The best time management apps for freelancers

Don’t have the time to keep track of your time? Let an app take the strain.

When you’re a freelancer, time can start to feel like a precious commodity. Whether it’s invoicing clients, checking your emails, or simply scheduling in some much-needed downtime, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done.

But don’t worry. These days, there are plenty of apps on the market that can help you manage your time more efficiently, and let you get more out of your freelancing dream. Here are some of our favourites…

Harvest
A time management tool that’s stood the test of time (well, since 2006 anyway), Harvest promises to help you spend less time tracking and more time doing. It provides invoicing and one-click timesheet features for small businesses and freelancers, and lets you plug in expenses, too. There are tiered subscription levels for the app, but the free version is still a great tool and will probably cover the needs of most freelancers.

Focus booster
Procrastination can be the bane of the freelancer’s life. You can sit down at your laptop with a day full of good intentions ahead of you and before you know it you’re doing anything, literally anything, that isn’t work. But Focus Booster can help distract you from distractions and get you to knuckle down. The app uses the ‘Pomodoro Technique’, which breaks up your time into bitesize 25-minute chunks, helping relieve task-based anxiety and letting you focus on one step at a time.

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Toggl
A must-have app for any freelancer, Toggl has long established itself as one of the best time management apps on the market. Toggl lets you track time in real time, allowing you to tag billable hours, project, client, etc., and exports easily to in-app timesheet. Toggl also comes as a Google Chrome extension, meaning it’s even easier to keep track of time when you’re working on your laptop or desktop.

Google calendar
It might sound like the obvious answer, but Google Calendar should be the first place freelancers head when starting out. You can program in your schedule and workload into the Calendar’s easy-to-use interface for quick reference, while the in-Google links mean that face-to-face video calls with Hangouts are just a click away. And you also get reminders on your Android phone, so wherever you are you’ll never miss an appointment or video call again.

1Password
Not technically a time management tool, but it’s definitely an app that will help you save a whole lot of time and stress. In an age where there are passwords for absolutely everything online, 1Password helps you manage all your logins. All you have to do is plug in all your passwords once, and then 1Password will remember them every time you go onto a site, be it social media, online shopping, or whatever. You’ll never have to click “forgotten your password?” again.

 

Posted by The Secret Businessman