Essential Freelance Business Resources
I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your freelance business needs.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
MOST RECOMMENDED RESOURCES FOR FREELANCERS
If you look at nothing else on this page, these are the five that you should know about. I find myself recommending these resources again and again, in emails and on the blog. I use them because they make my life easier, and I’m confident you’ll agree too.
Transform your freelance business.
New Stability was founded in 2014 to help freelancers start and grow their businesses. New Stability helps freelancers through education and training.
If you want to get started as a freelancer checkout the 10 part post series ‘How to Start a Freelance Business‘
New Stability also offers coaching programs to help freelancers create a solid foundation for their business and transition their freelance service into a successful business. I do this by:
- Offering one-on-one coaching
- Training Programs tailored to freelancers
- eBooks and other educational material to guide you in the right direction.
Wrike – Project Management
Wrike is a project management tool that helps me stay focused on my projects. It’s especially helpful for collaboration and take management. Great for freelance and collaboration software that connects tasks, discussions, and emails to your freelance project plan. You get real time picture of the project and can keep your clients and contractors aligned with your plan and project status. Check out this article about how it helps with collaboration. Wrike helps me stay focused on my projects.
Canva – Design
Canva is the SIMPLEST graphic design or image editing tool I have ever used. I’m no designer but I think my instagram (follow me while you are there) feed looks pretty good thanks to this tool. I also used Canva to create my freelance manifesto and it cost me $4. Generally the app is free but there are some premium elements for just $1. This app saves me so much time and money.
The picture on the left is something I put together in a couple of minutes using canva. Pretty great it’s quick and free!
Every freelancer needs an accounting software program. I used excel for my invoicing and financial records for the first two years in my freelance business. It took too much time to get the information to my accountant at the end of the year. Having a dedicated financial software resource actually saves me time and often helps me get the best tax benefits. Be sure to chat to your accountant about your needs before making your choice on the best program for you.
Freshbooks is an online solution that is easy to use with a number of pay as you go monthly subscription plans for any sized freelance business. Plus the time tracking makes it so quick for freelancers to do billing.
Envato Market is the market place for all your branding templates. I have used this market place for stock images, premium professional looking powerpoint templates and I always used WordPress themes from this marketplace (this website is built on the Bridge theme).
The thing I love most about this market place is there is everything you need in the one place! By having everything on hand with the one account I can search for video templates, powerpoint templates, stock photos or Website themes knowing I have access to the biggest variety of ideas.
I use Aweber for email management. Having the flexibility to move people from on list to another as they progress from prospect to clients is a fantastic feature every freelancer needs. The emails you send to clients and prospective clients are different allowing you to set up an automated email series for people at different stages of the process. Click here to get a free 30 day trial.
The Lean Startup is a must read for all budding entrepreneurs. This book has a number of actionable tips and business theories for all business models. This book discussed the ‘minimum viable product’ methodology that allow you to find the minimum product you can put to market allowing you to test your idea. The Lean Startup book changes the way you think about startups allowing you to get started sooner.
The $100 Startup shares the ideas of Chris Guillebeau and his ability to turn ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his lifestyle. The $100 Startup explains how you can start small with your venture, using what you have to allow you to take the plunge when you’re sure your idea is a success.
The 4-Hour Workweek explains how you can escape the 9-5 lifestyle and create a life that only required you to work 4-hours a week. This concept explains how you can use outsourcing and other methods to build the lifestyle you have always dreamed of.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook the ultimate actionable plan for your social media accounts. This book will change how you use social media to get the best traction for your time. These hands on strategies can improve any campaign.