90 Useful Freelance tools

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The web is filled with a lot of resources for freelancers to start and manage their own business.  There are tools to keep track of time, billing, invoices, and where to look for jobs.I put together a list of 90 Useful freelance tools to help all you freelancers out there. If I’m missing one, feel free to add a comment. Thank you for reading.

Timing Tools: Here are tools to keep track of your time.

1.) slimtimer.com – SLIMTIMER is funded and developed by myself, Richard White, using Ruby on Rails and borne out of my time tracking needs when I became a freelance UI designer.

2.) tickspot.com – Molehill is a small web application development shop with a passion for powerfully small, elegant and beautiful, web based software. We’ve been in this business for over 10 years and love the daily challenges of solving real problems in the simplest way possible.

3.) getharvest.com – Harvest is a service of Iridesco, a New York City-based web software company with big ideas. Founded in 2003 by designers Danny Wen and Shawn Liu, Iridesco has its roots as a creative agency. In 2006, the company evolved from its consulting model into a software service provider with Harvest as its flagship offering.

4.) 14dayz.com – We are drivers in the movement for better software. Too many features make software complex and tedious to use, install or maintain.

5.) timepost2.com – Forget about slow and awkward web interfaces, start tracking your time effortlessly from the comfort of your desktop.

6.) fanuriotimetracking.com – Fanurio is a time tracking and billing software application, highly appreciated by freelancers for its intuitive interface, flexible timer and ability to produce detailed invoices.

7.) lesstimespent.com – As a freelancer your time is how you make money. You must be dilligent in tracking and billing for this hours. Minor lapses in time tracking will cost you thousands at the end of the year. Not only track your time but record what you accomplished during those times.

8.) timeedition.com – timeEdition is targeted at all users in a computer workplace who value detailed documentation of their working hours, whether they use it for customer billing or for monitoring the duration of individual projects.

9.) klok.mcgraphix.com – Your time is your product. Every minute you spend working that goes unaccounted for is like giving away your product for free. Tracking your time accurately is essential to staying profitable.

10.) time59.com – Be more organized with less effort. Time59 keeps track of your work, gets your invoices out quickly, and manages client accounts. Access your Time59 account from any web browser… at home, at your office, or on your iPhone.

Invoicing: Here are websites to help make invoice to send to your clients

11.) simplybill.com – Simplybill brings simple invoice management to all. Instead of wrestling with overly complex accounting software or trying to mash-up a spreadsheet into some sort of design, begin sending attractive invoices in minutes.

12.) blinksale.com – Blinksale is perfect for anyone who needs to invoice clients for services or products sold. Blinksale is an excellent choice for attorneys, accountants, designers, IT professionals, software developers, journalists, contractors, engineers, architects, videographers, and more. Basically, if you need to send invoices, Blinksale can work for you

13.) quickbooks.intuit.com –  Instant invoices and expense tracking—get organized

14.) freshbooks.com – Send, track and collect payments quickly. Great for teams, freelancers and service providers.

15.) lessaccounting.com – Less Everything, Inc is based out of Jacksonville, Florida. The company has been a successful web firm for several years and began pursuing Ruby on Rails product development in 2007. In the beginning, we struggled with accounting, because accounting is scary, accounting is boring and quite simply, no one likes accounting.

16.) getcashboard.com – Invoicing with Cashboard is beautiful,configurable, and reflects the quality of your business.

17.) billmyclients.com – BillMyClients.com wants to be your invoicing and billing partner. Whether you’d like to do it yourself or have us do it for you, we’ve got a solution to meet your needs.

18.) invotrak.com – If you’re a freelancer, small business owner, or individual looking to tame your invoicing and time tracking – and get your billings in order

19.) simplyinvoices.com – Simply Invoices was created by roobasoft, LLC: A one man shop focusing on applications I’m passionate about. As a contractor, I developed Simply Invoices because it was a product I needed. The existing solutions didn’t have the integration with Basecamp that I wanted and most were too complex. So Simply Invoices was born.

20.) freeagentcentral.com

21.) invoicemachine.com – The Invoice Machine takes a new clever approach to online invoicing. It’s beautiful and simple-to-use interface makes producing professional looking invoices a very pleasant experience.

