40 Great Resources for a Complete Roadmap to Freelancing

Jul 13 2010 by Aidan Huang | 30 Comments

40 Great Resources for a Complete Roadmap to Freelancing

An important activity that all freelancers need to do–no matter what their freelancing field may be–is to read and educate ourselves. Reading is a great source for freelancers to get motivated, inspired, and learns tips and techniques for becoming a better professional.

There are many excellent resources on the web dedicated to the Freelancer. From getting inspiration to dealing with creativity burnout, you will find it all on the internet; there is a lot of information spread throughout the nooks and crannies of the online world, covering all the topics you could possibly think of concerning freelancing.

I have organized a list of great articles that will be very helpful to freelancers, containing hundreds of tips, tools, and lessons. This article could certainly be called the freelancing treasure box because every item shared here is a gem to read.

Starting as a Freelancer

The route to starting out as a freelancer is made easy with the great advice from these articles.

1. How to Start a Freelance Company

How to Start a Freelance Company

2. A Comprehensive Guide to Starting Your Freelance Career

A Comprehensive Guide to Starting Your Freelance Career

3. 25 Awesome Tips to Become a Successful Freelancer

25 Awesome Tips to Become a Successful Freelancer

4. What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Freelancing

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Freelancing

5. Are You Just a Freelancer or a Successful One?

Are You Just a Freelancer or a Successful One?

Freelancer Inspiration and Creativity

The essence of gathering inspiration and becoming creative could never be simpler with the tips shared below.

6. Ways for Freelancers to Get Inspiration for Design Work

Ways for Freelancers to Get Inspiration for Design Work

7. 10 Ways to Stay Creative While Exhausted

10 Ways to Stay Creative While Exhausted

8. 15 Ways to Improve Freelance Creativity

15 Ways to Improve Freelance Creativity

9. 10 Tips to Avoid a Creative Block

10 Tips to Avoid a Creative Block

10. 25 Must Read Books for Designers and Freelancers

25 Must Read Books for Designers, Typography Lovers and Freelancers

11. 33 Excellent "Out of the Box" Ways for Creatives to Find Inspiration

33 Excellent "Out of the Box" Ways for Creatives to Find Inspiration

Freelancer Thoughts and Tips

What goes on in the mind of a freelancer? What are the best tips you can get from freelancers themselves? Check them out below!

12. Wise Words from Freelancer to Freelancer: 8 tips to Help You

Wise Words from Freelancer to Freelancer: 8 tips to Help You

13. 10 Blogs Every Freelancer Wish Existed

10 Blogs Every Freelancer Wish Existed

14. 20 Quick Tips for Aspiring Freelancers

20 Quick Tips for Aspiring Freelancers

15. How to Beef Up Your Freelancing Skills

How to Beef Up Your Freelancing Skills

16. Essential Habits of an Effective Professional Freelancer

Essential Habits of an Effective Professional Freelancer

17. Freelancing: How to Deal with Long Working Hours

Freelancing: How to Deal with Long Working Hours

18. 15 Tips for Freelancers: What to Do in Slow Days and Dry Times

15 Tips for Freelancers: What to Do in Slow Days and Dry Times

19. Spring Cleanup: 30 Must Do Tasks for Freelancers and Creatives

Spring Cleanup: 30 Must Do Tasks for Freelancers and Creatives

Combating Freelancer Burnout

Feeling drained out? These great formulas will kick away your worst enemy: Fatigue!

20. Freelancer Burnout: 8 Great Tips to Overcome It

Freelancer Burnout: 8 Great Tips to Overcome It

21. 10 Most Common Health Hazards of Freelancing

10 Most Common Health Hazards of Freelancing

22. 30+ Things You Have to Know About Being a Freelancer

30+ Things You Have to Know About Being a Freelancer

Freelancer’s Hunting Ground

Do you know where to get jobs? These are the places to get you started.

23. 50 Freelance Job Sites for Designers & Programmers: Best Of

50 Freelance Job Sites for Designers & Programmers: Best Of

24. Get Hired: 15 Best Job Boards for Freelancers

Get Hired: 15 Best Job Boards for Freelancers

Promoting and Branding Yourself

Making yourself known is essential if you would like to gain more exposure and incoming business. Learn all about self-promotion in the articles below!

25. The Art of Branding Yourself and Your Freelancing Business

The Art of Branding Yourself and Your Freelancing Business

26. Marketing Rules and Principles for Freelancers

Marketing Rules and Principles for Freelancers

27. 15 Guerrilla Marketing Tips for Freelancers

15 Guerrilla Marketing Tips for Freelancers

Dealing with Clients

Is the client your best friend or worst enemy? Read about tips and ways on how you can better work with your clients.

28. Identifying and Dealing with Different Types of Clients

Identifying and Dealing with Different Types of Clients

29. 12 Breeds of Client and How to Work with Them

12 Breeds of Client and How to Work with Them

30. How to Find Local Clients for Your Freelance Business

How to Find Local Clients for Your Freelance Business

Freelancer’s Tools

Be more productive and make your life easier with these tools at hand!

31. Cool PC Apps: The Top 50 PC Applications for Freelancers

Cool PC Apps: The Top 50 PC Applications for Freelancers

32. Ten Essential Items Every Freelance Office Needs

Ten Essential Items Every Freelance Office Needs

33. 90 Useful Freelance Tools

90 Useful Freelance Tools

34. 14 Applications for Project Management and Collaboration

14 Applications for Project Management and Collaboration

35. 30 Freelance Work Websites and Resources You Should Know

30 Freelance Work Websites and Resources You Should Know

36. 5 Tools for Freelancers To Manage Their Time

5 Tools for Freelancers To Manage Their Time

Freelancer’s Failures

If all else fails, pick yourself up and learn from the mistakes you made. Better still, you can learn from other people’s mistakes without the need to go through them yourself.

