7 Freelancing Blogs You Need to Read

Written by Josh Hoffman on February 8, 2018

There’s no shortage of freelancing blogs on the internet, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know which ones to follow, and which ones will help you start and grow a successful business.

I consider myself a veteran indy, but I still stay up-to-date on a few blogs every week to get my freelancing fix — and maybe learn a thing or two. Here are seven freelancing blogs I check out all the time:

1. creativeLIVE

With more than 1,500 classes, 650 world-renowned instructors and 10 million students, creativeLIVE is all about empowering the creative in all of us. And when you run a freelance business, you know just how important it is to use creativity to stand out in a sea of freelancers. Their blog is rich with content, covering categories like money, life and freelancing. You should also check out their podcast, PROFIT. POWER. PURSUIT.

Here’s a must-read from creativeLIVE: Work from Home: 5 Tips for Staying Sane

2. Careful Cents

Spearheaded by Carrie Smith Nicholson, this blog mixes money and business know-how to help you perfectly balance your freelance lifestyle. Nicholson was once a systems strategist and business blogger, and she started this blog after clearing $14,000 in debt and quitting her accounting job. If you need some financial advice — and some overarching advice on life as a freelancer — this is the best place to start.

Here’s a must-read from Careful Cents: Fix Your Finances: 3 Reasons Why Your Money Needs a System Today

3. Seth’s Blog

Best-selling author of 18 books, Seth Godin, writes short and sweet blog posts about how to approach business and, really, life in general. His combination of wit, satire and unconventionalism makes each post wildly interesting. He tackles a new topic every day and always leaves you with something to think about. If you’re facing a setback and you need a little dose of inspiration, Seth’s got your back.

Here’s a must-read from Seth Godin’s blog: Where do ideas come from?

4. Double Your Freelancing

Run by serial entrepreneur Brennan Dunn, this blog has a simple premise: Charge what you’re worth. Brennan is notorious for writing lengthy, heavily detailed posts. But trust me, it’s worth the extra reading time: You’ll walk away with a road map to becoming a successful freelancer. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a freelancing veteran who needs some new ideas, this blog has something for everyone.

Here’s a must-read from Double Your Freelancing: How To Socratically Question New Project Leads

5. Millo

With more than 1,200 blog posts (but who’s counting?), Millo offers great “next-level” content with articles for every freelancing-related topic you could possibly think of. If you’re just starting out, you can search through a section on how to start and grow a creative agency. Meanwhile, veteran freelancers can get some extra tips on generating recurring revenue and passive income.

Here’s a must-read from Millo: How passive income side projects changed my life and business forever

6. 99U

99U isn’t just a blog. It’s a multimedia juggernaut from Adobe, comprised of everything under the sun. Whether you’re looking for articles, interviews, talks, books or a magazine, they’ve got you covered. An added bonus? Their topics — touching on everything from the creative process to psychology — are thought-provoking and inspiring.

Here’s a must-read from 99U: How to Become More Self-Aware

7. Clients From Hell

If you’re looking for something on the humorous side, look no further than “Clients From Hell” — a collection of anonymously contributed client horror stories. Need someone to commiserate with after a long, challenging day with a client, but all your freelancing friends are busy? Look no further. This blog also features a podcast that’s definitely worth adding to your playlist.

Here’s a must-listen from Clients From Hell: Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days

Whether you’re new to freelancing, or you’ve been doing it longer than you can remember, everyone needs a few tips and tricks every now and then. Reading a few articles by those who’ve come before you can give you some much-needed insight into the path of your own freelancing business. With a dose of inspiration from these freelancing blogs, you can take your business all the way.

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