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Success Story: Freelancer Brings Father and Son Together Through Music

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Alison Lynch and her husband Izzy could not be with their terminally sick dad, Walter Schrader. The doctor told them that Walter didn’t have much time, but Izzy was sick with a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and it didn’t help that he was constantly emotional because of his dad.

It pained the couple so much that they couldn’t be in the company of their father and support the family by being physically present. Alison knew she had to do something to somehow close the gap. She remembered she had two audio recordings in her possession: one of Walter singing the song “Where Are You?” popularized in 1937 and one of Izzy singing the same song when he was younger. Her aim was to combine the recordings so that father and son could be together, even if it was only in music form.

The couple agreed that the recordings would be their parting gift to Walter, who was diagnosed last year with melanoma. He bravely fought against it for a few months until they discovered that it had already spread beyond repair. Walter has since been under hospice care.

“Time is of the essence. Walter was totally bedridden and we had this gut feeling that he did not have much time left. I needed to find a place that can complete this type of work within an hour’s time,” said Alison.

Being a former musician in New Jersey, Alison knew that the local places charge too much. “It would have cost me a couple of hundred dollars at least and they would not be able to complete this type of work within a very short period,” Alison explained.

She remembered having great experience in Freelancer.com for some code-writing needed for her part-time job. She scoured Freelancer.com for the perfect person for the project and found IllusiaProd, who had everything she was looking for. When she told him that she needed the recording right away, he dropped everything so that he could deliver it on time.

“This amazing freelancer not only cleaned up the crackles in the old audio but also delivered it in an hour — just what I had requested. Hearing Izzy and Walter singing together brought tears in my eyes.”

The recording was then sent to Izzy’s mom, Maggie, his brother Michael, and sister Shari, who were by Walter’s side. They played the song for him and he managed to flash a weak smile and a thumbs-up. Walter passed away a few hours later.

“Walter and Izzy were not only father and son; they were best friends too. Even though he lived in another state, they still kept in contact and they talked every day.”

Do you have similar projects that require immediate attention? Post a project now and get bids from skilled freelancers in minutes. To speed things up even more, you can also chat with them instantly.

 

How-To: Make Your First Bid

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Freelancer.com currently has 13 million professionals. More often than not, tens of hundreds of freelancers find themselves competing for the same job for a number of reasons. How then can you, a beginner, stand out from the others? It would be easy if there was a magic spell that instantly gets you a project, but there is no such thing. However, there are things within your capabilities that you can do to help your bid stand out or increase your chances of winning a project.

The Project

Read the project description. More often than not, the employer will have information readily available on this page. It notes what is needed for the project, the timeframe, and other details. Some employers will even ask freelancers in this space to include in your bid how your skillset can and will help with the project.

Don’t be afraid to clarify things. Getting a project with details that are as vague as the plot of “Dude Where’s My Car” isn’t a good situation for you, the employer, nor the car. Never hesitate to find out exactly what the employer wants out of the project, the schedule for it, and the important facts you need to know. The employer will actually appreciate the fact that you took the time to make sure you are both on the same page.

The Bid

Get to the point. Keep in mind that, for a good project, the employer will have to sift through dozens or even hundreds of bids. Walls of texts will most likely be skipped, considering the amount of time anyone has for things that could have been said in a few words. Keeping your bid short and sharp will definitely catch the employer’s attention.

State your terms. Using the project description as your outline, be as concise and precise as possible in detailing the work and output you can provide, as well as how much it will cost, and the time it will take you to deliver the project.

Follow up. After placing your bid, the private message board makes a great avenue for those less important details you avoided earlier. In any case, if your bid got the attention of the employer in the first place, the smaller details will make the difference towards winning the project.

Your Profile

Update portfolio. It’s always a good idea to keep your profile page updated. Your profile page showcases what you can do and what you have done including a page for your portfolio as well as your resume. Here are our tips to get your profile page working for you.

Additionally, it’s always a good idea to highlight the skills that are relevant to the project you are aiming for. Remember to keep details short and straight to the point.

