The amount of freelancers increases daily and so does the number of apps, tools and technologies designed to help make the best of a growing marketplace.
The freelance marketplace is becoming a hotbed of talent bursting through the seems of a growing expert economy.
According to Forbes, the gig economy will keep on growing year-on-year. One in three workers are currently freelance, and by 2020 an estimated half of the overall workforce will be occupied by freelance experts.
The number of freelancers increases daily and so does the number of apps, tools and technologies designed to help make the best of a growing marketplace. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best tools and applications available for both businesses and freelancers.
Airtable is one of the hottest cloud collaboration services available right now. Part spreadsheet, part database, Airtable is used by teams worldwide to organize their work, in their own way. The interface is easy-to-use and an interactive grid or gallery can be selected to sort projects by priority. A bespoke calendar helps with notifying groups and contacts about deadlines, and the platform is completely customizable.
Fast-becoming the go-to platform to keep teams together online, Slack’s cloud-based set of team collaboration tools is one of the more popular apps on the freelance market today. Similar to Facebook, Slack keeps workers together via individual or team instant messaging, file sharing and video chat.
Asana is a popular web and mobile application which helps teams organize, track, and manage their work. Used daily to keep teams focused on goals, projects, and tasks, the platform excels at building team unity which creates better businesses. Founded in 2008 by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google engineer Justin Rosenstein, the company is constantly expanding and is currently worth a whopping US$1.5 billion.
Zoom is the best way to bring people face-to-face online. Not only does the platform provide remote conferencing services using cloud computing, but offers communications software that combines video conferencing, chat, online meetings and mobile collaboration. The platform offers a free service where businesses can use 40 minutes of air time a day, or subscribe to an upgraded package for a small subscription each month.
Workplace by Facebook
A relatively new addition to the market, Workplace by Facebook has been launched to build meaningful communities in the work environment. It’s basically a corporate version of your regular Facebook account, which works as an enterprise connectivity platform featuring tools and apps for group meetings and work collaborations, instant messaging, a News Feed and video conferencing.
Mailchimp is a great tool for building mailing lists and databases for growing businesses. Not only does it allow you to build a healthy selection of contacts, but will create a professional looking email template for sending out correspondence to clients or potential new customers.
The self-employed version of QuickBooks is the best way to keep your finances in check. QuickBooks keeps track of income, payments, creates invoices, accepts payments, and helps you calculates your annual tax contributions.
The Grammarly app or online plug-in is perfect for checking work, emails or any written correspondence before it goes out into the world. Grammarly offers users an extensive spell check facility, help with grammar and offers suggestions on how to improve content.
Top three platforms to find freelance experts
The most important part of being a successful freelance expert is by having an online presence. Millions are now finding work on a regular basis by creating a profile on a leading freelancing website to promote their expertise and to find new clients.
Freelancer experts charge a higher rate than permanent employees, but businesses save between 20 to 30 percent on all other costs associated with hiring – the gig economy can be extremely lucrative.
Let’s take a look at the top three platforms to find freelance experts:
One of the leading online platforms to find high end experts in the legal, finance and consultancy sectors is Australian-based freelancing website Alifery. Some of the experts registered on Alifery are CEO’s, General Counsels, HR executives and Consultants who have worked at top tier firms and blue-chip companies globally. Alifery’s ecosystem provides access to skilled and vetted talent, tailors work to meet business needs and reduces overheads.
Upwork is one of the leading online platforms for businesses to find freelancers in most sectors, but is mainly used for writers, designers and media professionals. Freelancers can pitch for jobs, earn bonuses for reaching certain milestones and build a healthy network of clients.
Freelancer provides a platform full of workers in most industries and similar to Upwork it is mainly used for writers, designers and media professionals. Thousands of users have joined Freelancer to showcase their talents and to cherry-pick the clients they work for. The platform has a great reputation within the freelance marketplace.