A mechanic requires the help of their tools to fix your car. A doctor relies on medical devices to treat patients. So too do freelancers and micro business owners need tools to assist them with their everyday tasks in order to be successful.
It's tempting to believe you can do it all on your own — but that's a myth. At some point, you'll need to find a resource, tool, application or platform that can assist you with a certain task (or more likely than not, with many tasks).
Whether it’s bookkeeping, time tracking, client management, virtual storage or video chat, you'll almost certainly need multiple different types of tools to survive as a freelancer or micro business owner. And there is no shame in that game!
Not sure what tools are out there that can help you with your everyday tasks? We compiled the list below of essential tools for freelancers and micro business owners, so you can pick and choose what you need to scale your business.
Client & Business Management
The bulk of your time, energy, frustration and dollars will be spent on your day-to-day client and business management. These are the in-the-weeds tasks that you have to do to keep that money coming in. As a freelancer or mirco business owner, you are getting paid to assist your client with their needs, and that means you need to stay organized. Here are some tools you can use to streamline your workflow:
Once your revenue is rolling in, you'll need tools to help you manage the often mundane and challenging tasks of accounting, finance, bookkeeping, time-tracking and invoicing. Here are tools you should check out:
Looking for a specific tool that isn't on this list? Let us know what type of service you need — we can help point you in the right direction.
Lisa Crocco is a marketer for an international food manufacturer by day and a freelance writer/marketer for startups and small businesses by night. She's written for outlets like USA Today College, Career Contessa, CloudPeeps and Fairygodboss.