The ones everybody recommends for using these tools essentially for freelancing
- A decent computer. And here I’m not talking about any exact configuration, but just the fact that you are not working and feeling your computer is slow you down. Any computer where you don’t keep thinking that you want a good computer is fine.
- Decent internet access (you don’t remember how important that is until you lose connection 5 minutes before that scheduled meeting with a new potential customer).
- Depending on the customer with the webcam. Most of my earlier customers do voice-only calls, but some wish video calls. It is not important, but I think it is impolite if the individual you are talking to has a camera on, you have yours off.
- Your time tracker tools, if you are doing hourly work. I would also say even if you are not, it would be a better idea to track time for you to measure how much time you use to complete somewhat. Occasionally u can use.
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- Agile management tool -You can always use Pivotal Tracker (Pivotal Tracker | Agile Project Management) to describe what will I or the team do in a specified week. And also to allow the customer to review and agree with each item. It also benefits to fast answer the question “what was done three weeks ago”?
- Git – Versioning is essential. You can usually use Bitbucket (The Git solution for professional teams) since they provide private sources for free.
- Hosting – still see developers trying to resolve problems related to shared hosts. When you can purchase a $10/month host on Digital Ocean (Simple Cloud Infrastructure for Developers
- Continuous Deployment – There is a change between, concluding the task & the customer being able to use it. Thus, as soon as you add your code so that the customer can use it, the well. Thus, sometimes I use Deploy Bot (Deploy your code anywhere), which quickly as you pull your code to bitbucket will copy it, and deploy it to your staging server on Digital Ocean or whatever extra host you have.
- Bug tracking monitoring in production – Better than having the use of your customer having a problem in making, then telling your customer that they had a mistake on the website, and than your client having to go to contact you to solve the problem. A healthier workflow would be to get a notification right away from the system associated with any exception that happens on the invention server so that you can even fix it before your customer gets worried. For that, there are several tools. One that You can use is Bugsnag (Bugsnag – Detect and diagnose crashes in your applications)
- G Suite. $5 per month. Email on your domain (instead of using a “@ gmail.com” address). I use Google Docs for almost all my writing and Google Drive for all my files. I also use Sheets for writing and tracking my metrics.
- Dropbox. Roughly companies use Dropbox for all so you’ll need an account. The free account is enough for most persons.
- Trello. For project managing tools. Can also be used to collaborate and work through the steps of a project with a consumer.
- Paypal. Get a business account. It’s good for moving money around, particularly across borders.
- Wave Apps. For accounting. Also takes a free invoicing service. They take a percentage of the fee if you use it, like PayPal. Which is worth it because it lets people pay with credit or debit cards.
Here are a few that you might not have gotten of that I love…
- Free Email Tracker tools. This is a Chrome extension that adds following to all my outbound emails. Overwhelming because I can see if my messages to consumers have been opened.
- FocusMate. This is a community of people more than a tool. But basically, it’s an online co-working facility. It’s the best thing I’ve found to flash procrastination.
- Focus@Will. Music that’s scientifically optimized to make you more productive. When I’m writing, this is what I listen to (I’m listening to it even as I write this actually).
- Free Screencast Recording for Gmail. Occasionally I have a complex problem or talk I want to talk through with a client. Instead of writing a long email, I record a voice-over video showing my screen. This keeps me lots of time.
I think that is a good start. It doesn’t mean I always use everything, but it is like a set of tools that you have on your hand to use depending on the problem you wanna solve.