Being a freelancer gives you much more life freedom–I mean, it’s right there in the name–but what it also brings is a lot more responsibility for keeping organized, productive and on top of things. Essentially, you’re a one person business.
We’ve rounded up 28 top-knotch freelance resources to take you to the next level, whether you’re just getting started with freelancing or a seasoned professional.
BUILD YOUR WEBSITE
Tried and true. WordPress is an internet icon, used to run countless blogs and websites. Use thousands of plugins and themes to build your web presence, no matter how complex or simple you want it.
This beautiful and fantastically simple website building tool features a host of slick reactive themes to create your portfolio, online shop or blog.
With over 20,000 themes and templates starting at just $4, Theme Forest ensures you have a unique presence on platforms like WordPress, Tumblr and Joomla.
GET ORGANIZED AND MANAGE YOUR PROJECTS
When it comes to project management, Basecamp keeps the team together. It offers tools for people in different roles and locations to stay on the same page, share files, collaborate on documents and discussions, assign tasks, and see when they get done.
Trello is the free, flexible, and visual way to organize anything with anyone. It keeps the conversation and work flowing, while keeping things current and organized. Add visual cards to lists for yourself or with a team. Slide them away when done.
Need to improve your productivity and form good habits? That’s the goal of Toodledo. It offers abilities like the other project management tools here, while adding the ability to track the habits of you and your team.
TRACK YOUR TIME AND INVOICE CLIENTS
It’s hard to beat Timecamp because it’s completely free for freelancers. This high powered time-tracking tool will track projects with a click, or automatically, then build calendars to see where your time went. Add online invoicing and this is a winner.
Harvest packs a time-tracker and online invoicing into one ultra-clean UI aimed at spending less time tracking, and more time doing. Look for their Solo package which allows you 3 users for $12/month.
Looking for something more? Paymo goes beyond simple time-tracking and invoicing, adding powerful project management and collaboration tools.
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR TEAM
This messaging app has taken the world by storm. You can create communication channels based around anything you like: a team, a project, a topic… you name it. Drag and drop files. Send direct messages. It’s like having someone sitting in the office with you, even if they’re on the other side of the world.
This tool is like instant messaging, but for groups. Use it to communicate with clients, in-house or remote. Made by the good people at 37signals who also make Basecamp.
Chat and inbox for teams. This team collaboration app plays well with Trello.
MANAGE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA
Schedule your social posts for later, then see the response with Buffer. It works with everything from Twitter to Facebook, Linkedin and Pinterest. It’s super simple.
Definitely compare Hootsuite to Buffer before diving in. With the recent addition of Instagram support, this app has really matured.
It stands for “If This Then That”. Use your phone or computer to create “recipes” that connect the apps you love. You can do everything from instruct Slack to automatically remind your team about schedules, to send your email to Evernote, or set it to socially share blog posts whenever they’re published.
With vintage imagery galore, this ongoing project is working to collect all imagery with no use restrictions. That means you can use images here however you want.
Low on quantity, high on quality. Pexels is your source for 100% free imagery with new images added daily. (This whole article uses them)
This imagery powerhouse combines high quality with low prices. With 60 million images in their catalog, they probably have everything you could ever need.
Is price not an issue? Look no further than the exquisite photographs from Getty Images. Famous photographers and images abound.
FIND A FREELANCING JOB
Whether you’re looking for a job or wanting to list one, Elance can help. With over 3 million freelancers and a million businesses in 180 countries, there’s work in abundance here.
While it’s mostly US-based, Behance’s Job listings are a great source for creatives looking to connect with jobs that will appreciate their unique skills.
With a name like that, you’d expect it to be good. With over 14 million businesses and freelancers, it’s the world’s largest freelancing, outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace.
BOOKS YOU SHOULD READ
Written by the founders of 37signals (who make Basecamp and Campfire), this best-selling minimalist manifesto will help you see through the fog and get things done. A quick, highly practical read.
Stop Thinking Like a Freelancer
This book follows Liam Veitch as he works from freelancing at a rented desk to running a $1m web agency. Especially applicable for web designers.
Remote: Office Not Required
This book details the pros and cons of remote work, and presents strong arguments for why it can benefit both workers and employers.
LEARN NEW SKILLS
From illustration, to coding and web design, you can find over 20,830 free tutorials on Tuts+. Plus a whole lot more for a low cost.
Learn technology, creative and business skills from this site created by Linkedin. Thousands of videos.
Master Excel, Java or how to play guitar. With more than 35,000 courses, udemy covers all the bases.
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