Scheduling/Calendaring Apps. If you’re freelancing as a writer, web developer, graphic designer, or just about any gig-based job, you’re likely dealing with numerous clients, each of whom has their own issues, ideas, and ways they like to communicate. The busier you are, the more challenging it is to stay on top of every detail, but that’s how you rise to the top in the gig economy. Excel or Numbers spreadsheets are excellent, but if you want something a little more interactive, choosing the right app is a must. Here are a few of our faves:
— Slack: if you’re part of a remote team, Slack helps you stay on top of projects, even if you’re working in different time zones. You can set up Slack groups for more than one company too. All conversations, tasks, events, meetings, and even video conference calls can be managed within the app.
— Evernote is an online organizer where you can create notebooks for various projects or ideas, clip articles and links from the web, and even scan in your passport and other important documents. If you lose something, all your files are stored in the cloud and can be accessed anytime. The basic plan is free, but the premium and business plans offer enhanced features, like team management, multiple users, offline access, and higher upload limits.
— Toggl is basically a time clock, but if you have multiple clients and get paid hourly, it’s a pretty nifty way to simplify tracking. You can set up companies, projects within companies, and output detailed reports to submit with your invoices. Toggl starts with a free plan, but $8 a month gets you premium planning features like recurring tasks, team assignments, and a few more bells and whistles.
— Trello is a collaborative tool that helps you track everything from the broad strokes right down to the tiniest details. It’s a handy to-do list and productivity tool that even lets you automate tasks based on rules you set. Start with the free version and move on up to a paid plan if you need additional features or customizations.
— Asana is another great app (our favorite) that’s as great for digital nomads as it is for remote teams. If you’re working with multiple teams with progressive deadlines, this is the way to get things done. Asana features include task automation, intuitive timelines, and goal-setting. It also integrates with other apps you already use, like Microsoft 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, Gmail, Outlook, Slack, and Zoom. Get your feet wet with a free plan and then upgrade to access more robust features, including portfolios, proofing, a client approval platform, and more.