13 Office Productivity Software Suites for Freelancers and Others

No matter what your freelancing specialty is, odds are that you can benefit from the use of an office productivity suite. In fact, you may already be using one. What is an office productivity software suite? Simply put, it is a group of business-oriented software packages that are bundled together for distribution. The most common bundles include word processing and spreadsheet software, but other bundle … [Read more...]

20 Useful Tools and Resources for New Freelance Writers & Others

The huge variety of tools and resources available that can be useful to a writer just starting his or her freelance career can be overwhelming. The choice is so great that sometimes you just don’t know which tool to add to your writer's toolkit first. This post should help with that problem. However, it’s also worth noting that only a few of the software tools and other resources that are out there are … [Read more...]

The Great Big (30+) List of iPhone Apps for Writers

An iPhone is not just a device for making phone calls, texting, or listening to music. It isn't just for all that and social networking on the go. With the right apps, an iPhone is a lean, mean writing machine. As you'll see below, various apps will help you perform various aspects of writing, from researching to brainstorming, to actually writing, and tracking your work. This has big implications for you, … [Read more...]

Why Crowdsourcing Isn’t All About Spec Work Anymore

There’s always controversy surrounding crowdsourcing. Many people think that it means getting a lot of people to do something for nothing. But as the crowdsourcing industry evolves, there are many companies that look at crowdsourcing as a new way to approach work. In this post, I'll discuss what crowdsourcing is and explain how the new hybrid crowdsource agencies have evolved away from the spec model. I'll … [Read more...]

Open Thread: What Software Tool Could You Not Do Without?

Most freelancers rely on their software tools to get things done. I'm sure you're no exception. Whether it's a tool that's general to business usage (such as an accounting package) or something specific to your field (such as a graphic design package), I'm sure there's one software tool that you absolutely couldn't run your business without. For me, I think that tool would probably be the Microsoft Office … [Read more...]

The 10 Best Books for Freelancers about Social Media

It has come to this. No freelancer today can ignore social media (click here for a definition of social media). In fact, if you find your clients through offline marketing or advertising only, you may find yourself soon left behind by your competitors who use social media. They're increasing their exposure, building their authority, engaging with prospects and clients with lightning speed, learning about … [Read more...]

Top 7 Collaboration Software Tools for Successful Freelancers

Freelancers are people who have first-hand knowledge about effective collaboration. Often they have to deal with remote teams. Freelancers may also have to deal with both location differences and time zone differences. For successful communication and file sharing many freelancers use online services like Skype, email and ICQ. However, anyone who has used these tools knows that having too many active … [Read more...]

Think Vitamin Membership Review–Great Way to Expand Your Web Knowledge

I've been investing a lot of my time lately on learning new things. I prefer to stay a front-end developer, but I've always wanted to play in different languages and keep up to date with design trends. Following long how-to books really isn't my thing, as I usually end up falling asleep before the first chapter ends. I've never been a big fan of video on the web either, since I'm never at my computer unless … [Read more...]

20 of the Best Google+ Guides and Tutorials to Get Freelancers Up and Running

Early this week, my Twitter and Facebook streams were filled with offers for invites to Google+. What? Yet another social networking platform to take up my time and attention? But it's from Google--therefore, you can't lightly brush it off as a flash in the pan. In fact, no sooner had I joined Google+ when I started seeing emails from marketers publicizing their Google+ links so I could follow them. In … [Read more...]

4 More New Social Media Trends for Freelancers to Explore

At the beginning of the year we posted about five social networking trends that freelancers may wish to explore. While those five trends will still be of interest to many, six months is a long time when it comes to technology. That's why I'm posting today about four more social media tools or apps that you may wish to explore. Here's the newest list of social media trends for freelancers: … [Read more...]