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.