The freelancer’s toolbox: 33 useful apps & websites for the freelance designer
As a freelancer, managing your time and business is mandatory if you want to get some time for designing. All the softares and websites introduced in this article can save you some precious time and money.
Money tools & Invoicing
1. Hourly Rate Calculator
A great tool for the freelancer starting out. Enter some informations about your fees, expenses, working hours and expected incomes, you’ll get the hourly rates you should be billing.
2. Web Development Project estimator
Once you know what your hourly rate is, you can start using it to give estimate to people asking you for quotes.
Send, track and collect payments quickly. Great for teams, freelancers and service providers.
A simple and straightforward invoicing solution that also integrates with PayPal and Google Checkout.
Backup & Security
Awesome online backup tool, user friendly and quite cheap if you go for a paid plan. Syncing folders can be a bit tricky though.
Mozy is another popular online backup tool, you can try Mozy for free!
7. ClamAV for PC or ClamXav for Mac
OpenSource antivirus for both PC and Mac, have a more secured computer is better right?
Surf anonymously, Tor helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy. Its use is made much easier for browsing with Tor Button (for Firefox).
Open source network intrusion prevention and detection system for Mac.
Mac software for storing all your passwords, website logins, serial numbers, etc. encrypted and password-protected. With built-in password generator.
11. Remember the Milk
Take your tasks anywhere with this feature-packed application. See tasks located nearby, add and complete tasks on the go, organize upcoming tasks, and sync it all seamlessly with Remember The Milk.
The ultimate online contact manager. Highrise prepares you for your next call, next meeting, next pitch, next follow-up, and next sale.
Task management Mac application with tons of great and innovative features.
Note Taking made simple. Save everything you like or need, and access it on any device.
Application launcher for Mac and much more, a real time-saver (for Windows users, see Launchy).
16. Fuze Meeting
Organize online visual meetings with anyone, anwhere and at anytime. Try it for free.
Simple real-time sharing, collaboration, and presentation.
The leading web-based project collaboration tool. Share files, meet deadlines, assign tasks, centralize feedback,…
An Air App that allows you to keep track of time spent on projects by client.
21. Ora Time & Expense
Ora allows you to track expenses, keep a list of your tasks, run a timer on your tasks and more.
22. Please Critique me
A website for designers to get their work reviewed and critiqued by other designers.
Free Feedback for Marketers and Designers, a good way to test your concepts before going live.
24. 5 seconds test
A simple online usability test that helps you identify the most prominent elements of your user interfaces.
Creates Lasting Customer Relationships with email marketing, AWeber is one of the leaders of this industry and is used by many popular bloggers and internet marketers.
Easily create, send, and track email newsletters, surveys, and autoresponders.
Ping.fm is a simple and free service that makes updating your social networks a snap!
Kind of like Ping.fm for images. Upload your photos and videos to your chosen online communities from Facebook to YouTube, Twitter to Flickr and many more.
A good way to stay in touch with your professionnal contacts or to build some new working relationships.
Website & Analytics
30. Google Website Optimizer
Website Optimizer is Google’s easy-to-use tool for testing site content that delivers actionable results. It’s a great tool to listen to your visitors and increase your conversions.
Analyze the competition by getting some of their statistics and keywords.
33. Google Analytics
The free do-it-all Analytics tools by Google, let’s you set goals and trace them.