The Ultimate Guide To Setting Up As A Freelancer At Uni
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The Ultimate Guide To Setting Up As
A Freelancer At Uni

Everything you need to know to get started

The guide
setting up as a freelancer

Introduction

What is this guide about?

This guide is aimed at helping a generation learn exactly what freelancing is, how to get set up and where to find that first client. We've made this guide as actionable as possible & we want to see people getting to a stage where they've managed to secure & complete their first freelance assignment whilst at university. You can work through this guide all in one sitting or pick & choose the relevant sections for you.

We've seen first hand how powerful freelancing can be as a way to "earn & learn" at the same time whilst at university. We've worked in typical student jobs that have no bearing or impact on our future careers. Pulling pints doesn't help an aspiring designer. The rise of freelancing is changing how we work & how we can take charge of our own future. For example, computer science students can now easily build websites for businesses in their spare time & get paid for it.

It's a flexible way of working, ideally suited to fit around studies, that not only helps to fund an expensive time of life but also teaches a whole range of life skills. Here we share our insights on everything you need to consider when looking to start your freelance career.

Who is this for?

This guide is aimed at current university students who are looking for:
- new ways to gain vital experience before leaving education
- ways to get money coming in, not just managing money going out
- a taste of freelancing to consider it as a full-time profession

Whilst we do see this as a guide for current students, there is nothing stopping recent graduates or other young people who are looking to find out more about freelancing using this guide. The more people this can help the better.

What is freelancing?

A dictionary definition: Self-employed and hired to work for different companies on particular assignments.

The Talent Cupboard definition: Freelancing is a way of working that gives you freedom like no other profession. By working on a project basis it gives you ownership of your life. It's up to you to figure out where & what you're going to be working on. Depending on the project, you could be at an office premises or working remotely via the web to get work done. The key benefit for many is the flexibility it can provide as a career & it's no surprise that more & more people are choosing it as a way of life.

Why read this guide?

We wanted to create a digital guide aimed to help a digital generation. We've stripped away anything that is not essential & have provided a practical look at all of the things you need to do in order to set up as a freelancer. We help students & graduates find their feet as freelancers every day so we know the questions & concerns that arise when trying to do this.

We've also linked to a bunch of useful resources throughout this guide to help save you time getting set up. Our aim is to help you get all of the set up done quickly so you can start your freelance career.

We'll also be producing follow up guides to this soon to further develop on becoming a brilliant freelancer.

A quick intro to Talent Cupboard

Before we get into the rest of the guide we thought it'd be useful to just give a quick bit of background on who we are & why you should listening to us.

Talent Cupboard is a platform dedicated to matching students with businesses to source work experience. Whether that's by completing online projects or taking up in house positions we're all about helping people to enhance their employability. We not only want to make it easy for students & businesses to connect but to make sure that the best match as possible is made. We've been pioneering access to freelance projects for university students since 2011 when we first set up our sister site site called Concept Cupboard. Since launch we've gained valuable insight into how to best match these two parties. Being a business & also being a team featuring a lot of recent graduates we've got first hand experience into some of the issues we're solving. Now, without further adieu, we're going to show you how to become a kick-ass freelancer.

 

Getting set up as a freelancer



Before you start looking for your first freelancing gigs there are a number of things that you need to get in order. Here we cover off everything you need to think about before you jump into the deep end.

The Boring Bits

Being a freelancer is an incredible thing. You have an ownership of work & freedom that you just can't get in most other professions. However, with great fun & freedom, comes paperwork & responsibility. You'll have to manage your own time, finances, legals & more. Here we'll show you some of the boring things you're going to have to take a look at before you can start officially freelancing.

Setting up as self-employed

This is one area that many of you might not think about. In order to legally be earning you need to register as self-employed. Start working for yourself without the proper set up & you can face some trouble from the government down the line.

The biggest question here is whether you decide to set up as a sole trader or a limited company. This choice is a difficult one to prescribe as each option will suit different situations.

To clear what these two types of company are lets go through the definitions here:

Sole trader: As a sole trader you're the sole individual running the business who is allowed to keep all profits after tax. Liabilities for the company fall with the individual.

Limited company: A limited company is an organisation which has its liabilities limited to that of the capital invested in it. There can be more than one owner through the distribution of shares.

That's the definitions out of the way. Lets go into the benefits of each option.

