I've seen a few posts in the freelance writing blogging community lately detailing lists of resources for writers (mostly online resources). Here are a few of those posts:
- 5 Free Training Resources for Freelance Writers
- Top 8 Free Online Tools for Freelance Writers
- 9 Essential Tools for Practical Freelance Writing
The tools and resources cover everything from learning about writing to getting paid. Here are a few of my favorites, some of which I've found indispensible:
- Paypal - Because I focus on Web-based writing (not to mention Web-based sales of my own writing-related products), I can't imagine doing business without a Paypal account. While it's not perfect, I rarely have a client that can't pay me through their interface, and I love that I can simply use their debit card to remove the funds quickly (quicker to deposit it into a bank account that way than wait for the digital transfer).
- NewsU.org - I was glad to be reminded of this site while reading the posts above. I used to use it quite a bit - it's a great place to learn about news writing (and I think most copywriters and content writers would benefit from something there). I'd featured this site on my old writing forums quite a while back (2006), and probably haven't visited in at least a year. It looks better than ever now.
- Blogs - They're cheap to run. They let you feature your writing. They help bring search engine traffic to you. You can link them to your business site. You can use them to demonstrate expertise in a niche. I don't think there's a better tool out there for freelance writers at the moment.
So what do you think? What are the best freelance writing resources on the Web? Any tools for freelance writers to share that most of us probably haven't heard of yet?
Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.
She owns 3 Beat Media - a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.
Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.
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