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Must-Read Blogs to Help Your Freelancing Career7 min read

October 17, 2016
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Must-Read Blogs to Help Your Freelancing Career7 min read

Everybody’s got something to say, especially if you’re a freelancer who’s trying to make their own way in the world. But who should you listen to for advice as you progress in your freelancing career? It’s always a good idea to emulate those who are successful until you can find your own path.

Not all of the following blogs are about freelancing, but they all relate to the freelancing lifestyle and how to live it successfully. If your RSS feed is looking a little empty or shallow, put these blogs on your list and you’ll start to gain a real education in freelancing and in life.

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Freelancer’s Union

If you want to learn the nuts and bolts of successful freelancing while also avoiding scams and bad business deals, this is your first stop. There are clients who will try to take advantage of freelancers. Freelancer’s Union will tell you how to stop them in their tracks and make them pay up.

BufferApp Buffer is a social media distribution app that works very well, but their blog is an excellent example of quality content marketing. Even if you never use their product, the research that they release regarding social media posting is useful for anyone who wants to take full advantage of this powerful medium. And if you’re a freelancer that wants to advertise, why wouldn’t you?

Buffer is a social media distribution app that works very well, but their blog is an excellent example of quality content marketing. Even if you never use their product, the research that they release regarding social media posting is useful for anyone who wants to take full advantage of this powerful medium. And if you’re a freelancer that wants to advertise, why wouldn’t you?

AND CO

Of course, we can’t neglect mentioning our own blog! We’re doing our best to offer information useful to freelancers on how to handle the business of client interactions, handling payments, and how technology can help. That’s why we made the AND.CO app in the first place.

Leaving Work Behind

Digital Nomadism is a possibility if your freelancing career allows you to work from a computer. Leaving Work Behind talks about how you can start such a career on your own while traveling all over the world and enjoying a lifestyle few get to experience. Best part, there’s nothing hidden. You just have to go out there and do it.

Digital Nomadism is a possibility if your freelancing career allows you to work from a computer. Leaving Work Behind talks about how you can start such a career on your own while traveling all over the world and enjoying a lifestyle few get to experience. Best part, there’s nothing hidden. You just have to go out there and do it.

Upwork Blog

Some freelancers love Upwork. Some hate it. But it’s a force in the freelancing world. Upwork is the largest freelancing platform currently. What better way to learn more about freelancing than to go to one of the largest platforms to find freelancers? Their articles are balanced between topics for clients and for freelancers. Learning about the client side of freelancing can yield insights on how to make your next proposal letter.

Renegade Writer

Freelancing means you get to make your own rules, which means you get to define what success is. If you have a specific focus on freelance writing, Renegade Writer is a must-read on how to achieve different kinds of success in that niche, all while avoiding the many traps freelance writers fall into.

I Will Teach you to be Rich

This blog isn’t about freelancing per se, but it is about a topic that all freelancers and business owners must handle to be successful. Money management and wealth generation. The tone aims at the younger generation but Ramit Sethi knows what he’s talking about. And one of his big ways to help people make more money is to help them start businesses. You can spend months just learning from this blog alone.

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Work Made For Hire

Freelancers live and die by the contract. If you don’t know how to negotiate your contracts so they’re in your favor, sooner or later you’ll hit a client that will try to screw you. The information at Work Made For Hire will teach you what to need to know to get contracts in your favor.

Freelancers live and die by the contract. If you don’t know how to negotiate your contracts so they’re in your favor, sooner or later you’ll hit a client that will try to screw you. The information at Work Made For Hire will teach you what to need to know to get contracts in your favor.

Quick Sprout

Another important part of freelancing is marketing, and there are few better at it online than Neil Patel. This is another one of those blogs that

Another important part of freelancing is marketing, and there are few better at it online than Neil Patel. This is another one of those blogs that rewards deep reading back in the archives. You can get quite an education about online marketing by reading the Quick Sprout blog.

Seth Godin We’re real fans of Seth Godin and his blog. He approaches

We’re real fans of Seth Godin and his blog. He approaches the more idealistic parts of freelancing, though that doesn’t mean that he’s not one of the best folks out there. His blog posts are short, sweet, to the point, hard hitting and digestible. Another great marketing blog.

Farnam Street Blog

Freelancing allows you to chart your own course through life, but how do you start doing that in a world that tried to raise you to be a cog in a machine? Farnam Street Blog is a blog about helping people learn worldly wisdom and make smarter decisions in their lives. If you need to bulk up your critical thinking skills, start feasting on the information held here.

Zen Habits

Finally, we have the simple wisdom of Leo Babauta and his blog Zen Habits. It can get crazy out there trying to keep your business in order. Making room to breathe and separate yourself for a while to get a clear head is essential. Babauta will teach you how to simplify so you can focus your energy on what is really important.

Finally, we have the simple wisdom of Leo Babauta and his blog Zen Habits. It can get crazy out there trying to keep your business in order. Making room to breathe and separate yourself for a while to get a clear head is essential. Babauta will teach you how to simplify so you can focus your energy on what is really important.

Wow. And there are so many blogs that we didn’t even cover in this article. But by following the links and the threads of thought found in these blogs you can gain quite an education. But words only remain words until you put them into action. Don’t let the things you’ve learned here stay in the head. Apply your knowledge so you can take your freelancing career to a new level.

When it comes down to it, everything around you is an inspiration that can be used for your next article, your next project, your next job, and your next five years if you know how to look at it. Start your inspirational journey by picking one of these blogs and reading five articles. Write down what you’ve learned and whether or not you agree or disagree. Do this every day and by the end of the month, you’ll be surprised at what you’ve discovered about yourself. And if you try this exercise, let us know what you learned in the comments.

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Emily Hunter runs Hunting For Words, a small Atlanta writing firm. Her company's work has been seen all over the world, even in a TED talk! When she's not writer-wrangling, she's cheering for her favorite DCI corps, plotting out new business ideas, and dipping her fingers in ink. If you like Emily's work or want to yammer about business, send her an email at [email protected]
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