16 Essential iPad Apps for Freelancers

The iPad is a fantastic tool for freelancers.

It’s the perfect mobile computing device that, in combination with the ever-expanding App Store, has the power to transform the way you work. I’ve compiled a list of essential iPad apps for freelancers, read on to become more productive, efficient, and happy that you bought your iPad…


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Omnifocus

Omnifocus

As a freelancer, you need to be organised. To get things done you need to be self-motivated and efficient, any time you waste is yours – no more afternoon naps on someone else’s time, no more dragging out your emails over an entire day. The best way to stay on track with your iPad is by getting a powerful task manager that suits your workflow.

I’ve included Omnifocus as it really is the gold standard of task managers, but if you haven’t settled on a task manager then you should definitely check out The Ultimate Roundup of iPad Task Apps.

Price: $39.99
Developer: The Omni Group

Dropbox

Dropbox

Yeah, it’s boring and obvious, but I can’t recommend Dropbox highly enough. If you’re a freelancer, just keep everything important in a Dropbox folder on your computer, and never worry about having something on you again.

Price: Free
Developer: Dropbox

LogMeIn Ignition

LogMeIn Ignition

Another app that pretty amazingly expensive, but that’s simply the best in its field, is LogMeIn Ignition. I reviewed LogMeIn Ignition last year and found it to be a stunningly powerful, and effectively intuitive, way to control and gain access to your computers from anywhere in the world!

As a freelancer, LogMeIn can be a lifesaver. Simply leave your computer on at home and it’s ready to be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Price: $149.99
Developer: LogMeIn

Screens

Screens

If you can see the utility in accessing your computer from anywhere, but can’t stomach the high cost of LogMeIn, then Screens could be perfect for you!

Screens is a great VNC client that has a very Apple-like design aesthetic. We reviewed it a while back and had this to say;

Accessing your computer from anywhere has never been easier.

Price: $19.99
Developer: Edovia Inc.

Evernote

Evernote

No matter what field of work you’re in, keeping an organised system of notes is vital for keeping track and clearing ideas and thoughts from your mind. Evernote is a superb way to stay organised, and is more powerful than you can imagine!

For people with complex note-taking needs, and who can make use of the huge feature set Evernote offers, try it now!

Price: Free
Developer: Evernote

Simplenote

Simplenote

If Evernote is overkill for you, and you’d rather just replace the Notes app on your iPad with something better, then maybe Simplenote is the answer.

Your notes automatically synchronize with your computer and all your devices. It’s easy-to-use and perfect for keeping notes, lists, and ideas.

Price: Free
Developer: Codality

Remarks

Remarks

Do you find handwriting notes much quicker and/or enjoyable than typing them out? Remarks could be the perfect note-taking app for you.

Remarks is a fully featured PDF annotating application. You can highlight, underline, strikeout text, and draw upon the documents. The newest feature allows you to make beautifully handwritten notes and automatically sync them with Dropbox.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Readdle

Paper

Paper

We reviewed Paper recently and gave it a top notch 10/10, it’s simply a beautiful way to get ideas down, draw, sketch, and plan.

As a freelancer, keeping your ideas together is vital. Paper is a simply beautiful way to do it.

If you love your iPad but miss the experience of filling real, physical notebooks, let me assure you that Paper is the closest thing to a real notebook outside of a real notebook.

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
Developer: FiftyThree

Minimal Folio

Minimal Folio

We reviewed Minimal Folio a long time ago, but the conclusion still stands;

It’s a beautifully minimalist portfolio app that provides you with a simple way to display all of your personal work.

For any creative professional who needs to present their work, Minimal Folio is a superb way to go.

Price: $2.99
Developer: Simon Heys

EasySign

EasySign

EasySign App is a simple, and effortlessly quick, way to sign and fill documents securely from your iPhone or iPad in minutes. If you ever need to sign documents on-the-go and find yourself annoyed that your fax machine doesn’t have wheels, grab EasySign and breathe a sigh of relief…

Price: Free
Developer: Glykka

Dictionary!

Dictionary

Dictionary.com’s app offers an array of features including a dictionary/thesaurus, non-standard word uses and, most impressively, full content when offline.

Need to find just the right word for that presentation? Open up the thesaurus and blow them away…

Also check out Ian’s review of the Oxford Dictionary reference apps!

Price: Free
Developer: Dictionary.com, LLC

Wi-Fi Finder

Wi-Fi Finder

As a freelancer it’s extremely useful to know where the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot is. Wi-Fi Finder’s database includes over 650,000 hotspots in 144 countries and automatically brings up all the hotspots around you based on your current location.

Clicking on a hotspot brings up more detailed information about it, such as the actual address, the hotspot provider and, most importantly, whether the hotspot is free or paid. The database is being continuously updated so you can rest assured that the data provided is accurate.

Price: Free
Developer: JiWire

Agenda

Agenda

Get a good calendar. Simple as that.

Agenda is a great replacement for Calendar.app with intuitive touch controls, a variety of themes, and an all-round good feeling for what a calendar app should do.

Price: $0.99
Developer: savvy apps

Moneywiz

Moneywiz

As a freelancer it’s vital to keep on top of your finances, you’ve nobody to blame but you if you get stuck with a legendary tax bill!

Moneywiz is a great way to stay on top of your expenses using your iPad, check out our review to see if it’s for you.

Price: $4.99
Developer: SilverWiz

Squarespace

Squarespace

If you’re serious about going freelance, you’re likely to need/already have a website. If you want to take all of the hassle out of that, then maybe Squarespace is for you.

Squarespace is a fully integrated website creator that gives you anything that you may need to run a site–analytics, design control, and the capability to actually post content–in a beautiful package at a low price. Also, the iPad app is beautiful…

Price: Free
Developer: Squarespace

Square Register

Square Register

Register takes the register-like features of the original Square app, and fleshes out functionality to provide a more POS-like experience.

Square Register is definitely the addition that the Square lineup needed to make it a completely viable alternative for managing the sales that your small business does on a daily basis. If taking card payments on the move sounds revolutionary for your business, then head over to Square now!

Price: Free
Developer: Square

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  • http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/logmein/id479229407?mt=8 Ian C.

    Recommend updating your LogMeIn info – the “old” LogMeIn Ignition is high priced now as it’s been replaced by the FREE with in-app purchases LogMeIn.

  • GrayGaffer

    I did not check the other free apps, but SquareSpace is only free for the app – it requires a paid service with the SquareSpace server. This should have been mentioned.

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