7 Essential Productivity Apps for Freelancers

March 29th, 2016 | by Joanna McCoy | published in Creative Space, Features, Productivity, Useful Resources



As a freelancer, it’s fantastic to be your own boss — but, as you may have heard — with great power comes great responsibility.  Not only are you creating work for clients, you’re also balancing your own books and other responsibilities.

In today’s day and age, there’s an app for everything. 99u curated an amazing list of apps you can download to give your creative career that extra oomph while still keeping your sanity in check. Here are our favorites:



1.      Bonsai

First things first – when working with clients, contracts are always necessary. With this eSign-enabled contract app, you can skip spending money on an attorney.  All of Bonsai’s contracts have been greenlit by legal experts, so you can worry about what you’re familiar with: the work.





2.     Flow

This task manager makes volatile project management a thing of the past.  Included features include a built-in calendar, active chat, and taggable tasks.  It doesn’t matter where your clients or collaborators are located — with this app, they’re no further away than your fingertips.  By the way, did we mention it’s cheaper than Trello?





3.      Bidsketch

Developed by a freelancer for freelancers, this app helps you create client proposals.  This app helps you to not only craft beautiful proposals, but also helps you save much-needed time to pitch to more clients.  Spend time and energy where it needs to be spent.







4.      Dropmark

Dropmark is a bit like Pinterest, but for creative freelancers — you won’t see any recipes or home décor ideas on here.  Instead, this app lets you organize all your links, files, and notes into visual collections that you can either choose to keep private or share with others.  Other uses for this app include: sending design mockups to clients, gathering YouTube videos, and a photo slideshow builder or presentation tool.  An added bonus: it’s only $5/month.





5.      Thingthing Keyboard

Freelance work isn’t always done in an orderly fashion – sometimes, it’s necessary to get a project out on the fly. This app allows you to access your images, videos, calendar, files, and chat all from the same doc.





6.      Curator

Curator is Pinterest meets Evernote meets Instagram.  This tool allows you to mix text, images, and live websites from your device or cloud and assemble mood boards and client presentations from your fingertips.  This app integrates with your Google Drive, Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, and Dropbox accounts, making file imports a breeze.  Any presentation can be exported as a PDF.





7.      Sketchboard

Create live sketches with collaborators with this interactive app.  Every step of the creative process can be shared with both collaborators and clients.  Think of it as using a whiteboard during a brainstorming session with a colleague.  Ideas are tossed around – and while some will stick and others won’t,  you’ll never have to share the same room with your brainstorming partner.  Sketchboard allows great collaborations to take place anywhere.


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