50 Incredibly Useful Resources for Freelancers

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Welcome to our week-long series on How to Earn Extra Income from a Side Hustle. In this fourth of five articles, we look at 50 resources every freelancer can use.


Knowing where to find the right tools to help you get the job done is an important part of the Side Hustle process. The web is a big place and as a result it can be difficult to find exactly what you are looking for. To point you in the right direction we have created a list of 50 Freelance Resources for you to reference.

We would love to keep adding to this list so please share any great resources you have discovered for yourself.

Communication Resources

Communication is a big part in any business. The following Communication Resources include tools for Contact Management, Meetings, and Newsletters.

Go To Meetings
GoToMeetings allows you to do a variety of work related business right over the net. It’s great for communicating with a small group and even sharing documents or ideas. You can sign up for the 30 day trial for no charge to see if it’s a keeper.

Skype
Skype is one of the better known tools to host your business meetings. You can also keep in touch with friends and family with Skype. It’s a great way to keep in contact and best of all there is a free version! You can upgrade and pay a fee if you need more options.

Highrise
Highrise is an online program that help you keep track of your conversations, leads, emails, etc. It’s a way to keep you organized at work so you don’t forget to make a phone call or follow up with a client. You can try it out for 30 days at no charge.

Techinline Remote Desktop
Techline Remote Desktop gives businesses an instant and secure connection between remote PCs over the web. With this remote desktop support system, it doesn’t matter if you are across the country or the glove this system is browser-based and will help you get the job done.

aWeber
aWeber is email marketing software that helps small businesses, websites and blogs automate email follow up and email newsletter delivery. It offers tools such as professional email signup forms & autoresponder services that make it easy for you to build your email list and stay in touch with prospects.

BigContacts
Big Contacts is another communication management system with an easy to use interface that helps you stay organized with your contacts, tasks, and files all in one place. You can try the 15 day trial for free and download the app.

Campaign Monitor
CampaignMonitor is an email marketing software for designers and their clients. You can send custom email campaigns, track the results and manage your subscribers. You can sign up for free with the trial offer and decide if you like the service before you pay.

Financial Resources

The Financial Resources include tools for Accounting, Invoicing, and Payments.

FreeAgent
FreeAgent is an online accounting software application that is ideal for freelanceers, contractors, and small business owners. With this program you can invoice your clients and track your expenses, and determine what you owe for taxes.

Outright
Outright is designed for small business owners who need a system that can record income and expenses automatically. You can categorizes transactions and prepare your estimated and end of year taxes. I use Outright and absolutely love it.

LessAccounting
LessAccounting makes your bookkeeping simple. With this program you can send invoices and proposals, track expenses, automatically import bank transactions. This makes accounting stress free and takes the guess work out of it.

Freshbooks
Freshbooks is an online invoicing program that will help you track your time, organize your expenses and invoice your clients. This is another resource I use and it saves me a ton of time and makes tracking invoices and payments a snap.

The Invoice Machine
The Invoice Machine lets you invoice your clients for a variety of things like hours, projects, and products. It offers a nice clean interface with easy to use drop down menus. Invoices can be created as a PDF or they can be emailed directly.

Blinksale
The Blinksale gives you the ability to send elegant looking invoices to anyone. It’s $15 a month and for that price you will get unlimited use. There is a 15 day free trial you can sign up for to determine if it’s worth the monthly charge.

PayPal
PayPal is the popular choice for taking payments. This allows you to accept credit card payments or payments from PayPal accounts which includes e-Cheques. PayPal is safe and has gained much popularity for it’s ease of use. You can also send money using PayPal.

DPD – Digital Product Delivery
DPD accepts payments and automatically delivers download products across multiple sites. Sell scripts, programs, graphics, ebooks, and more. DPD provides secure download links to prevent product theft while automating your download sales.

Payneer
Payneer is a payment system that can be used to pay people all over the world. The payment is made directly onto a MasterCard debit card. This card can then be used anywhere that MasterCard is accepted, which is just about everywhere.

