These are some of the tools, books, and resources I use for my freelance business and recommend to others most frequently.
Some of these links are affiliate links which means I will receive a commission if you purchase something (a girl’s gotta eat, remember). Everything on here I use with at least some regularity and I wouldn’t recommend it otherwise.
- Bluehost – I buy all my web hosting and domains through this company. They have fantastic customer service and you don’t have to suffer through their lame Super Bowl ads while wiping chili cheese dip off your chin.
- Canva – A simple graphic design site for blog and social media graphics.
- Tailwind – I didn’t think there would be any benefit to scheduling pins, but I started using Tailwind to schedule pins for my shop and clients and noticed big jumps in traffic. If you use Pinterest with any regularity, this is essential.
- Mint.com – Rather than typing in all of your credit card websites in separately to stare at their balances in sad existential poor person dread, look at it all in one place at Mint.com so you can shame yourself by seeing exactly how much you spent on Wendy’s this year in a streamlined month-by-month chart.
- Unfuckwithable Business by Ash Ambirge – I just got this a few days ago and I’m still going through everything, but it’s already answered all of the questions I’ve never known the answer to like “do I need to become an LLC?” and “can I write off that Wendy’s?”
- The Well-Fed Writer – I read this a long time ago and again earlier this year when I went back to freelance. If you want to make money as a writer, this is the first book I will recommend.
- Side Hustle School Podcast – These 10-20 minute episodes go through how successful side hustlers turned their passion into some extra cash. I really like the way Chris simplifies the concept of working for yourself and diversifying your income sources. At the end of every episode he says “inspiration is good, but inspiration with action is better” which is so true. It’s amazing what you can take away from a small startup’s business model.
- Google Keep – This is my favorite note-taking app that works seamlessly between my phone and computer. It’s where all of my archived grocery lists can be found, as well as a folder of “writing ideas” that contains notes like “When I Get Paid: The Freelancer’s Musical”.
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – If you or your clients ever want to make money through affiliate marketing, this is a great introductory course to learning the basics and making sure you’ve got everything covered legally. I learned some creative techniques for making the most out of affiliates without looking like a douche.
- Bites to Brand – This is where I purchased my current website theme (I’m using Nourish). They have several more minimalist and stylish theme options that are easily customizable, for less than $50.