Top 5 Tools for Beginner Freelancers

Are you a beginner freelancer looking for some useful apps to stay ahead in the game? With the rise of the gig economy, competition among freelancers is getting tighter and tighter. You need to be on top of that competition to earn a steady income.

I recently started freelancing. And of course, I faced several challenges. These include not having enough skill sets to apply for certain jobs, lack of knowledge of current trends, and many others.

Fortunately, I found many resources online. They helped me learn new skills and streamline my work efficiently.

In this post, I’ll share the top 5 apps that helped me become productive, efficient, and updated in my niche. Whether you’re a writer, designer, developer, or marketer, these tools will make your freelance journey smoother and more efficient. So, let’s get started.

#1. SkillShare

This is easily at the top of my list. Upskilling and keeping updated with the trends in the freelance world are very important. This is where SkillShare helps.

Through SkillShare, I learned the current trends in copywriting and content writing. I also learned new skills like email marketing, list building, email automation, social media campaign strategy planning, and many more.

Top 5 Tools for Beginner Freelancers SkillShare Sample Screen
These are just some of the available courses for copywriting. There are many more. Plus, you get to join these courses for free on your first month.

Signing up is super easy. You can sign up using your existing Google account. You can also sign up using Facebook or your Apple account.

Top 5 Tools for Beginner Freelancers SkillShare Sign Up

It’s also very affordable. The annual subscription is PHP 1,200.00 (USD 21.63). That’s just PHP 100.00 (USD1.81) a month.

Plus, your first month is free. You can click here to redeem that free first month and start learning whatever skill you want!

#2. ChatGPT

You have probably seen this in many job postings before. This is basically an AI chatbot that answers your questions.

The best thing about this is you can use it for almost anything! Plus, it’s absolutely free.

I use it to generate headlines, sub-headlines and meta descriptions, article outline suggestions, and e-mail templates.

Top 5 Tools for Beginner Freelancers ChatGPT Sample
Here's a sample prompt I made for a mock article. ChatGPT responded with 10 different suggestions for my prompt.

Sometimes, I also use it to reword some of my sentences. I also use it to shorten long sentences that are hard to read.

But it doesn’t stop there. Some people use it to generate or fix codes, Excel formulas, and even an entire article or essay.

However, some of its outputs are not as accurate. You need to review and fact-check what it gives you. 

It’s a good assistant to help you become efficient. It’s not your replacement.

#3. Canva

It’s a good medium for your visuals. I use it to create graphics, videos, PDFs and documents, graphs and tables for my content. Sometimes, even presentations and web pages.

Signing is free and super easy. You can use existing email and social media accounts.

Top 5 Tools for Beginner Freelancers Canva Sign Up
You have many options when signing up for Canva. You can choose what's most convenient for you.

Most of the elements are free to use. You need to buy some of the premium elements or subscribe to a premium plan.

You can choose between monthly (PHP 299.00 [USD5.40]) or annual (PHP 2,490.00 [USD 44.99]) plans.

If you don’t know how to use it, you can always use SkillShare to learn some Canva tricks.

#4. Grammarly

If you’re writing emails or creating content, Grammarly is your go-to helper. It’s available in your browser, Windows or Mac, and Android devices. 

Like the name suggests, it helps you fix up your grammar. It also offers suggestions to make your writing clear and concise.

And the best part? You can customize it to fit your needs. Wanna add serial commas? Just request it. Prefer British English? You can tweak the settings and make it happen.

There is a free version with limited features. But those really are just the features you need. You can also opt-in for the Premium and Business plans.

Top 5 Tools for Beginner Freelancers Grammarly Plans

#5. Hemingway App

The Hemingway App makes you a better writer by making your words bolder and clearer.

You simply paste your output on the app. The app sniffs out sentences that are too long and complicated. It then gives you tips to trim them down and make them clearer.

Top 5 Tools for Beginner Freelancers Hemingway App Editor Sample
Hemingway App highlights the parts of your texts that can be done differently. You can see the suggestions on the sidebar. The suggestions are color-coded too.

There’s a free version, so no need to drop any cash right off the bat. There’s also a paid desktop version at USD 19.00 (PHP 1106.42).

These are just some of the many valuable tools for you to stay on top of your niche. By using these tools, you can develop new skills, enhance your creativity, and create high-quality content that resonates with your audience. Incorporating these tools into your workflow can help you stay ahead of the competition and build a successful career as a freelancer.

They have helped me. I’m confident they can help you too.


2 thoughts on “Top 5 Tools for Beginner Freelancers

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  1. Nice one!.
    Here is what I think of it
    Great blog post! I especially found ChatGPT interesting as I’ve never heard of it before. Have you ever had any issues with inaccurate outputs from ChatGPT and how have you dealt with it?
    Thanks, Ely Shemer

    1. Hi, Ely.

      Yes, I have had many instances where ChatGPT gives inaccurate responses. I make sure to read all responses carefully for fact-checking purposes. I then use the thumbs-down icon next to the response to give feedback that the response is not correct.

      However, it happens very occasionally. I also suggest using different chat threads for every topic. It remembers your conversations so using the same chat thread for different topics can give you very muddled responses,

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