22.) roninapp.com – Simple online invoicing and time tracking. Perfect for creative teams and solo freelancers. Designed to make you look professional.

23.) billingsapp.com –  Your invoices should reflect your professionalism. Billlings combines powerful features with stylish designs so you can send elegant invoices right out of the box. Choose from any of the customizable templates, or create your own with the built-in WYSIWYG designer. Either way you’ll send polished professional invoices in seconds.

24.) zoho.com – Zoho Invoice is an easy-to-use online invoicing software that helps you send invoices for your projects and customer expenses, receive payments and track the overall health of your business quickly and efficiently. It makes invoicing and following-up really easy – reducing the time it takes you to manage the paperwork and get paid, so you can remain focused on your customers and your business.

25.) getballpark.com

26.) xero.com – Xero was founded in July 2006 by successful technology entrepreneur Rod Drury and specialist small business accountant Hamish Edwards. Xero is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange and is a fast growing company with offices in Wellington, Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and London.

27.) billingboss.com – Billing Boss is a free online invoicing tool designed for small businesses and freelancers to create, send and track the status of invoices. It’s so simple to use that you can create and send your first invoice within minutes.

27.) citrusbill.com – Citrus is an online invoicing solution that gets you paid quickly, accurately, and streamlines invoice fulfillment, payment and credit control, cutting your costs and significantly reducing manual errors.

Project Management: Here we have Project Managers to help keep the projects in line.

28.) backpackit.com – Share information with your team. Keep your documents, discussions, and schedules in one place all the time.

29.) conceptshare.com – ConceptShare is a web-based design collaboration tool engineered for the unique needs of creative professionals whose final product is visual – design, application interface, graphics, advertisements, branding, video animation, etc.

30.) wridea.com – Wridea is a web service first to avoid ideas being forgotten, then to organize and improve those ideas by giving you the opportunity to share your ideas with friends and necessary tools to improve your ideas by yourself and individually.

31.) goplanapp.com – Goplan is an online project management and collaboration solution for individuals and teams, built by the team at WBS.

32.) monkeyon.com – We’ll send that person email reminders about the task, and email you a reminder when the deadline for the task has expired.

33.) rememberthemilk.com – Managing tasks is generally not a fun way to spend your time. We created Remember The Milk so that you no longer have to write your to-do lists on sticky notes, whiteboards, random scraps of paper, or the back of your hand. Remember The Milk makes managing tasks an enjoyable experience.

34.) activecollab.com – activeCollab is a project management & collaboration tool that you can set up on your own server or local network. Work with your team, clients and contractors in an easy to use environment, while keeping full control over your data. Now improved with Invoice and Source Modules.

35.) project2manage.com – Project2Manage is an Online project management system that allows you to stay up-to-date, on task and connected with your team. We’ve taken the hard work of staying organized and simplified it for you.

36.) projects.zoho.com – Looking for Tasks and Milestones? We do that too. But above all, Zoho Projects is about helping teams get their projects done.

37.) springloops.com – Springloops is a unique source code management tool focused on web development teams.

38.) teamworkpm.net – Teamwork Project Manager is an easy-to-use online teamwork & project management software application that helps managers, staff and clients work together more productively online.

39.) 5pmweb.com – 5pm can be your central location for project and task management, team collaboration, time tracking, reporting and more

40.) planzone.com – As Information Workers, we all spend a great deal of time working with others on projects of one kind or another. We all have experienced the frustration of trying to collaborate with team members and manage our own task lists, email messages, files and schedules with basic desktop tools. It’s not working.  Because we are experienced project management specialists at Planzone, we know that a successful project requires a good project management tool. And, a good project management tool is one that helps you spend less timemanaging information and more time acting on it. It’s that simple.

41.) comindwork.com – Assign tasks, share files, discuss ideas, involve clients. Zero-investment and flexible pay-as-you-go pricing. Secure and reliable SaaS platform. Fully customizable.

42.) worketc.com – We combine CRM, Projects, Billing, Documents, Time sheets and more with a powerful automation engine to help take your small business to the next level. The only complete small business management software solution.

43.) proworkflow.com – ProWorkflow helps your company manage projects, tasks, time tracking, staff and contacts at anytime from anywhere. All you need is a web browser or iPhone!

