Last week we talked about 8 Cheap and Good Ways to Build Your Skill Set. This week we’re talking about valuable services for freelancers that aren’t necessarily budget-busting but ain’t cheap, either. As freelance writers and editors, our main selling point is how we can enhance businesses, institutions, and entrepreneurs by hiring us. The services below help us enhance our own value propositions.
If you need to edit a document in Acrobat, create your intellectual property via Photoshop, or design a long-form project using InDesign, then you know Adobe is essential. The company now offers convenient cloud-based monthly plans. You can even choose a single-app plan for less than $20 a month, and the entire Creative Cloud is available for less than $50 a month.
$19.99-$49.99 per month. More info here.
LinkedIn’s free profile gives every member some advantages, but the premium versions are much more robust. You get way more InMails, more profiles per search, and the ever-useful “Who’s Viewed My Profile,” because we all enjoy flattery.
$47.99 for Business Plus and $74.99 for Executive. More info here.
Pancake (or FreshBooks)
I used my own non-branded invoice for the first couple of years of my freelance writing career. That got old fast. I researched invoicing programs and started using FreshBooks. I switched to Pancake this year. Pancake charges a one-time fee, and then you host the software on your site’s domain. It has many of the same features as FreshBooks, including time tracking, project management, one-click invoicing. I love it so far.
$179 one-time set-up fee for Pancake.
$19.95-$39.95 monthly plans for FreshBooks.
What non-cheap services do you use for your business?