Working for yourself comes with its fair share of hardships and stressful moments especially for those in the creative or freelance field. Whether it's meeting a last-minute deadline or juggling multiple clients all on your own, things can quickly become overwhelming when you solely rely on your own without a team to fall back on. But, it's 2018, and even if you're running your own business all on your own, there are a few apps we love that will help make you feel like you can tackle anything that might come your way.
Here at PLANOLY, Asana plays a crucial role in how our team works together on a day to day basis. So, what is it? Essentially, Asana is a cloud-based software that allows individuals to track and manage the progress of any project or task they create. This application is essential for just about any business (of any size), and it's especially beneficial for creatives and freelancers who have to juggle multiple clients or projects every single day. Within Asana you're able to delegate tasks, add attachments, view projects by the month, start and continue conversations with your team or clients all within one space. We suggest making every client and or project you have into a separate project and color coding each project to ensure that you stay organized. They even have an app for your phone which allows you to stay up to date with all of your projects wherever you are. Asana's clean interface will allow you to become quickly acquainted with the software, and trust us, you're going to be asking yourself how you survived so long without it in your life. As far as pricing, Asana has a basic version for teams that are just getting started, it allows you to create unlimited tasks, projects, and conversations and you can invite up to 15 team members. They also offer a premium option at $9.99 per member per month which has some added features such as a timeline, no member limit and advanced search and reporting.
When you work for yourself, you're solely responsible for keeping track of how you spend your time. It's incredibly important to keep time logs just in case you're ever required to prove the exact amount of time you spent on a project. To accomplish this, you'll need a software like Everhour which is a helpful service that allows both freelancers and small teams to track their time spent on individual tasks or projects. Not only are you able to keep a steady track of your time, but Everhour also provides you with the option of creating invoices based on the hours you've worked which is incredibly helpful for those project that are billed by the hour. Another reason Everhour is great is that you can utilize it in conjunction with Asana. When you do this, you're able to track your time all within Asana without having to log into another account to accomplish this. This creates a seamless integration between the two softwares. There are two plans you can select from, the Solo Plan which is limited to one person and $8 per month if paid yearly (which is perfect if you're a freelancer) or the Team Plan which comes down to $5 per user, per month if paid annually.
Honeybook is a client management system that allows you to handle all of your project contracts, invoices, payments, vendor tracking and more. They offer analytics which provides you with essential information regarding your business since you can compare the number of leads you've had per month in comparison to the number of projects you've booked. This software was intentionally designed for creatives which explains it's popularity in the creative world. At $34 per month if paid by the year (or at $40 per month), it might seem like a pretty big investment for your business, but if you've been working as a freelance designer, photographer or illustrator for quite some time and have a steady flow of project or clients, we highly recommend looking into making the investment into Honeybook.
And finally, we put ourselves on this list since we truly believe that our app can significantly benefit freelancers. Why? Working as a freelancer (regardless of your specific field) forces you to be thoughtful and organized when it comes to your time. With Planoly, you're able to manage all of your content for Instagram and schedule your photos, IG stories & more on your own time. If you work for yourself, you know the struggles of having to constantly promote yourself and your business on social media which can become incredibly time-consuming. But that's what we're here for! You can pre-write all of your captions beforehand and rearrange your feed with our easy drag and drop feature. Other than the planning aspects of our app, the analytics you're able to access for your Instagram account provides you with essential insights needed for you to grow your audience. And if you ever have a question, we have an amazing customer service team that are more than happy to assist you.
"Working as a freelancer forces you to be thoughtful and organized when it comes to your time."