10 (Plus) Great Free eBooks: My Top Picks for Freelancers

Is there a question about freelancing that you can’t quite figure out, but are afraid to ask? Maybe you’re considering starting a freelance business, but you’re not quite sure that you know enough to get started.

You need some help finding your answers. Fortunately, we’re going to help you find those answers to your questions.

Of course, at Freelance Folder we’ve already created a few really great resources to help you start freelancing and to help you learn more about freelancing. But, as we’ve pointed out before on this blog, there are also a lot of other resources available to help freelancers that don’t cost a thing.

In this post, I’ll list ten free eBooks (plus a few bonus eBooks) that can help you succeed as a freelancer. These eBooks range in length from a few dozen pages to a few hundred pages, but all of them contain useful information that I think you’ll like.

Free eBook Resources

Listed below, in no particular order, are some free eBook resources that I believe most freelancers will benefit from:

  1. Using the Social Web to Find Work by Chris Brogan. Finding work is something every freelancer is interested in. Although this short guide (19 pages) is several years old, it still does an excellent job of covering the basics of finding work through social media.
  2. Personal Branding by Chris Brogan. Another short guide (15 pages) from Chris Brogan that freelancers may find useful. This one covers the basics of personal branding, which is something that every freelancer needs to understand.
  3. What Matters Now by Seth Godin. This free 82-page eBook from Seth Godin is a collection of thoughts and quotes from well-known bloggers and thinkers on important topics. Each topic is about a page long. Use this book for inspiration.
  4. Getting Started in Blogging from Sharon Hurley Hall. This great resource (53 pages) takes you step by step through the process of creating your own blog to the end goals of monetizing your blog and/or running your blog as a business. I found this book to be very readable.
  5. More Time Now: Time Management Made Simple Again from Dave Navarro. Time management is one of the biggest problems freelancers face. Dave understands the time challenge freelancers face and addresses the problem in this free 40-page resource.
  6. The Web Book from Robert Schifreen is a free guide (over 300 pages) to creating a website from scratch. I found this to be a very detailed book on how to build websites. If you need to know more about creating websites, or even if you already knowledgeable in the area, this is a great reference to keep on hand.
  7. Guide to Guerilla Freelancing. In this compact eBook (22 pages), Mike Smith packs in information on how to start your freelancing business for a minimum amount of money, red flags to look out for, benefits and drawbacks to freelancing, and more.
  8. 2010 Social Media Marketing Industry Report. This great resource from Michael Stelzner summarizes results from 1900 survey respondents. Learn how to use social media effectively. Although this short report (33 pages) is based on survey information, if you depend on social media in any way this is worth reading.
  9. Startup 101: Introducing Our Serialized “How to Build a Startup” Book. Rather than an eBook you can download, this resource from ReadWriteStart is an online book that you can read chapter by chapter (or rather, post by post). The link above takes you to the table of contents.
  10. Seek and Destroy eBook by Peter Shallard. This 61-page eBook discusses some of the common obstacles entrepreneurs face and explains how to overcome them. If your business is stuck and you can’t figure out why, Peter may have the answer.

Bonus: Time Management for Creative People by Mark McGuinness from Wishful Thinking. Do you struggle to find enough time to get everything done? This book is here to help. Over 30 pages on how to manage your time better. (I like that it’s directed to creative people, because I think that fits most freelancers.)

Second Bonus: Web Designer’s Success Guide from airGid media (kevin airgid). I was a little skeptical about this eBook since I was unfamiliar with the author. However, this eBook came highly recommended. I found its 81 pages to be full of business tips for web designers.

Your Turn

I’ve shared over ten excellent free eBooks with you. However, the web is vast and I’m sure that I’ve missed a few good resources.

What is your favorite free eBook for freelancing? Leave your answers in the comments.

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  1. says

    Thanks for all the comments!

    I love books (and ebooks), and not only are these written by some of the leaders in their respective fields, but they’re FREE!


    Thanks for mentioning Mark’s other book. Actually, most of these authors have multiple books. :)

  2. says

    Hey, thanx for posting my book here. I hope you all find it useful. I’ve pondered writing a new edition but just haven’t had the time. There still seems to be alot of interest in it. I’ve been freelance for almost 9 years now so I have even more content for a new book, but the time the time!

  3. says

    Kevin Airgid–No problem! :) I’m happy to include your book along with these other valuable resources for freelancers. Do let us know if you update it.

    Sean McVey, Thanks for sharing your resource. It does look interesting.

  4. says

    I wrote a free report earlier in the year called 21 Freelance Challenges and How to Overcome Them. I know I’m blowing my own trumpet here but my freelance friends have told me they found it useful. Here’s the link: http://www.freelancefactfile.com Simply type your email address into the box in the top right hand corner of my home page to get your free copy.

  5. says

    Thanks for including my ebook on the list, Laura. I found Mike Stelzner’s book really interesting and am a big fan of Dave Navarro’s free resources. I’m off to check out some of the others.

  6. says

    I’m downloading nearly all of these! Thanks for the great resource. As a tip to others, I find ebooks so much more useful now that I’ve got my ebook reader. I can’t stand reading long documents on a screen, and with ones available under $150, now, they really are worthwhile investments. Happy reading, all. :)

  7. says

    Some great finds there Laura. I’ve read a few of these, but hadn’t heard of some others. Gives me something else to add to my to-do list next week. :)

    Just to add to the list, we actually have three free e-books for freelance writers over at AllFreelanceWriting.com in our exclusive freebies section – http://allfreelancewriting.com/free-stuff-for-writers/

    1. How to Write an E-book in Just 14 Days
    2. You CAN Attract New Freelance Writing Clients (Even During a Recession)!
    3. Press Releases Made Easy (this is one I used to sell through my PR firm but now give away for free, and applies to all freelancers wanting to get the word out about their businesses)

    I hope someone finds them useful!

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