As a best freelance writer I’m always on the hunt for tools that make my life easier. I noticed that by using convenience tools that help me save time and develop a writing routine, I get a lot more of my freelance writing work done during the day.
Nowhere is this more important than when we get busier.
The funny thing is that once we use certain things we start to take them for granted and before we know it we forgot there was life without them. I actually had to rack my brain to come up with some ideas to list here, because I’m already spoilt. Therefore it is so easy to forget how little I knew before I started my freelance writing journey.
My Favourite Freelance Writing Tools:
WordPress: yes, without WordPress I wouldn’t be were I am today. Falling in love with the platform has enabled me to open myself to the world and in return attracted many clients and great business relationships.
My LapTop: I don’t know what I would do without my trusted laptop? It is convenient, sexy and fast.
Broadband Internet: gone are the days of dial up headaches and really this should be number one as without a fast Internet connection I would loose touch.
Open Office: what can I say, convert documents into PDF with the click of a mouse, it can’t get easier than that. Plus, with Open Office I can also convert documents to be readable in Microsoft Office XP and earlier. And it’s free.
Time Tracking Tools: I have written a post about this on my Blogging Web 2.0 blog. To this day it is the most popular. Using a time tracker has not only allowed me to see where I’m wasting time, but also to determine my hourly pay rate.
Skype: convenient, free, good quality communication tool.
Email Software: I accidentally managed to delete my Microsoft Outlook sometime last year and lost all my contacts. Since then I had to login into webmail to check my messages which often left me frustrated since it is such a slow process.
Worse even as soon as you leave the site for like 5 minutes you come back to see yourself logged out. Ggrrrrr…. you can imagine my joy now that I am back using a similar application.
External HardDrive: I wouldn’t know what else to do with all the stuff I need to keep. Having enough storage enables me to keep my laptop clutter free.
Time Out: since I have the tendency to totally overdo it when I’m fired up I have learnt to take time out on regular occasions. This could be in the form of reading a great book, watching mindless TV, going for a walk on the beach, indulging in one of my many craft projects (and no, it’s definitely not needle work ) or some quality time with John or my friends.
This is really important to me, since I need some balance in my life and cannot possibly function if I work myself into sickness.
My Network: without you and other entrepreneurs worldwide I wouldn’t have half the work I do as a freelance writer. Networking is essential for most business owners but more so for freelancers. Building my social network all the time will assure me to get an unlimited supply of freelance writing work for a long time to come. It is the foundation of my business.
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