As an entrepreneur, you’re responsible for everything when it comes to managing your business. From time management, productivity, personal and professional development, sales and marketing… the list goes on and on.

Luckily, we live in the age of smartphones. There’s an app for just about everything you can possibly imagine.

There are great apps and those that make us wonder why? Like this one that exists for the sole purpose of giving you the satisfaction of pushing a button. That’s it! That’s all it does. (It even markets itself under the name The Most Useless App Ever.)

But there are much more important things to waste our time on. (Facebook, anyone?) And then there are these apps designed to positively impact the lives of those that use them.

For successful entrepreneurs, these apps are a must-have for success.

Now Do this, best apps for freelancers

Now Do This

Free | Play Store

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by everyday to-do lists. Sometimes the sheer size of the list is more than you can handle. Other times there’s only a few things that need doing and it’s easy to put them off for later because, well, it won’t take that much time and there are much more fun and interesting things to do with your time right now.

That’s a terrible habit. The easiest way to stay organized and productive as a freelance writer is to always work on the next thing.

That’s what’s great about this app. You list all your tasks and it delivers them to you one at a time. When you complete the first one, the next one shows up.

It’s as simple as that.

dropbox, best apps for freelance writers

Dropbox

Free | Play Store and iTunes

Easy to use cloud storage for all your essential freelance files. Keep your writing drafts, CRM spreadsheets, logos, image files, and so much more perfectly synced and organized between all your devices.

Even doing all your work at on one machine, Dropbox functions as a great backup tool to prevent data loss.

And it’s great for collaborating on projects with your freelance writers. When one person edits a file in a shared folder, updates are sent out to the rest of the team automatically.

buffer, best apps for freelance writers

Buffer

Free | Play Store and iTunes

Even the most tech-challenged entrepreneurs need social media management tools. To get the maximum reach for your business, there’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Tumblr… it’s impossible to name them all.

Buffer does just what you’d think: it buffers articles, photos, status updates, campaign advertising, and anything else you could think to share for distribution on social media.

It allows you the freedom to schedule a time for your content to be shared, or Buffer can do the work of finding the best peak time in your area and share it then.

 

Flipboard, best apps for freelance writers

Flipboard

Free | Play Store and iTunes

It’s often been said that to become a success, one must spend a great deal of time reading. One way to keep up to date on the current goings-on is through Flipboard.

As your personal magazine, it offers articles of interest from People Magazine, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and your social media feeds from Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

All your news in one place. What’s better than that?

 

clearfocus, best apps for freelancers

ClearFocus

Free | Play Store and iTunes

A time management app that keeps you focused. Simply enter the name of the task you need to work on, set the amount of time you want to set aside for it and press play.

Distraction is an easy time-wasting trap to fall into. Once you’ve finished your productivity session, you can schedule a short break. Scheduling a timed break is incredibly helpful for getting you back on task.

It even gives you statistics and graphs to track your sessions, which will identify patterns and track your style for better results going forward.

We all need a little help now and then.

With all the productivity and task management apps available, there’s never been a better time to take control of your schedule and maximize your life.

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