Protect your work. When uploading samples of your previous work or links to an online portfolio, make sure to protect your work, unless you want to give it away. Samples you send out should have a watermark or other means of identification or, at the very least, samples should be accompanied by a statement of copyright and your name or all three if you want to be on the safe side.

Your Price

Competitive pricing. Being competitive does not equate to being the lowest bidder, so don’t sell yourself short. A worldwide marketplace means competition will be tough, but if your work reflects quality, employers may consider paying above average prices. On the other hand, if you’re relatively new in the industry, justify your rates based on your portfolio and past works (if any). If you’re really just starting out, you may need to establish your reputation first, but it doesn’t mean you should work for free. Here are some of our tips on negotiating your rate as a freelancer.

Don’t oversell. Self-confidence is a quality anyone can appreciate, but overconfidence as well as exaggerated claims will probably make employers look the other way. Simple, honest, and frank works best with employers and building relationships with both colleagues and clients.

Proofread

It is always a good practice to proofread anything you send out first. Check to see if it is written clearly, and that anyone can and will be able to understand what you want to say. Google Word documents underline spelling mistakes in red and it’s all for free. No matter how great a project, contest, inquiry, or suggestion is, a poorly written proposal suggests lack of interest and poor work habits. Edit your document and put your best foot forward.
Lastly, after going through all these steps,you may want to check out our bid upgrades to make sure your bid doesn’t go unnoticed. Keep all these tips in mind while preparing your bids, and you’ll have better chances of getting the projects you want.

Introducing: Proposed Milestones

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Freelancers know how tough it can be to bid for a project. You have to show off your skills, include sample works, and articulate exactly how much your effort is worth. You know someone will get the project at the end of bidding but how can you make sure it is you?

The employer will award the project to the best freelancer for the job. This is where an effective bid comes into play. It is vital as a candidate that you put your best foot forward when pitching yourself to prospective clients. Another way to showcase your professionalism and prove to the client that you are serious about their business is by listing down milestones in your bid!

Proposing Milestones: What can it do for freelancers?

Freelancers can now enumerate upfront the well-defined tasks they will execute on to complete the project in the “Proposed Milestones” section. This will help them go into more detail on what they plan to deliver, the expected timeframes they will work towards, and what price they charge for each completed milestone. This in turn gives the employer complete confidence and clarity on how the freelancer will tackle their project.

Are you an employer? Let proposed milestones find you the right freelancer!

Some employers who have yet to try working with freelancers think the work may not be done to their standards. This is definitely not the case! If the employer finds the right freelancer whose skills match the tasks for the project, then they can get the job done right. Proposed Milestones gives the employer confidence in the freelancer’s abilities.

There could be 10, 20, or even hundreds of top freelancers waiting to work on your project!

Here’s how Proposed Milestones work:

For Freelancers

1. After placing your bid and writing your proposal, go to the Proposed Milestones section and describe each task/milestone you will deliver for the project. You have to be very specific to avoid miscommunication between you and the employer.

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2. Indicate how much each milestone costs. You should have an appropriate price for every milestone. In this way, you can get paid after completing a task and you don’t have to wait for the entire project to finish. The breakdown prices must add up to the price of your bid on the project.
3. Submit your proposal.

For Employers

1. When reviewing bids, the employer will see the number of milestones a particular freelancer can deliver under the amount proposed for the project.To view the milestone breakdown, hover your pointer over the number of milestones (displayed alongside the number of days the project will be completed).

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2. Tick the Shortlist box if you like the proposal but wish to check on other bids first. If you’ve decided to hire a certain freelancer, click on the Award Project button. As always, you have to confirm the award.
3. After proceeding, you will then be presented with an updated version of the bid breakdown. Think of your project’s priorities while reviewing the freelancers’ milestones.

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4. By clicking Create Milestone, you will be prompted to deposit payment for the milestones which will then be released after every task done.

