25 Handy Freelance Web Designer Tools

25 Handy Freelance Web Designer Tools

A freelancer’s job can prove as hectic as any other profession, even more so when you consider all the documents, images, passwords, conversations, instructions etc that the freelancer must store and keep track of.

Over the years keeping track of all that goes on within this profession has become somewhat easier with the introduction of a plethora of online tools. Services like Dropbox and Box have made it easier to access documents on the move, and other services such as Plaxo have given us the opportunity to merge all of our contacts from various services and access them on the go through a variety of devices.

25 Handy Freelance Web Designer Tools


In this post you’ll find a useful list of online tools that you can use to help organise and track your daily freelancing life. Also included are some websites that offer you free downloads such as PSD files, brushes and icons to help speed up the creative process of your work.

Communication Tools

Plaxo
Plaxo allows you to store your contacts details from across a wide range of services including your phone and social networks.

Plaxo

Vyew
Vyew allows you to share your files between a selected group of individuals who may also contribute to the group with their own files.

Vyew

YourAM
YourAM is an appointment manager that notifies you when your next meeting is scheduled.

YourAM

Highrise
Store all conversations, documents and emails that have been made between yourself and your client and never forget again!

Highrise

Ofuz
Store contact details, collaborate on projects and follow up on your leads with Ofuz.

Ofuz

Finance Tools

Blinksale
Send invoices and process payments easily with Blinksale.

Blinksale

FreeAgent
Manage your books and accounts the easy way with FreeAgent.

Free Agent

Invoicing Machine
The Invoicing Machine’s easy to use interface helps freelancers manage, create and send their invoices.

Invoicing Machine

LessAccounting
Add your bank account and import your expenses and keep track of your money with LessAccounting.

Less Accounting

Ronin
Ronin is a simple online invoicing and time tracking tool for small business and freelancers.

Ronin

Portfolio Tools

Behance
Create your portfolio on Behance and make contact with other creatives on the Behance network.

Behance

Carbonmade
Carbonmade is a simple to use and feature full portfolio service for creatives.

Carbonmade

Dribbble
Dribbble is show and tell for creatives to present their work with small bitesize screenshots.

Dribbble

Shadowness
Shadowness is a simple tool to help designers and artists connect and share their work together.

Shadowness

Viewbook
ViewBook allows you to create your own portfolio and control the presentation of your work on the web and mobile.

Viewbook

Storage Tools

BackBlaze
BackBlaze offers unlimited storage to help keep a backup of your documents.

Backblaze

Box
Store and share your files securely with Box. The Box iPhone and iPad app make it even easier to share files!

Box

Dropbox
A favourite amoungst freelancers. Dropbox allows you to share and store files through a folder on your computer.

Dropbox

Mozy
Backing up your files is safe and secure with Mozy. Choose from a home or business package.

Mozy

Zoho
Save and access your files online with Zoho Docs. It also allows real-time chat and collaboration with other users.

Zoho

Graphical Tools

Icon Finder
Search through thousands of free icons available for download on IconFinder.

Iconfinder

Free Photoshop Download
Search through high quality Photoshop resources available to download for free including templates, buttons and more.

Free Photoshop Download

DeviantArt
DeviantArt is one of the internet’s largest design communities. Especially useful for designers, is their resources and stock images category.

Deviantart

Vecteezy
Vecteezy is a community for vector artists to create and share free vector graphics.

Vecteezy

Brush King
Select from hundreds of free brushes for Photoshop to use for your designs.

Brush King

Conclusion

With thanks to the many developers and contributors from around the web, we can use the tools and resources that they have provided for us to help streamline our daily activities. We can improve the efficiency and quality of our work by utilizing these tools and making the most of them. Another important feature of any freelancer’s life, is the ability to access the information that is important to us from anywhere in the world, many of these tools will allow you to do this and help us further increase our mobility.

Feel free to share any tools or resources that you think may help other freelancers out there.

Nicholas Craig is a freelance web developer based in the UK with several years of experience under my belt. He always on the look out for new ideas and he loves to talk business! During his spare time he likes to keep active and share his findings, experience and knowledge by writing articles to share with other designers.

Comments

  1. / Reply

    Very useful stuff. Particularly like icon finder and freephotoshopdownloads. Definitely going to be using them in the future!

