Writers generally aren’t the sort to implement much technology or cutting-edge applications in their life. Some do; most don’t. We get a nice computer, we make sure our word processor runs well, and that’s that. Our software budget for 2009? It probably has a big fat zero next to it.
Other freelancers, like designers and coders, have an edge on writers. These software wizards aren’t afraid of technology, and they benefit all the time from applications they integrate into their business. They’re enjoying a better workflow, more profits and streamlined collaboration.
What the heck are writers waiting for?
The right applications and resources can help you get more out of your day. More time, more money and more enjoyment. Personally, I feel those three qualities of life aren’t luxuries. They’re necessities.
Here are a few top application picks that other freelancers use to get ahead – and you can use them, too.
Active Collab – This little beauty of a project manager is a great application for writers who aren’t on their own and who work as a team. This application helps streamline workflow while enhances file sharing and communication, letting you stay on top of client projects.
FreshBooks – Freshbooks really cut down on the time a writer spends on bookkeeping, turning invoicing and collections into a breeze. Just a few clicks and you can email your client an invoice for fast collections. It goes right into your PayPal account, too.
QuickBooks – Speaking of accounting, many writers don’t maintain their books properly at all, resulting in a mismanaged business and money losses. There’s really no excuse for that. QuickBooks is easy and helps you stay on top of your business without you having to learn to be an accountant. It comes in a desktop or online version, too.
And if you really hate accounting? Check out IAC-EZ, a fantastic alternative. Seriously. Go. Shoo.
Wufoo – This little beauty is the neatest form builder ever seen. You can create all kinds of forms, like surveys, questionnaires and more, then integrate them in your website to capture information. That saves you time from asking customers routine questions.
Sugar CRM – Writers tend to have a lot of customers, and each of them different from the next.. Some are one-time clients; some are repeat clients. Some have standard pricing; some get discounts. Managing your customers effectively and organizing the information shaves a great deal of time off your workweek.
So what about you? Are you with the times or writing in the dark ages? If you have software, applications or tools that you find a real lifesaver in your freelance writing business, let’s hear it.
And if you’re searching for an application to help your day go by faster? Let us know. Maybe someone has the perfect solution for your needs.