Why are you going to love this new feature? According to company data, freelancers are 21% more likely to be awarded the project if they indicate a bid breakdown. The freelancer receives faster and more frequent payments because of each indicated milestone and the employer is completely confident in the freelancer’s work!

Bidding for a project? You surely know what to do now.

Looking to hire a freelancer? Look out for Proposed Milestones and pick the best freelancer for your project!

Success Story: Musician Starts a Freelancing Career in His Studio

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Juan Martin Porcel Iturralde worked in an international company in Argentina where he was given the opportunity to travel to different countries. He didn’t feel satisfied however, and felt like there was something missing in his career. He thought of giving up his job for his first love, music, but he wasn’t sure how to make a comfortable living out of it.

Not the type to give up, Juan pursued his passion one step at a time. “I never stopped composing. I never stopped my curiosity for music,” he shared. He learned to play a lot of instruments: guitar, drums, bass, piano, and he also learned to manage every virtual instrument such as synths and electronic DAW (Logic, Ableton, Fruityloops, etc.).

Eventually, Juan quit his sales job and settled for a part-time job in the mornings, where he did sales at the Buenos Aires International Airport. The rest of his day he filled with his dream job – music. He was all set; he had a home studio he specifically built for his startup business. “Once I realized that I can get jobs associated with music such as song composition, arrangements, and sound design, I started to invest in some good hardware to have better work quality.”

Finally on the right track to turning his passion into work, Juan sat proud in the middle of his cozy little studio, waiting for customers to whirl themselves in. “I ran into a blank wall. Nobody came in and I didn’t know where to find them.”

That was when he stumbled upon Freelancer.com. “I browsed the web looking for a way to work from my studio. I chose Freelancer.com because I think it is the biggest website for freelancing. It has a lot of projects from all around the world in several categories,” he said.

A few months later, he had already gained the trust of many of his clients, and they kept coming back. He also had to employ a musician and a singer because he was already overloaded with work.

“The speed of my business’ growth is so fast that I’m actually thinking of giving up my part-time job,” he said, adding that working full-time on Freelancer.com might be a great idea because his earnings were better. The more time he dedicates, the more money he would earn.

Providing a comfortable life for his family wasn’t only his sole motivation. Juan said that doing what he loves every day without having to leave home was all he needed. “When you love what you do, you would want to work all day because you enjoy it.”

Read more about Juan Martin’s experiences on Freelancer.com here.

Do you want to be able to free yourself from a stressful 9-to-5 job and focus on doing what you love? Like Juan Martin, you can also work on your passion. Freelancer.com is here to assist you. Sign up now!

 

How-To: Post a Project

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When you need something done, all you have to do is hire a freelancer to help you. At Freelancer.com, the easiest way to do that is by posting a project. Think of it as a free and fast way of putting up a job ad – you just have to fill out a form and it’s done.

Once you post a project, bids from interested freelancers will instantly start coming in. Then it’s up to you to sift through the applicants, check their profiles, and even chat with them to make sure they’re right for the job.

It’s easy to post a project, but it can be difficult to find the kind of people you need for the job. Here’s how to make sure your project page will attract the best and most qualified bidders.

Give a detailed project name

Your project name should be as detailed as possible. It’s what freelancers first see when they browse jobs, and plays a big part in getting people to click on to your project page and bid. Some freelancers actually bid without bothering to read anything else on the project page, so your project name needs to be able to impart as much information about the job as possible.

If you need a graphic designer for example, your title should say what kind of graphic the person would be expected to do (logo, blog illustration, or something else), and what the graphic would be for (a company, a magazine, an ad, so on and so forth). This way, you have more chances of finding someone with the exact experience you need. However, try to be as concise as you can too. A lot of people won’t take the time to read the entirety of a very long project name.

Be specific

The work category dropdown menu that you find at the top of the Post Project page is offered as an option, but it’s a good idea to use it. Answering the question “What work do you require?” will help narrow down your bids. The list has all the popular work categories on the site – such as Writing, Design, and Data Entry – but you can also choose the Customized option that will let you select skills manually.

