Freelancing can be a lonely endeavor. If you’re fresh out of an office environment, it can be overwhelming to realize that you have only one person to depend on. There are no sick days, no trading assignments, and no handling the boring stuff like invoicing or tracking down slow paying customers.
Fortunately, while you may be the only one in the home office, many startups have your back. If you’ve found you need aid in some area of your freelancing business, give the following companies a shot – they’re free!
Tired of working with numbers all day? You didn’t get into the freelancing world to mess with finances, yet you sit at your desk half the day trying to figure them out. Financial record keeping can easily be one of the most irritating and time consuming aspects of working for yourself.
Instead of tearing your hair out, go grab a free account at Outright. All you have to do is load up your financial information (bank account, credit cards, PayPal, etc.) and they’ll track everything for you. Even better, if you need a good hard look at your business finances, they’ll let you run visual reports that break it all down.
If you had to pick one thing that’s aggravating about freelancing, you may have trouble picking between finances and writing up contracts. Yet both are crucial to your life as a freelancer, especially if you don’t want clients running off with your hard-earned money.
Docracy take a lot of the work out of contract writing for you. In fact, they have a “freelancing packet” just for you, right out of the gate. Clients can even sign contracts online so you don’t have to arrange some awkward meeting at a Starbucks across town for five minutes.
Whether you’re a writer, a graphic designer, or even a plumber, chances are you’re going to end up with a ton of paperwork and files. Whatever they are, you don’t want to lose them…but stuffing them in a box or coming up with endless folders on your computer can take up a lot of space.
That’s why you need Dropbox. Cloud storage is becoming a bigger deal by the day and Dropbox is way out front in the field. Not only is your account free up to 2 GB of storage, you can continuously do small tasks (post on Facebook, recommend friends) to win more storage. Say goodbye to clutter!
Tired of getting stiffed by clients and spending all your time chasing after them? Wish there was an easier alternative, perhaps a company that could seek out your money for you while you got back to work?
ZenCash does all the chasing so you don’t have to. They send notices to your deadbeat clients until they pay up. If the client is still a no-show, they send them to a collection agency (which is the only time you have to pay ZenCash while they’re still in beta mode). If a client has ever stiffed you, you already know how useful this service is!
How do you know how much you need to charge your clients? Do you store it all in your mind and trust you don’t forget anything, or do you write it all down on scraps of paper and hope you don’t lose any? There is a easier, more reliable way. Record time spent on the projects you do for your clients with online time tracking.
Timesheets.com helps you keep anywhere from one to hundreds of projects organized by customer and task. You can run reports on the data at any time and turn that report into an invoice. And best of all, it’s totally free for freelancers to use the full service.