In 2017 not even the job market has the same structure it had in the past. Faced with a collapsed economy and the instability of the traditional employment model and empowered by present-day technology, a lot of people turned towards freelancing. This particular type of employment allows one more flexibility and diversity in their employment efforts as well as prospects of earning much more than they ever could in most 9 to 5 jobs. Still, in order to make it as a freelancer, one first needs to find the right tools for the job. With this in mind, here are five of them that seem to be particularly helpful.
1. IM communication tool
Seeing how a large number of freelancers telecommute, they need a trustworthy IM communication tool. Here, the most obvious choice is Skype, but there are also a few alternatives you might also want to consider. This way, they have easy access to the task giver and, in case there are several freelancers on the same project, can even organize video calls. Furthermore, seeing how most freelancers don’t have regular working hours but deadlines, a Skype app on their smartphone can ensure they are available 24/7 in a case of an emergency.
2. Collaboration tool
In the previous section, we mentioned the difficulty that telecommuting creates for group projects. Therefore, every freelancer needs a reliable collaboration software. This would allow them to interact with other team members in real-time, share information online and in this way deliver their projects on time. The last part is particularly aided by the fact that every collaboration tool gives you a much more efficient way of scheduling, as well as an elaborate system of notifications to keep one alert of due tasks.
3. Time management app
One of the problems most remote workers face is the lack of traditional work hours, which sometimes results in a decreased productivity. In other words, when you are working from home, you don’t have that feeling of urgency that office workers go through, which in turn makes you procrastinate and postpone your tasks indefinitely. Overcoming this obstacle takes a lot of discipline and one of the things that can aid you here is a proper time management app.
4. Backup software
A person who works mostly in a digital environment needs to be aware just how vulnerable all of their work is. A cyber-attack, software or hardware failure and many other hidden hazards of the digital environment are something you should definitely be aware of at all times. You need to find the best way to prevent all your hard work from going to waste and getting a free backup software to help you out might be especially helpful.
Finally, this particular app is a bit unorthodox seeing how all it does is adjust the light of your screen to the time of day. Still, seeing how this is known to reduce one’s stress level and even help one’s eyesight, it is a massive addition to any freelancer’s digital arsenal. In a situation where you spend most of your day staring at the computer screen, every ounce of help makes a great difference.
As you can see, the list goes on and on. Moreover, it ranges from tools that actively help boost your productivity (communication, organization, time management) to those that indirectly help you get better at what you do (focus, reduce stress). Still, the best part of this is that there is literally no restriction what you can or should use. Any app that you find helpful is always a welcome addition to this list.
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