The skills box is where you can enter five skills that relate to the project. This is where you can get even more specific by entering specialized skills. The freelancers who have the skills you entered will be notified about your project, so if you put in skills that aren’t so general, you’ll be able to target the freelancers you really need.

Provide a thorough job description

The project description is where you lay out everything the freelancers need to know about the job, so be as comprehensive as you can. You don’t have to reveal any sensitive information about your project or your company, but making essential project facts available will help bidders ascertain whether or not they can help with your project or not.

Take the time to explain what you need done and how you want things done. Try to anticipate any concerns freelancers may have and address them. Is it an ongoing project or will it just last a couple of months? Will the freelancer be paid by the hour or by commission? Will the work be done in parts, or do you expect it to be completed in one go? It’s better to lay all this information out at the very start so that bidders know what they’re getting themselves into.

Give examples

Under the project description box, you’ll find a place where you can upload files. Use this space to show examples of what you need for the project, such as sample articles, graphics for inspiration, or even code to start on, among other things. This will help give bidders an even better picture of the project you have in mind.

Determine the project type and budget

The last things you need to pin down are the project type and budget. You have the option to pay the freelancer you’re hiring a set amount at the end of the project, or pay by the hour if the project entails ongoing work.

As for the budget, you can select the currency of your choice from the dropdown menu. You can either pick a budget range or create a custom budget and enter the minimum and maximum bids you want.

Opt for upgrades

If you have room in your budget, take advantage of a project upgrade. There are several options to choose from that will definitely help in getting you more quality bids in a shorter amount of time.

Choices include marking a project urgent, which ensures replies from freelancers within 24 hours; sealing a project, which keeps bidders from seeing what others are bidding; and featuring a project on the ‘Features Jobs and Contests’ page, which allows your project to be displayed more prominently, resulting in more bids. You can also choose to get help from our recruitment team, mark a project as full-time or commission-based, make a project private and hidden from search engines, and havea project require a Non-Disclosure Agreement for confidentiality purposes.

Having a complete project page is crucial in being able to find good freelancers. Follow these tips and you’ll get the bids that you want in no time. Post a project now!

 

Building your Freelance Reputation

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Freelancing entails posting one’s skills online, placing bids, and waiting for clients to come knocking. Commonly, the client no longer conducts lengthy interviews with the freelancer and instead only browses through the freelancer’s profile. On this occasion, you want to immediately capture the client’s attention by showing that you have a solid freelancing reputation. This is because no matter how talented and skilled you are, if employers don’t see evidence of who you claim to be, they will look somewhere else.

Building a reputation online is challenging and made more difficult by the fact that there are many freelancers ahead of you with years of experience. Fortunately, the online outsourcing world is fast-paced and the demand for skills is steadily growing. There is an endless stream of jobs bound to be taken, but will you get picked?

In order to begin building your freelance reputation, consider doing the following:

Produce only the best work – Make it your mantra to deliver only quality results on each and every project. Even though it’s tempting to only do what pleases the client, you also need to think of its impact on a global scale. Your client has tons of people connected to his network and once the project goes live, these people can look at what you’ve done. It will be privy to his friends, colleagues, Twitter followers, and essentially anyone who stumbles upon the project.

Whenever you work on something, keep in mind that someone else aside from your client is going to take a look at it so make every project the best you’ve ever done. The upside is that these people may also be your potential clients.

Strive for positive feedback – The process of coaxing a positive feedback out of a client may be difficult and lengthy. However, there is an easier way: practice goodwill. What really makes you remembered is not how fast you finished the project or how well you understood the instructions; it is how you acted during every encounter.

Clients may eventually forget how great the project was, but your attitude while doing it will remain and they will be more than happy to spread the word. If you are in a client’s go-to list, chances are, they will tell everyone to put you in their own lists too.

Get inspiration from criticism – It’s almost impossible to please every single person who criticizes your work especially if the project has long been over and client satisfaction has been met. Since you probably won’t re-do the entire project just because a critic expressed dislike, acknowledge the criticism and use it as inspiration to do better on your next project.

