3 Ways I've Automated My Freelance Workflow & How You Can Too
I've started freelancing full-time for 6 months now. At the time I started I was fortunate to be in a place where I didn't have many expenses, so I decided to just make the leap and if I didn't make it, well then I could always go back to a 9 to 5.
Fortunately, with a lot of hard work and persistence, I am able to make a living off of freelancing. Do I have everything figured out or am I exactly where I want to be in terms of my career? Absolutely not. But I am getting there.
Luckily for me, I found this lifesaver of an app named AND CO about 3 months into my freelancing career and I honestly don't think I would be in the position that I am today without it. And Co is an app designed by freelancers, for freelancers. It is an absolute game changer when it comes to creating contracts for clients, keeping track of invoices + expenses, and just daily project/task management. Read more below to see how AND CO has helped me automate my freelance workflow and how it can help you too.
Reason 1: Getting Paid Quicker
As a freelancer owning your business, you know how time-consuming it is to get paid on time. Chasing invoices, making sure they're sent on time, and sending reminders is never fun. However, with AND CO, I am able to do all 3 with a few clicks. Their platform allows you to create an invoice and send it out in a matter of seconds. AND CO also reminds me if I’ve sent an invoice but am still waiting to receive payment on it.
When you're a one man or woman team, it is hard to keep track of every nuance in this business, and using AND CO for all of my invoicing has really changed the way I get paid. I no longer have to spend a lot of time handling accounting, AND CO does it for me.
Reason 2: Creating Contracts; No Lawyer Needed
Let's face it, contracts are a necessity when doing business with clients. Not only will it hold both parties responsible, but it allows you to hash out all of the fine points before any project is started so that you and the client are on the same page. Unfortunately, contracts tend to be really confusing and overwhelming.
In AND CO’s app you can create, customize, sign and send your contract in minutes. They partnered up with Freelancers Union to create the first common standard service agreement, to make sure that you and your work are protected. In no time you can send a contract, get it signed, and start working on your project.
Reason 3: Finishing Tasks Has Never Been Easier
I was on the hunt for a long time for a dual project management and invoicing system and didn't find one that met my exact needs. Now, with AND CO's new "My Desk" feature, they have solved my issue of keeping track of tasks + project management very easily.
This new feature is a single place for all of my business tasks. It automatically creates tasks that need my attention or it gives me the option of creating my own. I can create lists for my workflow, tag tasks to projects, clients, or lists and am able to defer tasks to whenever I actually need to see them which allows me a deeper focus on what needs to get done.
Bonus Reason: An Extra Set Of Hands
What makes this app even sweeter is that they assign a real live person as a dedicated Chief Operator to every user, and is available for 18 hours a day. This really comes in handy for any questions that pop up around tax time, or just in general. It's almost like having a dedicated assistant on your team without having to pay extra.
Sum It All Up
AND CO automates my workflow on a daily basis which allows me to focus more time on the things I love about freelancing. This is why I felt so compelled to share with anyone who is in need of a top-notch project management and invoicing system. Oh, and did I mention that you can sign-up for free and their Gold plan is only $9 a month? Cheapest and most effective product on the market right now.
Stop wasting time handling the areas you don't like about freelancing or owning a business and let AND CO help with that.