Web Apps for Freelancers

Web apps are great because you can access them from anywhere, they keep all of your data safe, and for the most part, they’re straightforward to get up and running with (No installations or configuring needed!)

The catch of course is that there are thousands of them and it can be a challenge to find the ones that will really help you. In this post we’ve collected together 40 of our favorites. Read the notes on each to see if it would fit your workflow, and who knows, you might just end up a little more productive than before!

Developer

1. LaunchSplash

LaunchSplash is a fairly niche tool. It builds “Coming Soon” pages for your domain quickly and easily.

2. Springloops

Springloops is a unique source code management tool for web development teams. It allows coding in parallel, sharing your code safely, and not overwriting files.

3. Browsershots

Browsershots will make screenshots of your web design in different browsers. This is an open-source online, created by Johann C. Nicholl. If you send your web address, its submitted to the queue and you’ll get to see how it performs in various systems.

4. JS Charts

JS Charts is another JavaScript generator . It is noteworthy because very little knowledge of coding allows you to easily create charts of various types, e.g. bar graphs.

5. iPlotz

iPlotz allows you to rapidly create clickable, navigable mockups and wireframes for prototyping websites and software applications. You can also invite other people comment on the drawings, and once ready, you can manage tasks for developers and designers to create the project.

6. UploadRobots


UploadRobots is just like a thumbdrive, but it’s on the internet so you’ll never misplace or damage your files. In seconds you can upload, store, download, share and access all of your files online. UploadRobots is a fast, safe and simple way to upload, download and share your files. File management has never been easier.

7. PHPanywhere

PHPanywhere is an online service that allows you to write and test your PHP apps from anywhere. All you need is a web browser.

8. Fivesecondtest

Fivesecondtests help you easily identify the most prominent elements of your user interfaces. It’s an app that allows random users to conduct simple 5 second usability tests that help you to measure the effectiveness of your web page designs.

9. Chartle

Chartle is very easy to use and totally free online graphics generator. Chartle will allows you to integrate your plans, maps, graphs, charts and reports online. Best of all, there is no registration requirement.

Designer

10. StripeGenerator

StripeGenerator is a background strip creation service that can be used as a web page background or pattern in image processing software like Photoshop.

11. Picnik


Picnik is an online photo editor that can work directly with online photo libraries like like Flickr, Facebook, and Picasa Web Albums. You can also upload files and download them again when you are finished.

12. Go2Convert

Go2Convert is a set of free web based tools that allow you to convert and resize pictures. It is not meant to be a complete image editing package, but to be an easy to use one-trick pony.

13. Color Scheme Designer

ColorSchemeDesigner is a cool online color scheme picker for web or other design projects. The best thing about this tool is that it gives you a large number of second choices when selecting a color scheme and previewing it.

14. Typetester

Typetester lets you compare 3 different fonts, in various styles and sizes, side-by-side. It makes it much easier to get the right font combo for your site.

15. Typekit


Typekit is the easiest way to use real fonts on the web, it is a service to connect high-quality Open Type fonts from several of the world’s best foundries. Each major browser now supports the ability to link to a font. That means you can write a little CSS, including the URL for a font file, and have your pages display with the typography you expect.

16. PXtoEM

PXtoEM is an online calculator that can help you easily covert pixels, to EMs, to percent or to points.

17. Viewlike.Us

ViewLike.Us is a website that allows you to check your layout in different resolutions.

18. Mockingbird

Mockingbird is a tool for creating wireframes for your website or webapp online. It makes it simple to create, link together, preview, and share your site or application mockups with colleagues and clients.

19. Concept Feedback

Concept Feedback is designed specifically for graphic and web designers to get a free, honest feedback from like-minded professionals. And the owners are awesome, so definitely win-win here!

20. Themeleon

Themeleon makes Twitter background. You have the choice of more than 683,853 background patterns and 1,041,687 color palettes available on COLOURlovers, or you can customize any of the colors or patterns to get just the right design for you.