Build your profile and portfolio – Your profile and portfolio are your main selling points. You want both to be organized and effective enough for clients to be persuaded that you are the perfect person for the job.

For someone who is just starting out, organizing your profile page adds concrete to your reputation building. Every time you successfully finish a project, get an excerpt and add it to your list of accomplishments.

Include completed projects, samples of your work, and any other proof of your capabilities in your portfolio. Keep it organized and clutter-free for easy viewing as well.

Remember to post a complete resume too. For more tips on how to keep everything neat and complete, read “Is your Freelancer.com profile working for you?”

Doing things with a desire to be the best and going the extra mile to ensure that work is above and beyond expectations are the ingredients to building a strong freelance reputation. Make it your goal to perfect your performance without the thought of prestige lingering at the back of your mind. Before you know it, you’re already a reputable and sought-after freelancer.

Freelancer Desktop App Now Available in Mac OS X!

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The wait is finally over!

The desktop app is now available for Mac OS X. Yes, Mac users can now take advantage of the following amazing perks:

For Freelancers:

  • Helps build trust between employee and employer

Freelancers just need to log in to the app to show their employers the hard work they’re putting in for every hourly project! It helps them gain their employers’ trust and build lasting working relationships.

  • Get paid for every hour of work

Forget about horror stories of unpaid working hours! The desktop app helps the freelancers get paid for all working hours because it shows them the time work started and ended, thereby serving as proof of productivity.

  • Increase earnings by as much as 150%*.

Sankalp Agrawal, Computer Science and Engineering student and freelancer, is just one of the hundreds of desktop app users who have increased their hourly project earnings by using the tool. He attests to getting paid for every single hour he works when logged in to the desktop app. Increased earnings is a guarantee!

For Employers:

  • Monitors the progress of freelancers

The desktop app can efficiently help employers keep track of their freelancers’ work milestones. They don’t have to wonder if their freelancers are productive in their projects or not.

  • Ensures production of quality work

It takes a screenshot every few minutes and allows employers to leave comments. This makes for efficient collaboration between employer and freelancer.

  • Confirms hours worked by freelancers

Employers will never have to worry about paying for unproductive hours! The desktop app assures that every hour billed is actual hour worked by freelancers.

With all these benefits, it’s easy to see why thousands of Freelancer.com subscribers who use Linux and Windows have downloaded and used the desktop app. Now, Mac users can join their ranks too!

Download the app now and start enjoying the privileges it has to offer.

*Comparison of average freelancer earnings between timetracker app users and non-users during June to October 2014.

The World Is Your Office

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Anyone who’s worked a greater part of their lives inside an office dreams of becoming a road warrior working remotely. The stress of constantly churning out work from a cubicle and worrying about the adverse effects of fluorescent lighting is not something we would like to worry about. We’d rather be out of the office, mobile, interfacing with our clients, enjoying the sun and probably a glass of mojito. Better yet, we all aspire to work remotely facing the beach or beautiful scenery.

This lifestyle seems out of our reach, but not entirely impossible. We’ve entered an age where working remotely has become a reality, which anyone can grasp and take hold of. Technology has empowered us to break free from the chains of our desktop and the physical constraints of our workplace.

Many freelancers, managers and entrepreneurs are working in various parts of the world, becoming very location-independent. Let’s take Martin — a British-Chinese freelancer acquiring work via Freelancer.com’s outsourcing marketplace — as an example. He is a transient that travels from one location to another, enjoying the sights and constantly updating his Instagram and photoblog of his latest journeys. To pay for his bills, Martin works on delivering quality structured e-commerce sites while he’s enjoying the soothing sounds of waves crashing on the beach. “I’ve worked most of my adult life as an office dweller in a Dilbert-ish lifestyle. I cringe whenever I remember it. Just like now.“ says Martin.

