Disclaimer: I am not being paid for this article about Freedcamp. My views are my own.
For most of my nearly six years as a freelance writer, I’ve not really needed to manage my work. I’ve simply used Sticky notes on my desktop to see how much work I have this week and help me divide it up over the week. That was pretty effective and so I stuck with it. But at the end of December, my pattern changed.
I acquired seven new clients, five through Upwork and two off the site. That nearly doubled my list of ongoing clients, some of whom have always been sporadic in work patterns with some of my new clients still organising into the new year or deciding their requirements will be sporadic too. That meant the system of using sticky notes was no longer sufficient to managing lots of clients of varying workload. This trend had been going on for some time. Two years ago, I had three large clients. The first ghosted all their freelance writers in Spring 2017 while another first ended work in Spring 2018 and then took me on again later in the summer.
So, long story short, I went from having 9 regular clients at the beginning of December to having 16 at the end of the month. Having joined a freelancer group on Facebook, I kept seeing a name come up to help freelancers manage their work “Trello“. I tried it and after two weeks decided it wasn’t for me. It couldn’t really work in a way that I needed it to work. And then I remembered a current client needed me to work through something called Freedcamp a couple of years ago. My account was dormant but still functioning. After reading a couple of blog posts on how to get started, I decided to give it a go.
That was Thursday of last week. Now, just five days later, I’ve already managed to integrate it into my work pattern.
By creating task lists under a project as I have done here, I can change status of each job. The tasks (in this case work for clients) with an orange tick are active (to do). The grey ones are those that are not active because no work is required at present. There is also a third option – grey tick with a strike through. I don’t have any on the screen grab because I have moved them to the bottom. This I use to denote tasks / clients complete for the week. You can also reorder the list based on urgency or simply organising your time for that day. The item on the top of the list is either the most urgent or simply the best fit I have to slot into my remaining work time for today.
The one problem I had with Trello when using it for the first two weeks of the year was that I couldn’t add detail under each card. What I needed was a system whereby I did not have to go searching for article titles and content in emails and across Upwork to find the right message. With Freedcamp, clicking on each of the items in this list takes me to a page like this.
Under the description box, I can list the titles and other suggestions as they come in from the client – something I couldn’t do with the sticky notes nor with Trello. I’ve not used the comment boxes as yet, but I guess I would C&P feedback for requested changes to articles, or website login details.
And that is what I needed – a project management tool that would let me see all the information I need to see at the touch of a button without having to go looking for it, a place to put all the information as soon as I get it. Freedcamp is definitely the one that works for me.
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