By Carrie Smith
Is one of your New Year's goals to make money as a freelancer? Or maybe you already have a few clients but want to propel your freelance business forward this year?
No need to grasp around in the dark. Instead, take advice from freelancers who have gone before you!
Here are 10 websites that will help you learn how to find clients, figure out what to charge and cover all the other bases you need to build a successful business this year.
1. Tuts+ Business
This new site was formerly known as Freelance Switch, a long-time resource for freelancers and solopreneurs. It offers high-quality and in-depth articles on everything it takes to become a successful freelancer, along with helpful tutorials. Plus, archives from the previous site are an absolute gold mine.
2. Freelancers Union Blog
Founded by Sara Horowitz, the Freelancers Union is a free resource for independent freelancers and small business owners of all kinds. Lucky for you, you don't have to be a member to get all the helpful content on their blog. You'll find information on how to get health insurance, work with subcontractors, understand self-employment taxes and all the ins and outs of running your own business.
3. FreshBooks Blog
An invoicing product for small business owners and freelancers, FreshBooks also offers a blog, and it's an excellent resource. Quickly find advice from experts about much-needed topics like freelance taxes, financial organization, invoicing, contracts and more. Working with clients and getting paid is a huge part of being a freelancer, so this blog will no doubt come in handy.
4. Freelance Folder
This site is the ultimate resource for freelancers at all stages. Not only will you find free advice and tips on the blog; the community forums also provide an opportunity to connect with other independent workers. Enjoy new leads and job opportunities on the job board, along with a quick-start guide to getting started freelancing.
5. International Freelancers Academy
A lot of details go into becoming a successful freelancer, but your number one focus should be earning enough money to support yourself. This site will help you do just that! It offers in-depth training, courses and books to help you take your solo business to the next level. Plus, every year, the Academy oversees International Freelancers Day, a chance to learn from and connect with thousands of freelancers all over the world.
6. Brazen Careerist Blog
We can't leave Brazen off this list, especially since the blog has an entire section dedicated to freelancing. If you're looking to forge your own path, enjoy Brazen's tips on getting started, working with clients, being more productive and taking your freelancing full-time.
7. Location 180
Not everyone wants to quit their job, start a business and travel the world. But if you're one of those go-getters who do, Location 180 is an awesome site for you. You'll find ideas on how to run a business from any location in the world, along with practical advice and real-life tested strategies for building what blogger Sean Ogle calls a freedom business.
8. Screw the Nine to Five
This site will encourage you to get out of the daily grind and take the first step towards regaining control of your life. Jill and Josh are affiliate marketers, but their real-world advice on everything from making more money to dealing with unsupportive family members is helpful for all types of freelancers.
9. Leaving Work Behind
Taking the leap into freelancing requires guts, and Tom Ewer shares the story of how he boldly quit his job to become a successful freelancer. Dig through the archives of his income reports and see exactly how he brings in thousands of dollars each month. He firmly believes that anyone can do what he's done and become their own boss.
As one of the largest online resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs, this site provides essential tools and resources to start, grow and manage your business. You'll find expertise and practical advice from tons of small business experts and online freelancers.
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Carrie Smith is a financial artist who recently launched Fight For Your Right to Work Less, a course designed to help freelancers and solopreneurs create freedom businesses.