I recently became aware of some new resources for freelancers and consultants that I think you should check out!
I found the first, Freelanceswitch, as I was following an incoming link to my blog from someone else’s (sorry – I forget whose). They describe their site as:
“A Community & Resource for freelancers of all varieties – designers, writers, programmers, illustrators, photographers …”
In the month since they have launched, it looks like they have built up a good subscriber base, have useful articles and just started a freelance job section where companies can post projects that are looking for freelancers, and freelancers can look for work. In their startup phase, it looks like posting jobs are free until July 1.
I like the look and feel of their site and the content of their articles, which seem to be very useful and applicable to the freelance community. They also welcome outside authors for certain features, so if you serve a similar target market and have good stuff to share, this could be a good vehicle for you.
I hope they add an archive by month section, as it seems they only have recent posts and posts listed by category. Besides a good search function, one of my favorite ways to look at the meat of a site is with a table of contents like my friend Ramit Sethi created for his blog iwillteachyoutoberich.com. I don’t know if I can do this in Typepad, my hosting platform, but I sure want to!
I have been aware of the second resource, Go Big Network, for quite awhile, but just received some info from their team that they launched a new projects service yesterday. This is a job board for freelancers and consultants that includes work categories like business planning, marketing and sales, creative services and programming.
Since sales and marketing can overwhelm new freelancers, connecting with services such as these can really open up some opportunities and prevent you from begging for work from friends and family.
Please let me know what you think of these services if you use them, and suggest other good ones!