I often mention that I'm a self-published author and freelance copyeditor. But I'm a freelance writer, too, which is how I got started on all this "work online" stuff some years ago.
In those years, I've made mistakes, wasting money on resources that weren't helpful.
But I've found some fantastic resources, too, that I find well worth the investment. I find them so worthwhile that I use them and often refer them to others.
So while I admit that some of the links below are affiliate links (indicated with asterisks (*)), that's because I find them so useful that I can't help but tout them all over. I assure you that I've skipped plenty a resource I wasn't sure was worth it.
That said, the below resources are useful to me. I use all these things, myself. Your mileage may vary. (Right now, I'm also focusing on things you pay for, because free resources are pretty easy to find. Worthwhile paid ones? Not so much.)
- The Freelancer's Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The single most useful book on freelancing and finances I've ever read.
E-book – $9.99 US: Amazon US* | Smashwords*
Print book – $24.99 US: Amazon US*
- for writing and e-book formatting: Scrivener by Literature & Latte – ≤$45 US
- for coding: TextWrangler (Mac-only) by Bare Bones Software – Free!
- for image manipulation: Gimp - Free! (open source)
- A Small Orange* (web hosting)
Has plans that start from $35 per year.
- Name.com (domain name registrar)
Often has coupons for reduced registration costs & free private WhoIs.
As I find more resources for freelancers that I use, I'll update this list.
Do you know of any resources that you think should be on this list? What and why?