5 Tools You Need (and 5 to Avoid) as a New Freelancer

By Bree Brouwer

Are you new to freelance writing? If you’re anything like I was when I started, you’re eagerly reading up on what you need to invest in your business — but really have no idea where to start.

There’s so much information and opinions about what to buy! It’s easy to get overwhelmed.

So let’s cut through the clutter. From my observations and my own experience as a new freelancer, here’s a quick guide to the five most necessary — and five most avoidable — services for your beginning freelance career.

5 Services to pay for

  1. Domain name. In this digital age, you don’t just need a website. To look professional, you’ve got to shell out the $10-$20 per year for a domain name and paid website host. A domain name like johndoewrites.com looks far more pro than johndoewrites.blogspot.com.
  2. Writer’s Market subscription. If you want to write for any publication and not just companies, the yearly $40 fee for The Writer’s Market is a no-brainer. It stays up to date on changes in magazine editors, provides information from publishing pros, and even provides a nifty guide for what to charge as a freelancer. I messed up and did not buy this until just recently, and I now realize I wasted lots of time searching online when I had information right at my fingertips.
  3. Writing classes, training, or memberships. The key here is to evaluate what you want to write and what you need to learn, and find applicable services. When I started freelancing, I was interested in moral support, resources, and freelancer interaction, so I signed up for the Freelance Writer’s Den and have definitely felt the money was well-spent. And because I’m interested in blogging, I’m considering joining A-List Blogging Bootcamp (Carol’s link). Look around at some options and narrow it down to the classes and memberships you think will work best for your career.
  4. Basic freelance equipment. This includes everything from business cards (start with those freebies vistaprint.com offers) and envelopes, to a working computer and software. Yes, it’s time to kick Windows XP out the door. And if you’re in need of a printer, I recommend looking for one that’s used but in good condition. I snagged my printer/scanner combo for $15 from a local Craigslist seller!
  5. Personal hobbies. Remember that as much as you love writing and want to get your career started, it also takes lots of effort to create a business. Use some of your money to relax and keep sanity in check. Personally, I find saving a few dollars for drinks with friends or wood for a social bonfire to be a fair exchange for less stress.

5 Services you can skip

  1. Paid accounting software. You won’t have a lot of clients starting out, so plopping down precious cash for a product you will barely use isn’t necessary just yet. For instance, I have a handful of clients and am just using a spreadsheet to keep track of our interactions. If you really want an accounting software, I’d recommend starting with Freshbooks, which is free for the first three clients.
  2. Paid job boards. It’s counter-intuitive and often scammy. I almost considered it once, then realized I was being stupid. Just don’t do it. Put your money where your time is and query/market instead.
  3. Too MANY classes, training, or memberships. Yes, there are plenty of great organizations and teachers out there. But if you add too much to your plate, your bank account and your business’ progress will suffer.
  4. LinkedIn executive/premium. It’s useful, but you can get it free! Here’s how I did it: join the LinkedIn for Journalists group, take their monthly training, and score a year of free executive status. Merry Christmas to us!
  5. Things you simply can’t afford… yet. Wait until you won’t feel a hit in your budget to buy things like an email marketing plan, professional web design, or that sweet Keurig machine for your desk. I plan to buy web hosting soon, but found that at my start a domain name directed to a properly designed WordPress blog was more than sufficient.

I’m sure you’ll run across more services and products you’re curious about, so ask yourself these questions: Can I afford it now? Will it benefit me in the long run?

A solid rule of thumb when it comes to new-freelancer purchases is to pay for only what you need immediately, and save what you want for later.

What tools are you using in your freelance writing business? Leave a comment and share what you find worth the money.

Bree Brouwer is a freelance writer and blogger who loves investigating culture, discovering media, and working on the launch of her blog, Geek My Life. Follow her on Twitter @BreeBrouwer and check out her portfolio at BreeBrouwer.

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68 comments on “5 Tools You Need (and 5 to Avoid) as a New Freelancer
  1. Thanks, Bree! You’ve reminded me that I still haven’t crossed “get The Writer’s Market” off my to-do list. I’ve been so busy blogging and copywriting for corporate clients, I’m letting the publication side of my writing career sidle away from me… definitely want to bring more balance to this year.

