I receive job offers from here and from there, introduce myself to potential clients on jobs sites, via email and so on. I can keep 1-3 potential clients in my head at a moment.
When I receive, say, 10 requests a week, I easily lose control of their status. To which of potential clients I replied, to which I didn't? What did I promise Mr. Bateman and what did I send to Mr. Payne as an example of my work? What makes the process of getting the project slow? Is that because Mr. Brown said designs weren't ready yet and we should wait until they are done before discussing development stage with me?
The question is - how do you keep these things under control? If you have 5-10 potential clients in the row, how do you make sure you keep them all updated as soon as possible and that the process goes as it should go, so that you are not the weakest part of if, but a strong one?
Computer tools, notebook and a pen, iPhone apps? Please share your advice.