37. Five Ways to Guarantee Your Failure as a Web Professional

20 Reasons You Shouldn't be a Freelancer

38. 20 Reasons You Shouldn’t be a Freelancer

How to Overcome 20 Reasons Not to Become a Freelancer

39. How to Overcome 20 Reasons Not to Become a Freelancer

Critical Mistakes Freelancers Make

40. Critical Mistakes Freelancers Make

25 Awesome Tips to Become a Successful Freelancer

Bonus: Freelancing-Related Articles on Six Revisions

Here are a few articles on Six Revisions not mentioned above that will be helpful to you in your journey into freelancing.

Share Your Freelancing Wisdom!

Whether you are a seasoned freelancer or thinking of joining the ranks soon, these articles will surely give you all the motivation you need to start and remove any doubts you have about freelancing. Which gems have you particularly enjoyed above? Are you a seasoned freelancing pro with tips you can share with us? Are you starting your journey into freelancing? What important lessons have you learned?

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About the Author

Aidan Huang is one of the editors-in-chief and author at Onextrapixel. He is also a web enthusiast and front-end web developer that strongly believes in sharing exciting and noteworthy information with the community. Grab their RSS feed and follow him on Twitter as @AidanOXP for more exciting information.

30 Comments

abhishek

July 13th, 2010

Wow what a great collection of information. I read many article on this blog related to freelancing like : why you should not be a freelancer? , why you should be a freelancer? and now a collection of information. it gonna help me a lot in near future.

Russell Poulter

July 13th, 2010

WOW! Thats a whole lot of info! Great list thanks.

Dainis Graveris

July 13th, 2010

All important thins you have mentioned.. Thats awesome. A lot of inspiring info for every freelancer! :) Thanks for sharing this info!

Saad Bassi

July 13th, 2010

Really awesome Selection Aidan

Brian Jones

July 13th, 2010

Excellent list of resources. Thank you for such a great post and listing these helpful resources to start off in the right direction. Thank you you Aidan!

Sim0rn

July 13th, 2010

Awesome list! thanks

Jordan Walker

July 13th, 2010

Very thorough round up for freelancing.

julio

July 13th, 2010

Great post! very very useful

Carol

July 13th, 2010

A really great list – loads of reading! I will definitely be taking a closer look at the Promoting and Branding Yourself articles – thanks for sharing, excellent article as always, Aidan.

Jay Philips

July 13th, 2010

Great post, very detailed & helpful

Ted Thompson

July 13th, 2010

Excellent list of resources, very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

trendyTUTS

July 13th, 2010

Thta’s a really nice roundup Aidan :)

Jamie

July 13th, 2010

Cool! Now i know where to start on becoming a freelancer! Fantastic compilation! Thank you very much for making my life easier!!!

Peter29

July 13th, 2010

Great information and you are right that reading is the best resource of freelancing.

wildanr

July 13th, 2010

This is the best freelancing-related roundup article so far.. desparatly need for this. thx!!

Sahan

July 13th, 2010

Really useful stuff, Thanks

Farhan

July 14th, 2010

Excellent list of freelance resources. I have got some great information with these resources.

Waheed Akhtar

July 14th, 2010

Great resources Aidan. Thanks for including “30 Freelance Websites” from SmashingShare

Jesse

July 14th, 2010

Very detailed and helpful, thx.

Eko Setiawan

July 14th, 2010

Hi, this is a great post…really useful for me
Thanks…

Chinmai

July 14th, 2010

Great posting, really useful, lot of info thanks a lot

Aidan

July 15th, 2010

Hi Guys,

Thanks for all the comments. Hope that this article will hep those to become a better freelancer and prompt those who are thinking of becoming one.

Arden Peter

July 15th, 2010

This is a goldmine! and the ultimate freelancing guide I have ever came across with! Kudos
for compiling everything that’s essential. I would also like to share with you my special
find when it comes to project collaboration, I use Worketc (www.worketc.com) –it is handy and useful to freelancers when it comes to maintaining calendars, Gantt charts and
keeping track of your billable time. It has a lot of other features, but these I mentioned are what I see great for freelance artists like me. So might be useful to your readers as well.

Lornie

July 15th, 2010

Cool!!!! It will take me some time to read them all! Thanks for this wonderful find, aidan!!!

Ashish

July 17th, 2010

Hi,
Thanks for gathering lots of information in one article. This article is very useful for beginner as freelancer.

Adrian

July 19th, 2010

Wow! So much to look at here! Thanks for putting together such a great list of resources.

farid

September 8th, 2010

Excellent. it’s very helpfull for freelancer, who build career in freelancing.

Stephen Tiano

October 29th, 2010

Good article, as far as it goes. But it’d be really helpful for newbie (or prospective) freelancers to hear all about the commitment they need to make to promoting and marketing themselves and their business, as well as the time they should prepare to spend on these tasks as they get themselves established.

Bailiwicked Bairn

May 17th, 2011

COOL MAN!!! The amount of info you have is amazing! I really found it useful and interesting

Martin

August 29th, 2011

Wehave been featuring awesome fonts for sometime now, add some more awesomeness in your typography using those fonts and Adobe Photoshop tutorials we have collected today. By going though all the mentioned featured tutorials you can certainly add huge amount of potential in your typography skills..!!

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