10 of My Favorite Freelance Business Tools

Whether you’re a writer, developer, designer, animator or freelancer in any creative field – tools are essential for growing your business.

Disclaimer: Some links below are affiliate links, which means if you purchase one of the tools using my link, I will get a small commission (at no extra cost to you).

Dropbox

What would I do without Dropbox. I use it ALL the time for backing up and sharing files with my clients.

What I love about it most is the simplicity and ease of use. For example, being able to right-click on a file to create a shareable link. That alone, is a huge time saver for me.

Dropbox Paper also makes my all-time favorite list. I'm a huge fan of Google docs, but when it comes to adding creative assets to your doc, Dropbox Paper hits it out of the park.

Dropbox for business

Milanote

Milanote is an absolutely awesome tool for creatives. Milanote has completely bridged the gap between how I think and how I want to organize my thoughts and creative projects.

I use it all the time for brainstorming ideas, creating mind maps, project moodboards, organizing my creative project and much much more.

ConvertKit

If you're serious about your online business, you know that you need to get into email marketing. Convertkit has a free plan to get you started, and a paid plan for taking things to the next level. ConvertKit is feature packed, easy to use, and tailor-made for creative professionals.

Grammarly

Emails, blog posts, social media… we write ALL the time. Words are the heart and soul of every blog, and one of the primary communication forms for any business. Grammarly lets you compose bold, clear, mistake-free writing with Grammarly’s AI-powered writing assistant.

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Upwork

Getting freelance work is the core of any freelance business and is fundamental to growing your business. But finding work can be hard, especially if you're just starting out.

With platforms like Upwork, opportunities for work are endless, and it's up to you to go searching. If you're good at what you do and know how to communicate your value, you'll win jobs. And remember, there is only one thing you need to get from your first Upwork job.

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Frame.io

An absolute must have for any video professional. Remember how once getting comments and feedback from your clients was a tedious and complicated task? Well, Frame.io doesn't only make the process buttery smooth and incredibly efficient, but it also makes it a lot of fun.

On top of the web and app version of the tool, which are great for the client feedback workflow, the After Effects & Premiere extensions are what really make the app shine.

Webflow

Your website is one of the most important aspects of your business. But designing it and making it look great is usually a huge pain. That's where Webflow comes in. Webflow is the absolute best tool for easily creating beautiful WordPress websites, with its astounding visual editor.

While there definitely is a learning curve when first using it, it is more than worth your time (both this website and my studio website were built using Webflow).

Envato Market

With an Envato Elements subscription, you get access to hundreds of premium creatives assets Template Kits that are fully built for Elementor.

Calendly

Setting up meetings can be tricky. We're all busy people, and finding the best time to meet can be a challenge. Calendly takes the pain out of scheduling meetings, by syncing to your calendar letting others know when you're available. You can get started with a $0 totally free account right now.

Google Workspace

Google's suite doesn't need much introduction. Google Workspace includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, and Calendar – all in one place.

Fathom Analytics

When most people think about tracking analytics on their website, they think about Google Analytics, which makes sense because it's free, packed full of features, and gives you tons of data.

But at times, that may come at the expense of slowing down your website, a steeper learning curve, and user privacy. Well, now there's a new tool in town focused only on these exact three things: privacy, speed, simplicity. If that sounds like something you're into, check out: Fathom Analytics (use this link for $10 off your first month).