Let Me Google That For You: 10 Useful Resources For Freelancers

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I had my first session with Jen Carrington this week, and already I feel a lot more focused in what I am doing right now and what I want to do in the near future. And because I did a lot of researching and sifting through the online freelancing world and checking out amazingly talented entrepreneurs all around the globe, I thought it would be nice to share a few things I came across that could be quite helpful to all the other freelancers out there. 

  1. Every single freelancer I know has struggled with how to price themselves at one point or the other - it's something that's especially hard to figure out when starting out. This article highlights several points on how to determine what you should charge for your services. 
  2. Another delicate thing is raising your prices. Whether it's because you gained a lot of experience, learnt new skills or simply realized your own worth, it's always a scary topic to think or even talk about. This post may help getting rid of your fear and anxiety.
  3. Let me ask you this: How many of the tons of newsletters you receive every week do you actually read? I just recently discovered this thing called "creative newsletters" which actually have A LOT more value than any of those "all winter coats 20% off" ones I seem to get almost every day. This blogpost here offers a great collection of newsletters - choose a few & get inspired on a weekly basis!
  4. I've mentioned Maya Elious on here before - she's one of the awesome ladies who inspired me to start with income reports and she has TONS of great content on her site. In one of her latest blog posts, she talks about how simple - but definitely not easy - success can be, and how the work of creatives often seems easy but actually never is. A great read! 
  5. Raise your hand if you have ever compared yourself to someone in your line of work - and decided you're less experienced, skilled, articulate, just LESS. I know I've been there quite a few times. This article talks about the four ways comparison is damaging your potential and how you can get over it. Because everyone can be awesome in their own way.
  6. This is one for the writers - bookmark this one for those days when you feel like nothing good is coming out of your pen/keyboard: 7 beautiful, meaningful writing projects that you can finish in a single day. Because finishing is sexy.
  7. Have you ever been sitting at your laptop "just quickly finishing up this email" while actually desperately needing to go to the bathroom for approx. 3 hours? Then this article on how to deal with beating stress is for you. (And me, obvs.)
  8. Something I've been trying to work on in the past 6 months is saying no. To projects that don't really excite me, to clients where I feel like we're not on the same wavelength or to friends of friends of friends who want free advice and offer you nothing in return. It's hard, and I'm still learning. This post touches on how it can actually help your business if you say no from time to time.
  9. I love Sarah's no bullshit-approach to everything she does. She doesn't mince her words but gives it to you straight - in every single blogpost and newsletter. Read through her list of 31 things you should stop doing when you're actually working - trust me, you'll find yourself guilty at least 50% of the time. 
  10. Last but not least, here's something to listen to: Paul Jarvis, founder of The Creative Class, has launched a weekly podcast called "The Freelancer" for all creative freelancers looking to up their business game. It's insightful and entertaining - be sure to check it out!

I hope you enjoy this short collection of useful resources - do let me know if one piece in particular struck a cord.