10 Brand New Productivity Tools You Probably Missed

Freelancers may have more of a need than other business owners to access data on the go, and from more than one platform. Productivity tools in the cloud offer a great way to address the issue of unknown source accessibility, especially when they are designed to sync between various devices, such as PC, tablets and smartphones.

Because there are already several articles at Freelance Folder featuring established productivity tools and software, today I’ll introduce ten new productivity tools that were launched in 2011. Some are cool, some are trendy, some are fun, but all of them can be of great help in the right hands.

10 Productivity Tools

Here is a list of recently launched productivity tools for freelancers and others:

  1. Filegoose is a web-based document management system that suits all kinds of users, from freelancers to large companies. It was designed for multiple users, allowing teams to share all types of documents, as well as to discuss files in real-time, view detailed statistics, and much more. There’s a handy savings calculator on site that shows you just how Filegoose can benefit your business through increased productivity.
  2. SocialFolders is another document management platform with added functionality. The tool helps you share content anywhere between social sites like: Flickr, Facebook, Box.net, Google Docs, Instagram and many more; or copy between sites. The content is synced automatically daily, and you can even sync your SocialFolders across all your devices.
  3. Sniget is a free business platform that helps you perform all your daily tasks. It features a bundle of productivity tools including: to do lists, a browser-based spreadsheet creator, a data collection tool for applications, questionnaires, and surveys, and much more.
  4. The Interviewr is a brilliant tool for those who need to schedule and conduct, you guessed it, interviews. From journalists to bloggers and even human resources departments, there could be many uses for this particular tool. Interviewr is free, and you can use it to schedule, manage and record all your interviews. You can add notes, files and links that are relevant to each specific interview, and you can even set up alerts to remind you of the date and time of the interview as well.
  5. Moredays is an image-centric calendar and planner, with scrapbook functionality. The innovation consists in that that your notes will be turned into “doodles” or “graphics” and that, instead of “tags” you’ll be using visual “stamps” to categorize your content. Moredays’ Sketcher saves all timely information about a new note, helping you better keep track of your actions. You could use Moredays to record the details of a meeting with a client and potential business partner.
  6. SpiderScribe is a free online mind mapping tool, that can be used to collect files, notes, events and locations, and then organize them with a relevant mind map. Things get better. You can choose to share your mind map and brainstorm collaboratively with your partners. You can even edit shared mind maps simultaneously. The maps are stored in the cloud and can be accessed from anywhere.
  7. Comunitee is a twist on social news networking. It allegedly learns from your behavior what news you like to explore, discover and share, and then it automatically shares the news with your friends and followers. There’s no need to connect your Facebook or Twitter accounts or click Follow, Tweet, Like, and Share for every story you find interesting.
  8. Present.me is an excellent tool to record and share PowerPoint presentations. It’s ideal if you have to give a presentation, but cannot be there in person. You present your proposal into your webcam, clicking on the slides as you would if you were presenting to an audience. Present.me splits the screen in two, showing the slides at the left, and a video recording of you at the right.
  9. Nimble is a nice, clean platform that combines a series of productivity tools, with social media monitoring and engagement tools. You can use it to manage existing contacts, but also to identify business critical influencers from the most popular social networks, and import them to your Nimble UI. Nimble also connects all your contacts, calendars, and conversations into one web-based interface, and lets you monitor and manage social media conversation from within the same platform.
  10. Tree.io is the ultimate suite of productivity tools, and it is free for up to three users. It includes a project management platform, automated service support, sales management, messaging, contacts management, finance management, document storing and sharing, and calendars and reports. It is compatible with all browsers, and what’s best… Tree.io Mobile* works well on all popular smartphone and tablet platforms, such as iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Bada, Palm WebOS, Symbian and MeeGo.

Your Turn

Are you using any of these new productivity tools? What is your favorite productivity tool?

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  1. Anna Smith says

    Our company has been using http://teambox.com for some time now and we’re very happy with it. There is no limit in the number of users that can be created. It is helping us a lot with the management of our tasks. I recommend it.

  2. says

    @JF Garsula thank you very much for recommending Asana. I will definitely look at it and test it myself. I am not sure FreelanceFolder accepts reviews of products and platforms, but I might review it on my site later on this year.


  3. says

    I’m usually at the mercy of the software I’m using when it comes to productivity, as I used to use multiple apps to manage everything (contacts, projects, todo lists, timesheets, invoicing, etc) and constantly jumping between these apps was discouraging and inefficient.

    If you have to manage multiple business processes I’d recommend going with something that integrates everything you have to manage. WORKetc is a great for this – you can use it to manage CRM, project management, billing, and support in one web based app – and it’s all tightly integrated. You can attach items as a group for simpler referencing, i.e. group a timesheet with a project or a task with an expense. WORKetc is Google Apps integrated and has mobile apps.

  4. says

    This is good stuff Mihaela! I didn’t recognize one of those so that is good news to me! I really liked the Present.me concept because I might have to do that in the new year for an email etiquette session. Could be quite valuable!

  5. Kirsty says

    It would be cool to see Wunderlist in this list. It’s a simple, beautiful and multiplatform task manager. What’s more, it’s free :-)
    And Wunderkit is another one to keep an eye on too, it’s coming soon. It’s going to shake up the sphere of productivity and collaboration!

  6. says

    Thanks for sharing; I also recommend Teambox, this online project management and collaboration software it’s getting better everyday for organization, productivity communication and networking. This year we have launched Iphone, Ipad, chrome and other applications, plus we are happy to announce the upcoming version of Teambox 4 that will launch very soon, be attentive and learn how to get things done ☺ https://teambox.com/

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  8. says

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  10. says

    Let’s update the list for 2012! While I wouldn’t count this as a business productivity tool, we all know how much of a time suck online browsing is. So for making your daily online browsing routines more productive, checkout Skim.Me (http://skim.me).

    We do all setup, organization and management work for your favorite site and app sources so you can browse no-reply emails, weather, news, social media, ecommerce, finance and more without leaving our web app in timed batches throughout the day.

    As you browse we manage a “done” list for you that can be toggled to a “to-do” list for browsing that’s algorithmically controlled. It’s a great user experience that shows you what you’ve accomplished and never how many unread you have.

    Feel free to email me at wu at skim dot me with any feedback, thx!

  11. says

    Really very impressive post. I must say this is one in the most well written posts, that I have seen with this topic in a very long time. Indeed, it was. Will probably get a link up here at some point. Well done!

  12. Hannah Mitchell says

    I recommend you two hot web apps: pickfu.com (instant and fast surveys) and casual.pm (amazing visual project management).


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