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10 Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Long gone are the days when you had to rely on pencils, paper and file cabinets. Now, freelancers use applications for time management, storage and document creation which makes their time more productive. Invoices are created in a few minutes, communication is easier and large files can be stored at file storage sites. Here are ten awesome productivity tools to keep you get more work done.

YouSendIt

YouSendIt [File Sharing] – Instead of huge files cluttering up your inbox, you receive a simple message from Yousendit. This will let you send massive files to your clients quickly and easily. You can send files of 100MB for free, you receive 2GB storage for $9.99 monthly.

Basecamp

Basecamp [Project Management] – Create milestones, track projects and communicate with other team members using Basecamp. Delegate tasks and receive regular updates. Basecamp is a superb project management tool that will help any project manager or freelance artist control their workflow. Basic service is $24 monthly, giving you 15 projects, 5GB of storage space and unlimited users.

Google Docs

Google Docs [Document Creation] – Google Docs is a free web based package which puts word processing and spreadsheets at your fingertips. You can share documents with other users online by clicking a few buttons. Make a quick sketch or design the latest presentation for your company. Docs delivers nearly every necessary function for free.

Freshbooks

Freshbooks [Accounting] – Create and send invoices with Freshbooks. Keep track of billable hours. Invite others to the program so they can view all of their invoices in one place. Freshbooks also functions as a limited contact management system, allowing you to put both your client and contractor contacts into a database for easy retrieval. Basic service (Seedling) is $19.95 monthly, providing tracking of 25 clients.

Harvest

Harvest [Time Management] – Harvest is a time management tool designed for teams. Members can input their daily time or have weekly time sheets. With Harvest, you can customize your reports, letting you know your financial standing at a glance. Service for a single user is $12 monthly, with additional users billed at an additional $10 monthly.

30 Boxes

30 Boxes [Calendar] – 30 Boxes is a calendar which lets you input your important dates. Attach pictures and notes, receive email reminders, schedule all of your tasks quickly and effectively. Broadcast your important reminders to your Facebook page. This service is free to use.

EverNote

EverNote [Note Taking] – Create one or a thousand sticky notes for your desktop. Track important events, manage your to-do list, remind yourself that you need to pick up groceries after work. Take pictures and add them to your notes for future reference. Evernote’s basic service is free, their premium service is $5 monthly or $45 per year.

Now Do This

Now Do This [To Do List] – Now Do This is a minimalist to-do list. This is designed for those people who do not want to have choices on their to-do list. After you edit your list, it will tell you to do things one at a time. When you are done, it will say ‘all done’ and let you begin anew. This service is free.

Skype

Skype [Communication] – Use Skype to talk to anyone around the world for free. If you have a webcam, you have free video conferencing. Keep track of team members by calling them at low rates, or use their mobile application to make a Skype to Skype connection. Free calling around the world for $13.99 monthly.

Last.fm

Last.fm [Music] – Music helps the days fly by, enhancing productivity and mood. Listen to some great music at Last.fm. Simply put the artist into the search bar, and it will start playing your favorite music. The application keeps track of the most played items so it can offer recommendations. Create your own radio station for free.

You can be more productive with web based calendar, note taking and time management applications. Spend more time focused on your to-do lists and get the most use out of every single minutes. With increased efficiency, you will have more time for the important things.

This guest post was written by James Adams, a writer who follows developments in technology and analyses the quality of new hardware such as the HP 351XL at a leading supplier of HP cartridges.

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3 comments

  1. I would also encourage you to try our new productivity tool, We Geo, available for FREE download at the app store now.

    We created this app with the premise of sharing your many ToDo lists, shopping lists, etc. with your spouse, family, friends, or colleagues, called We Geo. Just released in September 2010, and it’s FREE!

    Found here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/we-geo/id379910115?mt=8

  2. Ah you didn’t mention that you can purchase a skype number for $18/3months! Killer rates 2c/min opposed to verizon at 40c/min

    My company just pushed out CraigsToolbox a craigslist mashup that let’s you browse craigslist with inline images and inline text. Now that will boost productivity for anyone who sells / buys on craigslist.

  3. connectionfailure

    Why is this only in the US app store? WHY do developers DO THIS?!!

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