    Oh, and extra thanks for the tip-off on how to get a free LinkedIn upgrade! Added that to my to-do list, too.
    Sophie Lizard recently posted..Why I’ll Personally Pay You to Be a Freelance Blogger

    • Bree says:

      Hey, Sophie!

      You’re welcome for the reminders! :) I’m actually going slightly opposite of you right now, where I only focused on magazine writing at first until I realized the benefit of doing blogging and copywriting, but it’s a learning process, right?

  2. I’m not new but thought I’d take a looksy at this post to see if I’ve missed anything and yep, I had no idea about the LinkedIn journalists’ group and their upgrade so many thanks for that. Thanks for putting in about paid accounting software – so many new freelance friends seem to think they need to fork out money for this when a simple spreadsheet does the trick just as well.
    Susan B. Bentley recently posted..Changing the world five people at a time

    • Bree says:

      Hi, Susan!

      Yes, the LinkedIn for Journalists training is incredibly useful and not a lot of people seem to know about it! I’m so glad I could help.

      And regarding the accounting software, a spreadsheet does work for a while for sure. I think it depends on each person’s situation and, again, their immediate needs.

  3. John Soares says:

    Very good advice here Bree.

    Over the last couple of years I’ve been very strict about not buying anything until I actually need it, be it a book, a piece of software, or new outdoors equipment. At least half the time my needs or wants shift; I save a lot of money and I have a less cluttered life.
    John Soares recently posted..How to Have a Successful Coauthoring Relationship

    • Bree says:

      John,

      I go shopping with the mindset that if I don’t need it now or in the near future, it’s not worth buying (unless, of course, there’s a huge discount involved). I realized when I started freelancing I could apply this same principle! And you’re 100% correct – it does remove lots of clutter from your life.

  4. Terri H says:

    I think the best advice on this post was in regards to saving for hobbies. I wish I took this one more seriously when I started out. I invested all of my time and money into building my writing business that I forgot to have a life outside of the freelance business. I learned the hard way that it’s easier to be successful when you are well rounded and allow yourself a little fun every once in a while.
    Terri H recently posted..Fear: It’s More Powerful Than We Think

    • Bree says:

      Terri,

      When my husband and I were going through pre-marital counselling, we discussed the need to save money for date nights even if things were tight, and I’ve found this applies to everyday life, too. This is why I included that in the list – I truly hoped it’d help people realize that life is not all about business and work, EVEN when you work for yourself. I’m glad it was useful!

  5. I completely agree with the need for a working computer and scanner. I used to go to Staples to fax in contracts but now I scan them instead and it saves me a ton of time. (In some cases, I avoid printing and scanning by inserting a scan of my signature and converting the document to a PDF.)

    I know Carol contributed to Writer’s Market but I’m still on the fence about that one. Given how quickly things move in the publishing industry, it seems like by the time a large publication like that gets printed, a lot of the information is likely out-dated.

    You might be interested in a similar piece I did for Ebyline about the various subscription offerings available to freelancers and how to get them for less: http://ebyline.biz/2013/01/what-subscriptions-do-freelancers-actually-pay-for/
    Susan Johnston recently posted..Scheduling Social Media Updates While on Vacation: The Pros and Cons

  6. Steve Maurer says:

    Hi, Bree.

    Great article. It should help new freelancers avoid costly mistakes in setting up shop.

    Your advice about a professional website address is spot on. Not only does it look more professional, it gives you an emal address that is professional looking as well.

    Actually, webhosting is not that expensive these days. I’m considering moving my site to a new host and the cost for hosting will be $142 for three years. That’s less than $50 a year. The new host specializes in WordPress hosting. (My current host is inexpensive; just having issues with downtime.)

    Having a hosted site has some other benefits. For example, most hosts allow multiple sites/domains in one account. You just need to register the new domain. That means that if you create a landing page for a new product or service (think lead-generation tool) the only addtional cost is the $10-$15 registrar fee.

    One question: I’m in the LinkedIn for Journalists group and haven’t been able to find the training you mentioned. Could you point me in the “write” direction?

