Software you will need to work as a Freelancer
Every job has its own special tools and working as a freelance writer is no exception. Since you intend to make money online by doing freelance projects there is a set of software that you will need to use. Here is the general list.
1. Microsoft Office
While there is Open Office and other such free software available I am personally a big fan of Microsoft Office. You will need to use MS Word for documents containing articles that you write, MS Excel for spreadsheets pertaining to data that you must organize, and MS PowerPoint for presentations and speeches that you write. It is an absolute necessity.
Very often the employer will send you documents in the zipped form via email as it is easier to mail. You need this software to open up the documents and have a look. Take some time to familiarize yourself with how the software works. You do not want to inadvertently lose data.
There is another benefit. The sheer size of documents that you work with will eat up the space on your hard disk drive and this is one space saving device. Zip up all the documents that you have finished working on to store on your computer.
3. PDF reader
Many employers do not want you messing with their original documents and will send you PDF forms. This means that you can not read them with out a specific PDF reader. I personally use Adobe reader. You can download it for free from their website.
4. PDF to Word converter and vice versa
When you need to work on a document that is sent to you in PDF form you will need a converter that gives the document to you in word form. There are any number of such converters available in freeware.File Hippo is a good site to get one from.
To convert the ready word document into PDF form I use an online site called "primo pdf" which you upload the word document to and then they send back the pdf document via email. Its easy and its free.
Now you need to communicate with the different employers online and the easiest way to do so will be to use instant messengers. You have free ones from Yahoo, Windows Live, and Skype. In gmail the same id of your email can be used as the messenger id on gtalk. Download them all and activate them as you never know which one the prospective employer may use.
It is a good idea to keep the same log in id for all of them so that you do not drive yourself crazy trying to memorize all of them. You might want to keep a small note pad to write down all the details.
Not essential but useful
1. Robo Form
When you work as a freelance writer you need to access a large number of sites and each site has its own log in and password. Keeping all the data right can be quite an effort. This is where software like "robo form" can help. You can download it and use it for free for the first 20 odd entries. Then if you have even more to store you will have to buy the professional edition.
This is a video editing and recording software. Again while it is not absolutely essential you will need to use it if your employer wants some video content generated. Unfortunately this is not free, so I would recommend that you buy it only when there is a definite project in hand. If course there are other freeware video editing software available and you can download some from the internet and experiment with those.
3. Dupe Free Pro
As a freelance writer who keeps getting asked for a certain keyword density this program is really useful. If you want to spin an old article also this software is great. Also it can do something like Copyscape does and check if any of the content you have available online is being used by any other site. Again the basic version is free, but if you want one where all the features are maximized you will have to go in for the paid version.
4. Social Bot
While I personally found this one too cumbersome, it can be a very valuable tool for a freelance writer who also writes on revenue sharing sites like Hubpages. I gave up on it after one month, but it would give you plenty of automated backlinks on a number of different social media sites that you are a member of. It was a bit too tech paced for me, and I was not comfortable using the software as I was not too sure just how legal it was. There are, I believe, other such software as well, I haven't gone around to identify them as yet.
If you are providing website cum data services this is a software that allows you to have a website designed, written and running in a single day. You don't have to know a line of coding and you can still design the best looking website possible. Its got a whole lot of automated features and it would be best if you went through a good tutorial session before you set out designing. They were having a discount sale on the software, I'm not sure if it is still on.
6. VLC Media Player
This is a freeware media player that can play almost all formats of audio and video files. You need this to access those video sections of the website that need to be reworked. Or if you have to transcribe and audio data. It is easily available on File Hippo and free to download and run.