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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 May 14, 2019

            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

            Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

            1. Zoho Notebook
              If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
            2. Evernote
              The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
            3. Net Notes
              If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
            4. i-Lighter
              You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
            5. Clipmarks
              For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
            6. UberNote
              If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
            7. iLeonardo
              iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
            8. Zotero
              Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

            I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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            In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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