business, your startup or for your clients. Unleash your creativity! You are The Creator! Full & Free Things Included. :)
  14. 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.
  15. Levente Szabo
    Levente SzaboCustomer Success at Midori · Written
    Levente Szabo made this product
    Create your invoice, quote or project plan or any other documentation in PDF from Jira issues with one click.
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    Krisp Mac

    Mute background noise during calls

    Krisp offers a free deep learning tool to completely mute any background noise from the person you are speaking with but also if you are in a noisy area. Especially useful if you have to attend a video conference in an open office space, home with children on the background or any other place with noise you want to eliminate for the other party. The good news, it's compatible with any conferencing app - Zoom, Skype, Slack andd 500 more! One more reason to work from your browser!
  17. 1

    Pay-as-you-go contracts for freelancers

    Might be what you're looking for. A bit odder as a solution but if you already have a system for finding clients, this is perfect.
  18. 1

    Web store & payments for freelancers & entrepreneurs

    Marko Islamovic made this product
    Easy to sell one's work - through files and appointment scheduling.
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