Regardless of it you’ve been freelancing for a while, are just starting out, or even thinking about starting freelancing, you’re going to need the right tools to get the job done right.
You’ve probably thought about the essentials you’ll need to freelance – a computer, camera, software, office space, etc., but you will need more than the essentials if you want to grow a successful business.
One area that is often overlooked by new freelancers is time and calendar management.
You might think that you can keep it all straight in your head or only write down the “big dates.”
However, with today’s technology you have the ability to communicate with clients through several different avenues. Between social media, your several different email accounts, instant messaging apps, scheduling apps, your phone and more, it’s easy to see how you could miss a deadline or a scheduled call without even knowing it.
That’s something no freelancer can afford to do.
That’s why it’s extremely important to you take advantage of these awesome calendar management tools.
- Google Calendar: this is my go-to calendar and is the ‘master’ of all things that I need to schedule! If it isn’t in my Google Calendar, then it ain’t gonna happen! You need to get good at mastering your schedule and I love that Google Calendar allows you to have multiple calendars that are color-coded, so you can quickly see what is client work and what is private.
- Sunrise App: I’m completely in love with this app. So while it’s another calendar app, it’s not just a calendar. It syncs with several programmes, including my Google Calendar, Trello, Freedcamp, Todoist plus many more. This means that I can easily keep track of my own calendar plus to-do tasks and project tasks from Trello and Freedcamp. It’s the ultimate in calendar management.
- Calendly: when I first started, I got a lot of requests to chat to people on Skype and with timezones to factor in, it get a little tricky. If you want to make life easier on yourself, use a tool like Calendly, which allows you to set times you’re available (it also syncs with your Google Calendar and enters in your appointments) and then provides you with a unique URL that you can then send to clients. It will display your availability in their timezone. Brilliant and life-saving at the same time”
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