Valuable Productivity Apps That Help Freelancers Get Way More Done

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When you’re a freelancer, you are every department of your business—sales, A/R, administration, IT. Not to mention, you know, the actual writing part.

Your time is valuable, so spending time on unnecessary tasks (or doing necessary tasks in an inefficient manner) is not good for business, literally. Which is why we’ve compiled this list of apps that will help you cut back on wasted time, boost productivity and get on to the high-value work that really makes your business hum.

So whatever your need, there is — as they say — an app for that. Here are some of our favorites. Different apps work best for different people, so check out their sites for a preview of features and screenshots. Some even offer a free trial so you can try them on for size.

Time Tracking

Whether it’s keeping track of how long you’ve worked on a project or learning just how much time you’re wasting doing other things (so you can swiftly cut them out), these apps have your back.

Taking Notes and Organizing Your Thoughts

Keep your brilliant gems at your fingertips and easily findable by letting these apps take the complexity out of capturing all those fleeting inspirations.

Conquering Your To-Do Lists

Categorize, prioritize, sort and ultimately cross off your tasks with these apps.

Managing Team Projects

These apps help collaborate in a way that’s quick, intuitive and a lot easier than playing neverending email tag.

Concentrating, Already!

Sometimes that smartphone/tablet/computer that’s enabling us to do all these awesome things is also our worst enemy. So tap into the power of these concentration apps to block out distractions, improve your focus and get down to business.

What’s your favorite app for getting a lot done?

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Kelly Gurnett runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits and is growing her own freelance writing, editing and blogging empire day by day. You can follow her on Twitter and .

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  1. I love Toodledo, and Evernote. I didn’t realize Mindjet had an app. Thanks for that tip!

    I’m going to check out the apps for under concentrating already.

  2. Awesome list! I used Evernote on a daily basis but the other are fairly new to me. Thanks for the list!

  3. Kelly, you have listed some of my favorite apps here. I have been freelancing for too long now and I know the value of being productive at work. These days I’m using Talygen for tracking project time. They also offer mobile integration which is just amazing.

  4. I also like to use Mail Timer for Gmail. Mail Timer lets you choose how much time you want to spend on an open email. When the time frame is up, you get a pop-up telling you to move on. You can get it at Chrome’s web store.

    Thank you for the other suggestions!

  5. Hi. I’m Charlie with Hubstaff. Thank you for putting together this great list of productivity apps for freelancers. Freelancers might also be interested in our very own (, which has time-tracking with screenshots, payments, and projects.

  6. I’ve been using Scrivener, with Evernote as a companion, and liking Scrivener a lot—though there is a learning curve. You didn’t mention it, what do you think about it?

  7. Stephie Daniel says:

    Fantastic list for productivity purpose. One more tool I wanna include in this list, the cloud based task management software from Replicon ( ) which operates in the cloud based platform making the things go in a smooth manner and getting things done up with precision and with better manageability.

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  9. You didn’t mention Wrike, which I just recently discovered for project management. Mind you, it doesn’t have to be “formal” project management. But I find using it with clients, it cuts down on digging through emails to find out who said what last. I invite them to a Project in Wrike and we can scope out everything including notes in one place.

    And, it’s totally free to use. Literally, yes, really. So, let’s say I have 12 clients, I can log in once with my credentials and see them all. I would just sign each client up under their email, invite myself and I’m good to go.

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    Nixon Virtual Strategies

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