    Anyway, again, this was an excellent post. One that provided valuable information.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Steve
    Steve Maurer recently posted..An Important Part of Your Marketing Strategy

    • Bree says:

      Steve,

      Yes, owning a self-hosted site is something every freelancer NEEDS, but I’m not sure how immediately they need it to get started. I realize that it’s much cheaper than it used to be in the past, but I was trying to stay on the conservative end with this post for freelancers who may be in a very tight financial situation. For example, when I started a few months ago, I was unemployed and not sure I’d be getting unemployment insurance. Plus, when you’re still paying off student loans, $50 per year is actually a decent chunk that could be put into your interest rate instead. :)

      However, I do believe that owning a self-hosted website is a goal to work towards. Fortunately, I’m finally going to be there next month with my own, and I’m curious to see if it’ll make any difference in attracting clients or not.

    • Bree says:

      Steve, I forgot to reply about your LI for Journalists question: usually if you go right to their homepage of the group, the training info/post should be at the top. If not, track down Yumi Wilson who is the organizer of the group and she will have the information for the next training session! I worked with her when I wrote a guest post for the group and she’s utterly helpful and nice!

  7. Leah Beck says:

    Great post! Thank you for this concise, useful information!

  8. Craig Martin says:

    Hi Bree,

    It’s been said before, but thanks for that Linked In tip. Never knew about that one!

    And maybe it works for others, but I felt that I wasted money with the online version of The Writer’s Market. The book is fine, but the online resource seems to have errors that are overlooked – and they didn’t respond or act when I send emails to correct a few errors.

    Other than that, nice list – and I definitely agree on hobbies. Writing alone can make you get stir crazy faster than normal!
    –Craig
    Craig Martin recently posted..Cash-and-trade deals – how it can help you gain more business

    • Bree says:

      Hi, Craig!

      Yep, LinkedIn for Journalists is pretty incredible. :)

      My list is more what you’d call… guideliness (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” anyone?). While I truly think all the five resources I listed would be good choices for a freelancer to buy, that doesn’t mean you have to stick with them if you find it doesn’t work for you. I’ve found your situation with Writer’s Market to be true some of the time, as well; usually, googling for editor emails and writer’s guidelines works most of the time, but when it doesn’t, WM is still a good back-up option.

    • Carol Tice says:

      Dunno, I’ve found the blog they do on new editors and magazines invaluable…guess the occasional minor error doesn’t bug me.

  9. Erica says:

    I love this post, Bree! I’ve been looking at accounting software because I thought I should. But for now, my spreadsheet system is working fine so I can put that on hold.

    Am also guilty of not investing enough in my hobbies and when I do, I often feel awful about it. Like I should be saving the money instead. But you’re right. It’s critical for balance.

    Again, love this post. And will be looking up that LinkedIn for Journalists group. Thanks!
    Erica recently posted..Simplicity: Your Antidote for First-Project Fear

    • Bree says:

      Hello, Erica!

      Yep, like I mentioned to a few others before this, I think my list is a good starting point for requirements, but sometimes the requirements could come later for others or end up not working for them at all. I am using a spreadsheet now, but am moving over to an accounting program very soon as my clients grow.

      Definitely save for some hobbies and don’t feel guilty at all. There are too many medical studies out there that warn about stress levels and not relaxing for just a few dollars here and there to matter in the long run. For example, I used to freak out about going to our local beer and wine bar with friends, but we always go on Tuesday nights when they have $2 Tuesday beers. I realized I shouldn’t be freaking out about spending $2 on myself once a week when I came home laughing and happy!

      • And medical costs–not least in terms of lost productivity–are a lot more expensive than a night on the town once a month, eh?

        Kudos for including #3 under “things not needed.” I’ve been there too, and am finally coming to realize how true it is that “if you aim at everything, you’ll hit nothing.” I just added a corollary to that, inspired by Covey’s “sharpen your saw” principle: time spent honestly figuring out *where* you should aim is never time wasted.
        Katherine Swarts recently posted..How to Use “Use”

        • Bree says:

          Love that outlook! Usually when I take days to figure out my goals and what I want to do, I feel like I’m wasting time, but that really is true.

