Technology today is almost taking over our lives, especially if you freelance and have to do things “on the go”, wherever you may be! We seem to be on our phones constantly, but in order to minimise the amount of equipment we carry around with us, and optimise the time we spend on our gadgets, there are some apps available to enable us to do work effectively, so there is less to do when we return to the office. Free Wi-fi is available in many places and whether you’re sitting in a café somewhere or on a park bench in the sunshine, you can almost always be working at the same time.
First of all, for someone who manages hundreds of passwords and websites, LASTPASS PREMIUM is a brilliant app, and even though you can get this free on a laptop, upgrading to premium for $12 is highly convenient, especially if you are constantly using your smartphone/tablet. It enables us to spend less time tapping in passwords and more time actually working.
If you manage more than one/two Facebook pages and Twitter profiles, HOOTSUITE is essential if you need to post your updates and information daily in all these different places. The sheer convenience of this social media management tool is worth the $5.99/month and better than similar apps out there.
SKYPE is another essential app for freelancers to call and IM customers, friends and family. It can be on your phone and laptop at the same time – for the sheer convenience of being able to see messages and calls even when you are sitting relaxing and don’t want to log on. It shows sent and received messages on both devices. Ideal to keep in touch with everyone all the time! For quick IM WHATSAPP is also a real jewel!
To accommodate all your email accounts in one place EBUDDY is perfect for this. It can accommodate all your instant message profiles and your emails in one place. This is a real timesaver and so handy!
To keep a tab on all your tasks/to do lists WUNDERLIST is a perfect app for this. Freelancers tend to juggle several balls at once, this is brilliant for keeping track of everything in once place quickly and conveniently.
Freelancers always need to keep a very close eye on the time, and maximise their concentration, so POMODORO is an ace app for this. Once you set the timer, you can focus entirely on the task at hand and know exactly what time you’ve spent on the job.
Accessing files easily and quickly is also crucial, that is why DROPBOX is another essential app to have on your smartphone and laptop. It enables quick and easy access to files when you are out and about.
Another definite must-have for all you freelancers in the UK, is JOURNEY PRO, as being a freelancer on the go, travelling is essential. Having this little gem on your phone enables you to plan your journey, times and map route before you set off, you have a good idea of where your destination is and how long it is going to take you to get there before you set off – brilliant for time management. WAZE is another useful travel app – featuring real time updates by the actual users – and lastly a Berlin based startup WAYMATE does a brilliant job at comparing travel plans Europe-wide!
Although some of these apps have a small cost, you can certainly save time with many of them, and as we all know “time is money”. Just be careful you don’t get into the habit of being constantly addicted to your smartphone. Even freelancers need a break sometimes!
Do you have a great app you use for Freelancing? Why not let us know!