Freelance: that wonderful state of being where the road is home, the world is your office, and you don’t even have a flat surface to put the laptop down on, let alone the time to fire it up.
But the answer is obvious and genius – your phone is always on, always to hand, and these days there are few things those clever little computers can’t do. So here’s a selection of apps that can turn the humble mobile into office, desk, PA, and coffee machine all in one (well, it might be a while before your iPhone can serve you a cappuccino, but it can certainly help you find one in a hurry.)
1. Evernote – Note-taking wonder app
A popular app, Evernote has loads of features and functions that make it useful for people in any industry. It’s note-taking but extra, letting you clip things from the web, keep pictures, make audio notes, attach files, set reminders… the possibilities are endless with this one, and it’s easy to make it work for you.
2. iClaimIt – Expense and mileage tracker
This one is a must for anyone who has a major headache working out their travel expenses when it comes to tax return time. iClaimIt helps you keep track of your mileage, organise your receipts, and do the maths.
3. Remember the Milk – To do lists
This one is great for making to do lists that won’t just pour out of your organiser in a tidal wave of paper or get lost in coat pockets. You can use tags and deadlines to keep everything in order. It’s a straight-forward idea done well – and it syncs with lots of other apps and tools, like your Google Calendar, and Evernote.
4. Wave – Mobile accounting
If you need an accountant in your phone, this is for you. It’s designed with freelancers in mind and offers reports, the option to add multiple accounts, and helpful advice.
(If you don’t want to be hopping from app to app, Appointedd has teamed up with Freeagent to give you automatic invoices with their online booking service that can help you keep on top of the money side of things. Find out more about that here!)
5. LogMeIn – Remote access to your PC
LogMeIn is great for if you need to access your PC or laptop when you’re on the move, or travelling light. It lets you view and edit things on your computer, and use applications like Microsoft Office as though you’re sitting at it. Easy to use, but you do need to sign up on the PC you’re wanting to access beforehand.
6. Box – Cloud storage
If you don’t need the full access to your PC that LogMeIn gives you but you still need to be able to store, edit, and share files on the go, Box is a good way to go. You get 10GB of storage with the free version, with the option of upgrading for more. It’s secure for work-related documents, and you can add notes in the app.
Your phone doesn’t have to be a distraction! Make it work for you by turning it into a hub of activity and usefulness that you can take with you wherever you go.
Published on 18 November 2015