44.) planningforce.com – PlanningForce is a unique project management software focused on simulations,decisions and monitoring.

Stock Libraries: here are some website to get useful photos, templates and icons

45.) icetemplates.com – Having a professional looking site is really important for the success of any business. If you ever heard someone saying that a website is not important for their business, it is because they have not utilized the proper resources to get their return on investment. Nowadays every business that strives to be a success needs a web presence.

46.) templatemonster.com – Template Monster website templates, flash templates and other products are ready-made web designs, that can be used as a basis for fast and high-quality website. Our website templates, flash templates and all other products are completely customizable and ready for immediate download.  We at TemplateMonster.com do our best to provide you with web templates design of premium quality.

47.) iconeden.com – Time is precious! Launched by Frexy Studio, IconEden helps you save time by offering well-designed stock icons for your projects. All of our icons are available in both scalable vector format and other standard graphic formats.

48.) iconbuffet.com – So here’s the deal… a few years back we launched the original IconBuffet. At the time we sold stock icons to web designers and other geeky folks all over the world. After a while we figured it would be totally sweet to give away free icons every month to IconBuffet members. Only there’s a little twist… not everyone gets the same icons. So you have to swap icons with your friends to get them all. Kinda like baseball cards. Only you can use them on your website.

49.) medialoot.com – Put simply, MediaLoot is a collection of premium design resources that will be available for a single monthly subscription fee.

50.) activeden.net – ActiveDen is an Envato Marketplace. At ActiveDen you can buy and sell royalty-free Adobe Flash and Flex files for just a few dollars. Items are priced on the complexity, quality and use of the file. The site is home to a bustling community of Flash designers and developers and is the largest Flash library on the web.

51.) gettyimages.com – We are the leading provider of digital media worldwide, creating and distributing a range of assets – from royalty-free stock photography andeditorial images to footage, music and multimedia – that help communicators around the globe tell their stories.

52.) istockphoto.com – iStockphoto is the internet’s original member-generated image and design community. Get easy, affordable inspiration with millions of safe, royalty-free photographs, vector illustrations, video footage, audio tracks and Flash files. Buy stock or sell stock — or both.

53.) veer.com – See things in a new light. Hint at potential. Invent contexts. Create concepts. It’s what you do as a creative. It’s our goal at Veer, too. We want to help you break out of the grid, the list, the rulebook. To show you visual elements for design in ways that work. To filter out the obvious and the mundane, in our products and our presentation. To help you do the best creative work possible.

Business Tools : Most of the bussiness tools you will need.

54.) zoho.com

55.) campaignmonitor.com – Campaign Monitor is a small software company right near the beach in southern Sydney. We build email marketing software for designers and their clients and are lucky enough to have lots of passionate customers.

56.) feelbreeze.com – Breeze is another sophisticated yet simple web product from Element Fusion. Since 1999, we’ve grown our company with a reputation for rising above the competition.

57.) business-paper.dk – The Business Paper system is a next generation application and is a joint venture between Retouch ApS and Antracit ApS.

58.) google.com/apps

59.) wave.google.com

60.) gotomeeting.com – Citrix Online is a fast-growing division of Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), based in Santa Barbara, California, with satellite offices and data centers around the world. Every month, more than 17,000 new customers start using Citrix Online’s services to work from anywhere with anyone – using our remote-connectivity tools to save time, get more done and connect to others around the world.

62.) wufoo.com – Wufoo strives to be the easiest way to collect information over the Internet.

63.) sba.gov

64.) paypal.com – PayPal is the faster, safer way to pay and get paid online. The service allows members to send money without sharing financial information, with the flexibility to pay using their account balances, bank accounts, credit cards or promotional financing.

65.) moneybookers.com – Moneybookers offers one of the fastest and safest ways to pay online and transfer money on the internet.

66.) trendwatching.com -One of the world’s leading trend firms, trendwatching.com scans the globe for emerging consumer trends.

Legal: Because you have to protect yourself and your work.

67.) mynewcompany.com – MyNewCompany.com, Inc. was founded in 2001 with one simple mission: to make starting a business as simple, fast and inexpensive as possible. Since then we’ve formed thousands of Corporations and LLC’s for our clients and have grown into one of America’s largest providers of Incorporation and LLC formation services.

