Here are a few things I’ve written about my own freelancing experience. I’d recommend reading them in this order:
- Freelancing: A 6-Month Retrospective
- A Year of Freelancing
- Freelance Income Sources and the 80/20 Rule
- 2 Years of Learning and Evolution
I’d also recommend some great books, below. I’ll avoid linking to Amazon since the motive of referral links is always questionable, but I’m sure you can use Google!
- Timothy Ferriss’s famous/infamous The 4-Hour Workweek. This is chock full of motivation, inspiration, and practical tips for quitting your job, going remote, or finding other income streams
- Working for Yourself by Stephen Fishman is great once you are working for yourself, and covers laws, taxes, insurance, contracts, and everything else you’d need to know in very great detail!
- Breaking the Time Barrier is a great free and quick read from FreshBooks on how to handle pricing your services, making more money, and getting more and better clients.
There are also some really helpful tools / software that can make life easier:
- Freshbooks allows you to track your time spent on projects and easily invoice clients (hourly, flat, or recurring), tracks unpaid invoices, and generates reports for taxes. I can’t imagine my life without a tool like this, though there are also competitors that others enjoy as well such as Zoho Invoice or Harvest.
- BatchedInbox is my own tool for receiving email in Gmail less often (hourly or daily) instead of instantly. Fewer distractions and more efficiency is less time of your life spent working and emailing!
If you’ve got any questions, comments, or suggestions, please let me know in the comments below!