  10. Sandra says:

    Good tips, Bree. It’s too easy to get caught up in all the noise and forget that setting up shop is actually quite simple!
    Sandra recently posted..No Kickass Headline, Just What I’m Up To

    • Bree says:

      Thanks, Sandra! It’s easy to get started if you know how to, but like I wrote, there’s just so much to consider it gets overwhelming at first.

  11. Tom Bentley says:

    Thanks Bree. I’m in my second year of free LinkedIn premium, and there are some advantages in the use of InMail, searching and more details on who has visited your profile. Good stuff on needed tools. Here’s an extension of your basic equipment entry: for those that use a laptop (and perhaps even you desk toppers), get a second monitor.

    Not an absolute, of course, but if you often keep many programs running simultaneously, and would like to have multiple windows open without having to open and shut them continually, a second monitor is a surprising productivity boost. If you are an editor, they are a big help in document comparison, and also when you move info from one doc to another, and you want both docs both full-screen. Or use the smaller laptop monitor to hold a program’s tools and ancillary windows (Photoshop comes to mind).

    Anyway, these days you can get an adequate 20″ second monitor for less than $200—not mandatory of course, but if you want to treat yourself to new screen real estate…
    Tom Bentley recently posted..Lost Dogs, Lost Dads and the Unhesitating Heart

  12. Amandah says:

    Hi Bree,

    This is a great post for new freelance writers and experienced ones. Sometimes the latter forgets they were ‘newbies’ at one time.

    My suggestions

    In addition to buying a subscription to Writer’s Market, buy one to Writer’s Digest and Publishers Weekly.

    I still can’t believe some people use Windows XP. I use Windows 8 and love it. Obviously, you’ll need a good anti-virus software. I’m using Avast! and like it.

    I prefer a laptop to a desktop. But, I would consider getting a Mac in the future. I’m keeping an eye on Microsoft and Apple because I’ve reading a lot about these two companies lately.

    P.S.

    I’m in the market for a new printer and will check out Craigslist first. Thanks for the reminder. :)
    Amandah recently posted..Stop Wasting Time! Go from Ideas to Blog Posts

    • Carol Tice says:

      I used to read Writer’s Digest religiously when I started out! Totally agree on that. I got so much useful advice from their articles.

      And now my goal for this year is to start writing for them!

    • Bree says:

      Amandah,

      In regards to the Publisher’s Weekly subscription, I was under the impression that’s more for the book publishing industry (a friend of mine is going through all that as she looks for an agent right now). Not that it wouldn’t be useful, but I think that’s something to consider if you’re not sure that’s the way your career path will go!

      XP is actual a very reliable operating system, but it is outdated and it takes more hassle to make things work on it, so yes, it’s best to be with at least Vista now.

      Seriously, Craigslist can be awesome. We got a fantastic office chair from there, too. :)

  13. Great article, thank you. I’ve found a smartphone helpful (if sometimes irritating!) to keep track of e-mails. It looks more professional to answer them shortly after receiving them–but don’t text or e-mail and drive.
    Barbara Trainin Blank recently posted..Caregiving: Effects

    • Bree says:

      I’d love a smartphone, Barbara, but they are a hefty investment up front and unnecessary if you’re working from home near a computer most of the day, anyway. But if you have one or can afford one, they are valuable during travel, weekends, etc.! I want one just so I can tweet on the go during the weekends!

    • Carol Tice says:

      I’d argue that it looks more desperate to be answering them immediately. 3x a day is just fine…but stay tuned for a big post about email coming up from me with a lot of tips!

  14. Nice post!

    I second Freshbooks as a handy free tool, but I like it more for the timer they offer than anything else. I use Wave Accounting (also free) for tracking income and expenses.

    I also want to chime in that it’s good to pay close attention to everything you spend that offers some business benefit. As a freelance writer, things like magazine subscriptions and any food or drinks you buy at a networking event can count as business expenses you write off at the end of the year.
    Kristen Hicks recently posted..How to be a lifelong student – and profit from it

    • Bree says:

      Kristen,

      I haven’t heard of Wave Accounting, but I’ll have to look into it!

      Yes, I try to keep track of everything I purchase that could be even remotely related to business. I’m going to a few geeky conventions this year for my entertainment blogging position which I’m really hoping I can write off!

