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Five Task + Project Management Tools Just for Freelancers

Five Task + Project Management Tools Just for Freelancers

Most project management tools are meant for people running larger teams of 5+ people. If you’re using them as a solo freelancer without any team members to manage, they can be a little clunky & overwhelming. But there are several tools that can help you run your business & your projects as a solo freelancer–here are five:

Planscope

    Planscope

    Price: Free 14-day trial, $24/month for Freelancer plan

    Features: Planscope goes a step beyond basic project/task management and adds in features–most of them related to proposal creation–that will be incredibly helpful for service-based freelancers. It allows you to track time spent on tasks (and sync to your invoicing tool of choice), communicate with your clients (and automatically keep them updated on project progress, if you so choose), and it also includes detailed reporting and forecasting features.

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    Ideal for: Freelancers and consultants who work in industries where a lot of client communication is required. Especially ideal for solopreneurs whose businesses might grow into more of an agency style setup with time.

    Klok

      Klok

      Price: Free version, one time fee of $20 for pro version

      Features: Klok lets you keep track of how your time is being spent and which tasks and projects it’s being spent on, laid out in a calendar format (with color coding!). It also connects to popular invoicing tools, including Freshbooks and Harvest.

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      Ideal for: Freelancers who have a tendency to “lose time” throughout their workday, who have especially billable time, and who want a visual view of where, exactly, they’re spending it.

      Thrive Solo

        Thrive Solo

        Price: Free beta at the moment

        Features: Solo aims to be an all-in-one solution for freelancers, so it covers time-tracking, visual overview of projects and milestones, automated invoicing, and reporting of business metrics (profit, hours spent, etc.).

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        Ideal for: Creative freelancers who want an all-in-one spot to manage their business–not just project management, but billing/invoicing and time tracking as well.

        Flow

          Flow

          Price: Free 14-day trial, $10/month after that

          Features: Flow has task lists, repeating tasks, task list templates (for repeating projects), the ability to add notes, comments, and files to tasks, and an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that features drag-and-drop functionality with tasks and lists. You can view tasks through several ways, including by task list or folder, list view, and week, month, or day view (all with the same drag and drop functionality). There’s also easy to use apps for iOS and Mac.

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          Ideal for: A freelancer who has projects that tend to follow the same steps, as the task list templates will save you time and energy. The week/month calendar views are especially useful to see when you’re overloading yourself with tasks on a particular day and correct accordingly.

          Wunderlist

            Wunderlist 

            Price: Free or $5/month for Pro (ability to attach files to tasks, assign tasks to others, unlimited subtasks, and new backgrounds)

            Features: Wunderlist appears to be a fairly simple task management tool at first glance, but it’s actually much more than that. You can create different lists to manage and sort your tasks (by client or by project, for example), add subtasks to tasks, and add notes for tasks, along with the usual features like deadlines, recurring tasks, reminders, and prioritizing via starring.

            Ideal for: The freelancer who likes both working within GTD-inspired tools and gorgeous design.

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            Last Updated on August 29, 2018

            5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

            5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

            Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

            Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

            Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

            1. 750words

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            750 words

              750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

              750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

              750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

              2. Ohlife

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              ohlife

                Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                3. Oneword

                oneword

                  OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                  Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                  4. Penzu

                    Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                    With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                    5. Evernote

                    Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                    Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                    For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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