CoSchedule & Trello: A few of the clients I work with use CoSchedule and Trello for managing assignments. Both are fantastic tools that keep things organized and help everyone get on the same page when there are many different moving parts (like images, SEO details, progress updates, etc.)
Thesaurus.com: The best resource I’ve found for synonym hunting. The built-in tools like in programs like MS Word just aren’t comprehensive enough.
Grammarly: Great for catching errors and suggesting improvements that make your writing stronger and more clear. Use the browser extension!
Google Docs: Seems kinda duh, but I use Google Docs--the Google suite, really--on a daily basis. From planning to writing, most of my content lives here. It’s free and cloud-based, which is all I could ever ask for. For those of you who want an outlining tool that’s a bit more robust, I’d recommend Airstory.
Em dash shortcut: If you write in Google Docs and lean on em dashes like I do, this is a godsend.
Wave: I use Wave for all of my invoicing and electronic payment processing. It’s free (aside from the standard payment processing fees), it allows me to brand my invoices, and it helps me track my income with a clean, organized dashboard.
Slack: Another freebie, but great for going back and forth with content teams and fellow freelancers (to fight the lonely feels.) Bonus: It keeps your email inbox a whole lot cleaner.
Squarespace: My website runs through a Squarespace, and was built out by my business partner/husband/bff. It’s super simple to use and update, the hosting is very reasonable, and it’s completely customizable.
Zoom: Skype, you’ve failed me one too many times. Zoom is more reliable for video calls, so I’m sticking to it from here on out.
Crowdcast: Easy to use for live video trainings--and it’s affordable. Plus, it’s what most freelancers I work with also use for their live demos/webinars.
Buffer: I don’t schedule any personal social media content, but I have a few retainer clients that I use Buffer with--specifically for scheduling Tweets.
- This chair
- This chair mat
- This computer
- This convertible desk stand
- These notebooks
- This desk
- This whiteboard
- This lamp
- This microphone
- This wireless printer
- This scanner
Books on Writing
- On Writing Well by William Zinsser
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- 10 Rules of Writing by Elmore Leonard
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Helpful blog posts on writing (free!)
- 5 strategies that will change the way you write copy
- 10 Easy-As-Pie Punchups for Warmer, Funnier, More Personable Copy
- Storyhacking: I show you how to crack the code behind the irresistible selling power of stories
- How to write a good blog post super-fast
- The most powerful writing voice for 21st-century content
- How to write more efficiently
Helpful blog posts on freelancing (free!)
- How to get more ideal work as a freelance writer
- 30 tips to help you become an in-demand freelance writer
- Note to self, on time management
- How to be awkward and still win at selling
- How to stand up to the big people when you feel like a lil’ person
- A freelancing reality: Loneliness
Other Freelancing Resources
- Creative Class, Creative Class Contract, Creative Class podcast
- Being Freelance podcast
- This freelancing sub-Reddit
- Freelancers Union
General items that keep me happy, healthy, and sane during the workday
- This diffuser
- This space heater
- FitBit (used as my alarm clock and activity tracker)
- 32 oz. water bottles (try to drink at least two per day)
- This yoga mat (for daily stretches)
- This trigger point foam roller (to help with a tight back from sitting all day)
- Brain.fm (for wordless working music)
- This hammock (for reading breaks)
- These house shoes (for my always cold feet)
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