    Tom

      • Markus Wirtschaft,
      • May 5, 2011
      / Reply

      Some of them maybe.
      What about your accounting? You like having it on an server of somebody?
      You would never give it to a friend but, yes to someone anonymus somewhere…sounds not very clever to me…

    1. / Reply

      Thanks Tom!

  2. / Reply

    Impressive collection of tools you have posted. Thanks for share.

  3. / Reply

    Our agency recently moved from Subversion to Box for our binary/design file storage (and GIT for site files) and it’s worked pretty well so far. The beta Mac app lets you sync from the desktop and has a lot of potential. It gives quite a bit more control than Dropbox (though many of us still use Dropbox for fast, off-the-cuff transfers, myself included).

    The biggest feature Box offers is allowing users to elect to sync only specific folders from the cloud to the desktop, which makes the possibility of using it as an agency file storage tool possible (who wants to sync and entire company’s worth of files every time you open your computer). The initial import is obviously a huge pain but after that syncing is relatively quick. Crashes every now and then, but that’s to be expected with a beta I guess.

    Anyway, it’s going good thus far, I’d definitely recommend a try if your looking for a storage/sharing solution.

    • Tamik,
    • May 6, 2011
    / Reply

    Awesome list. One of the best lists i have ever seen. Thanks a lot for sharing. I would also suggest couple things related to css : cool css3 generator : http://www.css3.me and css merger and minifier : http://www.zbugs.com

  4. / Reply

    How about this for Finance Tools:

    it’s not online (runs on your desktop) but worth a look for creating and sending invoices and quotes.

    Receive all future software updates free. No monthly fees.

    Runs on, Mac, P.C. & Linux

    http://bee-software.net/invoice-software/

      • Markus Wirtschaft,
      • May 16, 2011
      / Reply

      Thanks for this,
      obiously the others here do not care about the safeness of their account-date.
      Sorry, but I really think that you simply choose everything that looks good.

      Regards, Dave

  5. / Reply

    Thanks for the tool list! I will try some of the Graphical Tools.

  6. / Reply

    This is a great collection of tools. Thanks for taking out time and composing such a great post that helped me a lot and I am sure will help others too. Free Photoshop Download, its an amazing tool.. Thanks again!!!

  7. / Reply

    Wow, what a list. All of these tools are helpful, and I love all the websites you mentioned for the portfolio section. I recently found out about Shadowness, and boy am I in love!

  8. / Reply

    Impressive list is in here. As to me, it’s quite full as well.
    Also I’m wondering to know whether someone was dealing with Blinksale. Really curious, is it reliable enough?

  9. / Reply

    Thank You! If Someone Wants To Use DropBox, Here Is A Direct Link: http://b21.in/al

  10. / Reply

    Thanks for this great post…quite useful for all designers. Hope they would love using these tools.. I would also recommend you to include http://www.invoicera.com in your list, it is an online invoicing application that supports almost all the advanced features like multiple currency & language support, multiple payment gateways support (20 Global Payment Gateway), invoice/estimate template customization feature, late fee and invoice scheduling option and many more. Hope designers would find this tool useful for their freelance business.

  11. / Reply

    Very nice collection! Wasn’t aware of some of the resources listed, so I’ll definitely give them a try. Thanks!

  12. / Reply

    Great post, been looking for a good collection of links like these

    Thanks

    • Ali,
    • June 3, 2011
    / Reply

    You need to try http://webarti.com/best-CSS3-button-maker/ too. This is a new CSS3 tool that allows you to create stylish buttons, boxes etc. I think, it deserves to be listed in this collection.

  13. / Reply

    I was looking for simple invoicing and tried Ronin and i loved it.Thanks for sharing.

  14. / Reply

    Thanks for this list! Especially the communication tools are interesting for me.

  15. / Reply

    Fantastic collection of tools and resources.Must say that these resources will play a vital role in our activities.Thank You

  16. / Reply

    Inspiring collection.Thanks for the post.

  17. / Reply

    Lots of great resources here. Another new platform is Tellatic.com which allows you to sell your knowledge/expertise to clients in 10 minute chat sessions. It’s free for tutors/freelancers and you earn $ for each chat you complete. Schedule chats when it’s convenient for you – the site’s currently in beta but accepting new applications.

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