The idea of being your own boss and finding work as a freelance professional is an exhilarating one. You don’t have anyone else to answer to except yourself. However, without the right tools for your trade, you’ll struggle to deliver high-quality work on time, securing repeat work in the process. If you’re a loyal owner of iPhones and/or iPads, you’ll be pleased to know there are plenty of amazing tools designed and built specifically for owners of Apple’s smartphones and tablets that can help you on your way.
Of course, maximising time spent on freelance projects is important to maintain the best hourly rate and healthy working relationships with employers and clients alike. Today’s truly global online business world makes it possible to build new relationships with business contacts that require your skills and expertise to grow. Using a time tracker can also provide a layer of transparency to new clients and contacts, documenting for them exactly how every penny they pay you is spent. One of the best time-tracking iOS apps is Klok. At just $15.99, this time-tracking software pays for itself many times over by creating a visual display of your tasks. It can also generate timesheets that can be exported, as well as invoices to send directly to clients.
There’s no doubt that the 21st century’s freelance professional relies on online networks and communities to find work. Developing a network of skilled contacts and employers takes some time to hone. In fact, it’s one of the most undervalued components of any successful freelancer. That’s why Kalido has attempted to help users uncover work opportunities that create much-needed value to you, as well as the fellow professionals you connect with. The platform is available on iOS-powered devices, allowing for real-time networking with skilled people around the world – proving that geography is no longer a barrier to finding work as a freelancer.
If you’re a freelancer that does their own taxes and manages their own invoicing, you’ll appreciate the time it takes at the end of each project and month to raise and distribute invoices to clients. Fortunately, Chronicle is here to the rescue. Their unique bill management software keeps a close rein on all outgoings and outstanding incomings to maximise your productivity throughout the month, whilst avoiding the need to employ an accountant or outsource to one. This mobile tool will also notify you to avoid missing the due date of next payments so that you too will never be late for making payments of your own.
When you’re a busy freelancer with work (hopefully) being flung at you from all angles, managing your email communication is vital. The last thing you want is to miss a high-priority email within the ‘noise’ of your email inbox. That’s why Unibox has attempted to revolutionise email communication with its well-organised solution for iPhone and iPad owners. Unibox arranges emails by sender rather than in one list. Each sender has their own folder, so you can keep track of communications with individuals. You can get a seven-day free trial to see for yourself, with no debit or credit card details required at this stage. Unibox certainly helps you to view emails in a more people-centric light, arranging them to be more like text messages within your iPhone.
Productivity on the go
If you don’t tend to work from home and you do most of your work on the move in coffee shops or on trains, the key to remaining productive is the battery life of your iPhone and/or iPad. Battery drain is a common problem experienced by so many smartphone and tablet users; particularly when we rely on so many power-hungry features. For just $1.99 you can download the Battery Health – Your Doctor app to identify the apps that ail your iPhone or iPad battery and what can be done to fix it. The app also ascertains the battery’s wear level and provides hardware tests for your device, so you can work out how many hours of usage you can get out of your handset when using specific features for work.
Hopefully these iOS-specific apps will not only help you connect with the right people at the right time but allow you to complete your projects and maintain a healthy work-life balance that all self-employed professionals crave.