Benefits of setting up as a sole trader

Becoming a sole trader requires less paperwork. You don't have to worry about submitting annual returns & other documents that a limited company is required to do. You'll also be able to simply keep all profit, after tax, just for you. As a limited company you'll have to withdraw this to yourself as either salary, a dividend or a loan.

For many of you getting started at university this might be the best option as it's quick to get set up & the accountancy fees should be lower.

Find out how to set up as a sole trader

Benefits of setting up as a limited company

The main benefit here is in the name. Your liabilities will be limited to that of the company. Meaning, if you're required to pay up more than you can afford your personal money wont be touched. As you start to get more customers you'll also be able start taking advantage of certain tax benefits.

Certain projects will require you to be a limited company & it can help to open doors with slightly larger clients as well. In a lot of cases you might be taking on the liability for a project & so this extra level of protection will help to soften the blow if things do go wrong.

There are a few more steps to get set up here but it can be worth it.

Find out how to set up as a limited company

Getting set up for tax

Ah yes, everyone's favourite subject. Tax. Unfortunately you're going to have to pay this on earnings you make with your freelance career. How you calculate tax will depend on whether you've set up as a sole trader or a limited company.

As a sole trader you'll be taxed on all of your earnings. When you start to earn a significant amount, the higher tiers of tax can start to sting. As a limited company you'll pay the flat rate of corporation tax which is 20% at the time of writing in the UK.

Sole traders perform a self-assesment & limited companies will have to file a number of different financial documents. Having access to an accountant can help here.

As a limited company you can also be more efficient with your taxes by reducing your wage, therefore reducing your NI & PAYE contributions, and then receiving more money through a dividend.

There are plenty of accountancy software packages to help out with this (covered later) but the latest & most up to date information can be found on the GOV.UK website. Here you can find the relevant pages detailing the tax responsibilities for each type of company:

Sole trader

Limited company

Creating a basic contract

Having a contract should be a must for every project you undertake. It ensures a point of reference of what was promised should anything go wrong with the project.

Contracts are going to vary wildly based on what you're working on but some basic things to consider should be:

Intellectual property: who owns the rights to what is produced? Is it you or the client? This is important to clarify & most of the time your client will want to retain this.

Agreeing deliverables: Make sure the client is crystal clear on what you're going to be delivering & when. For example, even things like what file format need to be considered.

Your fees: This part will detail how much you're going to get paid. It might be a fixed fee of £500 or an hourly rate of £20 an hour.

Payment terms: Once the project is completed, when is the client going to pay you? Have a maximum number of days this should take stated.

Copyright & licenses

This is an important one to mention. If you get caught for plagarising at university you risk academic penalties. Using someone elses work without permission is similar but much more serious. You must make sure that you have purchased or own the rights to any of the work that you're giving to a client.

This means, for example, you can't use any image from Google or illegally download a music track for a video. If you are having to purchase any materials then you're going to have to either absorb the cost as part of your fee or request that the client purchases it for your use.

Setting up to get paid (the fun bit)

Getting paid & seeing the rewards of your own hard work is one of the most satisfying elements of being freelance. You did good, you got paid. Simple.

However, there is some best practice when it comes to setting up to get paid. You might think that you'll be able to either get paid in cash or simply get a transfer into your student account to edge you closer to eradicating your student overdraft. You can do this but it's not the right thing to do. You need to be able to define what is your personal money & what money is being put through your freelancing business. Don't do this & it is going to be a massive headache when trying to work out tax, expenditure etc.

What we recommend to do is to have a separate bank account in which to run your business through. This makes things a lot simpler & doesn't require too much paperwork.

If you've got a student Santander account then we suggest making an application for the Santander Start-up account. If you're already banking with them for your student account or personal account then you can get 18 months free business banking, saving you quite a bit of money.

You can check out the details here: Santander Start-up Account

Brand your business or yourself?

There are millions of freelancers out there, so you need to find a way to not only get noticed but also be remembered. Branding is a vital part of this & you need to decide whether you choose to use yourself as your brand or whether you create a business brand.

Branding yourself

You can simply choose to brand & market yourself. It's a safe bet and you won't get sick of it. You'd be best to set up relevant social media profiles for your 'professional' self as well as looking into reserving a domain name of YourName.com. The advantage here is that people like to deal with people. A client can instantly see who they're dealing with rather than having to find out who is behind the scenes. It is also a good way to go when you're first starting out, especially if you're not a designer or aware of the nuances of branding. Make the most of your personality & make sure your skills are made clear.

