15 free resources that has helped me as a freelance writer

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1.    Freelancing 101

In this free 7-day course, Sagan Morgan walks you through the steps to begin your freelance writing or editing business. She covers how to avoid common pitfalls and how to land your first client.  If you starting out as a freelance writer, this is an invaluable resource.

2.    Get Paid to Write Online

I can’t say enough about Elna Cain. I’ve taken both her free and paid freelance writing course. It’s what kickstarted me as a freelance writer and allowed me to work from home! Her 6-day free course covers everything you need to know to get started with your own biz, and then some!

3.    Freelance Hourly Rate Calculator

All Indie Writers has this pretty cool hourly rate calculator that lets you plug in the number of days you want to work and the amount you’d like to earn, helping you determine how much you should be charging as a freelance writer.

4.    Canva

Even if design isn’t your thing, you will have to create blog graphics for some of your clients or for your own blog. Canva is an excellent tool for even the most design-challenged writer.

5.    Pixabay

Speaking of images, Pixabay has some great ones and it’s a totally free resource! If you’re not ready to buy your stock images yet, this is where you’ll want to start.

6.    PicMonkey

PicMonkey is another image design tool with a simpler layout than Canva but not quite as many options.

7.    Tiny PNG

This website has a tool that allows you to compress your images and create zip files to send to clients. Optimizing your images is a necessity for bloggers and your clients will appreciate the extra effort.

8.    Skitch

Skitch is hands-down my favorite app for capturing screenshots and adding graphics like circles and arrows. However, it’s now only available for Mac users, so if you’re using Windows, you’ll have to choose another app such as Greenshot, which is my second top pick.

9.    Greenshot

Speaking of…yes, it has to have its own place on my list! J

10. 52 Headline Hacks

Jon Morrow is one of those bloggers that we all aspire to be like. He has the market cornered on creating content that draws people in. In this free resource, he teaches you a few tricks to writing eye-catching headlines like a pro freelance writer.

11. Evernote

Evernote is a great place to store all your research for freelance projects. It lets you bookmark or save pages, articles or websites for future reference and will sync with all your devices.

12. Contently

Contently is a free portfolio site for freelance writers. You can store your published works here where companies are always looking for writers. You may even land yourself a gig or two!

13. The Ultimate List of Better-Paid Blogging Gigs

Sign up for Sophie Lizard’s mailing list and get her awesome list of 75 blogs paying $50 or more. While you’re there, stick around for some of her tips. She has some amazing advice and courses.

14. Alexis Grant’s Database of Freelance Bloggers

It can’t hurt to be on too many lists! Fill out her short form and she will add you to her database. She sends out email blasts occasionally when gigs are available.

15. 100+ Freelance Writing Questions Answered

Carol Tice is pretty much THE go-to guru of the freelance writing world, and in this book, she answers almost any question new freelance writers might have.

Bonus: Freelance Writing Blogs to Follow

Each and every one of these has something great to offer for all levels of writers.

In Conclusion

Don’t get stuck wading through piles of useless information. Believe me – there’s a ton of it out there. Instead, try sticking to this list to begin with and learning all you can. And don’t forget to check back here often for all our best tips and tricks.

Happy writing!

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