Invoices and Time Tracking

21. Ballpark

Ballpark is can send invoices, receive payments, bid on projects, and keep their teams on the same page.

22. Zoho Invoice

Zoho Invoice provides nice features such as easy-formatted, elegant, invoices and quotes for your client. Using Zoho Invoice, you can track accept and track payments from customers online.

23. Freshbooks

Freshbooks is a very popular online invoicing app. Freshbooks provides a fast and simple invoicing and time tracking service that helps you manage your business. It’s nice to see something dull like accounts so brightly colored!

24. The Invoice Machine

A professionally designed application that focuses on simplicity, the Invoice Machine is one of the nicer invoicing tools available. A professional looking invoice says a lot to your client — Invoice Machine can help complete a great impression.

25. Backpack

Backpack is a simple intranet for your company. Very easy to configure and use as a service that integrates task lists, notes, files, photos and a calendar with reminders sent to your e-mail or phone. Safe and reliable.

26. Ta-da List

Ta-da List is a to-do list tool from the makers of Basecamp. You’ll find similar to-do functionality in some of their other apps, but Ta-da List is free for anyone to use.

27. RescueTime

RescueTime is a web-based time-management tool that helps you manage your time by providing real-time stats on where you are spending most of your time and which applications are you using the most. One of the coolest things about RescueTime is that there is no data entry.

28. Project Bubble

Project Bubble is project management and invoicing tool that has been specifically developed for freelancers. A cheap alternative to Basecamp and Freshbooks, it’s simple to use and is being very actively developed by the owner.

Tools

29. Gist

Gist is an online service that helps you build stronger relationships. By connecting your inbox to the web, you get business-critical information about key people and companies.

30. Cotweet

CoTweet allows multiple people to communicate through corporate Twitter accounts and stay in sync while doing so. No stepping on each other’s toes. It makes managing a business account a little easier with support for dual accounts, assignment of tweets, and robust notifications.

31. MailChimp

MailChimp is web-based application that helps you design, send, and track your email marketing campaigns. MailChip is a fun email marketing service designed with simplicity and easily integrates with Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Salesforce and even PayPal.

32. iDrive

IDrive is online backup service that offer great backup tools and the backup interface is unusually easy to use. IDrive have features such as Automatic Backup, True Archiving, Versioning, Continuous Backup, Mapped Drive Backup and more.

33. Dropbox

We’ve written before about how awesome Dropbox is. They’ve since cranked the total amount of free storage possible up to over 10GB! Check it out here.

34. Mint

Mint is a money management tool and it’s completely free. Mint lets its users analyze their spending, saving, and other financial habits, and also offer suggestions for improvements. Not strictly a freelancing app, but given how much we have to organize the rest of our money, it’s makes no sense not to be careful with your personal cash as well!

35. Basecamp

Basecamp is a an extremely popular project management app. Built with simplicity as a core principle, it’s extremely user-friendly for you and your clients.

36. LinkedIn

Linkedin is a professional network with 40 million members and is growing rapidly. Linkedin allows you to connect with people you know through your professional life, share references and find new work.

37. Campfire

Campfire is a tool that allows group chat like instant messaging, but designed specifically for the group. You can setup a password-protected chat rooms in just seconds. Invite customers, partners and vendors to chat and collaborate.

38. Skype

Skype is one tool you’ve no doubt heard of before. It’s still the de facto standard for online calls though. Extremely cheap to make calls anywhere in the world.

39. BidSketch

BidSketch is an online application developed for designers as a way to simplify the sending and receiving of proposals and project offers.

40. WORKetc

WORKetc is a good way to finish up this list because it’s an attempt at being an all-in-one tool. It combines project management, invoicing, CRM and more into one tool. Might appeal to you if you’d rather have everything in one place!

What Tools Do You Use?

If you’re working online now, odds are that you’re using at least one or two tools to help with your workflow. What are they?

We’d love to hear about them in the comments and why they’re worthwhile for you. Might even give me something new to try!

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