    • Yeah, I got hit with an unexpected (and high) parking fee at a networking event yesterday, and it was my own fault for being in too much of a hurry to read the whole invitation.
      Katherine Swarts recently posted..How to Use “Use”

      • Maybe that wasn’t exactly a reply to the real comment (could you tell I was in too much of a hurry to read *that* thoroughly either?). But the mention of “food and drink expenses” made me think about hidden costs–not all of which are 100% deductible.
        Katherine Swarts recently posted..How to Use “Use”

  15. Great lists.

    This is going to sound very old school:

    A giant wall calendar/desk blotter style calendar.

    Yes, I actually do use an online calendar (and it sends me great reminders, which I love). But I guess I’m visual enough that I have to see everything big, all at once, no scrolling or nothing. It helps me know which projects are due for which clients, and when. I have a tendency to click through my online calendar so fast, it’s like in one eyeball, out the other. But the image of the calendar tends to linger. Also, it lets me know when each piece runs, so I can send a heads up via my blog followers, LI, etc.

    The best money I ever spent was taking a class with a master teacher who caters to the audience I generally write for. Not only did she provide great instruction, but gave me the inside scoop on the market I was targeting, introduced me to many other mentors & colleagues, members of a writing group (going strong after 3 years!), etc. When she came back recently, I paid to study with her again.

    I’m also on the fence about Writer’s Market. I tend to write for the folks I like to read. But, then again, I’m one of those underpaid fiction/personal essay writers.
    Rebecca Klempner recently posted..Fans, friends, and trolls–publishing my first piece on Tablet

    • Carol Tice says:

      I used the blotter method for years — now I just use a small reporter’s notebook, and the calendar inside my Entourage mail. Seems to get it done!

    • Bree says:

      Rebecca, I LOVE my large desk calendar. Actually, it’s all I’ve been using recently, but I am going to start putting the same things into my Google Calendar!

    • Some of the “old school” stuff works better than the shiny stuff. :)

      I love Google calendar, though. Whenever I get an idea for a blog post, I pop open my Google calendar, pick the blog date without an entry, and type my notes directly into the description.

      That way, no ideas get lost or forgotten. I’ve planned my blog through the beginning of May this way. I use an abbreviation for each entry, so I can easily call up my “editorial calendar” with a quick search.

      Plus, for some reason, I don’t get all hung up on editing myself. I mean, it’s JUST a calendar entry. How “perfect” does it have to be, right?
      Jesse Lanclos recently posted..Don’t Know What to Say? Try These 4 Words

  16. LindaH says:

    Great stuff.

    Linked In for Journalists now upgrades to the new Pro level, which is one step higher than the Premium level. It’s outstanding and it’s free. I’m in my second year and use it for a lot of connections and follow-up. It’s won me some great gigs by projecting my professionalism and allowing INMails.

    I reference Writer’s Market all the time and buy the Deluxe edition so I have both paperback and online access. Priceless stuff.

    I have a couple of paid lead job boards, but they’re $10/month and have proven worthwhile. As I start more marketing on my own those may go away. One was too costly and used to refund when you didn’t get the gig. But after a while, they started dragging their feet so I stopped replying to leads. They listed me as a “preferred writer” but my professional rates are countered by amateurs offering cheaper services or people using certification acronyms to promote their business. Now I pick and choose and get a higher ROI.

    And I use a wall calendar to post my deadlines keeping things straight so I don’t forget a project I may store online (a really bad habit that has cost me a few times). Also bought a smartphone, but it was a smart investment because I got the phone Free within my plan (a $450 value), and worked to keep my plan costs down. It’s been a great asset and now I can use Google Calendar to keep me a little more organized both on the road and in-house.

    This is a great list for newbies or seasoned freelancers. We all need to take inventory. And Carol’s recommendation for MailChimp and Freshbooks has really helped me stay organized and more productive.

    Thanks for sharing Bree. Worthwhile and very current.
    LindaH recently posted..Are You Sabotaging Your Interview for The “A” Team?

  17. Amandah says:

    @Carol… I like Writer’s Digest because it covers freelance writing and book publishing. I also appreciate the writing prompts. I haven’t had one of mine published, yet. But I know I will!

