Resources for Freelance Web Designers

Being a freelance web designer is definitely hard work! But if you are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to be a good one (i.e. make a living), it can be both financially rewarding and fun! Here are a few articles, links, and tools to help you along on your freelancing journey…

Freelancing Resources

Helpful Articles on Freelancing

Advice and helpful tips from those who’ve been there…

Protect Yourself and Your Work

Information regarding your rights as a freelance designer including copyrights and contracts…

Freelance Information Websites

Websites dedicated to providing information about freelancing…

  • Freelance Folder – Freelance Folder is a multi-authored blog dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and freelancers.
  • FreelanceSwitch – Advice, news, and opinions on freelance design
  • – Freelance and passive income blog
  • Freelance UK – Everything for the creative freelancer

Online Portfolios

Showcase your designs to thousands of potential customers by displaying them in online portfolios for creative professionals…

  • creativeHUB – Showcase your Creative Portfolio
  • Carbonmade – Design and manage your online portfolio with a variety of tools that allow you to change how you display your work.
  • Creativeshake – Create a portfolio and showcase your creative talent
  • Coroflot – The fast, easy way to get your creative projects online and in front of the right people.
  • FigDig – Free online portfolio

Freelance Tools & Downloads

Links to all sorts of helpful apps and resources…

  • 101 Essential Freelancing Resources – Gigantic list of tools, links, & resources for freelancers : Freelance Switch
  • 10 Adobe Air Apps for Web Designers – Awesome apps for Web Designers, list by Six Revisions
  • Projjex – Free, easy, online project management application.
  • dotproject – Open source project management software
  • Toodledo – An easy to use, web-based to-do list. Get organized, stay motivated, and be more productive.
  • Simple Customer – Manage your contacts and clients online – Developed for anyone who needs a simple and easy way to keep track of their clients, customers and contacts.

Social Networking Sites for Creative Professionals

  • ComputerLove – The social platform for creative talents
  • designerID – We created this site to help all designers connect, not just those looking for a job. It includes seasoned or mid-level designers who are happy with their job but just want to see what else is going on in their market or abroad and maybe contact designers of interest.
  • Behance Network – Creative portfolios, projects, and collaboration
  • Deviant Art – The largest art community in the world
  • LinkedIn – Over 25 million professionals use LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas and opportunities

List Yourself/Site in these Directories

  • Freelance Designers – Directory of freelance designers
  • DMOZ Open Directory Project – Just click the letter of your last name and then click submit url in the top right corner and list your site in the largest directory on the web

Find Freelance Work at these Sites

Find tons of design and computer related jobs and projects at these sites…

  • creativeHUB – The center for creatives finding work.
  • Authentic Jobs – Full-time and freelance opportunities for designers and developers
  • FreelanceSwitch – Freelance Classifieds Job Board
  • Elance – Find the work you love – web design, programming, writing, virtual assistance, marketing, accounting and other jobs
  • 37 signals Job Board – Companies such as The New York Times, CNET, Facebook, Adobe, Trek, and American Express use this Job Board to reach today’s best and brightest web minds.
  • Get a Freelancer – Become a freelance programmer, web designer, copywriter or translator and let us help you find customers from all over the world.
  • iFreelance – Get access to 1000’s of buyers in need of your professional services.
  • Design Quote – Graphic and web design jobs, browse projects and find leads.
  • WebProJobs – Freelance & Full-Time Jobs for Web Professionals
  • Coroflot – Design Job Board
  • Job Pile – Aggregating the best design job boards on the web
  • Krop – Design, creative, and Tech Job Board
  • Freshwebjobs – Web Professionals Job Board
  • Sologig – Find consulting, contract, temp, or freelance opportunities
  • Guru – offers the opportunity to market to a global audience with minimal costs. Innovative features, such as an online Video Profile give Freelancers a cutting edge platform to highlight their skills and experience to attract new business and retain repeat customers.
  • Slashdot – Jobs for Nerds : IT and Design related Job Board
  • Creative Shake – Creative Job Board
  • GoFreelance – Freelance work exchange – Connecting Freelancers and Employers to Get Jobs Done
  • 99designs – Leading Designer Marketplace for Logo Designs, Web Designs and Moreā€¦
  • crowdSPRING – Global marketplace for logo design, business card design, graphic design and website design
  • eLogoContest – Logo design contests