Wednesday, July 20, 2016

10 Productivity Tools For Content Writers

Working as a content writer means that you need to be quick on your feet, able to work to tight deadlines and work under your own steam. However, working on your own means it can be difficult to turn in high quality work without any outside input. These 10 tools are designed to help you keep your productivity high, while helping improve the quality of your writing.

Marketing

To get work, you need to get yourself out there. Having social media accounts is a great start but, when there’s so many people out there vying for your customers’ attention, how do you stand out? Using social media management tools means that you’ve got professionals on your side, promoting you online.

1) Pagemodo

This tool focuses on our Facebook profile, turning it into a highly polished, professional hub for all of your contacts. It helps you prepare a high quality Facebook header image with no need for technical know-how and lets you schedule posts that, in their words, will ‘convert fans to customers’.

2) Oktopost

This tool lets you manage several social media accounts all from one page, for ease of use. You can collect all of your responses on the same page, meaning you’re not flicking through multiple tabs trying to find that one message from a potential customer. When time is of the essence, this tool can help you get in contact with potential customers before they go elsewhere.

 

Graphics

While words are your main stock in trade, you need graphics to go with them. You’re a wizard with words, but when it comes to images, you’re not exactly the best out there with Photoshop. These tools enable anyone to become a graphic designer, fast.

3) Canva

Canva allows you to create a huge range of images for whatever project you need, from promotional posters to ebook covers. You can use the images provided or upload your own for the personalised touch. Whatever you use, your finished image will look like a professional work of art.

4) Powtoon

If your piece needs a unique video to accompany it, this tool is for you. You can create personalized, animated videos for free, letting you add a lot of interest to your work for no extra cost. With videos becoming more and more popular with content creators, this tool can help you keep up with the competition.

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Outsourcing

No matter how good you are, you can’t do everything yourself. You may have too many projects on at once, several deadlines may be looming at the same time or maybe you just need a break. Here are some companies that can help you out when you’re down to the wire.

5) Boom Essays

With qualified writers based around the world, wherever you are, there will be someone who can help you out. Have your work proofread and edited, and be sure you’re turning in an almost perfect piece.

6) X-Essays

This tool offers a huge range of services, including custom writing, rewriting, and editing. These are great when you have a large pile of articles to write but, you don’t have enough time to edit them! You focus on getting the work done and they can polish them up for you.

 

Time tracking

Working from home or a private office, you need to find your own methods of tracking your time for payments. Without a specific tool, it’s difficult to put together invoices for your work without spending time calculating how much time you’ve spent at the keyboard. Here are tools that can help you do so with ease.

7) Toggl

This tool allows you to track your billable time as you’re working. All you have to do is click to start the timer, and you’ll have an accurate record of the time you’ve worked. You can also add time in later, if you forget to start the timer or you’re working without Internet access.

8) Everhour

If you like everything to be in one place, this tool is for you. Everhour embeds into whatever management tool you use, meaning you don’t have to switch between tabs and it can keep track of everything on one page.

 

Scheduling

Even in the age of the Internet, scheduling can be a nightmare. If you’re not playing phone tag, you’re sending emails back and forth, wasting time that could be more productively used elsewhere. These tools solve the issue for you, letting you get back to what you do best.

9) SetMore

This tool keeps all of your schedules in one place, meaning you can see at a glance exactly what is happening today. If you have staff working for you, you can organize up to twenty of their schedules for free. Also, the tool has both Apple and Android apps, meaning you can keep track of everything on the go.

10) Calendly

If you need to attend a lot of meetings, this tool is for you. You can attend meetings, set up conversations with new clients and update your Google Calendar automatically, all from one app. Its neat and simple interface will help you focus on what’s important to the job.

These are just a few tools that will help make you the most productive writer around. They can do almost everything for you, apart from writing the content itself! Try them out, and see just how much easier they make your job. Once you’ve decided to use them, you’ll never go back to working on your own.

Have you used any of these tools? Have you found one that isn’t on this list? Let us know in the comments and share the knowledge with your fellow writers.

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