Branding your business

If you're comfortable with creating a brand for your freelancing operation then it can help you to look more professional. You also look more established than you might otherwise be. This can definitely help when trying to win larger projects but is by no means a guarantee. You might also want to consider creating a brand if you're looking to team up with other freelancers. E.g. A designer teaming up with a copywriter. You'd then have to work on a brand that you both agree on.


Setting up your workspace

One of the greatest benefits of freelancing is being able to work from home. We all do our best work in different environments. Some of us can work in our bedrooms while others need a dedicated office space in order to focus.

If it's possible, try to dedicate an area of your home specifically for work. Plonking yourself down on the sofa might seem like a good idea, hey its comfy right? But usually there's a TV or games console nearby and a well meaning 10-minute break can easily end up being a few hours!

It's a noisy life at university & full of distractions. That's why it's important to find your place for work. It might mean utilising your university library or making use of an off campus coffee shop to hide away & get down to business. Wherever you do end up working, make sure that space is a clutter free as possible. Trust us, it helps.

Putting a little bit of effort in before you get started will help put you in a productive state of mind and fend off procrastination that little bit longer.

The right tools for the job

Depending on what type of freelancer you are will depend on what tools you need although most people will need this basic set of items. Here's our run down of the basics:

- A laptop

- Email & an office suite of software

- A hard drive to backup client work

- An internet connection

- Pen & paper (nostalgic we know)

- Business cards for networking

Some recommendations for student discounts & other freebies to help you get set up are:

Apple Education discount - save up to £175 on a new Mac.

Adobe Creative Cloud - access the full suite of Adobe Creative Cloud at a decent discount. One for creatives.

Rymans discount - All the stationery you need.

Google docs & Gmail - free office suite of tools plus a powerful email tool

16-25 rail card - great if you need to save some money visiting clients.

Student broadband deal - 9 month superfast broadband from Virgin.

Moo discount - Get your business cards printed for less.

Creating your digital presence

Having a strong digital presence is essential if you want to get found by potential clients. You don't have to have a million followers or a portfolio with dozens of pieces of work to get started but there are a few things you can do to start to increase your visibility online.

Online portfolios

Having an online portfolio is essential. If you don't have one then what are you going to send to prospective clients or how are they going to find you online?

Your portfolio of work is a chance to prove what you can do. For many businesses one of the biggest issues with hiring a student or graduate is, "Are they going to be able to deliver?". This is why it is so important to get this bit right.

To help solve this problem we've spent hours upon hours creating a simple to use digital CV builder on Talent Cupboard & it's completely free to use. It allows you to link to all of your social profiles, include previous projects you've worked on, as well as listing previous employment. In addition to this it's mobile friendly so your profile can be viewed from any device. We'd recommend reserving your preferred username today on Talent Cupboard as your CV will follow the format: http://www.talentcupboard.com/YOUR_USERNAME

Reserve your username today


Creating your own website

If you're a little more tech savvy then you can also look at creating your own website in addition to a Talent Cupboard CV. One quick way to get started is to use a Wordpress site. It's the most widely used CMS (Content Management System) in the world & is free to use.

If you wanted your own custom domain, for example www.yourname.com then you're going to need to purchase a domain name as well as a hosting plan. You can start off with some cheap plans but make sure to shop around here.

We'll be launching a new service soon that let's you get a custom website designed, managed & hosted from £25 a month soon so if you're interested then make sure to contact us here to register your interest.

Getting social

You're probably already active on most social networks for your personal life, but social media can be a great tool for building your brand and interacting with potential clients. Showcasing your brand on social media is more than just attracting followers, it's about getting to know them. Have conversations with local business to raise your awareness. Make it a two-way conversation & you'll start to help your chances of landing a client through your social activity.

If you're deciding to market yourself as a freelancer, rather than a brand, then you may have to clean up your social networks a bit. You want to come across as professional and tweeting about the massive rave you went to may put off potential clients.

How to work out what to charge

Pricing is one of the hardest things to figure out when you're first starting out. Price too high & you could be losing potential customers. Price too low & you're going to be wasting your time. Here we cover off what you need to consider when pricing your services.

Setting your rates

One of the best places to focus on setting your rates is having a look at your outgoings. Figure how much your cost of living is & you then have you absolute minimum amount you need to be earning each day. Then, you'll need to think about the premium of your time. Depending on what service you provide this is going to change quite a lot. A good starting point is to look at what others in your field are charging to figure out a rough industry average.

