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Writing is difficult, as a craft and as expression. Freelancing is harder. To avoid looking like a loon with a loose quill, we find comfort in those special tools that enable us to make this process seem smooth.
Sleek, smart, simple but significant, with designs that don’t scream indifference, this is now the expectation of all software interfaces: minimalism, but substantiated where necessary, all for convenience. Here are some tools for freelancers and small business owners that do well to adhere to these criteria and enable you to manage various aspects of your day to day business:
“All-in-one freelancing solution for the world’s best creative freelancers.”
International-friendly but locally reliable, Bonsai works for every and all kind of freelancer: designers, developers, writers, photographers, videographers and consultants. As a freelance tool then, Bonsai prioritises organisation, corporate safety, swifter payments and time saving to ensure that workflow is simplified. Bonsai consolidates a process, so that your own writing process is informed by your successes, not your failures. Bonsai also begins with a free trial, enabling users to notice the difference in their writing before committing to the product. Bonsai is excellent as a holistic tool.
“Compose bold, clear, mistake-free writing with Grammarly’s AI-powered writing assistant.”
Grammarly is a free software that functions as a safety net in for the background, making you aware of the mistakes it amends, and the sentences is works to restructure. Grammarly works alongside almost all email and project platforms, as well as all social media sites that require text. Unlike a simple language checker found in Microsoft Word for example, Grammarly makes recommendations for improving voice, fixing the placement of subject and predicate and tightening grammar, working in tandem with existing software. After all, active sentences are usually more fitting than passive ones, and “20 million people use Grammarly to improve their writing”. Grammarly cares about your voice. Download Grammarly FREE today
“Start selling today in Australia – or go global – with the world’s most customizable eCommerce platform. Your store, your way.”
WooCommerce provides small businesses with an opportunity to create a virtual storefront that receives the exposure it deserves. Filled with a suite of services and used exclusively by hundreds of Australian brands like Singer Sewing Machines and Sutton Tools, WooCommerce is great for improving the image of your business and establishing you alongside other well-known companies. WooCommerce is built on WordPress, the software that runs 26% of the web, it is a “completely customizable eCommerce platform for entrepreneurs worldwide”. It is easy to see why WooCommerce is “the most popular eCommerce platform on the web”.
“JivoChat is an all-in-one business messenger that teams use to talk to customers everywhere: live chat, phone, email, and social.”
Unlike the clutter of Facebook messenger or Twitter, JivoChat is a free tool that ensures that communication between you and your clients is streamlined and free from distraction. Jivochat values efficiency above all else, and this is evident in its simple, minimalist layout where the content of communication is the priority. Not only well-reviewed as a mobile customer support app, JivoChat also creates a platform that is predicated on better customer service and easy-to-use features. JivoChat is exceptional at creating direct contact.
“Evernote helps you capture and prioritise ideas, projects, and to-do lists, so nothing falls through the cracks.”
Evernote knows the sporadic spread of expression that comes with procrastination. That is why Evernote lets you capture all your professional and personal moments alike, all in one space. With multiple mediums readily available, Evernote can preserve your process in notes, voice and pictures. Evernote’s endgame is information, how we use it, how it comes from us and how it can transcend the immense diversity of technology available to us; “Evernote was founded to address a growing problem that technology helped to create: how to succeed in a world of an ever-increasing volume and velocity of information”. Evernote succeeds with at its goal.
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“Crowdfire helps you discover and schedule content, and manage all your social accounts from one place.”
Social media is inevitable, for any avenue of growth. Crowdfire is all about consolidation. Crowdfire aligns similar online content for you to capitalise on, utilising keyword search functions, pre-scheduled content releases and tailored posts for various social media sites, like Twitter and Instagram. Crowdfire creates of a web of you, creating links between your content across a range of sites and platforms, with ease. Crowdfire works, it’s that simple.
“All you need to do your best work, together in one package that works seamlessly from your computer, phone or tablet.”
When it comes to providing freelancers and small business owners with the tools for success required in the modern world, G Suite is a monolith in terms of programs, control and access. While most have likely encountered or used many Google products, G Suite is concerned instead with packaging an experience so that there are no gaps in your capabilities as a freelancer or a small business owner. Google Suite provides you with creative solutions to your problems, allowing you to collaborate with your clients, your employees and yourself across a range of platforms and mediums. Google Suite is essential.