If you’re looking to take your career into your hands, then the freedom and independence of freelancing can be very exciting. But there is a massive difference between being a part of a company and being every component of a company — from receptionist to creative director to CEO. Having the right tools and industry know-how can make the transition from hobbyist vintage seller to independent business owner a little easier. One of the largest resources available for freelancers and independent business owners is the Freelancers Union, a non-profit organization benefitting over 200,000 members with necessities like healthcare, workers rights, and legal representation. We’ve compiled some of the best resources available for budding and existing freelance businesses to make the road to one-man-shop smoother and successful!
Whether you’re contemplating a freelance career or you’re already there, this book is an inter-disciplinary guide to succeeding. The book is written with an informal and friendly voice, and navigates through the world of setting rates, dealing with agents and finding your business sense — all while making you feel like you just had a good chat with a friend. Find this helpful guide on Chroniclebooks.com
My Price App
Once you’ve decided to become a freelancer, you need to know exactly how to charge your clients. The MyPrice app for iPhones is a tool that calculates your hourly rates by computing the scale of your project and client, experience and education level, services offered, time and location. It also lets you store projects as a reference for what to charge for similar work, and offers tips to keep you up to date with trends in freelancing. Free.
Once you’re freelancing, managing your finances and time effectively, all the while creating invoices and paperwork can be ultra stressful. The FreeAgent web software seeks to eliminate the confusion by providing a cloud accounting service that backs up all data for your business. It aides in managing financial, bank and tax statements and has customer support incase you need any further assistance. It’s also mobile friendly and can be used on iPhones and Androids. Free 30-day trial. $24/month.
Freelance Radio Podcast
Sometimes you need to hear advice from real people in the industry to believe it. Anyone working independently can relate to the vast collection of broadcast topics, led by a panel of savvy freelancers. We recommend the posts on negotiating a freelance contract, a typical day freelancing, and getting through the slow, rough patches. Free.
Sometimes heading out on your own alone can be, well… lonely. Freelance.meetup.com sought to end that issue by creating an online community where freelances could network and meet. Currently in 26 countries and 188 cities, the community is broken down by interest, field and city and members can find anything from office share opportunities to meet and greets for new clientele.
Square Register Gadget
Receiving payment for your services is now as easy as one swipe with this gadget. The Square Register turns your iPad, iPhone or Android into an on-the-go register that accepts credit cards. Cardholder verification and a signing pad are all offered on the app. First, download the app and then sign up to receive the card reader through the mail. For shop owners who mainly deal with Paypal payments, Here is a similar card reader and app. No more waiting for money means no more stress. Free.