8 Freelancing Resource Sites You Should Bookmark Right NOW!

This week I have the honor of participating in a panel discussion of “Anything and Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Freelancing” hosted by the AIGA of Houston.

In preparing for this discussion, I decided to list some of the best freelancing resources I’ve found & utilized this year. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first-time n00b, there’s something helpful and insightful for you among the resources listed below.

Now I know what you’re thinking. “I don’t have time for all this web browsing and reading. I’m busy and need to focus on my work.” While that may be true (and is typically what I think too), the time you spend checking out these articles and blogs will be time VERY well-spent. The insight and advice you receive—much less the free stuff & inspiration—will be worth the time you spend checking these sites out.

Trust me, you’ll kick yourself for not doing this sooner!


Freelance Folder

FreelanceFolder.com is a blog with many contributors, all with 1 goal: Helping freelancers like you with practical advice, guidance, resources, and help. I frequently check this site every day. I’ve been freelancing for a while now, and still I find extremely helpful and valuable advice here. Be sure to subscribe to the RSS Feed and you’ll always stay in the know.


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15 Helpful Blogs No Freelancer Should Forget

As I was compiling this list of my favorite web sites and blogs for freelancing, I saw this sweet article posted by a friend on Twitter. I devoured it and then became insanely jealous that the author (Robert Bowen) beat me to the punch. I thought to myself, “Why redo everything that Robert has already done?” And so rather than provide a huge list of duplicated efforts, I proudly will link back to all of Robert’s hard work and energy.

This article has nearly everything an aspiring freelancer would need. Advice. Tips. Free stuff (who doesn’t like free stuff?). I’d highly recommend bookmarking all of these blogs (and the articles he lists) and peruse them daily!


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Smashing Magazine

Talk about a great resource for freelancers! Smashing magazine is a must for your bookmarks! Multiple designers, freelancers, and business people contribute to this site. Offering practical tips, tutorials, graphics, code, and best of all: Free stuff! This web site has been crucial for helping network and dialoging with other designers and consultants in my field.

And, yes, it’s where I found many of the web sites, articles, and resources I use every day. So yeah. It’s worth bookmarking right this moment!


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DesignM.ag

Yeah, strange name, but simply fabulous resources can be found here. Not just articles related to freelancing—but job listings, a gallery for collaborative discussion, extensive tutorials, inspirational designs, and so much more. If you haven’t checked out DesignM.ag, you better do it now!


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Freelance Switch

Yet another excellent source for advice, practical tips, tutorials, job listings, and even a search feature to find a freelancer (if you’re into outsourcing). Very cool indeed!


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Colorburned

This is an excellent site focusing more on practical tutorials and how-to’s with some freelancing advice here and there. Worth a read and a prominent spot in your list of bookmarks!


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CreativeMYK

If you are a freelance designer who primarily has a customer base of churches and non-profit ministries, then this is a great resource for you! Share designs, receive input from other designers, download free graphics to use in your designs. I simply love this site! It’s a great place to get inspiration for your next design.


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Web Creme

If you ever have a mental block when working on your next web site design, look no further than Web Creme. It’s a no-frills site that focuses on simply beautiful web design. I have spent hours here just being inspired by the work of other artists, and being amazed! If you’re stuck, this is the place to go!


Now that we’ve finished the list, go right now and bookmark all of these sites! Is this a comprehensive list? No, not at all! There are so many resources out there for you to find, and these are just gentle nudges in the right direction.

What resources, blogs, articles, posts, inspirational design sites have you come across that has been a valuable help in your day to day design flow? I welcome your thoughts and your input! Let’s collaborate!