The Way We Work
November 3, 2009 by Tamara Rice

The needs and lifestyle of a freelancer are unique, and we know it’s hard to find advice that deals specifically with your world. So, we’ve gathered up ten websites and blogs we think every freelancer should know about to help make the most of the freelance lifestyle:

junewalkerblog JUNE WALKER: Tax and Financial Advisor to the Self-Employed …

From - June Walker, tax consultant
Asset - Tax advice for freelancers in the US
Read - “Get an EIN for Security Reasons” by June Walker

consultant journal CONSULTANT JOURNAL

From - Andrea Coutu, founder, marketing consultant
Asset – Scam warnings, tax and financial planning info, marketing info
Read - “How Commenting on Blogs Markets Your Business” by Andrea Coutu

freelanceliving FREELANCE LIVING

From - Chris King, author, freelancer; various contributors
Asset - Inspiration, guidance, advice
Read - “What’s Your Business Model” by C.J. Hayden, MCC

zenhabits ZEN HABITS: Simple Productivity

From - Leo Babauta, Zen master, author
Asset - Productivity advice, work/life balance
Read - “The Slow Secret: How to Make Lasting Changes in Your Life” by Leo Babauta

karyngreenstreet THE SELF-EMPLOYMENT BLOG: Practical Tips for Success

From - Karen Greenstreet, small business consultant; various contributors
Asset - Thoughts on marketing yourself and your business, inspirational video clips
Read – “It’s So Important to Take Time Off” by K. Greenstreet

freelancersunion FREELANCERS UNION

From - Freelancers Union (Exec. Director Sara Horowitz)
Asset - Insurance, legal advice, retirement and political advocacy
Read - “Unpaid Wages: How to Collect” by Gabrielle

anti9to5 THE ANTI 9 to 5 GUIDE: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube

From - Michelle Goodman, freelancer and author
Asset - Wisdom targeted to women, but good for all
Read - “Recession Ethics for Freelancers” by M. Goodman

undress4success UNDRESS FOR SUCCESS: Work From Home Resources and Advice

From - Kate Lister and Tom Harnish
Asset - Advice, scam awareness, resources
Read - “2008 Telecommuting Stats”

brazencareerist BRAZEN CAREERIST: Advice at the Intersection of Work and Life

From - Penelope Trunk, entrepreneur
Asset - Solid career advice for those at home or at work
Read – “Focus on Learning in the Face of Recession” by P. Trunk


From - Timothy Ferriss, author
Asset - Inspiration, motivation
Read - “How to Respond to Criticism” by T. Ferriss


Working from home can either liberate you or weigh you down — it’s all about how you do it. Having worked from home for over a decade, I’ve learned what works and what just creates more work. Here at oDesk, you’ll find the tips and tools to do it right.

- Tamara


Tamara Rice

Freelance Writer and Editor

Tamara Rice is one of several freelance writers on the oDesk Blog team. She joined the oDesk marketplace in 2009, after more than six years on staff at an award-winning national magazine.

  • ebusinessmom

    thank you for such great information. it would really be a good source of help for others

  • Jalal Ahmed

    Hi there! I’ looking for mail or typing jobs. I need no fees jobs. And I hate spam. So the job will be realibe, honest and it will pay good.

  • Candace Davies

    These are some excellent resources for those that have a freelance lifestyle. I will bookmark the sites to refer to often.

    Thanks for this information.

    To your success!


  • June Walker

    Hello Tamara,

    Thank you for pointing freelancers to my site.

    Self-employeds need as much help as they can get whether it’s about taxes, marketing, or any other element of business. Your blog is a reliable, accurate and interesting source for so many. We indies appreciate your commitment to helping us all.

    June Walker

  • Chris King

    Thank you so much for adding Freelance Living to your great resource list. And, yes, I am delighted to find your blog. I will give it a plug next week in my Random Tips & Productive Resources e-newsletter.
    Chris King

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  • Tamara

    Thanks, Andrea! We don’t want to toot our own horn … but the oDesk Blog is a pretty great resource!

  • Andrea Coutu from Consultant Journal

    Thanks for the mention — and the great list of resources. It’s also great to discover your site as another fantastic resource for this community.