Mint
Mint.com is the best way to manage your personal finance because it’s free. It’s easy to use and you can set up all types of accounts. Your information is automatically imported into Mint.com. With the app you can access you accounts in one place from your smartphone.

Xero
Xero is an online accounting system ideal for small businesses. You can access all your important financial figures such as bank transactions, invoices, GST. This can all be done right from your smartphone which means you always have access.

Web Design & Blogging Resources

The Web Design and Blogging Resources include tools for Blogging, Domain Names, Web Design and Web Development.

WordPress
WordPress is web software that allows you to create a website or blog. This one makes the list because it is free. There are thousands of plugins and themes available to help you create the site of your dreams. WordPress is user friendly and there are tons of helpful information online.

Woo Themes
Woo Themes is a WordPress theme that offers a variety of layouts you can use with your existing WordPress site. It comes with themes come with quite a bit of customizable options which will have your site looking fantastic.

Hosting Sesame
Hosting Sesame offers affordable web hosting plans that include domains, hosting, email accounts, tools, etc. Their plans include 24/7 customer service technical supports which will help you get all your questions answered.

ProBlogger
ProBlogger is a great website that provides tons of information on everything you need to know about blogging. This site is a great resource for every level, for the experienced Bloggers, and for those that are not so experienced.

Expression Engine
ExpressionEngine is known for being a flexible, feature-rich content management system that enables users to easily manage their website. It’s designed for individuals, organizations, and companies around the world who need a management system.

Text Pattern
TextPattern is another free content management system that focuses on content. Textpattern is all about flexibility and it offers a variety of plugins so the user can create a unique site and customize the functionality of it to make it their own.

Go Daddy
Go Daddy is the most popular domain and web hosing site out there. They are known for their low prices and high quality. They even have their own app so you can check to see if a domain is available no matter where you are.

Network Solutions
Network Solutions offers just about everything under the sun including, Web hosting, Web design, ecommerce, Web site promotion to name a few. This site has been around for a while and helps users get started by providing them an array of tools.

Planet Domain
Planet Domain has the ultimate goal of providing cheap domain names and solid web hosting services. They are known for their high quality products and and competitive pricing so they make our list of domain resources to consider using.

99 Designs
99 Designs is a site for both designers and those needing a design created. Whether it’s logos, web design, business cards, T-shirts, banners, WordPress themes, etc. you can get it done at 99 Designs. It’s basically a contest and you get to choose which design you like before you buy.

Freelance Jobs

The Freelance Job resources include Job Postings and Job Boards.

Elance
Elance is for both those who are searching for freelance contractors and for those professionals who are seeking work online. If you have the skills and talent you can display them at Elance, choose the job you want and get paid.

Freelancer
Freelancer is known as the world’s largest outsource marketplace for small business. People from all over the world use Freelancer to outsource just about anything you can think of. Freelancer covers all types of work and is not limited to any certain category.

Project 4 Hire
Project4Hire is where you can find web designers, graphic designers, programers, coders, and writers to name a few. It’s for both those who are looking for work and for those needing a project completed. This site is very specific to the categories above.

Smashing Jobs
Smashing Jobs is a job board that lists available jobs in the design or programing categories. You can search for full-time or freelance jobs for well-known companies all over the world. This site is specific to only deisgners and programers.

Job Pile
Job Pile brings in jobs listed from various job boards across the entire web and puts them in one place for you to access. This is helpful because you can see what all job boards are listing or you can choose to see certain job boards.

Design Quote
Design Quote is made up of clients and designers. Clients can find someone to complete their project and designers can choose which project suits them the best. This site is specific to designers so if you are a designer this is a good place to find work.

Krop
Krop is another job board and career resource website for creative professionals. Whether you’re looking for job, or your the one searching for the talent, Krop is a place to get connected with the best, well-known companies around.

Project Management Resources

The following Project Management Resources include tools for Organization, Project Management and Time Management.

