They say freelancing is not for everyone, and in some points, it is true. Freelancing requires fearlessness. It involves calculated risks, quick wit and persistence that not everyone possesses. Like any other business, it requires preparation, the right tools and the right support system to make it successfully. And so this week, we bring you some tips on how you could prepare yourself for the struggles and challenges you might face as a ‘solopreneur’.

Freelancing

This week’s Five Tips Tuesday talks about resources to help maximize your time and manage your schedule, get you pumped up and inspired to take on the challenges of independent work, a podcast channel built by a freelancer for freelancers, and a must have book for anyone wanting to start a career at freelancing.

1. Article – Most workers say they are willing to go freelance. People love the idea of starting their own projects, but are unsure about leaving their current posts. What makes them doubtful about the prospect? Fast Company says it’s all about security.

2. Apps – Freelancers are always on the lookout for the best tools to aid in their business. Good thing Engadget has come up with a list of must-haves to help set you up for daily tasks, meetings and also measure your productivity. See it all here.

3. Videos – Are you in need of inspiration or a creativity boost? From getting more sleep, learning how to handle stress and keeping yourself motivated, here are eleven TED Talks that will help you get back on your feet and help you get the job done.

4. Resources – Freelance Transformation Podcast is a weekly source of in-depth advice for freelancers through articles and podcasts. Owned and managed by Matt who’s been running his web agency for 10 years, he aims to help freelancers build their business and unlock their potential. Check out his guests, blog posts and book reviews here.

5. Books – Sara Horowitz helps aspiring freelancers take the leap into remote work with her book, The Freelancer’s Bible. The goal is to help freelancers learn the ropes, from getting clients, fee-setting strategies, securing health insurance and negotiation do’s and don’ts. Get your copy here.

Got more to add to our list? We’d love to hear from you!. Take a look at previous issues of Five Tips Tuesday by visiting our blog.

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Herlene Somook is a creative entrepreneur and freelance writer based in Manila, Philippines. A graduate of AB Psychology, she was a Kumon Reading teacher for five years before jumping ship to the Business Process Outsourcing Industry, where she gained experience in Inbound Sales, Technical Support, Outbound Services, Lead Generation and Marketing. Today, she spends her time as the Head Writer and Content Strategist for NextStep Hub. She loves reading bedtime stories to her toddler son.