8 Free (or Cheap) Freelance Tools for When Money is Tight

Does your current situation find you in need of a freelance tool, but your wallet isn’t allowing you much to work with?

We’ve all been there — with the ebbs and flows of freelancing, there’re months where the income just isn’t coming in and money is tight.

If you’ve already cut down on your expenses, and still don’t have the extra cash, we’ve put together a list of 8 tools that are either free or heavily discounted, guaranteed to help you (without breaking the bank).

💔 Falling out of love with your clients? Trade some of your worst clients for the best companies in the world with SolidGigs, our premium weekly freelance job list & course library. Love your business again. Learn more »

Tools to secure your revenue

1- AND.CO

AND.CO does it all (or just about). It lets you send contracts, proposals, invoices, track your time & expenses, and handle payments. The idea is to automate most of your administrative tasks so you can focus on your core competencies. If you have only 1 client, then you can use AND.CO for free!

2- Freshbooks

The cheap alternative to AND.CO would be Freshbooks. It is a more robust tool with tax & accounting, and team management capabilities, on top of a seamless invoicing system. They are currently offering 60% off for 6 months, which means their lite plan for up to 5 clients would only be $4.50/month. By having 4 different pricing plans, you can scale your Freshbooks features as you grow, giving you an opportunity to start small (and cheap).

Enter your email. Grow your business.

Submit your email below and join 45,000+ creatives who get our most helpful content via email every week. 100% free. Unsubscribe anytime. Privacy protected.

3- Harpoon

Know how much you will be profitable in the future by using Harpoon for your financial planning. You can do:

  • Financial Goal Tracking
  • Real-Time Revenue Forecasting
  • Predictive Project Budgeting

It also has the traditional time-tracking and billing functionality. Harpoon is usually $19/month but due to the Covid-19 crisis, they started a ‘Pay What You Can’ program.

Tools to find freelance work

4- SolidGigs

Are you tired of spending hours looking for work, wondering if a client is actually legit or not? Or you don’t even know where to start when looking for clients?

Then SolidGigs will make things easy for you. Receive daily alerts of the very best 1% of jobs available on the site. You will also have access to 127 courses, videos, lessons, tools, templates, and other resources to help you improve your skills and up your freelance career. It normally costs $19/month but there is a 30-day trial for just $2!

5- FlexJobs

With FlexJobs, you get access to a list of 25,591 flexible or remote jobs carefully researched. FlexJobs also provides free skills testing, tips and resources to make your search more effective. They charge a membership fee of about $10/month but have been running a lot of promotions lately, up to a 50% discount. Try it for a week or a month if you are afraid of committing.

Tools to grow your contacts

6- Betterlance

Keep track of all your clients and prospects by using a CRM like Betterlance. Get access to analytics and reminders so you never keep track of your relationships. Best part: the CRM is free!

And if you need help finding prospects, Betterlance can send you 5 leads guaranteed for $19/month.

7- Sendinblue

Sendinblue is the perfect all-in-one marketing tool with CRM, SMS, landing page, marketing automation, and ad capabilities.

If you send less than 300 emails a day, you can stay on the free plan.

If you send more than that, it will vary between $25 and $66/month depending on the functionalities you will need, however, we think 300 daily emails is a pretty big threshold to start out.

8- Mailchimp

Grow your contact base by using Mailchimp. You can have a CRM, a website, landing pages and signup forms, social media posting, surveys and more. If you have less than 2,000 contacts, it’s free to use!

Turn into a Marketing expert without spending a dime.

Conclusion

We hope these few freelance tools will help you secure your revenue, find more work and grow your contacts while spending almost no money. Software makes running a business way easier and being able to afford 10 different tools is not always an option.

It is important to understand what activity or area of your business is worth investing in so you can get the most bang for your buck. Try with these free options to find out what brings you more revenue or increases your productivity — what do you have to lose?

Are there other free freelance tools you would like to add to this list? We would love to keep the discussion going on our free Facebook group. Join our online community of 5,000 passionate freelancers!


Keep the conversation going...

Over 5,000 of us are having daily conversations over in our free Facebook group and we'd love to see you there. Join us!