A Note Taker
Although this is listed under software, it doesn’t have to be, because you can use a notebook and pen or a dictaphone. The point is to have a way to capture those little flashes of inspiration or reminders about mundane tasks the minute you think of them.
My tool of choice here is Google Keep. It works offline, is available on every device and on the web, and syncs seamlessly. You can use it for notes, checklists or drawings, and can color code and add reminders to notes. Good alternatives to Keep are OneNote and Evernote.
A Time Tracker
As a freelancer, it’s key to know how you are spending your time. It’s the only way to be sure you are really productive and it helps with client billing too.
I like RescueTime for this. Once installed on your computer and mobile devices, it automatically tracks your activity, categorizes it, and produces reports. If you want a time tracker that’s more integrated with your invoicing process, try one of the ones on this list.
An Online Meeting Solution
If you’re working remotely, you’ll need to attend or call an online meeting at some point. There are plenty of solutions to choose from.
I use Skype for my meetings because I’m often doing client interviews and I’ve found a recording tool called Amolto Call Recorder that integrates with it. But you can also use Google Hangouts, WebEx, Zoom, AnyMeeting or another solution.