Being a freelancer is tough enough without having to worry about every single detail in your life. You would think with all the apps available you could find something to handle all the nitpicky stuff you hate to do.

Well, all your dreams have come true! With the following tools you should be able to increase the time you have to run your business.

1. OpenOffice (Mac or PC)

You don’t have the money for Microsoft Office, and Google’s options just aren’t cutting the mustard. What are you supposed to do, especially now that your client list is expanding and they want more and more complicated materials?

OpenOffice is a great alternative to the bloated costs of MS Office. It’s completely free and developed 100% by volunteers who simply want to bring a great product to everyone who needs it. Even better, OpenOffice can work with your old MS Office files you have moldering on your hard drive.

2. TeuxDeux (Cloud)

Even if you’re a freelance writer who stays in their home office all day you can get overwhelmed with how much you have to do in the day. Between writing posts, invoicing clients, promoting yourself online…it can be a bit much. TeuxDue has you stay organized by creating custom lists and recurring to-dos that you can access online and on your mobile phone. With TeuxDeux, you’ll have your entire day/week/month/year/life planned way ahead of schedule. As their slogan says, “What deux yeux have teux deux texuday?”

3. TextExpander (Mac)

You do a lot of typing. As a freelance writer, that’s a good thing! However, you’ve probably noticed you do a lot of the SAME typing every day. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could program some shortcuts so you didn’t waste so much time?

With Smile Software’s TextExpander you can do exactly that. Type more with less effort by assigning shortcuts for everything from emails to blog posts. Plus, it will identify typos you make the most and autocorrect them so your backspace key doesn’t get worn out. This little app starts at $34.95 for one license, but it has a free trial, and if you’re like me, you’ll find that it’s well worth the small up-front cost.

4. Docracy (Cloud)

You know about freelance writing enough to know you need contracts and other business and legal documents. You may not be a legal expert, though, so you have no idea what to do when it comes to these things – you just know you need them!

That’s why you need Docracy, the web’s only open collection of legal contracts. Not only does it contain hundreds of documents, you can even sign them online instead of printing them out. To further help you out they’ve included several “bundles” including a freelance writer bundle.

What’s your little known go-to application?

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