Check out my favorite resources!
Tools & Training
Paid Job Boards
Who are these resources for?
I love to share resources that I’ve found useful or that help me do business better online. I’ve spent a bit of time and energy curating this list, so that you don’t have to.
Here are a few of the resources and tools that I’ve found most helpful, as I’ve pursued the path of freelancing and working virtually as a writer, virtual assistant, coach and more!
There are some affiliate links below, but these are ALL products I highly recommend – i.e. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used.
Tools & Training
The Yahoo! Style Guide
There’s a lot of information packed into The Yahoo! Style Guide.
Information that will help you write better for the web. (And as a freelance writer, this should be one of one of your main priorities!)
While other style guides and manuals have kept the topics of writing, user-interface, webpage coding and SEO separate, The Yahoo! Style Guide brings it all together – making it a one-stop guide for a solopreneur or any member of a digital team.
Price: Pick up a used copy for $10 or less on Amazon
FreshBooks Cloud Accounting
FreshBooks is the all-in-one accounting application to help you manage your online business activities.
I’ve used FreshBooks for my invoicing needs since the beginning and swear by it. Create clients, projects, invoices and timesheets quickly and easily.
The best part? Pair it with PayPal and decrease your fees ASAP!
You can get up and running in a few minutes and test drive it for free by taking advantage of their free 30-day trial.
Price: Free 30-day trial (paid plans start at $9.95/month)
Paid Job Boards & Membership Sites
Contena is a powerful tool built for freelance writers and content creators. Find and compare the best writing and editing jobs across many popular sites instantly.
The best part? You can sort by company, category, quality and rate. Also included is Contena Alerts, which will automatically send you an email when a new job is found meeting your criteria.
And they’ve recently added coaching services to ensure your pitching game is boss and landing you clients. Your Contena coach will work with you to assemble an effective pitch, refine your portfolio, and can show you exactly what’s working for their most successful members.
Pricing starts at $29/month.
(Use “horkey10” at checkout for 10% off any membership.)
My girl Ariel Rule and I gathered the best of the best lady bosses around to build a supportive and collaborative environment to help female webpreneurs take the online business world by storm this year.
Membership includes placement in your very own Mamapod (a 4-6 member mastermind group) that meets biweekly and a monthly live training to help you level up your freelance biz.
You’ll also gain access to an invite only Facebook group, tools and resources, a collaborative Pinterest board and more!
Careful Cent’s Client Matchmaking Service
I’ve known Carrie since I started this whole freelance journey of mine – she was actually my coach for the first two years or so – and she ROCKS!
She started The Client Matchmaking Service (formerly known as The Client Connection) because she’s a natural business matchmaker – she has lots of contacts that need quality writers and she wants to help awesome freelancers get well-paying gigs.
She only wants to match freelancers she knows, so the one stipulation is that you have to be a current or past coaching client (one session is all it takes) and then you’re off to the races.
I’ve used this service and gotten some very lucrative gigs – worth every penny!
Double Your Freelancing
Brennan Dunn is the marketing genius behind Double Your Freelancing.
Brennan’s a wealth of knowledge and has done everything from freelance on his own to run a million dollar agency and successfully built an online products business. If you’re a freelancer (doesn’t matter what type) looking to raise your rates or take on more of the right kind of clients, this site is for you.
Make sure to check out Charge What You’re Worth, his free nine lesson email course geared towards helping you increase your rates.