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The Freelancer's Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams—On Your Terms

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  439 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Amazingly, one-third of the American workforce is freelance—that’s 42 million people who have to wrestle with not just doing the work, but finding the work, then getting paid for the work, plus health care, taxes, setting up an office, marketing, and so on. Now help is here, and consultants, independent contractors, the self-employed, “solopreneurs,” and everyone else livi ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Workman Publishing Company
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Ian Griffin
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
The primary value of this well-designed 462-page book is as a one-stop reference for new freelancers — or anyone considering alternatives to full-time W-2 work. Every practical detail is covered: from client contracts to daily calendars; insurance to incorporation; marketing to mentoring; taxes to technology. These practical details, checklists and planning tools are enlivened with stories from freelancers Sara has met in her 15 years as the founder of the Freelancer’s Union.
A wake-up call for A
This was an excellent introduction to freelancing. The organization is well done and intuitive into the order of starting up a new business.

If you plan to pursue freelancing either part or full-time and do not have any previous experience, I highly recommend looking through this guide. Sara Horowitz has put a ton of research and personal experience into making this a fairly fool-proof bible of freelancing.

5 Stars
Jess Estrada
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my best friends gave this to me when I started freelancing four years ago. Such a great resource!
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a university student, and my specified field of study has absolutely nothing to do with freelance, but I have always had an interest in the area. I received this book through one of the Goodreads giveaways. This book provided me with an abundant amount of information that was easy for me to understand, and even utilize within my own area of focus. I am definitely a "newbie" in the world of freelance, but after reading this book I feel like I could just go out and succeed today. While many o ...more
Rachel Brune
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one is going on my permanent work bookshelf. Lots of great information for those who, like me, have been trying to crack the code on freelancing for the past year, but also resources and encouragement for those just starting out and those who have been in the game longer. I am doing some professional reading and this is getting me started thinking about how I need to revamp my business plan to find ways to be more effective and be a better citizen of the freelancing community. Definite reco ...more
Dan Graser
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I encountered this book through a faculty committee initiative to work towards incorporating the preparation of future freelancers into our performance curriculum. As many have noted this really is the premiere resource for independent workers and professional freelancers of any profession. While my main interest is in applying this to artists/musicians, there is material here for everyone.

One trend that we are seeing in today's economy is the reliance on part-time work at the collegiate level a
This seems like a good compendium of the types of issues and questions freelancers (and potential freelancers) need to consider to be successful. I'm only interested in working part-time so some of the information in this book wasn't that relevant but it seems like a good guide to keep on hand. I was particularly interested in the sections about managing client relationships, which is something I think many people struggle with. ...more
Tommy P
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Although the author really knows what she's talking about and has accomplished admirable success for herself and service to others, the book contains a lot of common knowledge that only serves to make the book larger and thereby fulfill the publisher's claim to be a 'bible' for freelancers. i appreciate the the very useful resources contained in it but do not anticipate reading it as devotional literature.
But hats off to Sara H.!
Helen Lemus
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed her style. She writes in an informal but direct way that kept me interested and able to follow what she was saying. As someone who is starting out as a freelance writer, I needed a manual like this to help me out.

Sara Horowitz writes like a champion! This book is not just for freelance writers. It's for anyone who wants to work for themselves. She inspired my work and aspirations with her lively words.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Solid, with a lot of useful information and encouragement. Mainly focused on "artistic" freelancing (graphic design, writing, and the like) than other fields, so some of the ideas are hard to apply generally. Didn't have much of what I was hoping for in terms of how to actually set up a business - sole proprietor, LLC, etc. ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a great resource with a lot of helpful information. But it didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know. I was hoping it would de-mystify some aspects of freelancing, but the aspects that I found confusing and scary are still confusing and scary. I guess that is all part and parcel of freelancing life. ...more
Stacey Nguyen
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this little (ok, almost 500 pages long) gem in the clearance section at Half Price Books in Berkeley. It's a great resource for figuring out things like taxes, insurance, retirement funds, networking, finding clients, and figuring out contracts for freelancing. ...more
Scott Kinkade
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A must-have for freelancers. It contains a vast amount of information necessary for living the freelance life. I strongly recommend this book for anyone looking to quit their 9 to 5 job.
John Riselvato
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I rented this one from the library, I thought I was interested in Freelancing but I don't think it's my style. I was hoping to learn more about marketing in this book, but it was mostly gig economy advice. ...more
Pamela Fernandes
Sep 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a good book for someone beginning a freelance career. I loved the section on situations and solutions. For someone mid career looking for newer markets, it's not as helpful. It does have nuggets of tips for tax and accounts. ...more
Haydn Martin
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Skimmed through. Found some useful info and the book triggered some useful thoughts.

But mostly dull and basic. Not helped by the author's incessant mentioning of her own venture, a huge turn-off, and the awkward aesthetics of the book itself.
Kevin Amorim
Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
I've learned some nice things from this book. Although I think it could go a bit deeper on the theme. There was a bit too much of promotion to the Freelancer Union which becomes a bit annoying after some time. Despite this, I would totally recommend this book to new freelancers! ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent resource for freelancer's in all areas. ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very detailed information - would be a good reference to go back to, as needed.
Sam Potasznik
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're starting off on your own freelancing, and don't know where to start, just read this book. ...more
Samuel Oktavianus
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
oh this is the bible alright.
Nate Jordon
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A vital reference tool - a work I'll keep within arm's reach at all times. ...more
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good read and manual for going out on your own. Many good things to think about and tips and tricks as you go completely out on your own or just looking to do some consulting on the side.
Rachel Santino
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is super useful. A great reference for all freelancers. I’m keeping it handy.
Jen Baker
Mar 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: writing
A bit out of date in terms of laws and such, but overall a great book about starting a freelance career.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very helpful!
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So fantastic. Really useful.
Chris Raastad
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
This book is a pretty good starting place for everything you need to know to start your journey as a freelancer. It's relatively useful for all stages of the freelancing journey but particularly useful for those who are thinking about freelancing or just starting out. The book is mostly USA focused, particularly in healthcare, retirement savings accounts, taxes and business incorporation, but about 60-70% of the content can be useful for freelancers in other countries. The book is slightly outda ...more
Cheryl Durham
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In today's changing economy, I wanted to read several books that prompted out of the box thinking...and this fit the bill. The author, Sara Horowitz, did a fantastic job covering every angle and prompting me to pause as it related to thinking about independent initiatives, collaborations and the possible aftermath of such decisions. The book does not only deal with the business aspects but the emotional and mental. Yes, you can say, it ascribes to the entire person. It prompts you to look at the ...more
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
There's a reason she titled it The Freelancer's Bible: it is heaven sent!
I just began my freelance career in January and this book has been tremendously helpful as I organize my thoughts around all the complexities of running the business that is *me*. Horowitz walks through everything from the excitement of setting up your workspace to retirement planning and everything in between. I would highly recommend this for anyone launching their freelance career. It is simply packed with practical, act
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