Freelance Productivity Tools: Google Drive

I've become rather attached to Google Drive recently. I find it's a great freelance productivity tool.

For the last couple of years, I've been toying with the idea of using Google Docs more. (Well, now it's actually Google Drive. Same concept, though.) I sometimes switch between using my home computer and laptop, and occasionally I start something at home before I travel, and I need the access on the laptop.

I know that there is remote desktop software that can help me solve this problem, but I just don't like the idea of it. So I've taken to emailing myself documents so that I can access them from anywhere.

The problem with this approach is that I have to keep track of which version is the most recent, and email versions back to myself if it's a major project that takes a lot of time.

Finally, I've started using Google Drive to solve this issue. And I love it.

Google Drive

Access Google Drive from Anywhere

One of the things that I love about Google Docs is that I can access it from anywhere — as long as I have an Internet connection. This makes it a little bit easier to get my work done without messing with emailing Word docs to myself.

Not only do I work on my own projects with Google Docs, but I've started using the application for client work. I really like using the sharing feature to send the information to clients. It's quick, easy, and I don't have to worry about formatting issues (and whether or not the recipient has Office; not all of them do).

Being able to use Google Docs has streamlined my freelancing efforts, and I've really enjoyed it. I have some misgivings about the fact that Google seems to be taking over the world, but the reality is that it's just so convenient to have everything easily accessible this way.

Do you use Google Docs? What are your favorite freelance productivity tools?

0 thoughts on “Freelance Productivity Tools: Google Drive”

  1. I love Google Docs! Makes everything so much easier because I can access information from anywhere.

  2. Mike@WeOnlyDoThisOnce

    Google Drive has done wonders for the amateur organizations with little capital for overhead. Great recap–totally agreed.

  3. I’ve been playing around with it more too. Like you I’m a bit concerned with giving Google so much control of my work flow but it has been very useful. Google Docs has improved over the years. I don’t have it downloaded on my computer yet though.

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