Getting started with your freelance business or need some helpful advice when you’re in the thick of things? Blogs are THE source of information for any web-savvy business owner or freelancer – but which ones do you read? We’ve compiled a huge list of blogs for every aspect of freelancing you can imagine!
The Freelancing Nitty Gritty
1. Freelance Switch
We’ve put in a lot of mileage reading Freelance Switch, and rightly so. The daily articles are insightful, intriguing, and often headslappingly informative.
2. Freelance Folder
In your face posts on freelancing without all the fluff that so many other blogs deliver. Lots of great conversation in the comments, too.
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3. Small Biz Lady
Melinda Emerson believes the only true path to true wealth in America is through entrepreneurship, and she’s here to show you how to get started!
4. Small Business Doer
All about small business, and how to do it! Look for advice on core “getting started” as well as deeper posts on the details of owning your own company and freelancing.
5. She’s Self Employed
If you’re looking for a blog with a strong female voice, check out She’s Self Employed. They don’t approach the blog as a “you go girl” backslap –but don’t expect anything less than fellow women business “writing their own checks.”
6. Small Business Bonfire
It’s easy to feel alone when you’re a freelancer as you spend most of your time working out of your home office and not socializing. Defeat this solitude by visiting Small Business Bonfire to join the “meeting of the minds” in small business.
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7. Indie Foundry
Running your own business is all about thinking big, and that’s what Indie Foundry celebrates. A place for those looking to make the most of their business to come together and discuss ideas.
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8. The Mogul Mom
Business owners are stressed enough, but when you add hungry, tired kids into the mix, the stress level increases exponentially! Learn how to balance your work and the fam with The Mogul Mom.
9. Young Entrepreneur
More young people than ever are entering into business for themselves, so it only makes sense Young Entrepreneur focuses on helping them out!
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Be warned: once you enter MakeUseOf you may never come back. There are a zillion great posts a day resulting in hours of reading material guaranteed to make your work day disappear.
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11. Small Biz Technology
Need to stay up and current on all the new tech out there for small businesses? Small Biz Technology has you covered with handy apps to grab and all the tablets, phones, and gadgets you can handle.
12. Link Coworking
Tired of working from home all the time? Maybe it’s time to try out a coworking space! Find out more about this burgeoning industry and why you should join at Link Coworking.
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Not just another coworking blog, Co-Merge also talks about balancing life and work as best you can. This includes finding ways to do daily tasks that don’t take up all your time!
14. Hera Hub
Coworking is all about the community, so specific coworking communities were bound to pop up. One of these is the Workspace for Women, Hera Hub!
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15. Penelope Trunk
Penelope knows all about starting up a new company, as she has three under her belt so far. You’d be hard-pressed to find such honest and real advice for newbies and advanced business owners alike.
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16. Under 30 CEO
When many think of business owners they imagine someone older. The reality is more young people get into the game every day! This blog focuses on helping just that crowd.
17. EEF Etcetera
A more light-hearted personal blog from a young entrepreneur who escaped the rat race. Interesting factoids and tips from someone who is in the same boat as you.
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18. Seth Godin
Don’t have a lot of time and just want nice bits of info? Check out Seth Godin’s blog for smaller posts with just as much as the insight.
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19. Life Hack
Life Hack isn’t just for freelancers, but for pretty much everyone in the world. However, the advice is incredibly useful, and great for figuring out how to make your life and work life easier.
20. Guerilla Freelancing
Think outside the freelance box with a few guerilla tactics. Not just about writing blogs, making product and such – look for interesting posts on the fringe ideas of the industry.
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21. Fuel Your Creativity
Have you ever seen those little “writer’s blocks” at book stores for creative types that are just blocks of inspirational ideas? This is that in a blog form, plus the ins and outs of working for yourself.
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22. Urban Muse
Susan Johnston has been freelancing for many years and knows just what freelancers need to know. All the tips, tricks, and motivation you can handle in one place!
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23. Dough Roller
Freelancers don’t just need help with their craft; they also need to know how to run a business. Part of that is maintaining your finances, and Dough Roller will let you know what you’re doing right – and wrong!
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24. Careful Cents
Do you need to “make cents of life?” Then Careful Cents is for you! Get personal finance, freelancing, and other business advice all in one place.