Our parents have worked inside offices their entire lives. It was imparted to us when we were growing up that we should also follow the same path. Technology and the Internet totally flipped everything over and allowed location-independent work to flourish. Now, we’re free to work anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. It has freed us to live life how and where we want it, instead of being tied down to one location. This level of flexibility has led to better output and higher productivity in the digital workplace.

Another freelancer, Adrian, dives almost everyday in Cebu and Panglao, Philippines, while serving photographers from all over the world, editing their photos. He uses the Freelancer mobile app to keep track of his projects, which lets him stay on top of things wherever he may be. When asked if he’ll ever get tired of what’s he’s doing and return to his old 9-5 job as a retail marketing manager, Adrian replied “No way, I’m not going to trade this for anything. I get to dive when I want, where I want and work anytime I want. My day revolves around the ocean; the night is spent on the rest of the world.”

It’s not just about blazing trails or taking the road less traveled — freelancing is a way of life. It is not just a style of working, rather it’s work-life balance. It gives people the mobility and flexibility required to experience the world without losing their financial stability. This balance needs to be sustained. Freelancers can choose to live this type of lifestyle, however contrary to popular belief, it’s not an easy one. It comes with own ups and downs; the results depends on how one would navigate it. If you do it correctly, you’ll be enjoying life.

Earnings Increased: A Desktop App Success Story

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Experience is definitely the best teacher.

Take Sankalp Agrawal, freelancer and desktop app user, for example. He does freelance work at Freelancer.com while studying Computer Science and Engineering in Delhi. Accepting freelance work for clients gives him the chance to sharpen his skills: website design and development, Android programming, UI/UX design, and even data entry. Being a smart and committed worker, he opts to maximize the perks of the desktop app in his many projects. Here’s our interview with him regarding his take on the desktop app and how beneficial it is to his freelance life:

Freelancer Team: How does the Freelancer desktop app help you in your projects, earnings etc.?

Sankalp: Freelancer desktop app is a great product which helps me get paid for the actual time that I put in for a client. It helps employers trust freelancers like me more because they (employers) can see what I have worked upon and under what time duration.

And, believe me, my earnings have increased over the time because of this. A fixed project might take more time than I’d actually thought of while bidding and accepting. But, having hourly projects done using the desktop app ensures I get paid for every single minute, even seconds that I commit into the project.

FLT: What do you like most about the Freelancer desktop app?

S: Being a UI/UX Designer, I really really like the design. It’s beautiful. If it were a girl, I would have definitely tried to make it my girlfriend. Haha.

It’s really amazing to see products being designed and developed while keeping users in focus since day one. If I have to get very specific about what I like the most, it’s the design of the “Start/Pause” button and the time counter. Plus, the functionality to create invoices with just one click.

FLT: What do you like least about the Freelancer desktop app?

S: Now, that’s a really tough question. I use Windows. On clicking the “Begin Work” button, it shows a loading sign for a very short duration of 1-2 seconds. That’s the only thing I don’t like. Maybe that’s because of Java.

FLT: What features would you like the Freelancer desktop app to have?

S: Since the desktop app already has all the essential features, there is not much else I would wish for. But, I do have two “nice to have” features:
Adding session notes. Adding notes to each image (the functionality that we have on website) is not that much feasible on the app but, being able to add session notes by tapping the pause button would be nice.
A small ping sound. For this, assume I take very short 20-minute breaks. It would be nice if I could customize and set the app to notify me every 20 minutes with a very subtle ping notification.

FLT: Cite or share other personal experiences on how the app assisted you during a project. This will inspire freelancers like you to benefit from the Freelancer desktop app too.

I have already said pretty much everything about the app and my experiences but yeah, there is one specific project experience that I can share.

Recently, one of my friends referred me to a person for some help. Since it was a referral I was very hesitant to quote an amount as the project was slightly complex and I could sense that it would require much time. In the end, we agreed upon hourly pay. Believe me, because I was using the desktop app, I got paid more than I’d have quoted for the whole project. So, it’s a win-win situation only with the desktop app.

