These days freelance workers undoubtedly share the need to wear many different hats during the course of the working day. Having a smart phone such as one of the many Android devices help many freelancers manage their day. Whether adopting the role of a salesperson, an accountant, or a marketing manager, it’s generally safe to assume we can say “There’s an app for that.”
TweetDeck – Best for Social Networking
Most freelancers are signed up to the fact they will need to maintain an effective social media presence. TweetDeck for Android is ideal for this purpose. The app allows users to monitor and manage multiple accounts and arrange feeds for a variety of networks including Twitter, Facebook, and FourSquare. Notification alerts according to powerful filters and scheduling of tweets is also an important aspect of the functionality of TweetDeck.
Concur – Best for Managing Expenses
Concur simplifies the accounting required to allocate expenses to particular projects. Whether users want to log the mileage of a business trip, add cash purchases and receipts, or create travel itineraries, this free app for web and android users allows them to do it with ease. Although this app is aimed at employer firms, its fully featured suite of functions will make it incredibly useful for a variety of freelancers. Complementing this app with effective time tracking is paid app Timr
Google Drive – Best for Productivity and Data Storage
The ability to access important data from a variety of locations and devices is something the majority of freelancers will find vital. Google Drive includes Google Docs which enable users to save documents and files in the cloud for 24-hour remote access. Sharing individuals files with clients and contacts is a simple matter of sharing a single link. The paid Google Apps for Business is also worth considering, especially with how well they sync with Android devices.
PayPal – Best for International Payments
The Internet has opened up an international market for freelancers. The one thing all these freelancers will definitely have in common is the desire to get paid. Notwithstanding the fact PayPal’s fees can be eye-watering at times, it doesn’t discount the usefulness of this app when requesting payments from international clients. This free app offers the same functionality of the website, with PIN number security keeping money safe,
Square – Best for Local Payments
Freelancers with locally based clients will find the Square app useful. This app allows users to take credit and debit card payments from their Android device with the help of a free mobile card reader. There are two pricing plans – Pay Per Swipe (currently charged at 2.75% per swipe) and Pay Per Month (currently charged at $275 per month with no additional usage fees).
These apps are just a small selection of the many free and paid apps are available to help freelancers streamline their working day.
Linda Forshaw is a Business Information Systems graduate from Lancaster University in the UK. Linda is the leading contributor to DegreeJungle, and is also a full time writer and blogger specializing in education, social media, and entrepreneurship. Contact her on Twitter @seelindaplay