Just as writing has changed throughout time, so have the tools for freelance writers. The way we manage, share, organize, and learn has simply become more efficient for writers. Although some prefer a pen and a pad of paper, there are those who are happy with the tools I am about to share with you.
Not only will these tools for freelance writers help save you time, but they will allow you to focus more on your writing. The more writing we can do, the more we can focus on developing our new craft.
These are the tools every writer should have on their desktop.
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 20 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.
|Hemingway Online Editor||Hemingway App|
|Ability to Save and Export?||No||Yes|
|Ability to Publish Directly?||Yes||Yes|
|Export Formats Offered?||No||Text, PDF, Word, HTML, Markdown|
|Direct Publishing Options?||No||WordPress, Medium|
|Full Hemingway Analysis?||Yes||Yes|
- 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 more freelance writer tools :
- 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 and doing your research means digging as deep as possible. Your goal is finding out as much relevant detail as you can from useful and reliable sources. While some of these are skills or actions rather than tools, I wanted to list them here.
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. You may not need all of them, some will help more than others so just go through as many as you can.
For now, I think having a website, Grammarly tool, and cloud storage are important when first starting out as a freelance writer.
The other tools can be picked up along the way as you get a feel for each one.
Let me know in the comments below about your favorite freelance writing tools.