7 Essential Set Of Tools For Everyone Who Earns A Living Online

Essential ToolsIf you are a full time web-worker earning your living through the internet, I am sure you would agree that for every task you can think of, there are more tools on the internet then you can imagine. Sometimes it can become really difficult to chose the tools that will do the job right.

Today we decided to list out seven such tools or rather sets of tools, which are essential for every web-worker no matter the area of specialization. So whether you are web designer, blogger, freelance writer or any other kind of web-worker, you could certainly use these tools to work more effectively and productively too.

1: Browser And Email

For starters, I suggest you use Firefox, if you are not already. That’s because Firefox has so much more to offer then other web browsers and with the impending release of Firefox 3, it will bring some new and excellent features which many of us are looking forward to.

I use Gmail as my email client and recommend it. But if you are more into a desktop email client, then MS Outlook or Thunderbird are great. And if you happen to be on Mac OSX, I’m pretty sure Mail does the job. :)

2: Invoicing And Payment

If you work online, then you know the importance of such tools. Paypal is the most popular way to send and receive money and it also allows you to create invoices and send them to your clients. FreshBooks and LessAccounting are 2 very popular web-based invoicing tool used by a lot of web workers. In fact, Jon wrote an elaborate post on different invoicing tools, which you may find very useful.

3: Taking Notes

No matter what kind of work you do, I’m certain that taking notes is something that takes a considerable amount of your time, especially if you’re a freelance writer doing a lot of research. A very simple way is by using a nice moleskine notebook.

However, there are other cool ways to take notes. Like Ubernote, which lets you take notes and clips online and organize them effectively.

One of the best and most popular tools to take notes online is Evernote. It has a web version and a desktop software version and the best part is it allows you to sync the online and offline versions. I have been using it and found it to be excellent. I have 20 invites to give away for the new version of Evernote. So if you want one, leave a comment and I’ll email you the invite. (*make sure you mention it in your comment and leave a valid email address)

4: Storage

As web workers, we are dealing with data all the time. Whether it’s design sketches/mock-ups, unfinished articles, invoice templates or client information, it can get overwhelming at some point.

It’s important to preserve this data and store it outside your computer. What if your computer crashed? You can use a USB thumb drive for that purpose or a portable hard drive like this one. Also you could sync the data between the computer and the portable device, using softwares such as Sync Toy or Syncback SE

5: Writing

Not only bloggers and freelance writers need to write. Every web worker will eventually have to create documents or reports. So, for this purpose some suggestion are Google Docs and Zoho. In fact Zoho has an amazing collection of free tools which you should try out.

Desktop tools for this purpose are MS Office and Open Office.

6: Images

Desktop tools for dealing with images range from paid alternatives like Photoshop and SnagIt to free alternatives like GIMP. For those of you who just need simple image editing features, try out online tools like Picnik and Photoshop Express.

If you are looking for great photos, there are sites like iStockphoto and Everystockphoto. I wrote a post on my blog about how to get excellent license free images. You may find it useful too.

7: Organizers / Time management

Organizing and tracking your time is very important as a web worker. You could use the default calendar of your email program or an organizer like Essential PIM. One of my favorite task management softwares is Remember the Milk, because of its excellent features and its integration with Gmail and Google Calendar.

To track your time, you could try Toggl or yaTimer.

What tool do YOU use and why? let us know in the comment section! :)

Cheers,
Abhijeet Mukherjee

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About the author: Abhijeet Mukherjee is a blogger and freelance writer. He is a regular contributer for many blogs notably including DumbLittleMan.com and MakeUseOf.com. He also maintains his own blog about tech tips, productivity hacks and blogging tips – Jeet Blog