I follow the blog from FreelanceSwitch and have over time found many useful tips for freelancers and thus also for freelance translators. Recently they shared a post called “30 Inherently Useful Tools for Freelancers” and I wanted to share 4 tools I found most useful here.
1. How to Be a Rockstar Freelancer – FreelanceSwitch own book for freelancers, written by the founders of FreelanceSwitch – Collins & Cyan Ta’eed. I truly enjoyed another book for freelancers called “The Wealthy Freelancers” and look forward to reading this one too.
2. FreelanceSwitch Hourly Rate Calculator – Here you can calculate what your hourly rate should be based on your costs and the amount of time you spend earning money.
3. XE: For working with overseas clients in different foreign currencies. XE’s currency converter is a useful tool for accurate currency calculations that features up-to-the-minute currency rates.
4. Dropbox – I use a stationary computer and a laptop and can synchronize the files on both computers effortlessly by using dropbox.
Other great tools mentioned are Paypal, Google Calendar (which I use to synchronize my calendars between my two computers and my iPhone, plus MakeSomeTime.
Do you have any favorite tools not listed that you love as a freelance translator?