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13 Blogs Every Freelancer Should Be Reading

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When I work with clients they often asked me, “where did you learn all of this business and techie stuff?” And for me it’s combination of personal experiences (trial and error) and learning from others.

In this post, I want to focus on the learning from others part.

I have spent hours upon hours searching for the best content for creative professionals and freelancers. It hasn’t been easy finding the gold in the rough, but I’m glad I’ve finally refined my list. Having the best sites in my bookmarks allows me to focus solely on quality content and more importantly, eliminate all of the mediocre content out in the blogosphere.

If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, where you’re struggling to find quality information specific to your business, keep on reading.

I’m going to share with you my top 13 blogs I read regularly to help me run the best business I possibly can.

I’ve also included links to some of my favorite posts for each blog so you can get a feel for their writing style and the topics that they cover. You might want to bookmark this post as you probably lot’s of reading to catch up on!

Without further to do, in no particular order, here are 13 blogs that you need to add to your reading list.

1. The Sparkline

The Sparkline

The Sparkline is for people who want to start and grow an honest online business. This blog is really for the little guys (like us!) who are trying to make a buck doing something that they love.

The blog content is primarily written by the founders, Corbett Barr, Chase Reeves and Caleb Wojcik. They also have industry leaders who contribute articles on a regular basis.

You will find a variety of topics on this site, including; content creation, price setting, email marketing, motivation, product development and much much more.

Here are a few (really just a few of many!) of my favorite posts:

2. The Freelance To Freedom Project

The Freelance To Freedom Project

The Freelance To Freedom Project was founded by Leah Kalamakis who by trade is a freelance web designer and developer. Within months, Leah was able to use freelancing as a tool to leave her 9 to 5 job and aims to inspire others to do the same thing.

Most of the blog content is written by Leah herself and she does a great job of sharing her personal experiences for others to learn from. Her writing style flows nicely and her advice is extremely actionable.

Here are a couple of my favorite posts:

3. Paul Jarvis

Paul Jarvis

Paul Jarvis is a world class web designer and author. He has a unique point of view and excellent insight for creative entrepreneurs.

He has a very well defined writing voice and his articles are often thought provoking. His blog layout is extremely minimal allowing you to focus on his message.

Here are some of my favorite posts from Paul:

4. Smart Passive Income

Smart Passive Income

The guy behind Smart Passive Income is Pat Flynn. To cut a long story short, Pat got laid off from his architecture job in 2008 and started this blog which now generates over 50k of passive income each month. Enough said.

Now whilst Pat’s content is not tailored specifically to freelancers (although freelancers are certainly part of his audience), he offers free content on a range of topics that will definitely take your business to the next level.

Pat’s writing style is authentic and transparent. Sometimes you have to set aside 20 minutes plus just to get through one of his epic posts. But what I like about Pat’s content is that it’s insanely actionable. You can literally implement his tips in an instant.

Here are some of my favorite posts from Smart Passive Income:

5. Psychology For Photographers

Psychology For Photographers

Psychology For Photographers was founded by Jenika who writes about understanding people to become a better creative professional. Jenika is a photographer by trade, but she writes for all creative professionals.

Her writing, to put it bluntly…is amazing! Her posts are rich with excellent content and you often have to bookmark an article so you can come back and concentrate on it properly.

Some of my favorite articles include:

6. Planscope

Planscope

Planscope is a project management software company founded by Brennan Dunn. He also writes about business and marketing specifically for freelancers.

Brennan’s writing style is hard hitting and straight to the point. He has personally achieved a lot as a freelancer and entrepreneur and his advice will definitely help you grow your business.

Here are some of my favorite articles:

7. Your Freelance Career

Your Freelance Career

 

Your Freelance Career was founded by Brent Galloway who by trade is a freelance designer. I was fortunate enough to pick Brent’s brain on how to run a successful freelance business here on my blog.

As the name suggests, Your Freelance Career is about tips, tricks and experiences you can learn from to improve your freelance career. Brent takes his writing craft seriously and will definitely be a name you will see more of in the future. He also has guests contributing articles on freelancing.

