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5 Ways to Be a Better Freelancer by Erin Alderson, Wooden Spoons Kitchen

5 Ways to Be a Better Freelancer by Erin Alderson, Wooden Spoons Kitchen

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 15 Oct 2013

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 15 Oct 2013

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This is a guest post by Erin Alderson, photographer, blogger, and CSS wizard behind Wooden Spoons Kitchen, a boutique web design and hosting company.

Erin’s 5 Tips for Being a Better Freelancer

5 Ways to Be a Better Freelancer by Erin Alderson, Wooden Spoons Kitchen

At any given time, I have at least a dozen projects on my plate that are always striving for mental focus. When I get the question, “What do you do?” I usually answer with, “a little bit of everything.”

Can you relate?

5 Ways to Be a Better Freelancer by Erin Alderson, Wooden Spoons Kitchen

I make my living through photography, recipe development, writing cookbooks, and web development. It’s a somewhat strange combination but I love what I do; no day is ever the same.

I take on quite a bit of freelance work on top of the steady work which leads to a large list of to-dos, inspiration and information. I use Evernote to tackle it all. Here are a few tips on the best ways I’ve found to integrate it into a freelance life.

5 Ways to Be a Better Freelancer by Erin Alderson, Wooden Spoons Kitchen

  1. Use the Evernote Web Clipper to create inspiration boards for the projects.

    Just recently I developed and shot recipes for a client that wanted some new spins on Halloween treats. I searched the web for photography and recipe inspiration, then clipped them into my “mood board” note. From there, it was easy for me to take bits and pieces from the various images I found and bring them to life in the photographs. You can do this for any visual inspiration: for home design, web design and more.

  2. Grab a pen and your Evernote Camera-Enabled Moleskine. When I’m in the kitchen, I tend to be very anti-technology. My hands are usually covered and I make so many notes that using a computer was proving ineffective. When I tried to type up everything after, I ended up forgetting steps, ingredients and measurements. Now I use my Moleskine notebook to write out recipes and notes  (a little flour never hurt the book), then snap photos using Evernote’s page camera when I’m done so I can make the final revisions using Evernote on my desktop. Now I can remember exactly how I made the recipe! For anyone who wants to write using pen and paper, Evernote makes it easy to digitize handwritten notes.
  3. Set Reminders. At certain times, I can be working on up to five different projects in a day. Setting Reminders on the individual notes helps me stay on task and meet deadlines.
  4. Make Evernote Work for You: Considering the majority of my work revolves around food, using Evernote Food to document recipes and ideas is a great way to stay organized. Often when I’m eating out, I’ll taste unique flavors or fall in love with the plating of the dish. I can document, organize and save these ideas for use in later recipe development or photo shoots. Evernote’s products aren’t designed for a ‘certain type’ of freelancer, which is great. I can use a combination of apps and products that fit my needs.
  5. Save Those Receipts: Tax time can be a complete nightmare for a freelancer. Every time I get a receipt, I snap a photo of it with Evernote and so I can keep track of what I spent and why. It’s a great way to keep all the expenses in one tidy spot (that’s not a shoebox).

Are you a freelancer? What are your tips for using Evernote to make your life easier?

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  • Inspiralized

    What a helpful article! Those are great pointers. I have Evernote but haven’t put it to use…. I wish I knew more about it, it seems like a great tool, especially as a freelancer/blogger!

    • YentingLin

      You should try it now, just start from taking some notes!

    • Matthew Li Wen Chung

      You really should give it a try. It’s really useful. I’ve posted some of my tips on how I use Evernote. Hopefully they’ll be a useful reference.

      http://chungliwen.com/blog/how-i-use-evernote/

  • Evernote Addict

    Great tips. I keep the photo-note visible on my Evernote mobile widget so if ever I’m out and see some inspiration or a potential lead I can snap it and move on. Also, put your Evernote email address in your contacts, then forward those important or useful emails direct to Evernote.

  • Keith Caldwell

    I need to give Evernote another look. There was just so much going on with it that I never took the time to really learn it. It seems like it has a been a value tool for many professionals.

  • Keith Caldwell

    I need to give Evernote another look. There was just so much going on with it that I never took the time to really learn it. It seems like it has a been a value tool for many professionals.