68.) designerstoolbox.com

69.) copyright.gov

70.) creativecommons.org

Job Boards:A lot of places to find a freelance job.

71.) designm.ag

72.) jobs.smashingmagazine.com

73.) jobs.37signals.com

74.) authenticjobs.com

75.) coroflot.com

76.) artypapers.com

77.) krop.com

78.) xemion.com

79.) jobs.ajaxian.com

80.) creativehotlist.com

81.) designrelated.com

82.) jobs.freelanceswitch.com

83.) jobs.webdesignerwall.com

84.) behance.net

Advertising and Marketing :you will need to get your website out there to the internet world.

85.) text-link-ads.com -Located in New York City, Text Link Ads is the premiere targeted traffic and link popularity ad firm. We specialize in placing static html links on high quality, high traffic web properties. Our clients have seen a dramatic increase in targeted traffic, brand exposure, and organic search engine rankings with our service. We currently work with a wide range of clients from Fortune 500 firms to individual website owners.

86.) reviewme.com

87.) adbrite.com – Serving over 242 million impressions a day on over 116,582 sites, AdBrite is The Internet’s Ad Marketplace®. AdBrite has created a completely transparent and effective advertising exchange focused on maximizing ROI for advertisers and publisher yield through best in class targeting and optimization technology. AdBrite’s auction-driven pricing, real-time bidding and API functionality, combined with a self-service account management interface, gives our customers unparalleled access to campaign information and total control.

88.) adengage.com – AdEngage operates a major online advertising network that displays over 12 billion ads on over 4,500 websites each month. We serve as the link between publishers who want to sell ad space on their websites and advertisers who want to buy ads on those sites.

89.) google.com

90.) professionalontheweb.com

 

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  • http://www.gerbers.ch Niklaus Gerber

    Couldn’t work without https://www.dropbox.com/ – Great tool for sharing and storing data. I have all my customer projects there.

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  • http://www.lonocreative.com lono

    great article, full of loads of handy things for freelancers.

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  • http://www.rodrigoseoane.com Rodrigo

    Great list !! I was just looking for a help to build my invoices and deal with my time ,and this article was quite handy.

    RT Already !!

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  • http://warstwy.com adone

    Great and complete list. Good job. Thanks for this post. Cheers.
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  • Alex Hampton

    great tools :) very helpful

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  • jesse

    amazing tools I use most of them now. thank you for this collection

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    Your list is just great. Thanks a lot

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    http://mahen3d.com provide innovative solutions for all your business needs, ecommerce web site design, flash website design, website templates, accessible web site design sydney. Mahen3D.com, has been selected to receive The American Association Of Webmasters, “Gold” Award.

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  • http://www.graficus.com Kelly Kuehneman

    Great list of resources and tools! Many I’ve seen before, but some new ones I was not familiar with…thanks so much for sharing!

    I would suggest Studiometry as well for professional project planning, time and expense tracking and invoicing. I have been using for years and highly recommend! Check them out at http://oranged.net/

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  • http://www.sqlfusion.com/blog/ Philippe

    Very nice list, there are a few resources I’ve not tried yet and will.

    Did you tried or used Open Source applications like http://www.teambox.com/ for project collaboration or Ofuz (http://bit.ly/didjJt) the freelance command center ?

    Thanks
    .-= Philippe´s last blog ..Bamboo invoice simple & clean free open source invoicing =-.

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  • http://findicons.com FindIcons.com

    I justed wanted to suggest a new and better icon search engine, FindIcons.com, which has larger icon collection and complete search filters.

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  • http://www.blogartz.com Blogarz

    Very nice collection, Good job. I’m going to try some I did’t know. Thanks

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  • http://www.archability.com Paul Preston

    Amazing post! I would also suggest http://www.archability.com since they have their own virtual office for freelance architects which they can use for reports and collaboration

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  • http://1daylater.com Paul

    You’ve obviously put some serious time into this – nice work. I would also check out a software called 1DayLater time tracking, mileage tracking, expenses tracking which is a good way of tracking well pretty much everything you will be wanting to track as a freelancer.

