6 Freelancing Blogs to Start Following
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Are you considering a move to freelancing in the new year? If so, you wouldn’t be alone. The number of people freelancing in the U.S. has been increasing since 2014 and reached 59 million in 2020, according to Statista.
But going solo can be daunting. From finding clients to sorting out finances and invoicing and staying organized and on task, there’s a lot that goes into being an independent worker.
These freelancing blogs are full of tips and advice to help you get on the path to a successful freelance career.
While many freelance blogs focus on the general realm of freelancing, which includes a wide variety of skills, I was drawn to this one because it focuses specifically on writing. Founded in 2008 by successful freelancer Carol Tice, the site now has more than 1,000 posts to help readers achieve their freelance writing goals.
Check out the library of posts to get advice on booking clients, increasing productivity, using social media, avoiding scams, and more. Subscribers will also get access to posts not available on the public site.
And if you’re looking to join a community of fellow writers, Tice also created the Freelance Writers Den. The highly-engaged membership community opens to the public twice a year, so get on the waitlist asap.
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- What Is Tone in Writing? And How Do You Use It Effectively?
- Want to Become a Proofreader? Here’s How to Do It
Follow @MALWriting on Twitter.
Working with someone else chasing similar goals will help you grow your freelance writing business in several ways.
— Make A Living Writing (@MALWriting) December 15, 2021
The Freelancers Union supports a membership of more than 500,000 independent workers. In addition to providing member benefits like insurance and advocacy, the organization also runs an in-depth blog that’s full of helpful resources for freelancers.
The site offers a number of posts about navigating finances as a freelancer, whether it’s taxes, invoices, or setting rates. Blog posts offer a variety of tips and advice to help independent workers — from graphic designers to contractors and writers — get the most out of this career path.
These recent posts caught my eye:
- Self-care gifts to give yourself as a freelancer
- The best cafes to work from for freelance writers
- End-of-year tax deductions you can’t afford to miss
Follow @freelancersu on Twitter.
Every freelancer should be investing for their future.https://t.co/3Bv84edb6s
— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) December 9, 2021
The Solopreneur Society was created by Dre Beltrami, a “branding junkie” who wants to help customers (or “kindreds”) create a brand that’s going to resonate with the target audience and lead to a successful business. Her writing style is full of humor that makes her posts seriously fun to read.
If you’re branching out on your own freelance adventure, Dre’s programs can help you create your brand voice, style, messaging, and more. And check out her handy list of business tools for everything from website design to design and chrome extensions.
Check out these posts:
- What Food Courts Can Teach You About Niching Down
- A Solopreneur’s Guide To Emotional Copywriting
- 6 Ways To Style The Stock Out Of Stock Photography
If you’re looking to turn your blogging hobby into a profession, ProBlogger is a must-read. Darren Rowse created this trusted site with the goal of “helping other bloggers learn the skills of blogging, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium.”
ProBlogger’s library of content includes over 8,000 articles, tutorials, case studies, and podcast episodes. The blog content can help bloggers with everything from getting started to creating content, building a community, and monetizing their site.
Here are a few posts to get started:
- Tips to Add Originality to your Blog
- Are You Spreading Yourself Too Thinly?
- Optimize Your Social Media For More Traffic and Engagement
Follow @problogger on Twitter.
— Darren Rowse (@problogger) December 16, 2021
The content published by Millo (blogs, podcasts, courses, and more) is created to help freelancers achieve the three Fs: Freedom, Flexibility, and Fulfillment. The team aims to “help you finally do work you love, make more than you can in a cubicle, and build a business that makes you happy.”
The blog is updated with fresh content every week with new tips and advice for freelancers.
These posts offer plenty of helpful tips:
- How To Legally Start A Freelance Business In 9 Steps
- 11 Sites like Upwork for freelancers who need clients fast
- How To Make Money As A Freelance Photographer In 10 Ways
Follow @milloteam on Twitter.
Upwork Proposals: How to Improve Your Response Rates Instantly https://t.co/UyWrJwyEoR
— Millo (@milloteam) December 7, 2021
If you’re looking to be inspired by your fellow freelancers (or looking for a freelancer to hire), Huntlancer is the site to check out. The site was created “to give aspiring freelancers a career boost” by promoting and showcasing their standout work.
Huntlancer features freelance work in a variety of fields, including design, writing, music production, web development, and more. In addition to highlighting great work, the site also posts helpful articles with tips for a successful freelance career.
These posts are definitely worth a read:
- 80+ Iconic Movie Poster Remakes by Top Independent Artists Today
- 35 Work From Home Jobs you can Start with no Experience
- We paid artists on Fiverr to come up with creative face mask designs
Follow @huntlancer on Twitter.
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Rocky Parker is the Digital Content Lead at Cision PR Newswire. She works with journalists, bloggers, and content creators to create their targeted newsfeeds from PR Newswire for Journalists. Rocky has also counseled on content writing best practices. Check out her previous posts for Beyond Bylines. In her free time, Rocky can usually be found cooking, binge-watching a new show, or playing with her puppy, Hudson.