Recently I wrote about finding freelance work with Twitter. Now that you are are landing freelance jobs you will want assistance in managing your upcoming business. There are a number of WordPress plugins and integrated features that can assist you with that. You might need a payment system, translations, an ecommerce solution or an affordable way to sent newsletters to your clients and potential customers. I have highlighted the 6 of the best ones below.
- MailPress – MailPress allows you to send html or text emails, based on custom templates, to your commenters, as a newletter, as a new post notifier, and for WordPress admin activities. I am intrigued by the newsletter functionality as newsletters are frequently generated by paid solutions, such as AWeber.
- WP-Invoice – This plugin allows you to create invoices from the WordPress admin area. Customer information can be stored in the WordPress database. It also integrates with a credit card payment system as well as paypal. I would like to test this on a new installation rather than on a live site first because I see the potential for security concerns. It would, however, be cool to send invoices right from WordPress.
- Sticky Posts for Announcements – Sticky posts are built into 2.7. Use WP-Sticky for earlier versions. With sticky posts announcements, discounts and specials can he highlighted for a period of time on the front page.
- WordPress e-Commerce Plugin – This is a shopping cart solution that is fully integrated with WordPress. It works with all the major payment systems, such as google checkout and paypal, and features a one page checkout.
- Static Front Page – If you are using WordPress for a business you may want a static front page rather than having your blog on the front page. I tested this when I started freelancing but decided that my blog highlighted my skills more than a services or about page did. That will not be true for all businesses.
- qTranslate – With this plugin you can translate your blog into many different languages, which allows your services to be available to an international audience.
Do you know of other WordPress features or plugins that would assist in managing a freelance business? If so, let me know in the comments.