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  • http://www.ways2moremoney.com Hunter

    Wow, that is a big list. There are lots of tools I need to try. Thanks

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  • http://www.wisekal.ca Bryce Wisekal

    Whoa! What an unbelievable collection of tools! A lot them I’ve seen before, but there’s also quite a few I’ve never heard of. Thanks so much for making this very resourceful collection available to us.

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  • http://www.pedrodasilva.co.uk Pedro Da Silva

    Nice resource list. Found it in a Tweet. Thanks for sharing.

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  • http://www.brettwidmann.com Brett Widmann

    These are some really useful tools. I can’t wait to try some more out!

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  • http://www.guru.com Kathleen Foley

    Awesome list, I would also suggest using a freelance site, such as http://www.guru.com.

    Kathleen

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  • http://markbakker.ca Mark Bakker

    Kashoo is a great accounting tool for small businesses. I like it because it integrates with FreshBooks, which I use for tracking my time. As a contractor, I wanted to use FreshBooks, ’cause it’s so awesome at what it does. The fact that Kashoo integrated with FB was a dream come true.

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  • http://www.webtasarimsitesi.com/blog/ ertan

    nice collection.
    thanks for list.

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  • http://www.webdesignsydney.org/ Ned

    Very good colection
    Thanks a lot mate

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  • http://www.small-business-graphic-design.com Rhonda

    Wow! This is a great list. I’m definitely going to look into the time keeping tools because I’m always forgetting to keep time. Hopefully with one of the tools right on my computer it will make it more convenient and easier to keep track of more accurately.

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  • http://www.workforcetrack.com Arina Ardashiyan

    You can check out workforcetrack. We use it for our PM and collaboraytion.

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  • Vincent

    I would like to recommend OroTimesheet for time tracking and invoicing.
    It is really easy to use and very affordable.
    It helps me keep track of the time I spend on each project. I can easily create an invoice from my timesheets.

    It is free to try so make sure to visit the company’s website at http://www.orologic.com/

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  • Robert

    I`d love to share my experience that I did during these recent months. So, i was looking for a suitable software and found WorkforceTrack.com . Now, after checking it, I advised to use it to my boss and he agreed fortunately. We are using this software and quite satisfied.

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    Very useful tools for every freelancer especially thee ones about time

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  • Trisha

    This one is great too for design resource freebies, psds but also print templates, vectors, icons, mockups etc…:
    Pixeden.com

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  • Erica C

    Wow great list. Full of loads of handy things for freelancers. I have bookmarked this page. Thanks for sharing.

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  • http://www.tabb.ca Nicholas @ Tabb online project schedule tool

    nice collection. I’d also like to recommend TABB as the online to do list and time management software, it trys its best to be a useful and simple tool though it is new.

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  • Alex

    good board for freelance techie jobs: HTML Jobs Finder

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  • http://www.bunkerapp.com Avi Kaye

    Another free web-based invoicing solution is Bunker App (www.bunkerapp.com). Simple, elegant and dead-easy to set up.

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  • http://www.replicon.com Megha

    Great article for freelancers. I have taken trail for some of these tools, but finally settled with Replicon time tracking software. Take a look and am sure you would love it too!

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  • http://www.xamun.com Arup

    may i suggest another addition to the list, http://www.xamun.com its a one-stop community for consulting industry catering to freelance and corporate users providing tools and marketplace for running your business efficiently..

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  • http://www.billomat.com/en/ Online Invoicing Tool

    Wow ! Impressive amount off work ! Grate job!
    I would contibute by suggesting the Billomat Online invoicing Tool its a good alternative for well know Freshbooks as the service is a bit cheaper and the support is excellent.

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  • Kyle

    Great list of resources Julio, these tools are indeed essential to freelance workers. Using these tools it can help freelancers do tasks effectively and efficiently. In addition to the list is http://www.timedoctor.com/ a tool that can help freelance workers track time accurately in real time. Using this tool it tracks freelance workers activities and gives analytics for your work day, allowing freelance workers to improve productivity and eliminate distractions or less productivity activities.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/stefan.kretz.35 Stefan Kretz

    We use the FLEXBIZ Cloud

    http://www.flexbiz.de

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Time-management-Community/554894041201119 Vincent Churchil

    How about Replicon time clock software?

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    Thanks a lot for sharing these 90 very useful freelance tools. They have toally helped me in a lot of aspects.

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    How about ProofHub.com ?

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