I spent a lot of time and energy trying to reinvent the wheel when I first started freelancing. I tracked invoices on a spreadsheet, I made PDF quotes, I backed up files manually on thumb drives and I manually wrote down all of my expenses on paper so I could submit them at tax time. I didn’t have any money, so buying resources wasn’t an option. I’ve learned now that having the right tools makes running a freelance business so much easier and it doesn’t need to cost .