Just as writing has evolved, so have the tools for freelance writers. The way we manage, share, organize, and learn can now be done with maximum productivity and minimum wasted effort.
Keeping your digital workspace organized as a writer can be an everyday struggle and sometimes even a bit chaotic.
Here is a list of tools that will boost your productivity, help keep up in today’s fast-paced world, and help you create a balanced workflow.
Basic researching tools for freelance writers
- Scrivener: (writing tool) This is a really good organizational tool for writers. It allows you to research, organize, outline, and view your notes while writing in one place. It will take some time to master. But once you use their interactive tutorials and get the hang of it, you’ll never go back.
- Thesaurus.com A free online thesaurus that’s been around for over twenty years. Thesaurus.com will help you improve your English language skills, find precise words, help you identify the most overused words, and suggest over 3 million synonyms and antonyms. An all-around great place to learn for free and worth a spot amongst your browser’s favorites.
- Rhyme zone: rhymes, synonyms, definitions and so much more. I keep this one handy on my browser’s toolbar.
- Hemingway app: An editing tool designed to tighten up your words and make them more concise and impactful. With just a one time $19.99 fee, this is a must-have addition to any writer’s desktop.
- Slick plan: flowchart software, organization, and productivity.
- Wunderlist: Microsoft’s to-do list, helps your organization, and productivity.
- Basecamp: A great tool for teamwork on the go. You can organize all your projects in one place. Know where everything is, understand what everyone’s working on, and know exactly where to put things. This includes all your emails, file services, task managers, spreadsheets, chats, meetings, and other vital work elements.
- Capsule CRM: your personalized one-stop platform for all your employees to manage data and customers as your business grows.
- Omnigraffle: diagramming, wireframing, and organization.
- Camtasia: screen capture, video, and audio editing.
- LastPass: password register (1password), organization.
And here are even more tools for freelance writers :
- TeuxDeux: to-do list, organization, productivity.
- PicMonkey: image creator and editor
- Canva: image creator and editor
- XERO: accounting software
- Screenflow: screen capture tool (free version OBS)
Being a writer requires a lot of research and digging as deep as possible to find out as much relevant detail as you can from useful and reliable sources. Besides lots of reading, delving into all forms of media, talking to people, and immersing yourself in some real-world research, here are some ways to establish an organized system for research.
Research for Blogs
- existing articles
- research papers and essays
- interviews with subject and industry experts
- press releases
- Contacting PR
Research for Website
- Look at existing copy
- Competitor Analysis
- Target audience research
- testimonials/ case studies
- Company marketing material
- Interviews with company owners and employees
- Interviews with customers
- Reading Reviews
15 Best Keyword Research tools for freelance writers
All writers need research. Whether you’re writing content for a blog, a bio page, a description for a product, or a feature article, research can add depth, or life, and those telling details that connect you with your reader.
Hope you find your favorites.
If you are brand new to freelance writing, these tools will get you started. While you may not need them all, some will help more than others so just go through as many as you can and pick out the ones that help you the most. The other tools can be picked up along the way as you get a feel for each one.