    @Bree… You are correct. Publisher’s Weekly is more for the book publishing industry. I offer ghostwriting services in addition to freelance writing services so the magazine and website are useful to me. Plus, I have a contract with a book publisher. I’m also interested in self-publishing.

    I know XP is still reliable;major companies still use the operating system. But I prefer to use the latest technologies like the iPad, Windows 8, etc. I guess I’m a technology snob. :) Vista, at least the version I had, seemed to have a lot of issues. I’m glad I have Windows 8.

    Thanks for the tip about the office chair. I’d like one of those two. I’ll put it on my office supplies list.
    Amandah recently posted..Stop Wasting Time! Go from Ideas to Blog Posts

    • Bree says:

      If you find Writer’s Digest and Publisher’s Weekly useful, keep it up!

      And yes, Vista had lots of issues – I personally hated it and loved upgrading to 7. I find 8 to be a little degrading, though, so I am not upgrading to it (admittedly, it’s still better than Vista).

  18. Awesome Carol,

    Thanks for sharing this great info I’ll be sending people your way.

    It’s so hard to know what you don’t know until it’s too late.
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  19. Great list, Bree! So glad Carol introduced me to the LinkedIn for Journalists group. My executive membership has been extremely valuable.

    Tools I wouldn’t want to live without?

    #1, hands down: Phrase express. Know those emails you type over and over again? I don’t. I type 2 words, and those 2 words are magically replaced by the entire email I need.

    I thought I had gotten smarter at spelling, until I realized that Phrase Express auto corrects almost all my dumb spelling errors. If I need the zip code for Los Angeles, I type “zla” and get “Los Angeles CA 90012.”

    Less typing. More doing. :)
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  20. Nice article Bree! I have an old 1GB Dell desktop and I’m stuck in XP land for now.

    I haven’t had any major problems so far, but I hate it that my sound card is too slow for Pandora or Accuradio to play properly. Gotta have my music!

    Sherri

    • Bree says:

      Sherri, I’d really look into upgrading as XP will start to hold you back this year. I got a Windows 7 Home Edition Pro for only $80 because it was discounted so heavily with Windows 8’s release. Just check the websites that computer pros prefer, like NewEgg.com or TigerDirect.com, instead of being scammed out of unnecessary markup prices through Best Buy or somewhere like that!

  21. Diane says:

    Bree,
    Thanks for sharing; I’ve been procrastinating on signing up for The Writer’s Market, but you’ve convinced me to do so. Also it’s time for me to get re-connected with Carol at the Den…money worth spending…even if it’s my drink money:)
    Diane

    • Carol Tice says:

      Umm..Diane, if you were thinking of joining the Den, you should email me…I did an open this morning just for the waitlist, but the 100 available new-member seats are almost sold out already! If you’re on the waitlist follow the signup link you were sent, and if not email me for it.

  22. Kay says:

    Is it possible to wait on the rest and just get a website/blog from NAWI from Carol’s ” products I love” list that’s 100.00? or if I remember correctly, just getting a blog site will be enough for a beginner and as I get clients then upgrade to a pro look when I earn enough income?

    • Carol Tice says:

      Kay, I think the NAIWE site is a good first solution. We all start with something and then improve it from there.

      Lots of writers also just add a “hire me” tab to their blog for starters…I know writers who’ve gotten some good gigs from that and got rolling that way.

  23. While I agree with the Writer’s Market subscription – the extras are very worthwhile – I rely mainly on Duotrope these days ($50/year or $5/mth). They publish interviews with editors, have a much more robust search capability, and provide a manuscript tracking feature that feeds the statistics they post for each publication.

    And if you don’t subscribe to Duotrope, the other must have I would suggest is simple, low cost manuscript tracking software. I use Manuscript Tracker (Mac) but there are others.

  24. Ron Rutledge says:

    I am just starting out and would like to make people aware of what I do. How did you promote yourself? Any good experiences? Most powerful advertising tool? Anything to avoid??

  25. Tony Jones says:

    An excellent straight forward article which I found whilst looking into accounts software. The message to wait until I have lots of clients makes sense – you’ve saved me some money!
    Tony Jones recently posted..Paul McGann feature from Big Finish Day 4

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