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Side hustles are all about the Benjamins. So, what use are they if you aren’t getting paid on time? Luckily, there are plenty of game-changing tools for people like us who want to maximize our cash flow and do it quickly.
When you’ve got a side hustle, you need to rely on your own skills and know-how to make sure you get paid correctly and on time. This means using every tool at your disposal to make sure that happens.
Without proper support, your cash flow will dry up faster than you can say “overdraft.” So, look at these productivity, payment, and organizational tools to take your hustle to the next level.
If you’re organized, your billing will be too, and you can invoice on time and correctly. And clients love that.
Google’s suite of tools provides you with the basic essentials you need to function in your quest for cash. Having a comprehensive digital workspace is an absolute must for anyone going into business for themselves, whether you sell crafts on Etsy or walk your neighbor’s dogs.
Google Docs lets you type and edit documents without having to spend a cent on a Microsoft Office license. Google Drive provides you with secure online cloud storage, and Google Analytics lets you monitor your website traffic. And this is only the tip of the iceberg.
The absolute best thing about Google Workspace is that it is 100% free. There are, of course, upgrades available for a fee. These provide you with exclusive perks like additional storage space, better analytics, and SEO optimization, which will all come in handy once you start making the big bucks.
The monotonous process of scheduling meetings and events can turn into an absolute nightmare. Especially once you start getting more business and your calendar fills up before you know it.
Enter Calendly, the scheduling software to rule them all.
You can link all of your calendars to Calendly, which will automatically synchronize to give you a constantly up-to-date version of your work and personal schedules all in one place. The best part is that your Calendly schedule is shareable. This allows you to send your current schedule to business partners, prospective clients, hell, even your mom, if you’re struggling to find time to see her. That way, all the time you waste trying to resolve scheduling conflicts can be solved by simply sharing your Calendly schedule.
Slack is the number one communication app to keep your work-related conversations organized and streamlined. There’s nothing worse than having a billion different WhatsApp groups for your various jobs, clients, and partners. Slack helps you keep your phone and PC free of clutter by giving you one place to keep all your work-related communication.
With Slack, you can easily create different dedicated channels for different topics, synchronize your Calendar to let your contacts know when you’re unavailable, you can even set your status to “lunch” so people know not to bug you while you’re trying to take in some much-needed nourishment.
Slack lets you transfer files from your phone, your PC, or the cloud, making it simple to send documents, images, videos, and more to your dedicated work channels.
Man cannot live on bread alone, and hustlers cannot organize their workflow on pen and paper. Organizational software is absolutely vital if you want to stay on top of your commitments, and more importantly, get paid for them.
Trello is a user-friendly, intuitive project management program with an abundance of amazing functions. With Trello, you can create project roadmaps, customizable boards, to-do lists, and cards, track and assign tasks, and much more.
Use Trello for all your brainstorming, collaborative problem-solving, project planning, task tracking, and everything in between.
If you have one too many irons in the fire, Trello will give you peace of mind by giving you a place to keep accurate track of all of them. You don’t have a manager to remind you when you’ve forgotten something, so Trello helps you to remember when you’re behind schedule or have left out an all-important task.
Invoicing as a freelancer can be a huge headache. Your invoices need to look professional while communicating all the necessary information and representing your brand identity. Freshbooks’ self employed invoice template makes all this possible, and more.
They have a wide variety of stylish and unique invoice templates for you to choose from, all of which include spaces for you to add all of your relevant information. Never again do you have to worry about forgetting to add your payment terms or billing address. Freshbooks has you covered.
What’s more, all of their templates are available for download in several different formats, including Google Docs and Google Sheets. Whatever software you’re most comfortable with, simply download your invoice template and edit it to your specifications.
A professional and stylish invoice makes an impression on your clients, showing them that you’re no slouch in the admin department and deserve to be treated with respect (in other words, they’d better pay you on time or they’ll hear about it in no uncertain terms.)
How can you get paid for your time if you can’t keep track of it? You can’t. Toggl knows this and has the solution. Toggl allows you to track the time you spend on any given task, group your billable hours by project, and organize your day according to the time you need for each task.
Clients love to underestimate the amount of time that goes into jobs, and Toggl gives you an accurate record of exactly how long you’ve spent working on each job.
Batman has his utility belt. Side hustlers have apps. If you want to work for yourself and successfully grow your business, these tools will have you adding digits to your bank balance with minimal stress. Getting organized and getting paid has never been easier now that you know how.
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