The Finest Tools & Apps for Freelancers (May 2014 Edition)

Since I’ve been freelancing full-time (a little over a month now), I’ve had to develop a number of different ways for handling all the stuff I never really cared much about while working a full-time gig. I started a few twitter accounts, woke up the Facebook pages and updated my LinkedIn. But it’s an absolute pain to manage all of that (despite it’s supposed importance), so I’ve automated at least a bit of it. Job searching was something I spent too much time doing on my off days. I’m in a very small freelancing market and if a job comes up, you need to respond in detail within the hour. I had to find a better way, with the help of IFTTT,  all of my alerts are now automated.  There’s plenty of other things I now hand off and let automated services take care of, here are just a few along with a couple other helpful apps.

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Using IFTTT to Automate Your Job Search & Everything Else

I have been smitten with the online service IFTTT (which stands for IF This Then That)for about a year now, and now that I’m freelancing full-time, it makes life far easier. I have everything from my job search to my coffee being controlled through this service. And I could even make my job search cue the making of a pot of coffee. You don’t need to know a single line of code, something I wished I had known before I devoured a few weeks worth of CodeAcademy, and it can make everything you do online easier. Sold yet? It’s also free, responsive, and has iOS apps. Read about a few ways I use the service on a daily basis to automate the job search after the jump.

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Passive Income for Graphic Designers: Creating Work That Pays for Years to Come

The idea of creating passive income in a field of work that you enjoy is pretty simple once you wrap your head around it. An easy way to visualize it and justify the additional work to yourself is by imagining a client that requires five hours of work on various projects. Pretend one of those projects is one of the ideas listed below, and by devoting five hours of time spent in work mode to completing said project, it should turn into something marketable in just a week or two. Then the fruits of your labor will (hopefully) pay dividends into the future with very little if any upkeep required.

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