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October 21, 2017
 

Books for Freelancers

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Here is the Modern Freelance collection of freelance books to help freelancers get their contract businesses off the ground and thriving. If interested, you can be purchase any of these books from Amazon.com.

My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire [Paperback]

Michelle Goodman (Author)

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

Tired of clocking in and losing out? Want to pursue creative, fulfilling work on your own time and also make a living in the process? My So-Called Freelance Life is a how-to guidebook for women who want to avoid the daily grind and turn their freelance dreams into reality. Michelle Goodman, author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide and self-proclaimed former “wage slave,” offers tips, advice, how-to’s, and everything else a woman needs to pursue a freelance career.

Confused as to whether you should tell your clients that the odd gurgling sound during a conference call is emanating from the infant sleeping on your shoulder? Goodman answers all of the unusual questions that may arise for women exploring the freelance world. Far more than your normal business guidebook, My So-Called Freelance Life blends candid, humorous anecdotes from a wide variety of freelancers with Goodman’s own personal experiences as a creative worker for hire.

Whether you’re a freelance first-timer or a seasoned creative professional, copyediting queen or web guru, My So-Called Freelance Life is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in freelancing.

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Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business [Paperback]

Joy Deangdeelert Cho (Author), Meg Mateo Ilasco (Author)

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

As the hipster classic Craft, Inc. did for crafters, this book will teach all types of creatives illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, animators, and more how to build a successful business doing what they love. Freelancing pros Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho explain everything from creating a standout portfolio to navigating the legal issues of starting a business. Accessible, spunky, and packed with practical advice, Creative, Inc. is an essential for anyone ready to strike out on their own.

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100 Habits of Successful Freelance Designers: Insider Secrets for Working Smart & Staying Creative [Hardcover]

Steve Gordon Jr. (Author)

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

Good habits are found in every part of the design process, from promoting yourself well in order to land the client, to working with that client, to achieving the desired results on press. 100 Habits of Successful Freelance Designers reveals solutions from a wide range of freelance designers whose years of experience have helped them find not only the most creative solutions for their clients’ design needs, but also the most successful solutions. This book also focuses on the daily habits that inspire these designers to stay creative and business strategies to be successful when working on your own.

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Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer (Second Edition) [Paperback]

Moira Allen (Author)

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

If you've always dreamed of making a living as a writer, this book will take you where you want to go. Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, Second Edition, demystifies the process of becoming a writer and gives aspiring writers all the tools they need to become successful freelance writers, get their names in print, and start earning a healthy income from writing. Completely revised and updated, the second edition includes an entirely new section on the "online writer," discussing how to set up your own website, whether you need a blog, how to effectively participate in social networking sites, and information on electronic publishing, POD and more. New chapters provide guidance on writing for international markets and other writing opportunities such as ghostwriting, speech-writing, technical writing, copyediting, teaching, etc. This indispensable resource walks writers through the process of developing marketable ideas and then finding appropriate markets for those ideas. It includes effective tips on how to set writing goals; make time for writing; hone research and interview techniques; create outlines and first drafts, approach editors (online and offline), and prepare and submit material. Writers will also discover the vital business issues of freelancing such as rights and contracts, plus how to manage income, expenses, and taxes. Author Moira Allen has more than 30 years experience both as a freelance writer and as an editor; her tips come from a keen understanding of what works from both sides of the desk. Whether readers are looking to support themselves as full-time freelancers or supplement an existing career, no one wanting to make money as a writer can afford to be without this book.

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Six-Figure Freelancing [Large Print] [Paperback]

Kelly James-Enger (Author)

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

Is it possible to give up your nine to five job and make more money as a full-time freelancer? Absolutely. Six-Figure Freelancing shows writers how to make the most of the ballooning freelance industry by adopting a business-like approach to their craft, while offering insightful, first-hand advice to help maximize time and profit.

• Includes worksheets and templates to assess and establish the best possible business strategy
• Advice on time management and repurposing material for multiple markets, as well as how to gain a competitive edge in a growing market

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Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer [Paperback]

Michael Fleishman (Author)

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

Technology has sent shockwaves of change through the world of commercial art. Digital illustration and design, online portfolio sites, and the proliferation of stock art have radically changed the way that illustrators and graphic designers work. What has not changed, however, is the wealth of illustrators and graphic designers hoping to turn their talent into freelance success. More than ever, artists face questions such as how to get started, how to sell their work, how to promote themselves, and what to do once they are working. For those embarking on freelance careers in illustration or graphic design, the answers have arrived. A twenty-five year veteran in the field, Michael Fleishman, has detailed every business aspect of commercial art in Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer.

