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Last week, Fiverr Workspace brought you Welcome to Your Independence, compiling our insights and learnings gleaned from thousands of freelancers. In its 70+ pages of insights, freelancers of all levels learn how to succeed in all areas of freelance, including paperwork, landing clients, and being productive.
If you’re looking for additional information on how to make it in freelance, there are tons of options for you to choose from. Make sure you’re getting your info from quality sources. These are some reads that we think you’ll want to have along with Welcome to Your Independence:
The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams On Your Terms
by Sara Horowitz and Toni Sciarra Poynter
When it comes to freelance information and advocacy, The Freelancers Union is second to none. With the founder of the organization, Sara Horowitz, as a co-author, readers should expect a first-hand account on how to overcome the hurdles that face freelancers at all stages of their careers.
Densely packed with information from start to finish, The Freelancer’s Bible spans your humble freelance beginnings to understanding that the future is here, and it includes all of us. What stands out from an industry perspective is how fast the freelance field has grown since the book’s release in 2012. By the time Horowitz and the Freelancers Union released its 2015 findings, the landscape had blown up in such a way.
Make Money As A Freelance Writer: 7 Simple Steps to Start Your Freelance Writing Business and Earn Your First $1,000
by Sally Miller and Gina Horkey
Make Money as a Freelance Writer stands out as another recent quality addition to the freelance field. Authors Gina Horkey and Sally Miller take you on a 10-chapter, 80-pagejourney that helps establish your freelance writing business so you can reach your first freelance milestone: Earning your first $1,000. The reason Make Money stood out was that it’s actionable and kept the fluff out of it. The lessons learned in Miller and Horkey’s book are specific and provide an action plan, something many other books in the marketplace tend to skimp on.
Horkey and Miller give readers anecdotal evidence of what they should expect once they get their writing wheels in motion. The included homework is a great way to ease you into the steps so you know that you can achieve what’s been laid out for you. While it’s geared towards writers, freelancers in many categories can pick up some useful tips from this one as well.
This Year Will Be Different: The insightful guide to becoming a freelancer
by Monika Kanokova
Monika Kanokova is billed as one of “Austria’s first bloggers” and her foresight took her around Europe and the US. After years of freelance experience, she released This Year Will Be Different as her first foray into books.
This Year offers stories and insights through interviews with female entrepreneurs for a personal touch of wisdom. Combine the aforementioned interviews and stories with the comprehensive information a freelance guide needs, and this becomes a source of information you should certainly consider adding to your library.
Freelance to Freedom Project
Many of you probably have Leah Kalamakis’ Freelance to Freedom Project bookmarked as a go-to destination for freelance success–and that’s a great idea. If you haven’t gone the next step and downloaded her 3-part series known as the Freelancer’s Toolkit, consider doing that now. The Toolkit spans three segments:
- Last Corporate Day to a Month of 5k
- How to Get to Steady (income!)
- 4 Steps to Your First (or Next) Passive Income Stream
While lots of guides and books touch upon these subjects, Leah’s honesty on issues like work stability and scheduling are a fresh reminder of some of the less glamorous yet need-to-know facets of the profession. Those looking for the details to make the transition away from 9-5 life while getting a shot of motivation along the way should check out the Toolkit.
The Solo Project
Unlike the other books and guides on here, the Solo City Report is less a focus on you and more about the sector as a whole.
A newcomer to the freelance circuit, The Solo Project came out the gate strong with the release of its Solo City Report. The report’s mission is to launch a national conversation about the role government and private institutions can play in transitioning the workforce into the emerging career path many will undertake. Dubbing freelancers ‘Soloists’, The Solo Project delves into what it takes to create a thriving community and ecosystem for freelancers. While it covers a broader range of the “New World of Work”, the report also delves into the usual information. Similar to This Year Will Be Different, the Solo City Report comes with insightful information courtesy of champions of the emerging industry.
For a comprehensive, in-depth look at the future of work, definitely consider getting your copy.