As a design freelancer, you’re pretty much doing a million jobs at once and playing many different roles which can be exhausting and time-consuming. This is exactly why there are automation tools that make being a design entrepreneur just a little bit easier. Below are the 4 lifesaving design tools every freelance designer needs in their business.
Dubsado is definitely the most important lifesaving tool out of this list. It’s a project management tool that I heavily rely on to do most of the work for me. This helps me with automating onboarding/offboarding client emails, sending contracts, invoices, questionnaires, welcome guides, bookkeeping…the list is endless. It does take some time to learn and set up, but once it’s all figured out it’s pretty much a staple. Click here to get 20% off of your first month or the entire year, whichever you prefer, and start scaling your business.
Email marketing is still in! You can send out the latest blogs or projects to your subscription list, or even seasonal deals going on to get more traction. It’s super easy to use and the designs are beautiful and customizable to your brand. Get 50% off of your flodesk subscription here when you sign up.
Moyo Studios is where I get the majority of my mockups/stock images. These mockups allow me to give my clients a luxurious presentation of the work I do for them and also allow me to post them on social media since they always look so professional. They’re super easy to use. You get a google drive folder with whatever purchase you made from them, with instructions on how to use it/edit the mockup, and the platform the mockups are edited on are all Adobe Photoshop. It makes designing multiple projects at once as a freelancer easier since you just put in your design on your desired mockup and you’re all set. This is one of the most important design tools and is truly a lifesaver for every freelance designer.
Check out my portfolio here to see a lot of Moyo Studio mockups being utilized.
Manually posting every single Instagram post is probably the most annoying thing I have ever witnessed. Especially when being a freelance designer you most likely are doing everything yourself… Planoly autosaves your hashtag segments while also posting your posts for you so you can do other things in the meantime. I usually block out one day at the beginning or very end of every month to plan my monthly content. This has saved me a lot of energy.