One of the biggest concerns for freelances is money and cash flow and when times are tight we have to make the most of the resources with have at our disposal. The online world is great for this, there are heaps of sites and tools that have been developed to make communicating simple and cheap. So why not get business savvy and start building a tool kit for free to help you run your creative business better?
To start you off, here are some of the applications and gadgets that I've found useful and ones that haven’t cost me a penny to download, see more for links to the relevant websites.
But if you have any more suggestions for free tools that you would recommend to other freelances, please use the comments box to write the name and link so that we can share resources and ideas.
Make internet calls for free using Skype and call friends and family on any phone with Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly subscriptions. You need to download and install to your desktop and your mobile phone to make free calls between other users who have Skype. There is an option allowing you to add money to your account from your credit/debit card and make calls to people who don’t have Skype by calling landlines and mobiles via Skype.
Viber lets you make free calls from your iPhone. Call anyone, anytime, locally or internationally, provided both phones have Viber iPhone app installed. You need to download to your iPhone and make free calls between other users who have the software.
Tango is a free mobile video calling service for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad as well as for Android phones and tablets. Tango for Window users is coming soon. You can download to your desktop and your mobile phone and make free calls between other users who have the also downloaded the software.
STORAGE, SENDING AND SHARING FILES ONLINE
Dropboxis a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again! You need to install Dropbox and download to your desktop and mobile device and use it to create folders and share files with people that you invite. Newcomers get 250MB of space free and can increase the amount of space they have by inviting other people to join.