When you're first starting out it can be useful to lower your initial rates to attract your first clients. This is by no means meant to be a long term solution but a way in which you can gain those initial testimonials that will allow you to prove yourself as a freelancer & build up a reputation in your field. Once you've got this, you can start to charge more.

Be flexible & prepare to negotiate

Once you've figured out what you want to charge make sure you're able to have a little bit of flexibility in your pricing. Be prepared to negotiate with a business on your costs & also the scope of the project. For example, if they only have a small budget for a large project you can recommend to simplify the project to reflect the allocated budget.

 

Finding your first clients



Finding your first clients is going to be one of the biggest challenges that you face as a freelancer. Where do you find businesses to approach? How do you win a project? These are just a couple of the many questions that people ask when trying to land that first client. We source freelance projects day in, day out for students & graduates so don't worry. We'll be spilling our insights in this section on how to find your first clients.

Finding clients online

Talent Cupboard

We have to blow our own trumpet here because this is what we're all about. We help students & graduates connect with employers for freelance projects. Our aim is to make it easy for you to find clients so that you can focus on doing great work. As well as connecting you to businesses we'll also proactively recommend you for projects if you're kicking-ass on the site.

You might be wondering how this all works. Let us explain.

A business posts a project to Talent Cupboard which we'll then alert you about. You can read the brief, see the budget & decide whether to apply to undertake the work or not. Totally up to you. The business owner will choose a winning freelancer to complete the project & once it's signed off you get paid. Winner.

All you need to do to start accessing these projects is sign up to Talent Cupboard. Best of all, it's completely free for you to use. Why not join our community today?



Local businesses

Local businesses can be a great source for finding your first freelance clients. 99% of the UKs registered businesses are SMEs & so starting small & local can be a perfect stater before moving onto bigger projects.

Rather than walking down the road door to door (which you could actually do) we recommend taking a more targeted approach to find local businesses. First of all, start with a niche. In this instance we're going to pretend to be a designer aiming to provide services for local hairdressers.

What you'll need to do is load up a local business directory, there are load online if you search but for the purposes of this example we've picked Yell.com. A quick search for hairdressers in Shrewsbury comes up with the following results.

As you can see, there are a bunch of local businesses that I could be reaching out to in order to offer my design services.



Helping clients find you online

Wouldn't it be awesome if you didn't have to do all of the work reaching out to clients? What if they were able to come to you? Here we cover off some of the techniques to help you do this.

SEO

SEO is the dark art of how to come top of a Google search. As a quick test, Google your name or the name of what your freelancing brand is going to be. Okay, done that? Where did you come? Not on page one? Now we're not expecting you to be able to come top of the page for the word "freelancer" but if someone decides to try & find you how are they going to do this? This is why it is so important to have social media profiles & an online portfolio somewhere. In regards to SEO you'll need to do a whole bunch of things to get this right. We ensure that your Talent Cupboard profile is SEO optimised for your name & skills but if you're feeling adventurous then check out this beginners guide to SEO: The Beginners Guide To SEO

Becoming good at SEO takes times & practice but once you've mastered it, it can become another service to offer your clients.

Blogging

Blogging is a skill that we think everyone should have. You learn how to effectively communicate your thoughts for others & proves you have an opinion on things that matter to you. These are traits which are essential to a lot of businesses. It's also a massive bonus point for SEO. Attach a blog to your website & get writing about your freelancing field to start getting noticed.

Portfolios

When people come to search for you, your brand or even if they come across one of your blog posts, you need to ensure that everything is linking to your portfolio. You can build one in a number of ways. It could be a Talent Cupboard profile, a bespoke website or one of a dozen other options. The main thing to do is ensure it exists.

Having testimonials from business & a showcase of previous projects you've completed are essential to winning new business. Have these front & centre wherever you decide to put your profile online.

Social media

Spending most of your time on social media when you could be finding clients? Turn procrastination into productivity by using social media to source work. Here are some quick hacks that we've put to use previously.

Use twitters search functionality to find people looking for work. Here is an example of what searching for "know web designer" comes up with.

Think about what a client might write when asking for something on social media & do a quick search. You can easily test different phrases here. You should also join relevant freelance & business groups on Facebook & Linkedin to be on the lookout for potential opportunities.

You can also find work on reddit. A popular sub-reddit for finding freelance work can be found here: Reddit - For Hire

If you build up a presence for social media & combine it with a proactive search for work you'll be on track for success.

