Resources

My favorite tools for building a business with purpose.

These are the tools, podcasts, newsletters, courses, and websites I can’t live without as a freelance writer. I recommend them for any entrepreneur, solo-prenuer, freelancer, or small business owner.

This page does contain affiliate links (marked with an *). Please keep in mind that I only link to companies and tools I actually use and enjoy!


Words

Grammarly
Helpful Google Chrome extension that corrects grammar and spelling mistakes in Google docs or emails.
Free and premium

Hemingway Editor
Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s short prose, this app will judge how concise your language is and help you eliminate unnecessary words.
Free

Trello
Basically an online bulletin board. I use Trello to log freelance ideas, publishers to pitch to, etc.
Free and premium

Otter*
Upload up to 600 minutes per month for free. Otter does make mistakes, but it’s an easy platform to edit transcription on.
Free and premium

Descript
Three hours of transcription free and a fairly easy platform to listen to transcription on.
Free and premium

Who Pays Writers
Make that money! Find rates publications paid writers for different types of work.
Free


Newsletters/Podcasts

The Writers’ Co-op
Experienced freelancers Wudan Yan and Jenni Gritters talk about how to handle running a freelance business.
Free and premium

Freelancing with Tim
Super helpful Sunday panel sessions and a great newsletter from the NYT Smarter Living editor. Honestly, it’s 🔥.
Free

Freelancing Females
My #1 go-to resource. Great Facebook group community and newsletter, but most importantly offers a rate sheet helpful for deciding what to charge clients.
Free

Kat Boogaard
Experienced freelancer Kat Boogaard sends out one newsletter a week with tips and gigs.
Free

Journalism Jobs and a Photo of My Dog
A compilation of job postings, articles, and the cutest Labrador.
Free

Where to Pitch
Both a searchable website and a newsletter, Where to Pitch has amazing resources.
Free

The Freelance Beat
A weekly newsletter that features calls for pitches and general advice.
Free

The Longform Podcast
Top-notch interviews with reporters, writers, and editors.
Free

Notes from a Hired Pen
Jen A. Miller’s insights and experiences as freelancer for more than 15 years are so worthwhile.
Free


Business

Your Library Card
I use mine to read for free as well as Lynda.com
Free

Hunter.io
The best resource I know for finding — or at least guessing at — email addresses for anyone.
Free

Sorry Not Sorry
Stop apologizing! This Gmail extension will warn you when you write something undermining your message.
Free

Answer the Public
Need help finding story ideas? This will help.
Free

Thread Reader App
This is a Twitter app that organizes long Twitter threads.
Free

How to Say No
If you struggle with saying no, these templates will help.
Free

Your Rate
Another way to calculate your freelance rate.
Free

Digital Women Leaders
I haven’t used this one yet, but it’s an excellent avenue for mentorship.
Free

Full Page Screen Capture
If you need to save a PDF or JPG of a webpage, this is the easiest way. I use this to backup articles.
Free


Visual

Creative Market
I’ve found (and used) free resume templates, stock photos, and illustrations.
Free and premium

UnSplash
Artsy and good quality photos. The tagging system is a mess, so I recommend finding creators you enjoy.
Free

Canva
If you don’t already know Canva, now you do.
Free and premium

TinEye
This reverse image search is so handy if you’re fact-checking or trying to find where to buy that cute sweater you saw on Instagram.
Free

Pixabay
Like UnSplash, but easier to search.
Free

Storyline JS from KnightLab
This open-source line chart makes it easy to create interactive timelines.
Free


Learn

Your Library Card
Can you tell I love libraries? Lots of libraries have resources, workshops, and access to databases or Lynda.com.
Free

SkillShare
Lots of freelance-specific courses. I recommend Roxane Gay’s essay writing course.
Free trial and premium

You Need a Budget (YNAB)
Helpful webinars about paying off debt and budgeting better.
Free and premium

Ellevest
While Ellevest offers helpful webinars on investing, I’ve appreciated its Instagram office hours.
Free

Level Up
Small business owners teach fun and creative courses. Since the class sizes are small, you may get personalized feedback.
Free and premium

Ladies Get Paid
Financial and career advice geared toward women by women.
Premium (but were offering free for ladies who got laid off)

Solutions Journalism Network
SJN’s Learning Lab is a helpful tool for retraining your brain to report on solutions rather than problems.
Free

Google Digital Garage
Some courses even come with free certificates.
Free

Moz Beginner Guide to SEO
This is a fairly simple guide that’s helpful for anyone new to SEO.
Free

Jane Friedman
I’ve listened to Jane speak at two different conferences and have turned to her website to better understand publishing.
Free

Good Old Fashioned Books!*
My recommendations on books to read for writing, finances, and fun! If you purchase books through this link, I will make a small commission.
Free (library!) and premium

Human Beings
If you find a writer or someone you admire, follow their work.
Free


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