The Freelancer's Toolkit

A complete breakdown of my top recommendations to start, run and grow your online freelance business.

Client Acquisiton

Upwork is at the heart of my freelance business and easily my favourite place to source new clients and secure more work. It’s simple; if you’re not using it, you’re losing it.

Fiverr gets a lot of bad rep for being a “cheap” marketplace where bottom-feeder clients lurk, but looks can be deceiving. (In fact, a number of people are making 6-figures on Fiverr alone.)

Website Setup

Siteground is the only website host I use these days, mostly because it’s the perfect balance between affordability and performance. You also get 1-click WordPress installation (see below).

WordPress is a no-brainer when it comes to choosing a content management system for your site. Besides, it’s no accident that roughly 27% of the internet is powered by WordPress.

GeneratePress is my WordPress theme of choice. It’s lighting fast and highly customizable without having to hack away at code, meaning you can build the “perfect” site in a matter of hours.

Project & Time Tracking

Asana is not only my go-to project management tool for both personal and client projects, but it’s also free for up to 15 team members. Couldn’t live without it.

Toggl is perfect for logging hours worked and giving clients a portal to access and verify the time you’ve spent on a given project. (I use Upwork’s time tracker for clients I find through Upwork, though.)

Invoicing & Taxes

Billy is a nifty little invoicing tool that allows you to bill clients, recieve credit card payments and manage everything from a single dashboard. (Also great for keeping your accounting in order.)

Productivity Boosters

SelfControl is a free Mac application that allows you to block yourself from distracting websites for a specified period of time. (Check out my full review on SelfControl, right here.)