Freelance job sites

There are plenty of freelance job sites that vary in quality around the web. Blowing our own trumpet again, there aren't any focused on helping students & graduates specifically. If you're looking to compete against the established freelancers then we'd recommend looking at Lancelist which provides a fantastic round up of links to sites that have freelance opportunities.

Finding clients offline

There are plenty of ways that you can also find clients that doesn't involve sitting in front of a computer screen. Ready to get out & about?

Tap into your network

Friends & family are amazing. They're always around for birthdays, holidays wouldn't be the same without them & they could even help you kickstart your freelancing career.

I'm sure you're probably familiar with the phrase "It's not what you know, it's who you know" right? Well, it's actually very true. Your network of connections is going to be really important when you're trying to find work.

If you happen to have friends & family involved in running their own business then tell them you're getting into freelancing. Ask if they have any work available now or anything coming up. If you don't ask, you don't get. Also, remember the portfolio thing we were talking about before? Email them a link to it. Then they'll have it on file for themselves & to also pass onto others.

A lot of people are afraid to tell others of their ambitions & dreams in case they fail. Especially when it comes to family & friends. Don't let this fear hold you back from making the most of one of the most powerful assets at your disposal. Tell everyone what you do. Bring it up at parties, dinners etc. The more people that know about what you can do & what you are aiming to do the better.

Networking at events

The idea of networking is cringe-worthy to many people. Unfortunately if you're serious about starting your freelancing career then you're going to have to deal with people at some point. Grab your business cards & get ready to have conversations with people. Our main piece of advice would be don't just spew out your sales pitch of what you can do to everyone you meet. Find out about them & ask questions. Don't worry, networking gets easier the more you do it.

To find local networking events we recommend using sites like Meetup & Eventbrite.

 

Managing client relationships

Client relationships

So, you've managed to land your first client. High five! You've come a long way. However, the works only just begun. You're going to have to deliver on what you promised now.

In this section we cover off how to manage the relationship you have with clients to guarantee a successful project.

Keeping it professional

It's important to behave in a professional manner when carrying out a project. We're not saying that you should become a robot but just think about a few of the following areas.

Watch your language

Here it's probably best to ease off the swearing & keep the language you use professional. We'd also recommend trying to refrain from slang as you should be trying to build your professional brand. For many businesses employing freelancers remotely, trust can be a big factor since they'll never end up meeting the freelancer. Well worded emails help them be more reassured.

Stick to deadlines

Obvious one right? If you're inclined to be rushing to finish essays only when you've got "The Fear" then you need to sort this out & plan to keep within deadlines. If you miss an essay deadline, your only wasting your own time. Miss a business deadline & you could write off the project. We recommend using planning apps like Trello. Mark down everything you're going to need to do & by when. One way to really impress an employer is to deliver before the deadline, without sacrificing quality. It shows you can respond & move things forward quickly.

Conflict Resolution (What to do if it all heads south)

At some point or another there will be a point where a client relationship breaks down. It'll suck but you've got to try & remain professional. Trust us, it'll help. Here we'll cover what to do if you still haven't or wont be receiving payment for your work as well as what to do if the brief changes during the course of the project.

Late or no payment

Some businesses will pay you late. Others will try not to pay you. What we recommend is to calmly & objectively explain that you are requiring payment as soon as possible. You should also try to keep all communication at this point on email because you can then use the content & timestamps as a reference if you need to escalate the issue to a legal level.

If, after all attempts of rational conversation have collapsed then you can go down the legal route. The Small Claims Court allows you to make applications to claim back up to £100,000 worth of money owed. This is what you'd be looking at as a last resort & we advise seeking advice on whether this is the best option for you or not.

You should always agree, in writing, up front how long you expect to be paid once the project has been completed or how regular payments should be made depending on your situation.

In addition, if they actually can't pay then you could look at agreeing a repayment plan. It's not ideal but if it gets you paid eventually then it might be worth considering.

NOTE: You should seek legal advice for any course of action you take. This is general advice & you should consult a lawyer as to your particular situation.

Change of brief

Sometimes the scope of the project you're working on will change. You've got to use your common sense as to what to do next.

If the changes & updates are small, then you might just lump it & get on with the project. This might be the right course of action if you're just starting out as pleasing the client to get a shining testimonial is key at this stage.

If the changes are substantial or if you want to quibble smaller amends then make sure to rationally explain that your fees are going to have to increase due to the extra work involved. If you explain why, then you're more likely to resolve the issue.

There might be some negotiation involved here but otherwise it might mean a termination of the contract & the project being abandoned. Not good for either party but it does happen.

