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11 free or cheap tools for employers and freelancers that make working together easier

Do you need to work with other people across the internet? Are you on a budget? Do you like free things? Here are 11 free or cheap tools that will make working together on freelance projects easier.

11. Freedcamp – Need a project management application, but can’t afford BaseCamp? Freedcamp is a free alternative with project templates that can get you up and running right away.

10. Evernote – Evernote is a digital note taking and organizational tool. Selected items can be shared across the internet.

9. Google Drive – The home of Google Docs. A data storage and web based office suite. It allows real time collaboration.

8. Dropbox – An easy way to share files across multiple platforms.

7. 7 Zip – Need to zip your files so that you can send them to other people? Here’s a free utility for Windows.

6. Skitch – Take screenshots and edit them with this easy to use tool. From the folks who make Evernote.

5. Jing – Take screenshots and record screencasts. Free for both Mac and PC.

4. DiffMerge – Compare differences between two files and merge changes with this handy tool.

3. TeamViewer – Remote control and online meeting software.

2. Notepad++ – One of the best source code editors available. Free for Windows.

1. Skype – The easiest and most popular way to chat, video chat, send text messages, call cheaply across the world, and a whole lot more.

Did we forget any? Let us know!

I want to hire a freelancer for a long term contract, but I’ve never worked with them before. What should I do?

There is a couple of methods that you can use to help determine if a freelancer is the right choice for a project.

If you want to hire them for an hourly project, you can use the the tools that the freelance job sites have to monitor them. Most have webcam software to view the contractor and/or software that takes a picture of their screen so that you can monitor what they are working on. You can use this software to monitor the worker for the first couple of weeks to determine if they are working on your project and also see if they know their work.

Another method is to setup a small fixed price project to see if they can complete the work. If they can, then you can move on to more complicated projects.

Hourly, Fixed Price, or Contest? What’s the best way to hire freelance contractors?

There are pros and cons for each project type. The best type really depends on several factors such as the project length and the type of project (software, graphics, marketing, etc.) Pros and cons are listed below.

Hourly

Pros

  • Very flexible, a good idea if the project is not thought out at the beginning.
  • Most freelance job sites like oDesk, Elance, and Freelancer have software that lets you monitor the contractor’s progress.
  • Better for long term projects

Cons

  • As an employer, you are never sure what the final cost might be.
  • It requires monitoring of the contractor to make sure that they are not wasting time (and therefore money)
  • A worker could work a long time on a project and you could find out at the very end that it is incompatible with your system. The worker would still be paid.

Fixed Price

Pros

  • You know what the final cost will be
  • Great for small projects

Cons

  • Inflexible. If changes need to be made to the project, then changes need to be made to the contract.
  • More upfront work is required to make sure that you put all the details into the contract

Contests

Pros

  • Great for getting a variety of responses for graphics projects

Cons

  • Can be more expensive than hiring a single worker
  • Not appropriate for all project types