Even pre-pandemic, the job market for artists often requires freelancing, working from home, bouncing around between gigs, and self-employment. The pandemic has exacerbated these work conditions – more people are working from home than ever, and a lot of artists have been picking up freelance side hustles to make ends meet during these unpredictable times, many juggling multiple jobs at once.
Though this hustle is productive, it isn’t always easy to keep track of everything without feeling overwhelmed. Thanks to 2020 technology, however, it has never been easier to manage your projects, freelance work, or self-employment!
Here are some apps and resources that might help you with this:
Todoist a top-rated to-do list app that helps users organize their daily tasks. The app allows users to organize and view their to-do lists in multiple ways, including a daily overview, or a more specific task view, that allow users to focus on what’s important, as opposed to getting overwhelmed with too many things at once. The app also allows users to delegate tasks and share lists.
IFTTT acts as a liaison between other apps that you use frequently. Users can set up “applets,” which are sequences of events that you program into the app. Some recommended applets from the IFTTT team include receiving an email when it’s going to rain the next day, automatically adding new twitter followers to a spreadsheet, or automatically adding receipts to a Dropbox folder, among countless others.
Coconut describes itself as “the ultimate accounting and tax tool for self-employed people,” and it definitely is. It keeps users’ expenses, invoices, and taxes organized all in one place. The app gives self-employed people what is essentially a virtual finance team, which means less time wasted trying to get your finances in order, and more time on the work you love.
Trello is a great platform to organize collaborative projects remotely. Trello provides a user-friendly interface that allows users to move projects and action-items around between collaborators, to-do lists or other categories.
TextExpander is a major time-saver for self-employed people. The app allows users to program phrases, messages, and information to easily respond to messages by using a keyboard shortcut. It keeps your messages consistent and your schedule cleared – what could be better?
Toodledo is a popular and powerful online productivity tool. Manage your to-do list, take notes, track habits, and organize ideas into outlines and lists.
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