Appy holidays!

Be of good cheer, freelancers. There’s a work lull approaching (you’ll get at least a day or two off, if you’re lucky), along with the possibility of stockings stuffed with book-scented perfume and gift cards for the app store.

But how are you going to spend those digital dollars? Plants vs. Zombies 2 doesn’t come out until spring, so in the meantime how about some useful freelance apps? Here are a few of the top-recommended ones we’ve run across lately.

Additional app recommendations are welcome in the comments!

Teux Deux — This is a task management app (aka a to-do list creator). Its simple design and ease-of-use has been praised by both Lifehacker and Gizmodo. ($2.99)

• Evernote — An all-in-one note-taking app that lets you keep photos, voice recordings and to-do lists all in one place. (free!)

• Dragon Dictation — Dragon isn’t quite good enough to transcribe your interviews for you (yet?) but their app is useful for dictating emails and other notes. They say it’s up to 5 times faster than typing on a keyboard. (free!)

MindMeister — MindMeister is like a digital white board for mapping out your big ideas. The web account has three levels of membership ranging from $4.99 a month to $14.99 a month, but the app is free. (free!)

SoundCloudIf you have a Soundcloud account (and if you’re a radio freelancer, you probably ought to) the Soundcloud app is a simple way to make recordings and share audio files. (free!)

• iTalk Recorder Premium — This app offers three levels of recording quality and easy options for file transferring. ($1.99)

• HoursTracker — Not sure where all your time goes? HoursTracker can help you find out. It has an easy-to-use interface and lots of useful features. ($4.99)

Mint — This is one of the most highly rated personal finance tracking apps out there. Helps you keep track of your accounts and create budgets. (free!)

Freshbooks — An accounting app for tracking time, organizing expense receipts and invoicing. The app works with a web membership. The basic membership will allow you to track three clients for free every month, or you can pay to add more. (free!)


Posted on December 21, 2012 at 9:30 am by editor · · Tagged with: , ,

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  1. Written by Shalin
    on November 8, 2016 at 1:33 am
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    I would recommend another brain storming tool called Creately. It’s an online mind mapping tool where you can draw min maps and many more diagrams. There are 1000s of templates and examples in the diagram community as well.

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