My 5 Favorite Resources for Freelancers and Small BusinessesBy
As a freelancer or small business owner, you often find yourself wearing many hats – often out of necessity! While I am working on taking my business to the next level this fall and outsourcing some of the tasks that I do not love or do well, I am still basically a one person shop.
Here are five of my favorite sites to visit when I am looking for advice, forms, and facts:
Apart from the fact that Freelance Switch is one of the best-looking sites out there, it is also jam-packed with essential information that freelancers need. There is a job board, freelance rate calculator, and a forum for working through ideas, getting advice and sharing information. The Freelance Switch blog also features some of the most useful tips for freelancers, such as:
- 101 Ideas to Get More Freelance Work and Generate New Client Leads
- Top 10 Signs That You May Be Charging Too Little
- 10 Biggest Mistakes That Freelancers Make and How to Avoid Them
AllBusiness is a magazine style site with a combination of industry specific advice, journals, business blogs, forms, business directory, and loads of information. The site can be a little overwhelming because there is so much there, but if you have an idea of what you are looking for, a quick search will most likely get you going in the right direction.
StartupNation is another magazine style site that is primarily for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. In addition to resources, articles, blogs and plenty of how-tos, StartupNation has a forum for discussing issues that entrepreneurs deal with daily. I particularly like the list of 10 Steps to Open for Business.
Entrepreneur magazine did a really nice job combining the strength of their traditional print magazine with the new media of blogs, video, and two way conversation in their online site. If you are looking for business ideas Entrepreneur 0ffers small business guides such as 25 Businesses You Can Start and Run From Home and 10 Free Starting a Business Books.
Inside Small Business
Inside Small Business is the blog and resource site for Logoworks. Between the blog and the newsletter there are some really helpful articles, but the most useful part of the site is by far the 20+ free business forms that you can download.