It’s one thing being a freelancer and working from home or an office somewhere, because you’ll generally have all of the modern desktop software, social media and marketing solutions available at your fingertips. These days though, many more of us freelancers are going mobile and, thanks to the wealth of portable gadgets, we can stay productive no matter where we go.
Central to this is the sort of software that you choose along the way, and there is an endless supply of portable apps and software that can get the all important jobs done, no matter what kind of task it is that you’re working on.
Everyone needs to get day-to-day administration chores done, no matter what kind of freelance route they are currently taking. In which case, you need a software program that can take care of everything from word processing files through to spreadsheets. In that respect, it’s hard to imagine getting by without Open Office Portable. This is a complete suite of productivity tools that can meet any kind of need and it’s a breeze to use too.
Graphics are another area that many freelancers have to deal with on a daily basis, so a fully functioning app such as Gimp Portable is perfect for this task. The desktop version of this software is supremely powerful, while also having an interface that is quick and easy to master. The portable version does the same job, but condenses the work area for more mobile minded gadgets. The result is a one-stop graphics shop on your device.
Files, folders, photographs and much more… can also require quite a lot of time to manage, although if you install a version of Dropbox that’s suited to your mobile gadget then you’ll find things are more efficient in an instant. This software works awesome and allows you to gain access to vital files no matter what the location, add files to your favorite’s lists for instant viewing and also upload pictures and video with amazing simplicity. What’s more, you can share data with colleagues, friends and family too.
Of course being a freelancer means that you’ll need to get smart at the art of self publicity and marketing your business and the simplest way forward with that is to get the latest mobile apps that allow you to social network. WordPress for the mobile platform is certainly one way to get a blog up and running in next to no time. Again, following on from the ever-popular desktop version, you’ll find that the mobile incarnation of WordPress offers sophisticated blogging options and the opportunity to create a great looking blog from the ground up.
However, being mobile and a freelancer will also require you to take a look at the likes of Tumblr, Blogger, LiveJournal and Posterous Spaces; all apps that will help get you the exposure in an area of freelancing that’s rapidly becoming an essential place to be.
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