Writing is an amazing way to make money. If you are passionate about it, there are a lot of avenues you can use to benefit. From writing blogs, articles, whitepapers, to e-books, there are endless choices for anyone who loves writing.
Regardless of the route you choose, you need to have a basic writers toolkit to market, do your work, receive payment, track time, and so on.
Today, I share with you free tools to help you with your writing journey.
Even though there are plenty of tools you can acquire cheaply to start your freelance journey, at the beginning you might not have the money to do so. Naturally, you will want free alternatives to help you begin this exciting journey. Cutting on the costs does not always mean that you settle for ineffective tools. There are a plethora of very useful tools for your work.
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Before you get the money to install a full-fledged website for your freelance business, you can choose to go with Blogger and WordPress free websites. These allow you to showcase your work to clients. It is a great place to show your credibility as a writer. Clients will take you seriously with a website under your name.
Eventually, you will have to upgrade because some clients won’t take you seriously with a free site. It does not cost much – just under $100, you have a better alternative. Nowadays it’s easy to start a site and configure it with a few plugins by yourself.
No writer is perfect and that is why there are editors. But as you begin this journey, you might not be able to afford one. As a result, you need an editing tool like Grammarly. A tool that will help you identify punctuation mistakes, grammatical errors, poor word choice, misuse of words, among other errors.
Of course, after running your writing pieces through the application, you should read through your work just to make sure all is in order. It is not perfect and might at times not understand how you express yourself in writing, requiring you to ignore some of the stuff it highlights as mistakes. But there are additional writing issues you will have to upgrade to the premium option for the best results.
Pexels provides you with free images you can use in your writing without encountering any issues. Whether you want to download on your computer, use them in your blog, or put them in the client articles, they are free of charge.
Though there are premium images, the free ones are too many to lack something you can use in your articles. Just write a keyword of what you are looking for in the search bar and press enter. Every sort of image in that category will be available to choose.
Canva is an easy image editing tool that you can use to create images for various uses. Whether you are making an infographic, Facebook image, a logo, or any other, this tool will make your work easy.
You just need to select the type of image you are looking for from the tons of templates, customize them for your project, download and apply them in your articles. Even the premium option is quite affordable, requiring you to pay cents to a few dollars for the images and templates.
If your writing requires that you take photos, there is likeliness that you will need to eliminate their backgrounds. For instance, if you are writing about products, you will want to have clear images with distracting backgrounds.
Background Burner does this work well. Take your photo, load it on the website and process it to come out with an image without a background. It also gives you control on the appearance of your backgrounds and how far you want it cleared.
Google Drive has a lot of offerings for anyone who loves writing. It is a free storage system which comes with a lot of other tools including Google Sheets, Slides, and Docs. Meaning, you have a place to write and draw chats.
As you do this, everything is stored automatically. Even better, you can let in various people to edit your documents with you from various parts of the world. If you want to share with a client their task, just share a link with them and they can access. This can come in handy if you are working with an editor elsewhere.
Through Google drive, you can download your work into your computer in various formats like PDF, Doc, Dox, among others. You can go ahead and integrate other tools like Grammarly and time trackers in it for additional convenience. The benefits are numerous.
You will meet clients with various demands when it comes to English dialects. In this case, you don’t want to be trying and guessing what word fits in what dialect. SpellCheck allows you to use the English that is comfortable for you, select British, American, Canadian, Australian, South African, and many other dialects that arise from English, paste your piece, then check the spellings. That saves you time and headaches.
It supports 78 language spellings and contains access to a thesaurus, an English dictionary, and a grammar check as well for further reference.
With Free Invoice Generator, you can create professional invoices and download them as PDF or send your clients through the site. This invoice generator gives you a template with clear fields you can fill including a place to insert your logo.
You are free to edit the currency you need your payment in and get paid online. Even better, you don’t have to sign up as most providers do. Open, create, download or send…and nothing more. That is not all. There are no limitations to the number of the invoices you can generate.
Ever sent an email and wondered if it got to the recipient? With CloudHQ, you will know when they open your email. With it you can get desktop notifications any moment they open your email, get an email when your email is opened for the first time, receive a text message on your phone if you like.
If they don’t open your email, you will get a reminder email as well. The free version goes with the badge on it but still does the same service as the premium option.
There you go. These are just a few of the tools I have encountered in my journey as a freelance writer and found to be useful. They have helped me in a big way. You also can benefit from free. Go to their sites and find out how they make your freelance endeavors easy. Share with me in the comment section what else you use.
If you struggle with long sentences and find it entertaining to use adverbs. Or use complicated English words and a lot of passive voice, then the Hemingway App will come in handy.
This app highlights areas you can improve and tells you what to do.
You don’t have to buy a physical dictionary. The Google online dictionary is easier to use and often updated for the best results.
All you need to do is type the word you want to know the meaning of in Google Search and add “meaning” or “definition” to it. An elaborate meaning of the word will appear as the first result. You’ll even have the translations of the word into most languages around the world.
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