Working in a digital space can be as challenging as working in any traditional jobs. That is why the right tools can really help make our everyday life as freelancers a lot easier.
Recently, I talked with my tribe on a Facebook Live call where I shared the top 12 desktop tools that I use every day as a freelancer. Many fellow Pinoy freelancers found this 30-minute call really helpful and I want you to benefit from it as well.
So today, I’m sharing with you the video replay of the Facebook Live call. After watching, you may want to check the list below this post where I give more details about the apps. I also included download links so you can start using these great apps in the operating system you are using.
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Watch the video below and start learning about my top 12 desktop tools.
My 12 Favorite Desktop Tools
- Google Chrome – Chrome is the primary app I use every day. What makes it the best internet browser, in my opinion, is that it integrates with a large number of extensions. Many of the apps in this list are actually extensions that are housed within my Chrome browser.
- Franz – Franz is a chat aggregator app. It is an app which allows you to open all your favorite messaging apps in one place. I personally use it to open Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram.
- Nimbus Screenshot & Screen Video Recorder – Nimbus is a Chrome extension which allows you to capture screenshots and videos playing on your screen. This is particularly useful when clients need to see the progress of your work. I find that Nimbus’ features really help a lot in saving time in this process.
- Clipboard History 2 – Clipboard History 2 is another chrome extension that has proven valuable for me in my work. It saves all the things I have copied in a drop-down archive which I can always access in Chrome. Because working online means doing a lot of copying and pasting, this is a tool you will be using all the time.
- Asana – There is a lot of software out there to help you manage your tasks but Asana is the project management software of my choice. I use it every day when working with my clients and my team.
- LastPass – LastPass is another Chrome extension that I love to use. It saves and protects all my passwords in one place. It also makes it very easy to access passwords making it very helpful for freelancers who use a lot of apps, and therefore, a lot of passwords.
- Evernote / Evernote Web Clipper – Evernote is a virtual notebook where I put all my ideas. It is free, with an option to pay for more space. Evernote also comes with a web clipper which you can install as an extension in Chrome. The clipper allows you to copy anything from websites which you can the save in Evernote.
- Slack – Slack is the messaging app I use to communicate with my team and my clients. It allows me to separate business from personal conversations.
- Handbrake – As someone who creates and uploads a lot of videos online, Handbrake is a tool I love to use. I use it to compresses videos before uploading them online and it does so without sacrificing quality. Handbrake is only available for Mac users.
- Filmora – Filmora is an easy-to-use video editing tool I use in editing my videos.
- Grammarly – Grammarly is a tool which helps anyone be better writers. It has a Chrome extension which automatically checks any mistakes you may commit while writing online.
- Zoom.us – Zoom is the video conferencing app of my choice and I find it better than Skype. It has a lot of useful features including the ability to record a video call which you can then save in your computer or in the cloud.
There you have it, the 12 most useful apps I use every day as a freelancer. Which among the 12 apps did you find appealing? Download some and try them out and let me know what you think about them.
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