If you are a new freelancer or have been freelancing for a while, you’ll find yourself looking for answers about all aspects of running your freelance business. We’ve compiled a freelancing forums list with overviews of what you’ll find at each forum.
Find answers to questions about freelancing, including: marketing your business, creating estimates, bidding on projects, setting hourly rates, communicating with clients, skill building, invoicing, accounting, taxes, time management and more.
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- Upwork (formerly oDesk) Community
Upwork is a very active community of freelancers. While many UpWork Community users actively seek gigs on the Upwork platform, you can just use the forum. You don’t have to register to read forum posts but if you’d like to post to the forum, registration is required. You’ll find all kinds of questions, answers and helpful advice in the community. Forums include Community Discussions (Freelancing, Clients); Job Skills Discussions (IT and Programming, Admin Support, Design and Multimedia); and, country groups.
- Freelancer.com Community
Not only is Freelancer.com a good resource if you are a freelancer looking for gigs or a business looking to hire a freelancer, it also has great information to help you succeed as a freelancer. While much of the information is geared toward web tech freelancers (programmers, designers etc.), you’ll also find informative articles about sales and marketing, business and accounting, and general articles on all things freelance.
Talkfreelance is primarily a freelance forum for web developers and web designers. It’s also a good resource for writers and editors. Non-techies can get helpful information about web marketing, contracts, billing, legal help, advertising, SEO, social media marketing and web hosting. In the marketplace, you can post ads for your services or search for services offered by community members. At the time of this writing, Talkfreelance has over 34,000 members and has over 107,000 threads.
Whydowork is an online community for anyone working from home or freelancing. Forums include Work at Home Advice, Tips and Support; Business Discussion, Tax and Legal Help; Freelance Writing, Transcription and Virtual Office Jobs; Job Leads and Employer Discussion; Advertising and Promotion; and, Webmaster Resources. Whydowork has over 400,000 registered users and over 21,000 topics posted.
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As the domain name implies, WritersNet is a forum for writers (and editors, agents and publishers). Most information on the forum is about the craft of writing, though you’ll also find information on publishing, self-publishing, writing query letters, and other resources. If you’re an unpublished writer, join the Unpublished Writers Forum and discuss the road to being published, ask questions and share experiences. If you have published, the Published Writers Forum offers support and advice for building and sustaining your writing career. The forum has 1884 members and over 59,000 discussion threads.
- WAHM (Work At Home Moms)
WAHM has both free and paid memberships to the forum. Paid members can promote their business by adding signature links and a business profile. With the free membership you can post and respond in the forum. Browsing the forum is always free! The WAHM forums include information about work from home professions, sales companies, and “WAHM life” featuring topics such as business advice, help and support for moms wanting to start a work at home career.
- The FreelanceForum
The FreelanceForum is great place to connect with other freelancers, ask questions and find answers. Forums include Freelancer’s Hangout (Interviews with Freelancers, Freelancer Q&As, Freelancing Sites, Freelance Journal, What’s Your Line of Freelancing?); Freelancing Strategies (Clients, Marketing and Money, Freelance Tools, Multi-Tasking and Time Management, Social Media, Well-Being, Tips and Tutorials, Constructive Criticism); Freelance Jobs (Want to Hire, For Hire, Collaboration, Freelance Creations for sale); and Webmaster’s Corner. The forum has over 13,000 members (70 listed as active) and over 10,000 threads.
- Home Business Forums
The Home Business Forums is a community for people starting a home-based business. Find answers to questions related to starting and running a home-based business and marketing on and offline. Get support and feedback from other community members and share your experiences. The forum has over 23,000 members and over 7500 topics.
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