My freelance business wouldn't be what it is today without the help I've received from other resources from experienced freelancers. Not to mention the handful of tools I couldn't live without that allow me to focus on delivering quality writing. Below are the resources, newsletters, and tools I can't recommend enough for freelancers.
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Grammarly provides writing assistance technology to improve your daily writing. You can use Grammarly in Google Chrome as a browser extension or desktop app. Free and paid plans are available. I've been using Grammarly Premium since late 2020.
Hemingway App helps writers eliminate fluff and edit sentences, making them easier to read. Free and easy to use. I've been using Hemingway App since early 2021, thanks to freelance writer Kaleigh Moore.
Do you struggle with active and passive voice? You aren't alone! This free tool analyzes passages for passive voice so you can ensure you're meeting your editor's requirements. I started using Passive Voice Detector in early 2022 to check every draft before submitting it.
Kat Boogaard sends a weekly newsletter with advice for freelancers, gigs for writers and non-writers, and some of her favorite reads. It's the first freelancer newsletter I subscribed to, and I read it every week. (Plus, Kat is a fantastic human, and I am so fortunate that I've had the chance to work with and learn from her!)
Founders of Peak Freelance, Elise Dopson and Michael Keenan, send a newsletter every Friday that includes writing/freelancing tips, jobs, sneak peeks of Peak Freelance community content, and more!
Marijana Kay from Freelance Bold sends a weekly newsletter with tips to improve your freelance writing business, a tip/tool of the week, favorite finds and resources, recommended social media follows, book recommendations, and more. It's a treat!
Sonia Weiser's Opportunities of the Week is an excellent resource for finding freelancing opportunities. Receive lengthy lists of calls for pitches and other opportunities for $4/month.
Tim Herrera's Freelancing with Tim on Substack is packed full of advice, pitching guides, comparisons between freelance businesses and taco trucks (my personal favorite), and so much more.
Kaleigh Moore is a freelance writer for eCommerce and SaaS companies, and she shares a wealth of knowledge in her newsletter every other Wednesday.
Freelance Bold Project Planner for Freelancers
Manage your workload and track your income with this incredible project planner from Marijana Kay at Freelance Bold! After seeing so many freelancers post about this resource on Twitter, I didn't hesitate to snag it, and it delivered.
Harlow is a platform that centralizes the ins and outs of a freelance business (to-do lists, invoicing, proposals, contracts, and more). It's super easy to use and great for streamlining processes. I started using Harlow in early 2022 and will continue leveraging this tool in my business. Find the latest pricing on the site.
Peak Freelance is THE community for freelance writers. Get access to expert interviews, premium products, a community Slack group, a members-only podcast, job postings, and so much more. Sign up for an all access membership* here.
Kat Boogaard offers courses, tools, and templates that will save you time and energy and help you get your freelance business off the ground. My favorites are The Get-to-Workshop and the Pitch Pack.
Kaleigh Moore offers various products in her shop, and one of my favorites is her Freelance Writer Template Bundle. Elevate your template library, gain efficiency, and improve your processes with these five templates.