Again, another reason why you should ensure a contract is signed before you start work.

 

Finance 101



Getting to grips with the basics

Managing finances can be one of the most tedious tasks when it comes to freelancing. Sure, you've got all of the freedom that comes associated but it also comes bundled with paperwork. Here we'll touch on some of the areas that you're going to have to look at.

Budgeting

No matter who you are, you're eventually going to have to look at the equation: money in minus money out.

With a regular job & a regular income it's much easier to budget what you can afford each month. With freelancing money in can be a big question mark, especially when you first start out.

The best way to get started is to work out & write down what your monthly expenses are. This number is the minimum you need to earn in order to survive. This is a good exercise as it will also allow you to see where savings could be made. You might be shocked at how much you're spending on socialising every month.

How to create an invoice

You're going to need to create an invoice in order to get paid by the client. You'll need to give a break down of all the costs for the project, provide your company details as well as a bunch of other things. Essential information will include things like your company number so don't forget!

Protip: To make it professional you might want to get a bunch of stationery designed by one of Talent Cupboard's freelance creatives.

Learn how to create an invoice: How to make an invoice.

Accounting

You're going to have to learn how to record what money is coming in & also going out for your freelance business. When you first start looking at this is can seem daunting but be methodical & you'll be fine.

Luckily there is some great software out there that makes the whole thing a lot simpler. For example, try out KashFlow. All of your income & expenditure can be recorded here as well as performing a bunch of other accounting tasks with ease.

You're going to have to become comfortable with a bunch of different financial statements. Here are some of the key ones you're going to want to have a look at:

Invoices

Quotes & estimates

Profit & Loss accounts

Balance Sheets

Tax

Yes, the bit that everyone hates but even as a freelancer you need to make sure that you pay your way. We could go into loads of detail here on what you need to do but we'll leave that to the HMRC. Head over to their site to find the latest details: Tax for self-employed

You're going to have to submit different documents & reports depending on your company set up. It might take a bit of reading but unfortunately this is one of the tasks that comes with the job.

 

Time management hacks



Balancing university with a freelancing career is going to be tough so you're going to need to be a pro at managing your time. Here we're going to throw down some insights on how to do both & succeed.

Our top tips

We've been & done university so we know how much procrastination can go on. But we also know that when a university deadline hits it can be crazy. These are our lessons learned of how to maximise your time:

- Map out all of your deadlines, lectures & seminars. If you know how much time you need to spend on university work then you can figure out how much time you've got for freelancing & when.

- Stop multi-tasking. Plan & prioritise how much time you'll spend on each task.

- Start the day with the hardest tasks you have. Your willpower is like a muscle. The further you get through the day the more you're likely to cave in to distractions.

- If you need to procrastinate. Do it & get it out of the way. Make it productive by going for a mind clearing run.

- Break large projects down into smaller chunks. This works for both uni work & your freelance work. What seems like a crazy amount of work can be quickly overcome by bringing it down to size.

Set deadlines & reminders for everything. Don't trust your brain. Stick to your plan & you'll find life much easier.

Resources to help you out

There are loads of apps & software that can help to make life a little easier. Our favourite low-tech productivity manager is a notebook & pen but here are some digital solutions to save you time & effort.

Asana (This is your To-Do List)

Make sure you create a To Do list everyday so you know what needs to be done. A pretty cool and free app to use is Asana. Its better to keep track of your To Do list on a device because often small pieces of paper get lost easily. With this app you can prioritise which tasks you really need to get done and then check them off as you go along.

Go to Asana

Dropbox

This is a great online tool that allows you to backup 2GB of data online for a free. Store your most essential files here in case you laptop meets an early demise. It can also be used to easily send large files to clients.

Go to Dropbox

Mindomo (Mind Mapping App)

Mindomo is an online mind-mapping tool. It's a great little tool that allows you to release your creativity and organise your ideas; you can even collaborate with others and publish your thoughts.

Go to Mindomo

Boomerang (Gmail plugin)

This is app for Gmail that is a must need. It lets you set a notification to pop up if you haven't gotten a reply on an email by a certain time/ It also lets you move messages back to the top of your inbox, closer to when you actually need to pay attention. You can schedule emails to send later, so you can get all your mailing out of the way without bugging people at inappropriate times.

Go to Boomerang

 

 

Thanks for reading!

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1. Introduction

2. Getting set up as a freelancer

3. Finding your first clients

4. Managing client relationships

5. Finance 101

6. Time management hacks




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