Stefan Theofilos
Stefan TheofilosProduct Designer, Entrepreneur

What are must-haves for design freelancers?

I'm looking for apps/services that are considered essentials for freelance designers.
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    AND CO

    Invoicing, Expenses, Contracts & Payments for freelancers

    Kunal Bhatia
    Kunal Bhatia50Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp ยท Written
    Love the concept behind all the services at AND CO. Basically keep track of your time spent on each project, take pictures of receipts, invoice your clients and have them pay online + more. The design is slick, and you don't need to do the books yourself!
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    Mario Gabriele
    Mario Gabriele8Future of Work ยท Written
    The ideal OS for freelancers. Keeps the focus on the freelancer, not the company.
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    • Makes it super easy to invoice in a beautiful simple way that clients love. Offering credit card, PayPal and bank ACH payments really feels like it helps me get paid faster and looks professional. It's also a breeze to confirm that I've received payment and is helpful to get reminders of outstanding invoices. Love hearing the chime when money rolls in.

      UPDATE

      Can't believe I forgot to mention the support crew. I'm so used to banking/financial apps making service an afterthought. Whenever I have a question or issue they're on it within minutes and always eager to help.

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    • Matt N
      Matt NIndependent Designer/Developer in LA

      I've tried every time-tracking/invoicing app there is for freelancers, but when I finally tried AND CO I was instantly sold!

      Both the web app and mobile app are a delight to use. They are fast and just work without any hiccups. The features are great and have helped me save a ton of time on admin work. Sending an invoice or a contract is a breeze. You also get a real, live human to ask for help! Need to invoice a client? Have a question about your taxes? Simply send a message to your CO and they will always have your back!

      Their dev team is also great! I requested a couple features and they were released within a few weeks. That showed me that the team at AND CO listen to their customers and give me confidence to use this app for the long-term.

      It's not often that I fall in love with an app. AND CO is the exception. Highly recommended.

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    Sketch

    Vector only UI design

    William Sternlicht
    William SternlichtDangerously Curious. Stanford '17. ยท Written
    Sketch has largely become the standard for iOS wire frames. There are tons of libraries and collections you can download allowing you to throw together some great looking wireframes within a few hours. It also integrates with Zepplin (zeplin.io) which makes transitioning from wireframes to code much easier for both designers and devs.
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  3. 5
    Dribbble

    Show and tell for designers (web interface inspiration)

    Bjรถrn A
    Bjรถrn A4๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Founder of YTCount.com ยท Written
    With Dribbble Pro you can set your status to "available for hire".
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    Ciocanel Razvan
    Ciocanel RazvanCo-Founder of EpicCoders ยท Written
    We love dribbble! :D It feels like this is the website that sets the design standard for the web.
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  4. Ben Lang
    Ben Lang23Shipping ยท Written
    If you're a freelance designer and end up working with front end devs on the implementation, Zeplin is a must have.
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    Behance

    Online platform to showcase & discover creative work

    Nicolas Le Roux
    Nicolas Le RouxGrowth Marketer ยท Written
    Behance is a great platform to discover new design projets and get feedback.
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    Cushion

    A forecasting app for freelancers, get better insights

    Anton Sten
    Anton Stenantonsten.com ยท Written
    Keeps track of your hours and you can send invoices (= get paid which is kinda essential)
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    Figma 1.0

    The first interface design tool with real-time collaboration

    Sijvert Commandeur
    Sijvert CommandeurFounder of #JoinMungo๐Ÿ‘Œ ยท Written
    Figma is an๐Ÿ”ฅ interface design tool right on the web wich makes it possible to collaborate easily with ๐Ÿ‘ช people on the same design like google docs. It has a desktop app ๐Ÿ’ป for both windows and Mac. It's quite like Sketch, not less. It's a great way to design brilliant web designs โญ, gaining feedback and presenting your sketches. Hope u like it ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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  8. David Baruchel
    David BaruchelFounder, CaptainParrot & Start The F* Up ยท Written
    Invision allows you to turn your mockups into a usable (fake) app. But the best thing is that it is very simple and intuitive for clients to leave comments on different parts of the product. Really helps the test & comment workflow. They often release carefully designed new features.
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    Sketch + InVision

    Design prototyping, collaboration & workflow for Sketch

    With Invision free Craft plugin for Sketch, you can easily share your work with your client, and get feedback from her !
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    Autodesk Pixlr

    All-in-one photo editor, 600+ effects, collage options

    Graham Campbell
    Graham Campbell4๐Ÿš€ new ventures, faster ยท Written
    Free basic photoshop functionality. You just have to put up with ads in the sidebar.
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    TMetric

    User-friendly timetracker for freelancers and teams

    Katya Sklyarova
    Katya SklyarovaMarketing Manager ยท Written
    It's an essential tool for freelancers to keep tracking of working activity.
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    • I have tried many time trackers before I started to use TMetric, but each of them has its own cons. TMetric combines user-frinedly interface and a wide range of useful functions and integrations. Integration with Asana was one of the essential points for me. Also I like that Tmetric has a mobile time tracking app, so you can keep tracking of your activity out of office too.

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    • I use Redmine + TMetric to manage my working activity and keep tracking of working hours and I am fully satisfied with these tools. TMetric helps me to stay productive and reduce the waste of time. Tmetric provides me with detailed time and tasks reports

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