Sankalp’s experience teaches us that with reliable monitoring tools like the desktop app, we can maximize our earnings from the hourly projects we take in from our Freelancer.com clients. Every working hour is time well spent because we’ll get paid accordingly. No more unpaid working hours. Plus it’s very easy to download and use!

Download the desktop app now and start tracking your working hours. It’s available in Windows and Linux (and soon in Mac OS!) It’s FREE and easy to install.

Editor’s Note: Do you want to share your own desktop app story? Email us at desktop-feedback@freelancer.com and let us know. You just might be featured in our next blog post!

A Freelancer’s Guide to Mobile Productivity

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“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”
Leo Babauta

In today’s multitasking world, freelancers are left scrambling to better organize work, whether they are in the field or inside the office. If you frequently find yourself doing anything other than the task at hand, and have trouble narrowing down what is essential, try these applications that we’ve listed down to increase your productivity and output as a freelancer mobile warrior.

Evernote (Free)

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Evernote has been dubbed as “The world’s best note-taking app.” It has always been the top choice for cross-platform note-taking and workspace management — a write, collect, find, and present all-in-one application. Using Evernote, your notes, web clippings, images, and files are always organized and in sync across every device or computer that you use. It also allows easy and effective sharing and collaboration with different users regardless of their location around the world.

  • Alternatives: OneNote, Google Keep

Google Drive (Free)

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Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization application hosted and made by Google. It allows cloud storage, file sharing, and collaborative editing. It offers a combination of cheap storage and office programs for document creation, presentations, and spreadsheets. Google Drive is deeply integrated with Google Mail, which allows a seamless and singular platform experience. Free users are allowed of up to 15GB of storage, which can be upgraded with monthly plans that start at $1.99 for 100GB.

  • Alternatives: Dropbox, OneDrive

Todoist (Free)

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Todoist is a fun task management platform that is available on Android and 14 other platforms. This app gives you the ability to collaborate, share tasks, and assign tasks. It comes with Google Drive, Dropbox, DashClock and Widget integration which is ultimately very helpful for freelancers on the go. Todoist hits a sweet spot as the most complete task management platform for both personal and business.

  • Alternatives: AnyDo. Wunderlist

RescueTime (Free)

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RescueTime is a personal analytics application that finds your ideal work-life balance. RescueTime helps you understand your daily habit by tracking time spent on applications and websites, giving you a more accurate picture of how you spend your day. It’s a time measurement tool that keeps a close eye on what you do, helping you determine areas of improvement to become more productive every day.

  • Alternatives: Time Recording

Freelancer Mobile (Free)

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Freelancer.com, the world’s leading marketplace for outsourcing, has created an application that ports the website’s functions into a nifty application inside your phone. Freelancer Mobile allows freelancers to explore jobs, bid on the go, communicate with clients, and accept job offers where they are. Employers are given the ability to post projects, review bids and select freelancers from a global freelancer talent pool inside Freelancer.com and remotely manage projects. It’s currently available on Android, with an iOS app coming soon.

Mint (Free)

09-24-Productivity-06Mint is an online service that keeps tracks of one’s finances. It pulls in all your finance accounts and investments into one place, so you can track your spending, create budgets, receive bill reminders, and of course, save money. It gives you a great, up-to-date overview of your finances and keep it all on track while you are on the go. Currently, it’s been voted as the best finance application for the Android platform.

  • Alternatives: Check

Airdroid (Free)

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Airdroid works by giving your computer access to your Android phone. This gives you the ability to send and receive messages, call contacts and manage your phone conveniently from the comfort of your computer. Airdroid also lets you control your smartphone’s camera remotely and in real time. If you’re working on a laptop and need constant access to your smartphone, this is the perfect solution for you.

Google Translate (Free)

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As a freelancer, you will interface with employers from around the world. There are times when language will be a barrier in interfacing with them. Google Translate solves that easily. You can type in a phrase in a different language and have Google Translate change it to a different one. You can speak into your phone in one language and have the application speak it back to you in a different one. The best part is that this application works offline as long as you were able to download the necessary language packs to support it.