Freelancing Resources to Help You Succeed

Finding potential jobs, writing proposals, billing clients, managing workflows -- a lot goes into having a successful freelancing career. Having the right tools to get the job done is important, whether you're just starting out or looking to grow.

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The following is a list of freelancing resources I've cultivated over the years. Most of these options are free to use, or have a free trial so you can be sure they'll work for you.

Check back often, as new resources will be added regularly.

Finding Freelancing Jobs

Guru - great company for freelancers starting out; sign up and start searching for jobs

Upwork - the result of the merger between oDesk & Elance, has lots of opportunity for new freelancers

Freelancer - huge selection of freelancing jobs on this well-established platform

Indeed - search for "remote" or "offsite" work

Zip Recruiter - search for "remote" or "offsite" work

 

Creating Proposals & Contracts

Freelancers Union - the free contract template lets you fill in the blanks to get a solid contract

Proposal Kit - this paid solution offers the ability to create custom proposals and contracts using Word

Bidsketch - another paid solution that offers professional, template-based proposals via a web application

 

Managing Your Workflow

Asana - this free task and project management system is quick to learn and integrates well with other apps like Google Calendar

Firesub - creates fast reusable checklists to help you get consistent with your projects and workflow

Workflowy - a simple and elegant way to keep track of everything from research to deadlines

Trello - for a more visual organizational approach, Trello provides cards that you can move, shift and swap along with tasks so you can customize your workflow

 

Billing & Invoicing Clients

Freshbooks - simple invoicing and expense management software

GoDaddy Bookkeeping (formerly Outright) - invoicing and expense management software also keeps track of your quarterly tax obligations if you're a US-based freelancer

 

All-in-Ones

17 Hats - project management, invoicing, and more; this is a great subscription service for people who want to use one app to do everything

Thrive Solo - simple, elegant and affordable way to handle time and project management plus invoicing

More Resources

Take a look at these in-depth articles on resources to make your freelancing life easier:

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