Making that leap into freelance life can be daunting and exciting at the same time. I mean, who doesn't like the idea of working from home in your favourite pyjamas, right? But seriously, whether you're just about to make the move into freelance life or are a seasoned pro, these free resources aim to help your career flourish.
Making a go of your solo career is not easy, but you can give yourself a foot up with The Freelancer’s Bible from Route 1 Print, which gives you all the knowledge you need to make your design business a success and it won't cost you a penny.
This free ebook covers a range of topics that those moving into freelance struggle with, including how to structure your business (self-employed vs incorporated), how to handle tax, how to acquire customers, how to charge for print, and much more.
Jarrod Drysdale is a designer writer who focuses his articles on getting the best out of your work. This is a sort of continuation of sis previous book 'Bootstrapping Design', in which he collects all of his previous essays into one, free e-book. Topics such as 'Think like a designer' and 'Get out of a creative rut' are just some of the titles on offer.
03. The Creative Aid
Co-founders Nicole Smith and Richard Tapp explain the concept: "It's a mini resource for your creative projects and food for your creative thoughts. We’ve included our own valuable references and resources we know and trust as a means to help you get your projects done. We want to give you the creative push from a direction you may not have thought of, be it informative, inspirational, or simply entertaining."
More of a manifesto than a traditional book, 'How to be Creative' offers a useful set of headline approaches to maximising your creativity, with the author Hugh MacLeod offering some insight into his own personal experience of why each is a useful and/or important technique or lesson to spur you on.
05. The Freelance Handbook
Whether you're thinking about making the leap or are a seasoned freelance pro, download a copy of the Freelance Handbook for FREE – 116 pages of practical tips and essential advice for making it alone, and it won't cost you a penny.
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