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Online Courses

Udemy

Join millions of students and instructors in the world’s largest online learning marketplace. Courses are as low as $15 and cover a wide range of topics from Java to Growth Hacking.

Coursera

Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.

Lynda

Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Udacity

Accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education courses and nano degrees.

Codeacademy

A free online course that teaches you how to code.

Skillshare

Skillshare is an online learning community where anyone can discover, take, or even teach a class.

KhanAcademy

KhanAcademy is a nonprofit e-learning portal that aims to provide excellent lectures on different topics via Youtube Videos.

Plural Sight

A professional technology learning platform, specializing in software development.

Simpli Learn

Simplilearn is one of the world’s leading certification training providers.

Creative Live

Online courses on art and design.

Code School

Code School is an online learning destination for existing and aspiring developers that teaches through entertaining content. Each course is built around a creative theme and storyline so that it feels like you’re playing a game, not sitting in a classroom.

Social Media For Freelancers

The Daily Femme

Grow your social media reach organically. Free course.

Nickey Kriel.

Twitter for Business. Free Course

Moms Make Cents

How to excel with Pinterest. Free Course

Alex Tooby

How to master Instagram. Free course.

Envatos Tuts

15 Ways New Freelancers Can Use Social Media to Boost Business

Social Media Week

How freelancers can use social media to find new clients.

Adweek

How freelancers should be using social media.

Freelancer

Social media strategies that help get you clients.

Web Hosting Secrets Revealed

8 unusual but powerful social networks for freelance bloggers

Forbes

5 Social Media Strategies To Help Freelancers Land Better Clients

Double Your Freelancing

How to get high value clients with social media.

Freelance Accounting

Wave App

Free Financial Software for Small Businesses. Track your expenses, send invoices, get paid and balance your books.

Tycoon App

Tycoon develops financial management products for freelancers, helping them become modern-day tycoons. It was founded by Jess Perez, a fashion model with over fifteen years of freelancing experience.

Hello Bonsai

Everything that helps your freelance business in the back office. Time tracking, invoicing, contracts etc.

Paypal

Almost. universally accepted, Paypal provides an easy to use system that helps you send invoices and receive payments linked to your bank accounts.

FreshBooks

FreshBooks creates easy, professional looking invoices along with all the tracking features and branding features. It’s like having your own Accounting Department

Beginner Bookkeeping

Free bookkeeping software for small businesses

Ignitespot

Infographic for basic bookkeeping duties for small business

Think Creative Collective

Small business accounting 101.

Nerdy Millennial

Tax deductions for self employed.

WAHM Facebook Forum

Accounting and US Tax Compliance forum

Contracts

Pandadoc

Free and simple contract for freelancers with basic legal terms. Download and fill in.

Hongkiat Blog

This post discusses clauses that freelancers should include in their contracts.

The Balance

Provides several templates for freelance contractors.

Site Point

Offers a guide and sample for creating a contract made for freelancers.

Contract Mint

Contracts for sale for reasonable prices made specifically for freelancers. Take the worry out by purchasing a ready made and customizable contract.

David Dallore Blog

Infographic on writing contacts and tips on starting a small business.

Nesha Woolery Blog

4 things that freelance designers should include in their contracts.

Megan Harris Blog

Freelance contract clauses for editors.

Desire To Done

Contract sample for virtual assistants.

Belong Magazine

Terms and conditions to include that protect your freelance business.

Portfolio Design

Graphic River

This powerpoint template gives an example of what a good portfolio should look like and gives instruction on how to make something similar.

Creative Market

Templates you can purchase for a reasonable price, geared towards graphic designers.

Wanderful World

This article walks you through starting your first portfolio.

Ambitionally

8 Tips for building a freelance portfolio that’s stunning… even if you’re a beginner

Sharese Hendricks

How to build a design portfolio without clients.

Writing Revolt

How to create a client-winning freelance writing portfolio.

Freelancer Faqs

How to build a copywriter portfolio.

Skill Crush

Portfolio how to for tech freelancers.

Nesha Woolery

Building a portfolio to get high quality clients.

Lindsay Humes

Portfolio best practices for creative freelancers.

Setting Rates

The Random Passion Project

Freelancing rates: how much to charge for your freelance projects?

Forbes

This article explains how to decide on your rate.

Creative Live

Infographic on deciding your freelance rate.

Life Hacker

A guide on setting and negotiation freelance rates.

Career Foundry

How to price yourself as a freelancer.

Sagan Morrow

Pricing yourself as as freelancer.

The Virtual Savvy

Setting rates for virtual assistants.

Melissa Carter Design

Tips on setting rates for freelance designers.

We Bloom and Grow

Tips for setting rates on creative freelancing

The Business Bakery

Working out your hourly rate.

Freelance Business Plans

By Regina

How to write a freelance business plan.

Fiverr

Business plans made for freelancers.

Contently

4 Steps to Creating a Freelancing Business Plan You’ll Actually Use

Millo

17 Tips for effective freelance business planning

Go Daddy

This article explains why freelancers need a good business plan.

How Design

This article discusses whether you need a business plan.

Grow Think

Business plan template available for download.

Inc.

10 business plan templates to download.

BPlans

Over 500 samples of business plans.

Business.com

Top 7 free business plan templates

Communities

Freelancing Wiz

Podcast For Freelancers.

Mashable

5 Valuable Online Communities for Freelancers

Reddit- Subreddit Freelance Writers

A place to share tips about writing, including how to get more gigs or jobs.

Creative Live

Online communities for creative freelancers

Medium

5 great online communities for freelance marketers

Flare Cloud Accounting

Freelancing Forums List – Community, Help, Advice

CMX Hub

Where to find freelance communities.

Teleport

Why freelancers need communities.

Blogging

Wonderlass Blogging Courses

Turn your blog into a profitable business with tips and courses from Wonderlass.

Conversion Mind

7 things to do after publishing a blog- checklist

Emily Guerin

Sharing your blog post after you hit publish.

Breakfast and Lilly’s

Planning blog content- a helpful guide.

Buffer

16 Top Tips from Blogging Experts for Beginners

Hubspot

Blogging tips and mistakes to avoid.

Blogging Tips

Introduction to niche blogging.

Blogging Basics

How to start a blog.

Social Media Examiner

39 blogging tips from super pros.

Huffington Post

Tips from expert bloggers.

Branding

Kuvio Creative

Kuvio Creative LLC hosts free Wednesday Webinars where their Director of Design hosts and answers all of your branding questions.

By Rosana

Branding exercise for beginners.

Mariah Althoff

Branding for beginner: colour palettes

Elsie Road Magazine

The beginner's guide to branding.

Navid Moazzez

9 Tips for Creating an Awesome Brand

Forbes

37 Experts Share Their Best Personal Branding Tips For Entrepreneurs

Huffington Post

Tips for building a brand.

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