10 Essential Online Resources for Freelancers

May 26, 2016

3:40 pm

A freelancer is a one-person business. To make the most out of your career, you need to treat it that way. Just like any serious business owner, you’ll need tools for a lot of different jobs: from creating high quality content, to invoicing and accounting, to the legal stuff no one likes, but we all have to do.

Whether you’re a freelance writer, photographer, graphic designer, or something in between, there’s never been a better time to be a freelancer. And in the age of the internet, most of your tools will be online and easy to access. Below is a list of 10 great online resources for professional freelancers. Use these online tools to take your career to the next level.

Upwork

Find jobs fast from one of the top marketplaces for freelancers. Client’s needing creative workers post jobs every day. Some are small jobs that pay a little, and others are long term contract positions.

Contently’s Rates Database

Never limit yourself to small jobs. At some point you need to shoot higher. Want to know who’s paying freelancers more for their work? Now you can. For instance, The Smithsonian pays $200 per day for photographers, and the print edition of The New York Times pays $800 flat per article.

Guerrilla Freelancing

No-nonsense ebooks and guides, WordPress themes, legal advice, and community. Information is king, and the more your learn the more you’ll be able to take advantage of all of the available opportunities available to modern freelancers.

FreshBooks

For all your invoicing and bookkeeping needs. Small business accounting doesn’t have to be a horribly painful experience! Freshbooks keeps your financial life simple so that you can focus on your creative work.

Evernote

Keep every idea, every draft, every assignment in one place that’s easy to organize. It’s available in the browser, on your desktop, and on your smartphone. It syncs instantly. And best of all, it’s free. (There is a $49/year premium version that is worth it if you use the tool to max.)

Pay-as-you-go Antivirus

If your computer gets hacked, your information gets lost, or some other major disaster strikes, then you don’t get paid. Cyber security is too important to leave to chance. Most of our work is done online with a computer. Protect your most important tools so that you can use them to do your job.

Creative Commons Search

Search for thousands of license-free photos in one spot. Whether for blog posts or graphic design work, if you’re always looking for photographs, then this site can help.

Remember the Milk

A smart to-do app for busy people. Stay on task, get more done, and get paid more.

Camp Fire

Real-time chat and file sharing. If you spend a lot of time chatting with clients and sending your work over the internet, this can speed up the process.

Docracy

Get free legal documents for all of your freelancing needs. The legal stuff isn’t the most fun, but this is a business you’re running, and it has to be done.

With the latest news of Apple and Mac users now being attacked on a wide scale for the first time, it’s more important than every to make sure your PC or Mac is protected from unwanted viruses and potential attacks.

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