The day-to-day admin of being a creative freelancer can sometimes get on top of you. Don’t get sucked down into the bog of eternal project management. Fight back. Streamline your workflow and become an all-powerful creative machine with our top organisation tools.
Harvest is a really useful tool for creative freelancers, especially if you work alone. It’s basically your own personal admin assistant. It helps you handle everything from time management to billing clients. Harvest works for teams too, but unfortunately the team plan isn’t free.
One of the big dogs of the project management world, Asana is great if you work in a team. It’s one of the most popular services for a reason, and it’s free for up to 15 users (win!). Its’ simple interface (designed by a Facebook co-founder, no less), makes it an intuitive and easy to use task management tool. It lets you and your team prioritise tasks, organise them into multiple projects, assign deadlines and more.
Trello is a really simple task management tool. In a nutshell you can create boards which contain lists of tasks to be completed. Tick them off when you’re done. It takes next to no time to get to grips with, but it lacks some of the more complex features that the other services offer.
If you have a lot of online accounts like we do, you’ll need a password manager to help you remember all those account details. LastPass will help you do this for free. All you have to remember is your one master password, and LastPass will do the rest. It not only stores passwords and account details safely and securely, it fills passwords automatically so you’ll never have to type them again. And, it syncs across all your devices.
This handy little tool helps you manage your email subscriptions. It can get a little confusing trying to remember which email lists you’ve signed up to. They can quickly mount up making your inbox resemble a jungle of newsletters, special offers and voucher codes. Unroll.me shows you every email list you’re signed up to and lets you manage them all – you can unsubscribe with one click. What’s more, after that they’ll let you condense your email subscriptions into handy roundups, which means less clutter in your inbox.
If you have a website or blog, don’t forget Google Analytics. See real data on who is visiting your site and how they’re using it. Even though Google Analytics has some pretty in-depth features, you don’t need to be a webmaster whizz to use it. It does take a little getting used to at first, but that data is invaluable, so just do it. Best of all, it’s free.
If your creative business involves generating leads for new work, Pipedrive will revolutionise your sales process. It shows you all of your current contacts in a simple, easy to understand interface. You can clearly see what needs to be done, who needs to be contacted, and what stage each of your leads are currently at.