This page contains all of the Paid to Write freebies and products, as well as other tools I use in my own business (both free and paid). This list may contain affiliate links, but I only recommend products that I use (or have used in the past) and believe may help other writers.
Paid to Write Freebies, Products, and Programs:
Market yoU is the best way to learn how to market yourself as a freelancer. This is a video course filled with lessons about exactly how to find more clients, so your schedule (and bank account) is always full.
Are you brand new to freelance writing? Check out my Freelance Writer Starter Kit. This has a few of the lessons and tools you really need to get started as a writer so you can decide whether or not being a freelance writer is right for you.
These freelance email templates are completely free, and you get some of my best templates for landing gigs, getting client referrals, and more!
Other Freebies, Products, and Programs I Recommend:
This is BY FAR the best easy-to-use graphic creation program out there, in my opinion. It’s not as complicated as PhotoShop, and even the free version allows you to do more than most other graphics program out there. I find it more intuitive than the other popular graphic creation and photo manipulation program out there, Canva. I gladly pay the few bucks a month it takes to get the premium version so I have more options.
If you want to learn about about search engine optimization, this is the best beginner’s guide out there. Knowing the basics of search engine optimization will allow you to get better jobs and charge more for your work, so I definitely recommend reading through this guide. Plus, it’s free, so I mean… you really have nothing to lose!
I recommend that all writers have a website where they can send clients, and WordPress is a great option for building that website, especially if you want to have a blog. I highly recommend choosing WordPress over Blogger, since you’ll have more options for themes and plugins.
For hosting a website, my choice is GoDaddy. In my experiences, they have the best customer service and the least amount of downtime if you’re just running a simple portfolio site. My experience with GoDaddy has been better than with many of the other hosting companies out there, including Bluehost, which many people recommend because they have a great affiliate program, even though their downtime is crazy. You don’t want to choose a hosting company with a lot of downtime, because if a potential client tries to visit your site and it isn’t loading, they’ll just move on.
Buzzstream was created to do outreach for link building, and while that is helpful, I also use it to manage my contacts. You can really easily load in your clients’ information along with notes, and email them whenever you’re doing a promotion. For my money, it’s a simpler and cheaper option than most other contract management systems out there, as long as you have less than 1500 contacts.
You can get cheap-o business cards from other websites, but when you can afford it, upgrade to cards from Moo. They’re gorgeous and hold up better than the cheaper options, plus you can really customize your cards by printing on both sides and getting different designs in the same order, so that every card is different. You can also make postcards, stickers, notecards, etc. with Moo, and they have different business card sizes if you don’t want to go the traditional route.