Here are some of my favorite posts:

8. Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson

Justin has his finger on the pulse, particularly when it comes to entrepreneurship and the tech industry. He is big on the concepts of audience before product and idea validation. As a freelancer, creating products based on your knowledge gained from client work, is a great way to grow your business and create passive income streams.

Justin has a ton of insight gained from working in tech himself and interviewing a bunch of successful freelancers who have managed to scale their business through products.

If you have aspirations of one day going from one-to-one to one-to -many, this is a must read blog.

Here are some of my favorite articles:

9. Blog Tryant

Blog Tryant

The guy behind Blog Tryant is fellow Aussie, Ramsay Taplin. I only discovered his site a few months ago and I have since read about 30 of his articles. He shares great insight on how to build an audience and make money from your couch (which sounds pretty good to me!).

I should also mention that Ramsay does not hold back on his content. Some of his articles are a couple thousand words but are packed with lots of useful and actionable advice.

Here are some of my favorite articles on Blog Tryant:

10. Zen Habits

Zen Habits

Zen Habits is one of the largest blogs in the world and the man behind it is Leo Babauta. Leo writes about mindfulness, minimalism, productivity and life in general. Freelancing is more than just creating products and servicing your clients. It’s about having the total package when it comes to living your life.

Personally, this is one of the most influential blogs I have ever read, period. I have implemented many of Leo’s concepts into my own life and it has made a world of difference.

Like what he teaches, his blog is extremely minimal with one focus, read.

Here are some of my favorite posts:

11. Be a Freelance Blogger

Be a Freelancer Blogger

The lady behind Be a Freelancer Blogger is Sophie Lizard. She has put together this content rich blog to help freelancers make a living blogging.

Even though I don’t blog for money, I find that there a loads of tips and tricks for any online freelancer trying to make a buck. In this blog you will find topics on freelancing, business, content marketing, pricing and writing and blogging in general.

In addition to her own articles, Sophie has great guest freelancers post on the blog regularly.

Here are some of my favorite articles:

 12. Leaving Work Behind

Leaving Work Behind

As the name suggests, Leaving Work Behind is geared towards those who want to build an side business online and eventually quit their day job. The guy behind this site is Tom Ewer. Tom does a great job of sharing his on experiences as a freelance blogger and entrepreneur. He is extremely transparent and is not afraid to share his mistakes as well as his achievements.

He also has industry professionals contribute articles.

If you’re unhappy with your current work situation and want to start your own online business, this blog will be great for you.

Here are some of my favorite articles:

13. Seth Godin

Seth Godin

How could I finish this round up and not include marketing master, Seth Godin? If you haven’t heard of Seth, you’re probably living under a rock!

Seth writes everyday (yes everyday) on his blog and covers a range of topics within business and marketing.

What I like most about his blog is the size of his posts. Because he posts content daily, his articles usually focuses on one single thought.

Whenever I’m feeling a little lost or unmotivated, I know I can count on Seth’s writing about challenging the status quo, shipping products and creating something remarkable.

Here are some of my favorite posts:

Who would you add to this list?

In the comments below, please share one or two of your favorite blogs that could help other readers improve and grow their freelancing business.

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  • Brent Galloway July 2, 2014, 11:56 pm

    Thanks for the feature and kind words, Michael! :)

  • Paul Hanathow July 3, 2014, 12:17 am
    • Michael Ofei July 3, 2014, 4:29 am

      Thanks Paul.

      Ah yes, you have good taste! Thanks for sharing.

    • Chris Green July 28, 2014, 4:54 am

      Hi Paul

      Thanks for the link. It’s Business Unleashed now. Hope you guys find our resources useful.

      Chris

  • Leah July 3, 2014, 5:21 am

    Great list Michael, I’m honoured to be a part of it! Definitely a post to bookmark as some of these are what helped me along the way as well. Hadn’t heard of a couple of them so I’m on my way to check them out! Thanks for the shout out and kind words!

