Here is a list of useful tools I either use, have used or know they are a lifesaver for freelancers.
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*Moo is always my go-to for business cards. I always get great feedabck on my mini Moo cards for my hair and make-up work. I have picked 4 pics so people can actually pick the one they prefer. Always a conversation starter…
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ALL ABOUT THE MONEY
For anyone anywhere in the World
PS: if you don’t like the idea of a budget…
Just realize spending is budgeting blindly, without intention and budgeting is spending with intention.
You’re the one deciding instead of being a victim of spur of the moment spending. Been using YNAB for years and it does help a lot. it won’t make money appear obviously but it will help you spread out your money so that you can be stress-free when work is more scarce.
Their costs are cheaper than most banks and they even do now a prepaid card, options for personal or business accounts.
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Get paid or send money abroad more easily and avoid extra fees. Really handy to pay things abroad as well as fees are smaller than the high street banks usually.
For the brave and innovators who want to get into cryptocurrency, Coinbase is a great wallet. Safe, rather simple to set-up. There are all sorts of wallet out there and many aren’t reliable enough or require to be highly techy. *
Coinbase is a much better starter wallet.
For UK peeps
It’s the tool for productions who need to organize a lot of per diems and costs abroad. You get an Expense Platform, an integrated online platform that allows you to manage your balance, reports and more. Clever tool.
Perfect when you work on a smaller production that doesn’t organize parking or a little trip to Central London). Really handy with the app, you can easily find a parking place, either in actual parking (but cheaper than paying directly the parking company there) or a private driveway. [Get £5 off your first booking, I get that too]
Painless domain management. A really true tagline. Easy to use and great customer service. Lots of services connections are semi-automated so you can connect things with a click.
Slick and user-friendly dashboard. Great customer service. Reliable. You can prep your site before linking it to your domain really easily. This is the hosting I use for onsetandbeyond.com.
You pay by the number of WordPress installs so if you plan on having a site + a membership area, it cost more than being on Siteground or Greengeeks for example.
Another good hosting provider. Reliable and more cost effective if you have more than one site to host. (That’s what I use for my mum and my various hobbies sites)
Hosting with great customer service and provided via renewable energy. Great for Environment conscious people.
Really high-level service for big needs and absolute peace of mind (require a bigger budget than the other ones.) If you have huge traffic or expect huge traffic, it’s the best option but it’s costly.