Breaking into the freelance world is never easy. First you need to pinpoint your skillset and build a solid portfolio. Then it’s a matter of networking and locating clients who would pay for your creative services. How does somebody new to freelancing jump into the waters and hope for any success? With plenty of research and proper planning!

Get yourself in the mindset of a freelancer and learn how others got their foot in the door. This post includes 30 outstanding tools, articles, and webapps to help any modern freelancer. Whether you’re brand new or somewhat experienced these freelancing resources may prove to be surprisingly useful.

Tools

Best Freelance Tools of 2013

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Harvest

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FreshBooks

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Trello

trello website freelance todo webapp

Shoeboxed

shoeboxed website freelancing tools inspiration

Treehouse

treehouse online learning website webapp resources

Tax Resources for Freelancers

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Guides & Articles

7 Resources to Price Setting

resources guidelines set freelancing rates pricing

Get Your First Freelance Client

howto article envato landing first freelance client

Collective Legal Guide for Designers

the collective legal guides for designers

Critical Mistakes Freelancers Make

critical mistakes made by freelancers

Popular Freelancing Tools (Infographic)

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Starting Your Freelance Career

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Relaunch Your Freelancing Business

howto guide launch your freelance business

Become a Freelance Web Developer

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Starting Your Web Design Business

9 steps starting your freelance design business

Evolve from Freelancer to Agency

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Top 15 Books for Freelancers

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Resources for What To Charge

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Setting and Negotiating Freelance Rates

complete guide setting negotiating freelance rates

A Graphic Designer’s Survival Guide

freelance graphic designers survival guide online

A Guide to Freelance Web Design

online guide to becoming a freelance web designer

Your Freelance Reputation Matters

your freelance reputation matters why guide online

Start Freelancing without having a Mental Breakdown

start freelancing guide without having mental breakdown

Freelancer’s Guide to Recurring Revenue

freelancer guide online recurring repeat revenue

The Home Office

a guide to working from home freelance article

Freelancing Tips from an Insider

written article freelancing tips from an insider

Lessons from an Indie Designer

learned lessons as an indie designer article

10 Do’s and Dont’s of Freelancing

10 true lessons of freelancing do dont article

5 Lessons Learned while Freelancing

5 five life lessons i learned as a freelancer article

Posted by Jake Rocheleau

Jake is a writer & digital designer/illustrator. He writes about all things web and creative. Check out his website for work samples and follow his latest updates on Twitter @jakerocheleau.

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