On Thursday I started with a list of 9 online tools that are great for boosting the productivity of freelance writers. I went over 6 tools that can help you track your work, create invoices, and get paid quickly and securely. I also mentioned 3 sites that can help you to find freelance writing jobs and projects, which means more income for you.
Today I’ll finish up the list with the last 9 tools – 3 more sites for finding freelance writing jobs and 6 storage tools for saving, sharing, and collaborating on files with clients.
If you haven’t already, be sure to read Part 1 of “18 Online Tools for Freelance Writers that Help Boost Productivity“. Now, on to Part 2.
Find Work and Gain Experience
As I mentioned Thursday, using freelance markets are great for increasing income, improving your writing skills, and building relationships. The first 3 tools mentioned were iFreelance, Guru.com, and Freelancer.com.
Project 4 Hire
At Project 4 Hire, you first register as a contract or freelancer. You can then bid on jobs and projects for free. After you sign up, you can choose to become a Certified Contractor, which will increase your chances of being selected for projects.
At ScriptLance you will find both short-term and long-term projects. There are hundreds of projects posted daily. You will also be provided you with an escrow account in order to keep your funds secure.
The concept of Elance is simple: find clients, get hired, get paid. You can create an online profile and portfolio, submit proposals for jobs, and even collaborate with teams. Payments are made securely through the Elance website.
Looking for more? Check out 30 Best Sites to Find Freelance Jobs.
Securely Store and Share Files
Finally, as a freelancer you will need a safe place to store your files and a secure way to share them. Cloud tools are the best method of choice since sharing files is quick and easy. All your client needs is an account on your service of choice and you’ll be sharing files in no time. Here are some tools that can be used on the Web or even on-the-go (on your mobile device).
When you sign up for CX.com, you’ll get 10GB of storage for saving and sharing files. You’ll be able to access those files from the Web, Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, or Kindle Fire. Every file also has its own comment stream so that you can collaborate with your clients.
Dropbox is always mentioned on lists like these, but that’s because it’s such a useful tool! Dropbox is your hard drive in the cloud and is accessible on your computer and mobile devices as well. You can share folders with your clients, making it quick and easy to share files and documents.
Google Docs is one of the easiest ways to write up your articles and share your completed work with clients. Not only can you access and edit your documents from any computer, but you can also share those documents and collaborate in real-time.
Much like Google Docs, Zoho Docs give you the ability to create documents, access and edit them from any computer, and collaborate in real-time. Between the two, Zoho Docs is a bit more advanced and offers more features than Google Docs.
Minus lets you upload and share files instantly just by drag-and-drop. You can upload and access files on Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Android, Chrome, Firefox, and of course the website. When you first sign up, you’ll have get 10GB of storage. Just like CX.com, each item has a comment stream for collaboration.
Uploadingit.com “has the features you need to upload, download, manage and share your images, videos, documents and more with ease”. It comes with 10GB of storage and daily bandwidth. Along with the website, you can upload and access files on Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Android.
Now that we’ve finished up the list, what tools do you use most? Do you use any on this list?