Remember The Milk
Remember The Milk is an online organizer that helps you keep your personal life separate from your work life. You can stay on task with the to-do list manager, full calendar and even set up task reminders so you don’t forget those important events.

Backpack
Backpack is a web-based organizer for you business. You can keep all your important documents, discussions and schedules in one place. All your information is backed-up daily and you can share any of your information you choose, at any time with your business partners.

Toodledo
Toodledo provides you with an easy to use to-do list you can access online. You can customize all the features and even elect to receive text message reminders for important events. You can track time, and use the iPhone app to get notifications and updates.

Collabtive
Collabtive is a project management systems that can be downloaded and installed on your own webserver. You can add your clients and staff, created projects, list tasks and upload files. It also features a built in instant message system for inner office communication.

GoPlan
GoPlan is another online project management system that is also acts as a communication platform. It’s great for managing projects and it’s a nice communication tool so you can keep everyone in the business up-to-date on what’s going on.

ActiveCollab
ActiveCollab is a project management & collaboration tool that you can set up on your own server or local network. You can work with your own team, clients or contractors. It’s easy to use and allows you to have complete access of your data.

Fanurio
Fanurio is a time tracking software that also features a billing application so you can bill your clients. It receives high marks by freelances for it’s interface and flexibility. It also has the ability to create detailed invoices for billing purposes.

Toggl
Toggl is a time management system that allows you to see where you are spending your time. You can track all your time so you can accurately bill your clients. This system has an iPhone app and an app for Android phones so you can access your information from anywhere.

Paymo Time Tracking & Invoicing
Paymo Time Tracking & Invoicing tracks your time for you so you don’t have to do the math and figure out how much time you have spent on a project. You can enter start and stop times of use the time that is built-in. It’s easy to use and does the work for you.

MakeSomeTime
MakeSomeTime is an easy way to track your time while you are working. It has an easy-to-use interface and can keep time for a variety of different projects. You can also generate reports and invoices to see exactly how much time you are spending on your work.

In our final article in this series, we’ll look at How to Take a Side Hustle Full Time.

Published or Updated: February 12, 2012

Comments

  1. Joe Piekarz says:

    For the budget conscious I would like to suggest TimeXchange as a time tracking option. An annual subscription is just $40/year a year for a single account or $99/year for up to 25 users from the same organization. We include an iPhone app (free on iTunes) for mobile tracking and any TimeXchange user to swap time sheets with any other member for approval or reporting when collaboration is needed. All time sheet sharing is on a project-by-project basis with no limits on the number of projects in your account.

    TimeXchange is simple, inexpensive time reporting for anyone.

    • Rob Berger says:

      Joe, thanks for the suggestion. I track and review a lot of budget solutions, and this one is new to me. I’ll definitely check it out.

  2. Lauren Russ says:

    Thanks for the great list. I’d also like to suggest the addition of crowdSPRING to this for designers and writers.

    • Rob Berger says:

      Lauren, appreciate the suggestion. I’m always looking for places to get logos!

  3. Anne says:

    You should check out Crisply. Crisply is a revolutionary approach to
    time tracking and billing. The service is in private beta and being
    uses by many companies in production today. There is
    no cost to use Crisply.

    • Rob Berger says:

      Anna, thanks for the tip. Let us know when crisply comes out of beta.

  4. Adam says:

    I switched to Curdbee from Freshbooks for my invoicing needs and can say its an awesome service with excellent customer support.

    Also I would recommend Wufoo to build quick forms which is a life saver for a non-tech guy like me.

    • Rob Berger says:

      Adam, I absolutely love Freshbooks, so Curdbee must be awesome. I’ll check it out.

  5. rhea says:

    Hey, Why not have a look at Replicon’s hassle free cloud based time tracking software. It a really nice and simple tool that has provided us all the solutions for our organizational time management needs. I preferred it over Harvest and other similar apps being quick to implement, ease of usability and totally hassle free experience for us.

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