5 best productivity tools for freelancers

Are you a freelancer or thinking about going freelance? Staying productive is vital for freelance success. Luckily, there are lots of great tools to help you make the most of your time. In this post, we cover five essential productivity tools that every freelancer should have on their radar.

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May 1, 2024


4 mins


Freelancing offers flexibility and freedom — but it also requires discipline and efficiency. With the right tools in your arsenal, you can take control of your schedule, manage projects effectively, and make client communication a breeze. In this guide, I’ll cover five essential productivity tools to help you stay organised, focused, and productive as a remote freelancer.

1: Notion for project management

Notion, a productivity tool for freelancers

Having a system to keep track of your work is important for freelance success. Finding a project management tool that you like and works with the way you work should be a priority. But it’s also important you don’t focus more on the tool over actually doing the work that the tool is supposed to help you with. Having a setup that is quick and easy to maintain is the goal. If everything’s out-of-date, it’s not helping anyone.

If I had to pick one project management tool, Notion is the one. It’s a project management tool and so much more. I’ve been a big fan since it was released in 2018 and it’s now my hub for all things freelance. It’s my to-do list, my CRM (Customer Relationship Management), and my project tracker.

Notion is an all-in-one workspace, allowing you to take notes, organise projects, and collaborate with others in one place. Whether you're creating to-do lists, managing databases, or drafting documents, Notion is made up of blocks, so can be fully customised to your preferences and way of working. You can make Kanban boards, timelines, and collaborate in real time with clients and colleagues. Notion helps you stay organised and productive — no matter what projects you're working on.

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2: Cal.com for call scheduling

Cal.com, a productivity tool for freelancers

Managing your schedule as a freelancer can be a challenge, especially when you're juggling multiple clients and deadlines. The reality is, as a freelancer you will likely have meetings. Meetings for new business, meetings to catch up on project progress, meetings to network with other freelancers. So an easy way to schedule these meetings is a must.

Cal.com is an open-source scheduling tool. You connect your calendars, set up your meeting preferences, and then you can just share your Cal link with someone to book a meeting. It’s as easy as that. Save time, and cut out the back-and-forth emails. So you can focus on what you do best.

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3: Slack for client communication

Slack, a productivity tool for freelancers

Communication is key in freelancing. I think it’s the number 1 most important skill for a freelancer. Communication with your clients is how you build trust, set expectations, and avoid misalignment. So choose a tool that helps you communicate effectively.

Slack is a great tool to stay connected with your clients and colleagues. It has instant messaging, file sharing, and channel-based communication. Slack makes it easy to collaborate in real-time, no matter where you are. I use it to discuss project details, share work updates, and stay in touch with other freelancers.

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4: Loom for async communication

Loom, a productivity tool for freelancers

Sometimes, words on their own aren't quite enough to convey your message. That’s where Loom comes in.

Loom is a video messaging tool that lets you record your screen and share your thoughts at the same time. Whether you're providing feedback on a design, walking a client through a project proposal, or sharing your weekly work update. Loom makes it easy to communicate asynchronously and build closer relationships with your clients.

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5: Grammarly for better writing

Grammarly, a productivity tool for freelancers

As a freelancer, your written communication skills are crucial. Misspellings, bad grammar or unclear ways of writing can be a dealbreaker for clients.

Grammarly is a tool that helps you improve your writing. This AI-powered writing assistant offers real-time suggestions for grammar, punctuation, and writing style. Ensuring your emails, proposals, and project deliverables are communicated clearly. It works across all apps and tools with their desktop, browser and mobile apps.

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Wrapping up

In conclusion, your productivity is a key component of being successful as a freelancer. It requires more than just talent and determination. Build a system around your productivity with these 5 apps and tools. Take control of your freelancing career, stay organised, and achieve your goals.

Looking for more productivity tools and resources? Check out this page, where you can find everything you need to become a productive freelancer — articles, books, podcasts, communities, tools and more.

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May 1, 2024


4 mins

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