Resources for Freelancers

I've received several inquiries on the tools and resources that I use for doing freelance work, getting things done, learning new skills, managing finances, and running this blog.


So, I've built this page to answer those inquiries. I'll be updating this on an ongoing basis, so I’d recommend bookmarking it!

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Freelancing

Upwork is the biggest online freelancing platform today! Although I already have direct clients, I still use it for freelancing.


Upwork has changed my life, so consider me an evangelist!

I'm a huge fan of Google products (who isn't?). I love using Gmail for it's ease of use, and particularly like using labels -- makes managing my inbox so much easier!


Freelancing Tip: Create a first-name-last-name-basis email (e.g., chris.acebu@gmail.com). It's more professional that way.

Google Drive comes with your Gmail account. It's great for accessing files anywhere through secure cloud storage.


Drive starts you with 15 GB of FREE Google online storage!

Productivity

Wunderlist is great for, well... lists! I primarily use this app for noting down things to bring during my travels. This app has helped me avoid losing items when I'm out exploring.

Trello is probably my most used app. I use it both for small and big projects. It's extra handy for my freelancing jobs as I can manage all my client  work one place.

I easily get distracted when I'm  working on a project, but Tomighty (an awesome Pomodoro timer) has helped me consistently do more focused work. And, it also reminds me to take short and long breaks.

We manage what we monitor -- that applies not only in business, but also in life. If you want to build good habits to help you reach your full potential, I highly recommend using Momentum.

Today is a great alternative to Momentum. The functionalities are pretty much the same, but Today allows for some customizations like setting up background photos.

Habitica is a great way for making habit formation (and even completing tasks) fun! It's like a level-up game where you gain gold and experience as you stick to your habits and complete your tasks.

I use Google Calendar for scheduling reminders, events, and calls.

Skill Acquisition

Udemy has a huge library of courses + you have unlimited access to courses you purchase. It's a great place to feed your curiosity, explore new passions, and develop new skills. I've used Udemy to improve my work and productivity... and to better my piano-playing skills.

Like Udemy, Skillshare also has a plethora of courses to choose from. Only difference? You have unlimited access to all courses on a monthly subscription. I've used Skillshare to enhance my skills in digital marketing.

If you love reading books, but sometimes struggle to fit it on your schedule, you should definitely check out Blinkist. This app provides summaries of select books from different genres, so you can get to the important points on the go!

HubSpot Academy has free courses from inbound marketing to inbound sales. I received my inbound certification and email marketing certification from HubSpot Academy and have used these certifications in my Upwork account and professional networks.

Personal Development

One small thing you can do everyday to decrease stress and anxiety, and increase focus and productivity is to meditate. Headspace is my go-to app for meditation. It's free for the first 10 sessions -- give it a try!

I'm in LOVE with the Nike Training app. You can build your own exercise plans to fit your preferences in terms of the number of sessions per week, the intensity of the workouts, and what aspect of your fitness you want to develop (endurance, strength or mobility. Best part? It's FREE!


Psst! I've set some of my fitness goals here.

7-Minute Workouts

When I don't feel like doing Nike Training exercises, I use the 7-Minute Workout instead. This workout is also known as the "scientific workout" and is designed to train different muscle groups... all in 7 minutes. Just a little something I learned in college.


What's great about it is that it's short, but over time, it can get boring as the moves are the same.

Finances

I use Payoneer for receiving payments from clients. I find their conversion rates higher than most online money transfer service.

I primarily use PayPal for making online purchases like buying courses, paying for marketing software, and booking flights and accommodations.

Designed primarily for freelancers in the Philippines, Taxumo lifts the burden of processing your tax in just a few simple steps. 

Pocket Expense

If you want to manage your finances, Pocket Expense can help you do that! It's a free app that brings all your financial accounts together, categorizes your transactions, tracks all your bills, lets you set budgets and helps you achieve your savings goals.

Note: Most of the tools resources here are completely free, but some contain affiliate links. If you use them, I’ll get a small commission – though there is no extra cost to you. 


I recommend these resources because I use them myself and have a lot of experience with them, and being an affiliate for them allows me to make money to keep running this website.

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