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The Five Hottest New Apps For Freelancers Need help with cash flow? Marketing? These apps are rising in popularity.

By Liz Brody

This story appears in the December 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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Anyone who has left a regular salary for the gig life knows this: Suddenly you need a crash course in (yikes -- cash flow? marketing?) just about everything. "Freelancers wear a lot of hats and are always looking to how they can get a leg up," said Wade Foster, who works with a lot of them through Zapier, the tool he cofounded that lets you connect your apps and automate workflow every which time-zapping way.

But which apps should you have in the first place? Zapier, which integrates with more than 1,000 of them, crunched the numbers for Entrepreneur to find the ones giggers used the most in 2018. Not surprisingly, the biggies, like Google Docs, Slack, and Zoom, all rose to the top. But here are the top five lesser-known apps -- ones that are surging in usage and, says Foster, easy to use. "Freelancers don't have time to learn," he said. Time is money, right?


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