Tools: How to Freelance

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  1. Unemployable

Brian Clark covers a variety of freelance topics on his podcast and interviews well-known entrepreneurs.

  1. The Freelance Podcast

This is a great podcast for freelancers who are just getting started on their journeys, and it covers topics like pricing, proposals, retainers, and scheduling.


Books & Resources

  1. Seth Godin’s Blog

Daily nuggets of wisdom on marketing, leadership, and creating things that matter.

  1. Freelance to Freedom– Vincent Pugliese

This book is a cross between a memoir and a how-to guide, and it paints a picture for anyone thinking about making the jump into freelancing.

  1. Creative, Inc – Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho

Learn how to create an impeccable portfolio, negotiate contracts, set your fees, and launch your creative business – and learn from the mistakes that the authors share from their own journeys.

  1. The Freelancer’s Bible — Sara Horowitz

How to make it through a dry spell. How to find new clients. How to make sure your contract protects you. This book is the ultimate guide to all aspects of freelancing.

  1. My So-Called Freelance Life – Michelle Goodman

You might find this humorous memoir about freelancing a little too relatable ?

  1. The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing – Zachary Petit

This book covers topics unique to freelance writers such as how to pitch articles, find your writing niche, create fantastic query letters, and ultimately get paid.


Millo’s blog and value-packed newsletter provides a wealth of information for freelancers at all stages of their career.

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Networking & Finding Clients

  1. The Freelance Conference #FREECON

The only conference designed by and for freelancers! Connect with local freelancers and experts, and learn how to overcome roadblocks to success in the freelance industry.

  1. Freelancers Union

Find insurance resources and professional discounts, and learn more about their work advocating for freelancers at the policy level.


Get out from behind the screen and start growing your local referral network by attending Meetup events!


Eventbrite is another great place to find both social and professional events in your area. You never know who may become a future client or referral partner!

  1. Business Network International (BNI)

BNI is a popular international networking organization where small businesses can support each other and share referrals.

  1. Craigslist

Yep – that Craigslist! Try creating a listing in the Services section of your local Craigslist, or peruse the Gigs listings to see if anything matches your freelance skill set.


Branding & Social Media

  1. Canva

Easily create your own social media & web graphics using the design elements and simple user interface that Canva provides.

  1. Creative Market

The holy grail of fonts, WordPress themes, templates, stock photos, and graphics.

  1. Buffer

Grab a hot coffee, sit down with Buffer, and schedule your social media posts in advance so you don’t have to worry about them every day.

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Software and Apps

  1. Acuity Scheduling

Kiss your sending-10-emails-back-and-forth-to-set-up-a-30-minute-meeting days goodbye. Link your calendar to Acuity, set your business hours, and send clients a scheduling link so they can easily reserve a meeting with you.

  1. Zoom

Simple & effective video-conferencing software with a variety of free and paid plans depending on the features you need.

  1. Trello

A project management software to help you visually track your to-do list, assign tasks to others, and, see the big picture of what needs to get done in your freelance business.

  1. Mailchimp

Mailchimp is a user-friendly email marketing software, and it’s free if you have under 2,000 subscribers! Perfect for the freelancer or solopreneur on a budget.


Money, Invoices, & Time Tracking

  1. AlliesPro

Tired of chasing money from clients? Use AlliesPro to secure payment before you release your files.

  1. Toggl

Toggl is a user-friendly time tracker that can help freelancers with billing tracking and time management. It even comes with innovative features like a Pomodoro timer, and you can include your billable rates on the paid versions.

  1. Freshbooks

FreshBooks is a comprehensive accounting software with a variety of features for freelancers, including this free invoice template for freelancers. It also includes a time tracker and project management function.

  1. PayPal

PayPal was created in 1998, and it’s still among the easiest ways to collect payment and send invoices to your clients.


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