Starter Kit for Freelancers

When starting as a freelancer, the first step is to find work. Here is a list of best 6 websites to browse freelance jobs:

Toptal: professional freelance platform that connects freelancers with companies. Applying to Toptal requires passing a screening process, so they ensure only the best get to work with their customers.

Freelancer: includes a wide range of expertise and freelancers can apply to different projects.

Fiverr: on this platform, freelancers set a price for their services and customers can browse through the list of services to purchase.

Upwork: here clients can choose to post a job and hire freelancers or buy a predefined service from the project catalog. Freelancers can offer services and also apply to jobs.

Guru: freelancers can bid for short term projects and give a fixed price for each project

PeoplePerHour: it’s focused on working with freelancers hired by the hour or project by customers.

Create a presence online:

Build a website where you can showcase your portfolio, talk about you and share your offer. Below are a couple of tools and articles to help you build your best website:

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Wix: best overall website builder, lots of features and drag-and-drop editor

Squarespace: user friendly design and lots of templates

GoDaddy: quickly creates a website using a short questionnaire

Tools to use to make your work life easier:

Time Management:

–       Google Calendar: track all your meetings and sends reminders before them

–       Calendly: used to share your calendar availability with others to book meetings

Project Management:

–       Trello: best fitted for people who appreciate visuals, as they can create boards and add cards to represent tasks. Easy to see your work in progress and get an overall image of all projects

–       Notion: creates roadmaps, to do and task lists, builds projects plans and stores documents

Time Tracking Tools:

–       RescueTime: monitors your screen activity and keeps track of how much time you spend on certain websites and sends you detailed reports to analyze patterns

–       Toggle: simple time tracker to track the time you put into your tasks. Can be downloaded as a desktop application as well.


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