The Freelance Ninja

Resources for Graphic Designers

Resources for Freelancing

Below you’ll find links to resources that we have personally used and found very helpful to launching, managing, and growing our freelance businesses. We will update this list if we find new services that make what we do easier. We know that most freelancers are on a tight budget so we try to find free options or the most affordable to keep your overhead as low as possible. Our goal is to help you become successful and will reference this page often. Enjoy!

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

Tools for launching a website (for yourself or your client)

bluehost

BluehostThis website are hosted on Bluehost. Why? Because it’s incredibly easy to use with 1-click automatic WordPress installation and excellent customer service – via phone and via chat. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND using Bluehost for your first site. Also, you get your first domain for free and you can use the same hosting account for multiple domains if you plan on creating more websites.

themeforest

ThemeforestThe best thing about WordPress is that there are many “themes” that you can purchase for an extremely reasonable amount. By purchasing a theme you start with a well-designed template that you can just add your content to and publish in a matter of a few clicks. You can browse and find the perfect theme for your business at Theme Forest.

Software

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative CloudYou don’t have to spend thousands on Adobe software anymore and that’s pretty sweet! Use Adobe Cloud if you need to download Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, and more for an affordable monthly rate.

Fonts

dafont

Da Font: This is an awesome site to download FREE fonts. You can search by theme and typeface and preview what your text looks like in various fonts.

leaugeofmovabletype

The League of Moveable Type: Well-made, free, and open-source font-face ready fonts.

losttype

Lost Type: You can pay whatever you would like for a font. You can pay “$0” for a free download.

tendolarfont

Ten Dollar Fonts: Quality fonts for everyone on a budget. New fonts are added every week.

Color

adobecolorcc

Adobe Color CC: Create custom color pallets and preview what your colors look like together using their FREE color wheel. Pick the perfect colors for your project with one-click conversion into shades, monochromatic, complimentary, and much more.

thedayscolor

The Days Color: Get inspiration from color pallets added daily.

designseeds

Design Seeds: This is another great FREE color search service that allows you to search for color pallets inspired by seasons, market hues, natural images, and specific color values. Chose the right colors for a themed design.

Design Elements

shutterstock

Shutterstock: Find stock images and vectors to help you design.

mooxi

Design Freebies Archive: More free design templates.

freebiesbug

Freebiesbug: Free PSDs and other resources for designers including photos, mockups, fonts, etc.

easely

Free Infographic Creator: Create free infographics using online templates and download to your computer. Once downloaded the infographics are editable in Illustrator for more customization.

iconfinder

Icon Finder: Search FREE and paid icons to use in your next print or digital design.

Tools for project approval and proofing with your clients

redmark

Redmark: Very simple and very free. Great for freelancers just starting out.

cage

Cage App: This is a great tool to use when working on projects that might require a lot of client feedback and revisions. It has a clean and easy to use dashboard that’s great for clients and if your collaborating on a project.

Organizational tools to help manage your time and business

meldium

MeldiumEver get tired of trying to remember all your business and personal logins and passwords? Weldium offers a free plan that’ll fit most of your needs and allows you to list all your accounts with your login info so all you have to do is click on the site’s icon and voilà! no more trying to remember your login and password.

asana

AsanaWe use Asana everyday for almost every project. Their FREE plan has tons of awesome features that allow you to plan, track, and manage projects and launches. You can attach an unlimited number of files up to 100mb, communicate without email, set due dates, and lots more. They have an awesome mobile app too that allows you to keep track of your progress on the go.

harvest

Harvest TimeKeep track of the time you spend on projects and create invoices right from Harvest Time to send your clients. You can also use Harvest Time right from your project in Asana.

rescuetime

Rescue TimeUse this resource to help you stay on track. The FREE plan with Rescue Time lets you view what you spend your time on the computer doing so you can see where you can become more efficient.

Accounting and Financial tools for your business

paypal

Paypal: Accept payments from clients online.

freshbooks

FreshBooksMakes accounting and recording simple. FreshBooks was created for small businesses and takes the frustration out of bookkeeping.

Tools to keep in touch with your clients

mailchimp

Mail ChimpCreate awesome looking emails to keep in touch with past and potential clients.

Legal Stuff

legalzoom

LegalZoomEasy online incorporation or LLC creation.

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