25. Budgets Are Sexy
Finances may not be the most fun thing in the world, but J. Money is determined to make you understand how budgets can be sexy! Plus, once you think you’re getting too confused, there’s a friendly emoticon to save the day.
The official blog for “FinCon,” a four day conference to bring the financial blogging community together, the blog serves to inform you of all the financial tips and news you need the rest of the year.
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27. The Bottom Line Blog
Confused about taxes? Frustrated by bookkeeping? Outright’s small business finance blog has everything you need to know about tracking your income, getting by with taxes, and keeping your sanity so you can get back to doing what you do best – running your business.
Organization is a tough nut to crack, especially for busy freelancers. Luckily Shoeboxed can help you when it comes to getting your paperwork in order!
29. Everything Finance
Just like the name says, this is an in-depth look at your finances and what to do about them. Look for deep advice as well as recent news in the financial world.
30. The Simple Dollar
Tired of all the super complicated financial blogs that seem to talk a mile over your head? Try out the Simple Dollar instead.
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31. Design Sponge
Tired of reading all day? Visual blogs like Design Sponge may be more up your alley. The blog is very well known and has been featured on TV shows, magazines, and the New York Times.
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32. A List Apart
A List Apart covers everything in the web design world – design, development, with a focus on standards and practices.
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33. 1st Web Designer
Even though “web designer” is in the name, this blog isn’t just for web designers. Posts for writers, designers, freelancers, and anyone else making their own way in the business world.
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34. Suess’s Pieces
Suess’s Pieces has tips on writing, getting published, and how to stay sane when you’re constantly questioning what you’re doing. All writing, all the time!
35. All Freelance Writing
Hard to confuse what this blog is about, but All Freelance Writing is much more than that. There’s a job market, forums, e-books, and even freebies given out once in a while. Not to be missed.
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36. Freelance Writing Jobs
Freelance Writing Jobs posts, well, freelance writing jobs every day that are available, but that’s not all. Look for advice on how to advance your writing skills as well as getting your work seen by others.
37. Blogging Pro
Even if you’re not a freelance writer, blogging is a necessary part of small business. Learn how to really knock it out of the park with Blogging Pro.
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38. Diary of a Mad Freelancer
Princess Jones didn’t just leave the rat race – she ran away screaming, and never wants to go back! If you’re like her and you’re “mad” about freelancing, give her blog a shot.
39. Writer Beware!
Freelancing isn’t devoid of its perils and there are plenty of scams and schemes waiting out there for you. Learn what to avoid first by visiting Writer Beware first.
40. Regret the Error
A funny little blog that points out the errors and verifications that pop up in newspapers, blogs, and other publications around the web.
41. Write to Done
How to turn your little idea into a real business! Look for tips from professional writers on how they achieved their dreams and what you can do to follow in their footsteps.
42. There Are No Rules
Most writer blogs are from the perspective of the writers – but what about other voices? There Are No Rules is written by the editors of Writer’s Digest so you know what the other side is thinking.
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Down and dirty to what’s going on with your blog – what works, what doesn’t, and everything in the middle. No noobs here!
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Huge, in-depth posts about the copywriting life. Find out how to take your professional or semi-pro blog to the next level.
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45. Reflections of a Newsosaur
Alan Mutter comes from the world of the newspaper, which as you may know isn’t exactly thriving anymore. He examines all the issues from that perspective and how it the medium slowly dying is changing the world.
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Blogs for Product Sellers
46. Launch Grow Joy
Want to learn how to get your products into the hands of customers? Need help getting reviews and coverage in the media? LGJ is where it’s at!
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47. Stitch Labs
Starting a freelance business isn’t all fun and games! As a result, Stitch Labs is here to show you the ropes of a start-up and keep you on your feet once you’re on your way.
48. Hello Craft
Have a crafting business? Head on over to Hello Craft for posts on dealing with sites like Etsy, making product, and great business how-tos.
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49. Craft & Hobby Association
Get the latest news, tips, info, and opinions in the craft and hobby arena, look no further than the Craft and Hobby Association!
50. Kerry’s Paper Crafts
A (mostly) photo blog for great crafting ideas! Stamping, scrapbooking, sewing, photography, greeting cards – it’s all here!
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