TAG | prioritize projects
When you think about apps, iTunes is likely the first thing to pop into your head. Well, while Mac is one of the most popular gadget providers of this decade, there are plenty of people that use other devices that run on the Android platform. There are a lot of great apps out there for GetACoder freelancers who use Android.
1. Manage your projects Wunderlist and Astrid
Being a freelancer means that you have to learn to organize and prioritize your projects. There is no room for error being that the pool of available talent is quite deep. Astrid is a great task management application that allows for easy entry and management of data. Wunderlist is another great app that also has an app in iTunes. It has an easy to use interface that embodies all you can think of in a task manager.
2. Timr for time tracking perfection
This is an Austrian created app that offers professional results. This application is ideal for freelancers as it has a feature which allows for project time and working hours to be tracked separately you can track time for specific task that can later be applied to different clients or projects. This not only helps you manage your time, but also give you an added organizational advantage.
3. Swype easy typing and Swiftkey easy type
If you usually use your smart phone to take notes or work on simple parts of your project, you will quickly rely it can’t be compared with a computer. Both of these apps work as an upgraded T9. Your typing is able to be completed in a much quicker fashion. Instead of pushing each and every button, all you have to do is run your fingers across each letter in the word, of course in the right order. The app will then offer suggestion to the word you are typing. If you have the setting turned on, alternatives will also be suggested. The programs learn as you use them and will even suggest complete sentences after you have used the program for a while. This is great if you often use many of the same phrases across a wide assortment of projects.
4. Social Marketing TweetDeck
Any GetACoder freelancer worth their salt will tell you that the best clients are found through networking. Tweetdeck allows users of the app to connect their facebook, twitter, foursquare and buzz social accounts all in one place. You are able to set timelines, follow people, update your own status and share content. The great thing is, you can edit the app to ignore some types of post from each site while picking up on others. For example, you can ignore post regarding online gaming, but have post about graphic design or translation show in the timeline.
5. Google Docs and Drop box
Dropbox is great regardless of the platform you use it on. All information you store on this app is uploaded tothe cloud. You can store all of your project notes, files and other data and retrieve it later from your computer or any other device. You are also able to share the information with any one via a secure link. Google Docs is similar, while it works for Android; you are not able to do much mobile editing on the app.
The last on my list, but certainly not the least is Google Goggles. I ran across this app in a recent trip to Bangladesh to attend a freelance networking event. Needless to say, it isn’t really possible to carry thousand of business cards in your wallet, or in my case purse. This app allows you to take a picture of a business card and have the information automatically stored in your contacts.
Heather Howell is a native Southern Californian. She currently resides in Washington, D.C. She devotes most of her time to rural development in Bangladesh. Having obtained a degree in from UCLA, she enjoy writing on a variety of topics that range from Infant health and International politics to fashion trends and health advice. Heather is one of several freelance writers on the GetACoder Blog team.