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10 nifty tools and apps for freelancers

We’ve been reviewing some of the top apps that our members use as essential elements of their independent toolkits, and we’ve pulled them all together here so you don’t have to.

 dropbox1.     Cloud storage apps

No freelancer or independent can be without cloud storage these days, and there are three cloud storage applications that have done more to liberate us from our home offices and fuel the explosion in independent working.  Google Drive, Dropbox and Skydrive are 3 popular services.

 

evernote2.     Evernote

You know how you have your best ideas on the move? Evernote helps you take notes on the move, including photos and voice memos.  It syncs your digital journal across your devices so that you can collect everything important as you go.

 

 

paypal here3.     Square and Paypal Here

Square, the little device that you attach to your phone or ipad to take payments isn’t available outside the US, but we’ve got a few alternatives in the UK.  Try Paypal Here – a small bit of kit that you plug into your smartphone which allows you to take card payments from your customers on the go.

 

 

hailo4.     Hailo

Hallelujah for Hailo in London and 15 other cities across Europe, US and Asia.  These smart apps mean that the nearest participating licensed taxi can find you, wherever you are. The apps tells you how long you’ll have to wait, what your drivers name and registration are, and if you’ve pre-registered, will also charge your credit card for you. No more time wasting.

 

freeagent5.     Freeagent

We are massive fans of Freeagent, accounting software for – well – freeagents. You can access it on your smartphone and it integrates really well with other expenses-type apps and bank accounts seamlessly. Your dashboard gives you as much or as little detail as you need to know how healthy your business finances and they make it really easy to add info like receipts as you go.

 

lastpass6.     Lastpass

Your password isn’t password is it? This great app is wonderful for those of us who want to stay secure but hate remembering dozens of different passwords. LastPass stores and automatically fills in all of your login credentials. It can even generate hack-proof passwords if you want.

 

genius scan7.     Genius Scan

Scan documents of any kind into PDF files with this great little app. It means you can collate any handwritten notes or items from notepads or elsewhere and share them with colleagues.

 

 

 

worksnug-TTS8.     Worksnug

If you travel a lot you might consider Worksnug who, with their army of reviewers, have found thousands of places that you can take your laptop and work remotely. The app will give you the nearest places and let you know what the ambiance is like, whether the wifi works and whether you can get some refreshments.

 

citimapper9.     Citimapper

Even if you are just city-bound, Citimapper is one of the most popular apps to help get you around (if you live in London, NYC or Paris), whether on public transport, foot or jetpack!  It will tell you how your journey works, how much time it will take and when your next bus arrives.

 

cardmunch10.   LinkedIn Cardmunch (iphone only)

Take a picture with the Cardmunch app and a business card is converted to a Linkedin contact automatically. It then shows you LinkedIn profile information and connections you have in common.  How cool is that?

 

 

 

Tell us your favourites in the comments below!

Who is Alex Butler

Hello, I'm Alex Butler and I founded the KindredHQ community and blog back in 2011 after I re-started a freelance career. I LOVE freelancing and I wouldn't swop the freedom, control and joy of working for myself for anything. But I realised how much I missed the company and energy of other people - of having a team around me. So, I got a few people together one day with our laptops, a jar of coffee and some jelly babies and we sat and worked together one afternoon. We've been doing that every week in London, UK since then! I am still 100% freelance and I like to share the everyday highs and lows of being a freelancer here on the blog.

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