Maintain the independence and creativity you've cultivated as a freelancer while also centralizing your schedule and communication with your client base.
Start with Structure
ClickUp utilizes a unique Hierarchy structure to ensure that every action item in your workflow has a clear purpose. There are several possibilities for how you could build your Hierarchy as a freelancer, but here are the most popular:
Your ClickUp Workspace represents your overarching organization and serves as the overall container for your different workflows. We recommend creating one Workspace to manage all of your freelancing gigs, as that's the best way to maintain an overview of everything you're working on.
Spaces are at the very top of the ClickUp Hierarchy and are the first organizational level that you encounter within your Workspace. Name your Space, "Professional work" to manage all of your different gigs. This is an ideal way to have a clear overview of all that you’re working on at a given time. You can even add a separate Space if you wish to manage personal goals and tasks separately.
If you work extensively with clients, create a Space to hold all of your client work.
Here we'll name our Folder, "Freelancer," to easily categorize and manage our gigs.
Then, create a List for each of your clients. Use List colors for each List so you can easily tell your clients apart.
As an alternative, if you complete more than one project for each of your clients, you can create a Folder for each client, and a List for each project that you do for that client.
If you use one Folder to organize your freelance work, then create separate Lists to represent your different clients.
You could also create different Lists for the different types of work that you do for your clients - the choice is up to you!
Now you’ll be able to get down to the specifics by creating tasks. Tasks represent the concrete action items you’ll need to complete for your clients.
Use filters to show tasks by due date, so you can create a view of all tasks that you have due each week!
The best thing about tasks is that they can be completely customized depending on how you want to meet your productivity goals!
If you’d like to see how to work with clients in ClickUp, check out this doc and video.
Helpful tip: If you need to share information with a client, you are able to make Folders, Lists, and tasks private to determine who can see them.
Collaboration with Clients
Working with clients on the platform? We have multiple collaboration options for you!
Add guests to specific Folders, Lists, and tasks that you would like them to interact with. When you are on a ClickUp paid plan, you receive a limited number of permission-controlled guests for each full member in the Workspace.
That way, you can invite your clients into your Workspace, and collaborate in real-time on your projects! Best of all, when you invite your clients as a guest in your Workspace, you can keep all of your communication in one place, using task comments and Chat view.
Learn more about guests here.
Taking a more hands-off approach with your clients, but want to keep them apprised of the progress of their projects? Share a public link to your views in ClickUp!
Once you've built out a view in ClickUp, you can share a public, view-only link to that view you've created in ClickUp! From that link, clients will be able to see tasks and Custom views in that view, and even open tasks in order to see the information inside each of those tasks.
Learn more about Public Sharing options here.
Important Features and Integrations
Custom Fields: Create a unique task field to manage client contact information, dates, budgets, or really anything you can imagine.
List Colors and Labels: Customize List colors with text labels to use colors as statuses, tags, or anything that helps you stay organized.
Important: only Workspace admins can adjust colors and labels for your Workspace.
Time Tracking: Keep track of hours worked so you can get paid! Our integrations with Clockify and Timely even include free invoicing tools so you can send your client a total for hours spent on a task.
Tags: The beauty of tags is that they can capture information about a task that is not always evident in your Hierarchy structure. Tags can provide much-needed clarity for freelance workflows since these tasks involve both diligent preparation and spontaneous creative thinking.
Calendar View: Visualize imminent start and due dates in ClickUp's Calendar view. Drag and drop unscheduled tasks to add due dates.
You can even sync your ClickUp tasks directly to your Google Calendar for viewing on the go! Any changes made to these tasks from Google Calendar will also be reflected in ClickUp. Even add national holidays to your Calendar view.
Chat View: There's no need to use a separate chat tool to talk to your clients. With Chat view, you can communicate with clients in the app to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.
Dashboards: Use the time tracking widgets to visualize the time spent on tasks as well as tasks completed within a specified period of time, or even generate a timesheet. You can even export your reports to share with clients outside of ClickUp.
Note: With the Simple layout, Legacy Reporting features have been replaced by Dashboard widgets. Reporting is still available with other layouts. Click here for more information on changing your Workspace layout.