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Time is precious for everyone, and contractors and freelancers are no different, so finding ways to manage time more efficiently is always beneficial. If you’re reading this, you’re probably looking for tips on how to manage your time better and how to be more productive in your workplace. Here’s our favourite apps and tools that will do just that and help you become more effective in your business.
1. AsanaBy using a project management app, you are able to make notes, document findings, share ideas and projects and keep up to date at all times as well as sharing information with clients. It’s the type of tool you cannot afford not to use. Working to deadlines and keeping track of a project is much easier managed when work is put into a project management system. Set the deadline, receive a reminder and overdue notice - you’ll never miss another deadline!If you’re working with other contractors or you’ve hired a subcontractor, you can even assign tasks to each of them. Keeping track of every project through a project management app like Asana can save a lot of back and forth communications and help to avoid mistakes.
2. DropboxAs a contractor, often you’re not always in the same place of work, the same desk, or even using the same device. Dropbox is a great tool to help manage files wherever you are. It doesn’t matter what device you are using, you can gain access to your project files.
3. SlackSlack is an organisational tool for teams to be able to collaborate and organise their workloads and projects across a business. Within the app you have the ability to set up different channels and add users to each channel according to their involvement. You can then add files, chat, create tasks, set up deadlines plus much more. This can be really handy if you need to keep in regular communication with your clients.
4. LastPassHow much time do you spend trying to remember passwords? This could be a large amount of time if you work with multiple clients! Plus you have your own personal passwords too... Is your mind about to blow! That’s where LastPast comes in. LastPast allows you to add multiple passwords and the sites they relate to into a vault that only you can access. If you add the browser extension, all you need to do is log in to LastPast once a day and it’ll log you in to everything else. No more time searching your notepad for a certain client’s passwords.
5. EvernoteAgain, when contractors are on the move, you need a place to store all your notes, upload photos you’ll need later, organise your thoughts and keep records. Evernote can be used online or offline so if you’re away from the office but still need to keep track - it’s easy to do so. You can also share files with other team members or clients and never lose another piece of information.
6. Hubspot CRMHubSpot CRM is everything you need to organise, track, and nurture your leads and customers. And it's 100% free, forever.HubSpot CRM helps you to keep up to date with sales funnels, email integration and form tracking. You can also create email templates and leads for clients and engage in live chat. The dashboard allows you to see everything all in one place, update client information and book meetings. It really is a great tool to use as a contractor.
7. GrammarlyHow many times have you sent an email and just as you press the send button you’ve realised that there is a spelling mistake? Oops, it’s too late! Now with the use of the Grammarly app, you can have all emails, documents and web apps scanned for spelling and grammatical errors. Choose to accept the correction or not, and carry on with your day. It’s a simple to download app that helps with peace of mind.
As a contractor your time is important. You may be working with one full-time client, or you could be working with multiple clients. The use of apps and tools are essential to help with time management and to be more effective with each individual client. If there is a tool that can help with managing a workload or reducing stress, it’s got to be worth a try.
Can you add any top apps that contractors or freelancers could use?