11 Incredibly helpful apps for the self-employed

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Although I am now doing business actively (does that make me a real entrepreneur?) I started my self-employed career as a self-employed person. Simply, nice freelancing for different clients and in that way earn my living. Delicious!


Have lunch whenever I want, just make a smoothie at work and take a nap every now and then; because that is also allowed. Starting as a freelancer is great, but also incredibly impressive. Certainly in the beginning, so much is involved: from registering with the Chamber of Commerce to setting up your own home office. Like so many others, I am also someone who stores all the information in her head, and then becomes completely crazy about the gigantic to-do list (and then also forgets half). I used a number of super handy apps for self-employed people who made sure that my head did not overflow completely and that I had enough rest in my head to work full of enthusiasm.



But Myra, which apps are they? Well, I'll just tell you right away. This makes becoming a self-employed person even easier! Oh yes: I know that you probably (just like me) prefer to read the headlines and get away from it, but there are really some useful experiences written. So feel free to read (it will take you 3 minutes in total).


1. This is not an app, but it is super handy: Creating Gmail labels

Alright I know; this is not an app. But it saved my mental life. Do you have Gmail? Then you can (and I think so in Outlook) create handy labels to organize your mail. You may have discovered it a long time ago, but I didn't know anything about it when I first started. For example, I have the hero label: 'to do', which is my physical to-do list when it comes to assignments. An email with a job arrives; then it automatically goes to the 'to do' label. Now I also have labels such as 'invoices 2019', 'to do: le mustache' and of course the 'WIP' (work in progress). With all these labels and sub-labels, I make it a lot easier for myself, and I work a bit on a digital file.


Long story short: create your own labels in your Gmail inbox to organize your mail and make your to-do list tangible.

2. Boomerang (for Gmail) Boomerang is

also a great app for freelancers; I think only available for Gmail (if not, let me know!). With Boomerang you can have emails returned to your inbox, sent later or reminded yourself. Super handy. Sometimes I work a little ahead, but I send the emails in the future. A few days later I also send emails that I should not forget to boomerang back to my inbox. That way I don't forget anything anymore and my head stays nice and empty for other nonsense.


3. Evernote

Evernote is also very useful if you want to become a freelancer. In the beginning I was constantly apps myself (I had created my own app group with myself) and Facebook messenger messages with things I should not forget. That is a lot easier with Evernote. You simply add your notes (ideal for all those things that just come to your mind but which you can't do with at the moment), you create to-do lists and you can save photos and prepare presentations. Evernote comes in an app, but can also be synchronized with the desktop version.


4. Google Drive

Do you use Gmail? Then I hope you also use all other Google 'things' such as Google Docs, Google Sheets and the Google Drive. Available for both mobile and on the desktop; and super handy. I like Google Docs anyway, since everyone (including my clients on the other side of the water) has access to the document and can add comments without having to send it every time. I save these Google Docs (and also my Sheets) in my Google Drive: where I can look up something quickly on my phone. Very nice to be able to work easily and quickly as a self-employed person.


Best tip ever: Are you going to use Google Drive? Then immediately start creating folders and organizing your documents. I didn't do so. Big, fat, fuck.

5. Yellowbrick or ParkMobilefreelancer

Are you aon the road a lot? Then download the Yellowbrick or ParkMobile app so that you immediately know where you can park. Have you found your place? Then you can immediately turn on the parking meter via the app; and also the payment goes through the app.


6. Toggl

I certainly used this app a lot in the beginning (when I thought that my clients would really look at the minute). With the Toggle app you switch on a timer, and you can easily keep track of the time you are working on something. You can insert a pause and then save the monitored time under different names and projects. Nice and uncluttered and nice burden of proof.


I have not used Toggl for long. Minute invoicing is a bit tricky. I just write my starting time on a piece of paper.

7. Forest

Basically I didn't want to mention this app, because I hope you can ignore the phone itself (I often throw it in a corner of the room and come across it again hours later). But still it is very nice. Do you suffer from withdrawal symptoms when you put your phone aside for half an hour? Then download Forest. As soon as you switch on the app, a tree will grow. As long as you don't use your phone, the tree will continue to grow. Do you use your phone? Then the tree dies. The goal is of course to plant an entire forest.


Nice to plant a bunch of trees simply by leaving your phone on the side. Who doesn't want that?

8. Hootsuite

In the beginning I used this app (in desktop version): super handy! It's not for nothing that he is in the top 6 online marketing tools you need to start your business. You can place your messages on all your media channels in one go, check how people talk about your company, analyze click behavior, schedule messages and much more. Very useful for your online marketing: especially when you want to start as a freelancer!


9. Pocket

Great app this. The app to store all those videos, links and articles that you want to watch again later. From YouTube videos to articles on Nu.nl. Personally, I find it incredibly nice to have everything under one button, and not have to scroll through countless screenshots or read app messages back to myself.


10. Trello

With Trello you can go in all directions. The most important function? In my opinion the fact that you can link task lists to your projects. Super handy when you are working on multiple projects as a self-employed person.


11. Moneybird

And last but not least: Moneybird. I'm a big fan of Moneybird anyway (especially after I used Paypal for years and didn't even know there were better options); and also the app is a must-have for my phone. Of course I can log in to the Moneybird website, but I can also see via the app which invoices are open, how the finances are and so on. Absolutely great!


Are you using a super cool, handy, unique or great app that I don't know about yet? Let us know in a response!

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