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Five Great Resources For Freelancers

five amazing resources for freelancers

I read a lot of articles when I decided to make the transition to self employment. Today, I thought I’d share some great words of wisdom I found along the way. If you’ve already made the leap into freelance work or are considering do so, then these resources are all helpful.

*12 essential steps to starting your freelance business – Regina’s blog is so helpful, seriously you need to read every post because there is just so much useful information to digest.

*How to make money from freelance blogging – particularly helpful is you already have a blog and are considering branching out.

*100 sites that pay you to write – lots of websites that will pay for your writing. Lots of food for thought here.

*UK freelance tax and self employment – I struggled to find up to date advice on tax returns but this post helped me so much!Remember you need to declare your earnings if you undertake any freelance work.

*The money shed work from home toolkit – a list of resources you may need and links to some work from home opportunities.

All these make a good starting point for those new to freelancing or those thinking about working from home. You’ll find a lot of information on the web and it can be completely overwhelming. In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some genuine work from home opportunities – writing and otherwise, creating a portfolio, organisation tips, the best freelance job sites, setting up a blog for freelance purposes, money saving tips and how to create the perfect CV. If there is anything you would like me to cover then please let me know in the comments below.



Where To Find Freelance Writing Jobs

9 places to find freelance writing jobs

If you’re looking for writing work then knowing where exactly to look for opportunities is a massive help. I’ll cover freelancing sites in a future post but this post will focus on platforms specifically for writing. I have mentioned job sites before and that’s definitely one place to look – you’ll find both paid and unpaid opportunities on sites, such as Indeed. However, these are some of my favourite sites and good places to look for writing jobs.

*Be a freelance blogger – not as many jobs as other sites but genuine opportunities and I also highly recommend signing up for Sophie’s emails updates from her blog

* jobs – loads of opportunities from various sources including freelance sites.

*morning coffee – same website as the site above but receive an email daily with jobs.

*problogger jobs – some great job vacancies on here for various writing and blogging jobs.

*copify – you need to apply to join this site (its not something I’m signed up to at this moment in time) but you can receive decent pay if you’re successful.

*writerbay – another site you need to apply to before you can start work.

*write words – a few different job opportunities on this site and also writing competitions.

*writethismoment – a paid membership site so I cant comment on the type of jobs available but it may be a site you want to consider.

*academicminds – jobs for academic writers.


Free Courses On The Web

Where to find free courses on the web

As the start of a new year dawned, you may have been thinking about learning a new skill, hobby or just considering a new interest. Taking a course can be quite expensive, especially if you’re on a budget. However, there are several free courses on the web. I’ve found a few which may help you to learn something new, develop a skill or may just act as a starting point for further investigation into a paid course.

Alison Courses

Alison provides a range of online courses free of charge. You can claim certificates once you’ve completed a course, however these require a fee. Some courses do have PDF certificates that you can download free of charge.

All courses are free to learn in your own time – there’s no time limit for completion and you can pick from a variety of topics. If you’re a blogger or freelance writer, you may be interested in the following;

Digital photography

Web page development

Adobe photoshop

English writing skills

Google analytics

Social media marketing

Building an online business

Another portal for free online learning is Future Learn whose courses are in partnership with several universities in the UK. These courses have a start and end date and tend to rotate so different courses are on offer at varying times. Some upcoming courses to look out for are;

Preparing for uni

The secret power of brands

How to succeed at writing job applications

How to succeed at interviews

Community journalism: digital and social media

Vision to learn is a British online learning site with a range of free courses. You need to apply to these courses and a certificate/qualification may be offered at the end of the course. Courses include;

Essential IT skills

Business and administration

Equality and diversity

OpenLearn is The Open University’s free online course portal. Here there are a wide range of free materials from OU courses to give you a taster of a subject. A few topics include;

Start writing fiction

Writing what you know

Managing my money

Entrepreneurial behaviour

Using voluntary work to get ahead in the job market

Free courses are a great way to boost your CV/resume. Even if you don’t receive a qualification at the end, its still worth mentioning as it shows motivation, a willingness to learn and determination – all good aspects that employer’s look for.