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The Principles of Successful Freelancing [Paperback] Miles Burke (Author)

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

Thinking about becoming your own boss and embarking on the wonderful and rewarding journey of freelancing? The Principles of Successful Freelancing is for you. In this easy-to follow guide you'll learn what's important in transforming your skills into a booming freelance business.

This book leads you through the entire process, from getting started, through to winning and keeping loyal clients. Running a successful freelance business is easy, and with the information in this book, you'll confidently turn your freelancing dream into a profitable reality.

  • Learn how to make a smooth transition into freelancing
  • Understand how to effectively manage your money
  • Ensure you spend your time on the right activities
  • Discover why a work/life balance is important
  • Learn how your network can support you and your business
  • Overcome your fear of selling
  • And much more ...

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The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success (The Renegade Writer's Freelance Writing series) [Paperback]

Linda Formichelli (Author), Diana Burrell (Author)

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Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How to Win Top Writing Assignments [Paperback]

Jenna Glatzer (Author)

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Secrets of a Freelance Writer, Third Edition: How to Make $100,000 a Year or More [Paperback]

Robert W. Bly (Author)

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

The definitive guide to becoming a successful freelance writer, now in an updated and expanded third edition
Secrets of a Freelance Writer has long been the authoritative guide to making big money as a commercial freelance writer.  In this new edition, you'll find out how to make $100,000 a year--or much more--writing ads, annual reports, brochures, catalogs, newsletters, direct mail, Web pages, CD-ROMs, press releases, and other projects for corporations, small businesses, associations, nonprofit organizations, the government, and other commercial clients.

You'll also learn how to start out as a freelancer, market yourself to clients, create a successful personal Web site to cull more sales leads, follow up on potential customers to build your practice, and run your business on a day-to-day basis. 
Secrets of a Freelance Writer is the definitive guide to building a successful and lucrative freelance writing practice.

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Starting up on your own: How to succeed as an independent consultant or freelance [Paperback]

Mike Johnson (Author)

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

"I wish this book had been available when I began my independent career. There's only one word for it PRICELESS!!!" -Shay McConnon, psychologist, trainer, coach, magician and mentor "Grounded in common-sense and humour and very clear about what can send you off track. - Norman Walker, former global head of Human Resources for Novartis, now an independent senior executive coach and consultant on leadership "AMUST read, for anyone thinking about life outside the organisation" - Goran Hultin former Deputy Director General at the ILO (International Labour Office), now a successful independent consultant HOW TO WORK FOR YOURSELF AND MAKE IT WORK Are you thinking of starting up on your own and working for yourself? Do you need to know the nuts and bolts of setting up; marketing yourself and prospecting for new business; keeping things running on a day-to-day basis? Have you already made the leap and want to get more work, new clients, higher fees? This practical, no-nonsense book pulls no punches and gives you all the guidance you need to set yourself up and get work in the first place, plus all the know-how you need to survive, prosper and expand once you're up and running. See the book's website at www.pearson-books.com/startinguponyourownfor up-to-the minute financial and tax information for small businesses and the self-employed. This book was previously known as Smarter Consulting. IF YOU NEVER WANT TO WORK FOR SOMEBODY ELSE AGAIN, YOU NEED STARTING UP ON YOUR OWN! Chances are that if you're looking at this book you are at least thinking about taking the big step of going it alone. Or you're already in business as an independent and you want to get better at it. Well, you've come to the right place. Starting Up On Your Own covers everything you need to get ready to work for yourself and, once you've taken the plunge, how to develop your business and stay the course. If you're not already in business, the first step is to decide if this is the right path for you. To help you with this critical decision, this book takes you through the reality of what's involved and has a unique self-assessment quiz to help you check out your suitability for the independent working lifestyle. You're probably an expert in your chosen field. That's great: you'll be selling your expertise. But when you're working for yourself you have to be good at a whole lot of other things too. Starting Up On Your Own covers everything you need to do to make money and survive as an independent. * Where do I start? * How should I market myself? * How can I get repeat business from my clients? * How do I win new clients? * What should I charge and what do I need to do to make sure I get paid on time? * When can I put up my fees? (And when shouldn't I?) * Can I work from home? * How much will I need to invest? * Should I hire someone else to work for me? * How shall I organise my time? The answers to all these questions and more are right here. What are you waiting for? Mike Johnsonbegan life as an independent, freelance consultant in 1982, before founding a corporate communications firm in Brussels and London, following a career in journalism and corporate communication for multinational corporations. In 1999 he started again as an independent consultant and freelance. This book is about what he has learned on his freelance journey. His focus today centres around the world of work, talent management and corporate communication for both private and public organizations The author of eleven books on business and management issues, including Winning the People Wars, Talent Magnet and The New Rules of Engagement, Mike also developed a series of World of Work studies for the Financial Times and The Economistand for many international corporations and consulting firms. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars around the globe, he is the founder and chairman of the independent global think-tank the FutureWork Forum (www.futureworkforum.com). Oh, yes, he's also quite good at working for himself!

