One constant thing with freelancing is that you need tools to make your business run smoothly. Resources for freelance writers help us spend less time on the administrative part of running a business so that you can focus your energy on writing and being the creative that you are.
This page is a curation of tools and resources that I have used as a freelance writer. Tools that help you build a professional freelance writing website and resources that help you become a better writer.
I will recommend products that I have personally used and loved, and those that I consider using because I have heard great things about them.
Also, I am an affiliate for some of these products, which means that I get a commission for referring my readers to them. I’ll be grateful if you purchase through these links, but please know that it does not increase the price of your purchase.
I hope you find them useful.
As a freelance writer, I have really benefitted from books that have improved my writing and helped me hone my craft.
- Blog to Win Business: How to Enchant Readers and Woo Customers– Henneke teaches you how to write in a way that clients come to you instead of you going after them.
- Make A Living Writing– Carol Tice has every ebook that a freelance writer could ever need to get great clients. Above that, she also has a membership forum that gives you fresh freelance writing openings and support. Check out the Freelance Writer’s Den.
- WordPress– All my websites are hosted on the WordPress platform. WordPress is free and it is a great platform for easily building a blog or a website. There are tonnes of plugins that allow you to customise your website or blog to look just how you want it to, even if you don’t have experience with web design.
- Whogohost– After two terrible hosting experiences, my websites are now hosted with Whogohost. This is a web hosting service primarily for Nigerians, but for people outside Nigeria, I will recommend Bluehost. That is the host that I’ve heard so many great things about.
- StudioPress– One of the daunting tasks when you are creating a website, is making it beautiful such that it attracts your audience. StudioPress with their genesis framework and premium themes reduce the hassle of customising your website. Install a StudioPress theme, tweak, go live!
- Pretty Darn Cute– My favourite place for feminine WordPress themes.
- Creative Market– If you are starting a blog, this is the place for every pre-made design template that you can possibly need. Fonts, flat lay stock photos for social media and blog posts, etc.
- PicMonkey– Great alternative to Adobe Photoshop. PicMonkey is an image editing software if you will rather create your own images and printables from scratch.
- Canva– One of the best resources for freelancers who create a lot of images.
- Pexels– You will get a lot of options for free stock photos here.
Social Media Scheduling
- Buffer– The best tool to schedule tweets, Facebook updates, blog posts, etc.
- Mailchimp– For starters who are trying to reduce costs, Mailchimp lets you send emails to your first 2000 subscribers for free.
- Sumo– Formerly SumoMe, I love that their signup forms are placed on your website in a way that encourages visitors to sign up for your newsletter without bugging them.