    • Michael Ofei July 3, 2014, 7:14 am

      Thanks Leah, it’s good to know you have similar taste. I can’t wait to see where you take yours next!

  • Sophie Lizard July 3, 2014, 5:27 am

    Thanks for the mention, Michael, I appreciate it! :)

    • Michael Ofei July 3, 2014, 7:16 am

      Thanks for stopping by Sophie. No problem, I look forward to catching up on some of your older content :)

  • Karen Marston July 3, 2014, 5:36 am

    The Middle Finger Project :)

    • Michael Ofei July 3, 2014, 7:19 am

      Thanks for sharing Karen, I haven’t heard of them before so I’ll definitely check it out!

  • Lindsey Baker July 3, 2014, 6:12 am

    This is a great post and is very helpful, I’ve heard of a couple of these blogs but most were new to me. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sam Wheatley July 3, 2014, 10:15 am

    Thank you for this excellent list! I also love http://www.rowdykittens.com, and http://www.bemorewithless.com, these are two smart women with small, streamlined businesses that inspire me.

    • Michael Ofei July 3, 2014, 3:18 pm

      Thanks Sam. I briefly checked out your recommended blogs and they look fantastic! I love the concepts of living simply, going small and thinking big. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lillian De Jesus July 3, 2014, 10:18 am

    Great post Michael! I’m definitely keeping this on my reading list. Thanks a bunch!

  • Trista July 4, 2014, 3:43 am

    Excellent resource list Michael! I love that you focused on the “little guys” that have succeeded for themselves in a big way. These are the people I look to more so than huge enterprise entrepreneurs. So glad I found your blog!

    • Michael Ofei July 4, 2014, 8:01 am

      Thanks Trista, glad you’re enjoying the content. Yes I’m completely with you on that!

  • Beth July 4, 2014, 11:43 am

    Great roundup! I frequent about four of these blogs, bookmarking the rest. Thanks!

  • Catherine | Fit Armadillo July 4, 2014, 2:00 pm

    I always say I’m going to start looking at more blogs, but haven’t been good about it. Thanks for making it easier to figure out where I should be looking :)

    • Michael Ofei July 4, 2014, 11:50 pm

      I know it can be hard Catherine but definitely worth the time. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Elizabeth July 4, 2014, 8:46 pm

    This is a great round up, I’ve definitely been following some of these – and now got some newbies, thank you!

  • Naomi Liddell July 5, 2014, 2:41 pm

    This post could not come at a better time Michael! I’ve been planning to overhaul my Feedly account and get rid of the crap. Now I have a reference for some content that’s worthwhile consuming. Thank you :-)

    • Michael Ofei July 5, 2014, 3:11 pm

      Ah yes, it’s always good to start on a clean slate! I’m sure you’ll love the content :)

  • Stacey July 5, 2014, 11:32 pm

    Great share! I also follow a few of these but now have some more to go check out!

    • Michael Ofei July 5, 2014, 11:46 pm

      Thanks Stacey! I’m glad you have a few blogs to add to your list.

  • Angela July 7, 2014, 10:15 am

    Hi Michael,

    I just saw this post – fantastic stuff! I’ve been following a few of these, but evidently need to add some more to my list!

    Angela

    • Michael Ofei July 7, 2014, 3:33 pm

      Hey Angela, thanks for stopping by!

      Let me know how you get on with the new ones, and please share if you have some additional recommendations.

  • andreea ayers July 9, 2014, 4:22 am

    Great list!

  • Gina July 13, 2014, 7:38 pm

    I love the Freelance to Freedom Project – she shares such clever and useful advice. Thanks so much!

    • Michael Ofei July 13, 2014, 7:50 pm

      No problem Gina! Yes Leah’s content is really practical.

  • Ramsay August 13, 2014, 7:01 pm

    Thanks so much for the mention! Really appreciate being put in a list with these other amazing bloggers.

    Big ups!

    Ramsay

    • Michael Ofei August 13, 2014, 7:31 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Ramsay! No problem, you put out great work every week, so thank you.

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