If you’re new to freelancing, here’s a handy starter kit to get your business moving.
This kit is made up of seven tools. The first two address the foundation of your freelance business–two things you need that are non negotiable: your website and your branding.
The other five tools can be used every day. Each one together helps you land clients, produce great work and get paid.
Let’s take a look at what’s inside my freelance starter kit:
TOOL ONE: Start Your Own Platform
A freelancer needs their own website. This is the place where customers find you. Like a brick and mortar store, only online.
You will want the platform to be high quality yet affordable.
Of course I’m naturally going to suggest using Build Your Own Blog to create your web platform.
My setup guide has helped many people start new WordPress blogs. Lots of these folks are freelancers or interested in other online business opportunities.
TOOL TWO: Branding Your Business
You will want to begin branding your freelance business. A fantastic logo that catches the eye is a great place to start.
When you need a logo starting out on a tight budget, a good place to go have one made is called Fiverr.com
The key here is to make sure you select a proven logo designer who has lots of rave reviews, which you find on every Fiverr profile.
A logo helps you get noticed and remembered, so put careful consideration into how you want it to look.
You will also find other branding options on Fiverr like video testimonials, voiceover talent and whiteboard video production.
TOOL THREE: Social Media
Hootsuite is a social media scheduling tool that saves you lots of time by enabling you to schedule your social media posts.
The free version allows you connect with six different social media accounts. Really helpful tool for solopreneurs.
If you delegate, let them give Hootsuite a try!
TOOL FOUR: Content Marketing
Your going to need to create blog content to demonstrate your authority and to for inbound marketing/SEO purposes.
Most independent bloggers and small business bloggers try to proofread and edit their own content, but oftentimes we miss things and an outside pair of eyes to proofread and edit can make your content even better.
At Wordy, you get real-time, human, copy-editing and proofreading for everything you write.
TOOL FIVE: Send Proposals
I loved using Bidsketch when I was sending client proposals. They offer clean, easy-to-use templates that enable your proposals to be created in minutes.
A few years ago I wrote a review on Bidsketch for my blog and they gave me a 1 year subscription for free. Good news: they still offer this!
TOOL SIX: Do Client work
Content creators are going to inevitably hit some “writer’s block” at some point. If you do, take heart–The Blog Post Ideas Generator is ready to serve when your brain is out-of-service.
And then after writing your content, you’ll want to make sure the grammar is in excellent shape. I recommend the free tool Grammarly.
TOOL SEVEN: Send an Invoice
Created by a small business owner who knew there was a better way to invoice, Invoice2Go recently launched a free invoice template generator. This app saves you (on average) up to 3 hours per week. Create an invoice on the spot from anywhere so you can get paid faster. What freelancer wouldn’t love that?
Check out Invoice2Go
Keep This in Your Back Pocket
Digitally speaking, these seven tools are easy to carry around whereever your new freelance career takes you. Let us know how this Freelance Starter Kit has helped launch your new adventure!