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10 apps that every freelancer should be using

As a freelancer you probably have numerous demands on your time and it can often feel like there simply are not enough hours in the day to get everything done.

In recent years everyone has become obsessed with apps, those little things that make our phones more like personal computers than a device for calling and texting people. There are tons of apps that can be invaluable to appsfreelancers and help them to become far more efficient.

Any freelancer who is looking to make their life that little bit easier should download the following 10 applications.

1. Skype

Most likely you are already familiar with Skype, but in a nutshell, it allows you to call and instant message other Skype users for free. There are also some premium options that allow you to call landlines and mobiles should you wish.

With Skype now available on your phone or tablet you can constantly stay in touch with your partners and clients, so if you are out of the office and need to Skype a supplier in the US you can now do it on the move without taking up valuable office time.

2. Dropbox

As things stand, phones and tablets don’t have an endless amount of storage so you don’t have much flexibility when it comes to saving multiple files. However, Dropbox provides the perfect solution! Save everything to the cloud and access your files from your phone, tablet, laptop or pc whenever you like. So wherever you are in the world you’ll always be able to access those important files. Dropbox gives you 5gb of free space and you have the option to pay for more should you need it.

3. People Per Hour

Your most important task as a freelancer is to find more work. People Per Hour is one of the world’s leading freelance jobsites. You can search for a variety of different work, be it web design, copywriting, graphic design etc. and apply for them straight from your phone or tablet. It’s extremely easy to use – even if you are a technophobe – and you could find yourself a wealth of work whilst sitting in front of the television on a Sunday evening.

4. Invoice Maker

You may or may not be guilty of this but there are many freelancers who are. As we said at the beginning of this piece, there are many demands on the time of a freelancer, and it isn’t uncommon for them to neglect invoicing clients when they need to. It’s something that can be easily forgotten but as you have worked hard you deserve that money and Invoice Maker can help you send out invoices with relative ease.

All you need to do is enter your contact information and payment details and set up a template that can be recycled for different invoices and you are good to go. Each time you need to raise an invoice, simply enter the client’s details and the work carried out and you can send the invoice directly to them.  Raising invoices really couldn’t be simpler.

5. Voice Recorder HD

If you are a freelance journalist or someone who needs to record their thoughts to refer back to at a later date, Voice Recorder HD is a must. You can save your files straight to Dropbox or iCloud and listen to them on any of your devices. So no more forgetting those little tasks, just record them and listen back whenever you need.

6. Hootsuite

Have you got a number of social media accounts that you need to manage? Then you definitely need to download Hootsuite. You can manage you Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts from one dashboard and even schedule posts so that they are sent at the optimum times. If you have time to tweet in the morning but your community isn’t online until the evening Hootsuite will schedule the posts for you so you don’t have to take time out during busy parts of your day to send a tweet or post on Facebook.

Christopher Vella-Bone, owner of Cheap Internet Marketing said, “I swear by Hootsuite. It has saved me countless hours by not having to log into different social media accounts as now I can do it all from one place whilst also monitoring what my communities are saying.”

7. Pages

Pages is essentially Apple’s version of Microsoft Word. You can type up a letter or any piece of copy and save it to the cloud. By the time you get home the file will be waiting for you on your mac for you to continue to edit or print. This app is a must if you find yourself needing to do a lot of word processing in day-to-day life.

8. Calc VAT

Tax is complicated and most of us want to spend as little time worrying about taxes as possible. If you are VAT registered, Calc VAT is the perfect app for working out how much VAT you need to charge on an invoice. Simply enter the total amount before VAT and the calculator will let you know how much you need to charge in a matter of seconds.  Perfect if you don’t have an invoice system that does it automatically for you.

iphone9. Scanner Pro

Scanners can be pretty hard to come by if you are a freelancer who is constantly on the move and likes to set up shop in local coffee shops for a few hours at a time. You might have just made some paper notes that you want to scan and send to a client but it’ll have to wait until you get back home and have access to a scanner. Nope! Scanner Pro can instantly turn your phone or tablet into a portable scanner. Just take a picture with the app and crop the edges and you have a professionally scanned document in seconds.

This is definitely an app worth having even if you don’t frequently find yourself needing to scan things.

10. CamCard

Business cards, most people have them but more people lose them! Can you count the number of times someone has handed you a business card only for you to lose it by the time you get back to the office? CamCard eliminates this problem straight away.  All you need to do is take a picture of the business card with your phone or tablet and it will save the person’s contact details straight to your contact library. No more wasting time searching through your pockets and briefcase for that business card.

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