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The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle [Paperback]

Steve Slaunwhite (Author), Pete Savage (Author), Ed Gandia (Author)

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

Being your own boss can lead to incredible profits-here's how...

Whether you call yourself a freelancer, consultant, independent contractor or solo professional of any kind, The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle shows you how to get the clients, income, and lifestyle you deserve. So you can put more money in the bank, enjoy more time with your family and make a great living doing what you truly love to do, free from the burden of employment...forever!

Filled with proven ideas and real-world examples from dozens of successful freelancers, The Wealthy Freelancer is essential reading for any solo professional who wants to enjoy a lifestyle that's "wealthy" in every sense of the word.

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The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelancer in Six Months or Less [Perfect Paperback]

Peter Bowerman (Author)

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

FACT: Businesses Need Writers, and Will Pay Handsomely For Them... Attention: Aspiring writers, career-changers, at-home Moms, journalists, staff writers, recent college grads, 55+ or anyone else who loves to write, knows they're good at it, and wants to make a GOOD living at it. Here's your roadmap to hourly rates of $50-125+ and a writing lifestyle most can only dream of in the lucrative field of commercial freelancing - writing for companies and creative entities. What sort of writing? Marketing brochures, ad copy, newsletters, direct mail campaigns, web content, sales sheets, case studies, white papers, trade articles and dozens of other project types. In short, any writing project a business would have to execute in the normal operation of their business. This is the updated compilation of the TWO Well-Fed Writer standards you've heard about forever! Why Commercial Freelancing? Writing drives business. In the course of communicating with its customers and employees, an average corporation generates an enormous volume of writing. Yet, in today s downsized business world, the catchword is outsourcing. Many companies are asking: Why pay salaries and benefits when freelancers offering a range of talent and fresh outsider perspectives give us only what we need, and only when we need it? In TWFW, you ll learn what those writing projects are, where they are, how to land them, and how to get hired again and again (even with less-than-brilliant writing ability...). Have an unusual niche? Live in a small town? Need to start part-time? Terrified of sales and marketing? It's all here. Follow this step-by-step blueprint for leveraging your background into a profitable writing practice that moves light years beyond starving writing. The Well-Fed Writer - 2010 Awards: Winner (First Place): Next Generation INDIE Book Awards (Writing/Publishing) Winner (Silver Medal): Axiom Business Book Awards (Reference/How-To) Winner (Silver Medal): IPPY (Independent Publisher) Awards (Writing/Publishing) Winner (Silver Medal): Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Awards (Writing)

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Freelance Confidential [Paperback]

Amanda Hackwith (Author)

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

Where do you find clients? How much do you charge? Get the answers to the top questions on freelancing from the people who know. Advice for freelancers, by freelancers. Amanda Hackwith's book draws on survey statistics from over 3,200 freelancers and insightful interviews from 10 notable success stories, including Envato's Collis Ta'eed, Linda Formichelli of Renegade Writer, and more. Freelance Confidential asks frank questions and gets the answers that will help your freelance business grow. Whether you're a successful freelancer who's reached a plateau or one who's just starting out, learn the truths to success in Freelance Confidential.

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Freelance Design in Practice [Paperback]

Cathy Fishel (Author)

Book Description (from Amazon.com)

As a designer, it's easy to take on a freelance project here and there to expand your creativity and increase your income. But very quickly, such projects begin to have legal and financial ramifications. Freelance Design in Practice addresses these issues as well as explaining exactly what it takes to create a full-time freelance business. For both active freelancers and those who aspire to it, Freelance Design in Practice offers insight and advice from working professionals who have successfully jumped the many hurdles on the road to becoming solo practitioners.

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Destiny
June 8, 2011 - 4:19 am
I'm out of lageue here. Too much brain power on display!
 
Lindsay
May 9, 2011 - 5:28 pm
Thanks for the list of resources! I've been looking for appropriate reading and this is really helpful.
 
 
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