I’m about to take a couple of weeks break from posting to focus on a family Christmas. Hopefully you’re doing the same, but in case you’re using some of the time to plan a New Year launch into the freelancing world, I thought I’d leave you with a round-up of five of the best freelancing resources on the web.
If you want to feel like you’re not alone in your freelance venture, the PCG website is a great place to start. They give straightforward advice about all the scary stuff like tax, insurance and contracts, as well as keeping you up to date with freelancing news and campaigning on freelancing issues. Some of their resources are only open to members – I was a member for a year and definitely benefited enough from the templates, discounts and advice to make it worth the annual fee of £120. However, you can still gain plenty from the PCG without being a member, such as their comprehensive Guide to Freelancing.
Said to be the ‘UK’s most popular blog for freelancers’, this site offers a good mix of information for newbies plus interestingly written articles for experienced freelancers. Their ‘Go Freelance’ Guide is less detailed but a lot more readable than the PCG guide.
A site aimed at all kinds of working mums, the Talented Ladies Club offers a wide range of excellent articles about freelancing. They cover everything from the details of invoicing to the trickier issues of confidence and work-life balance, and have fresh content throughout the week. They’re also very active (and very friendly) on Twitter!
Although their freelancing section is small, the Startups site has a wealth of information for any small business owner and is well worth a look.
If your skills lie in a creative sector (and even if they don’t), you’ll get a lot out of the Creative Choices site. Whilst it’s not specifically aimed at freelancers, their mix of how-to posts, creative industry news and people profiles are fascinating even for IT bods like me.
I hope you find something that rings your festive bell amongst that lot. Do let me know in the comments if you have any other great resources to share. See you in the New Year!