Recommended Mobile Apps For African Freelancers

To get started and succeed as a freelancer today, there are certain mobile apps you must know how to use, and use often.

These apps make your work faster, more efficient and clearly organised. They keep you updated on trends and news in your field, and help you communicate who you are and what you do. They also help you find new jobs and satisfy the clients you have.

By having these apps on your smartphone, not only using them on the web, you ensure that you are always available and on top of any tasks you get on your plate.

Some of the apps below cater specifically to African problems and scenarios. We will constantly update this list as we discover new favourites.

Know of any other must-have apps for freelancers from Africa and elsewhere? Please share with us in the comment section below.

Recommended:

Wave Apps is one of the most easy-to-use invoicing and accounting software available. It easily tracks your cash flow, creates beautiful invoices and receipts, and adds a professional look to your company documents.
TransferWise is an instant international payment option that caters to the African market. It's one of the options with the most interconnected African countries, transfers are received instantly and the exchange rate is fair.
Wunderlist is a to-do list app that is easily customizable for more uses than the obvious. From daily tasks to ideas barely formed, Wunderlist features instinctively fit into your style of note-keeping.
Google Calendar is a great, easy addition to your arsenal of tools. It has access to your contacts and syncs easily across time zones and devices.
Voice memos are great for recording ideas, taking down quick notes, noting your tasks for the day and even outlining articles. They come preinstalled on most smartphones and are a life hack to keep your brain and mind uncluttered.
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Email remains the core of business commnunications. To handle important emails in real time, gmail or mail apps are crucial. Gmail is great because of the collaborative benefits that come with it - Google Drive, Calendar, Docs, etc.
For freelancers who are just starting, the Upwork app is a great way to see what jobs are available, what rates freelancers charge and what intersection to focus your energy.
For seamless conference calls and business meetings, Zoom and Skype are widely used options. Every working freelancer should have a Skype or Zoom account or both.
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When dealing with international clients, PayPal may be difficult app to avoid. Although not available with full features in most African countries, you can create an account while on a trip abroad to be able to receive money easily from international clients.
Google Apps: Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms ar some of the office benefits of using Gmail. They focus on ease and collaboration which makes them one of the most useful and widely tools for all freelancers.
Piggy Bank helps you save, which is very important for a freelancer. You never want to go below a set minimum balance so you never go broke. A savings and investment mobile app like PiggyBank is essential to make wise long-term financial decisions.
We recommend being most active on one social network where you showcase your expertise, keep tabs on your industry and source for jobs. E.g. Quora, Medium, Reddit, Twitter, active communities
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Week of Saturdays
Week of Saturdays answers questions and disseminates new ways of working as technology overtakes culture and 9-5 jobs become a trend of the past. We advocate for flexible working schedules, freelancing, remote working and bold transitions between careers.

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