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Book Review: Freelancing for Dummies

Freelancing for Dummies by Susan M. Drake is an excellent starting place and general resource for anyone interested in starting freelance work. Freelancing for Dummies doesn’t explore any one aspect of freelance work in detail, but instead provides basic information in a comprehensive and well-rounded way. You can find topics related to any kind of freelance work, such as:

  • Making the decision to freelance
  • Setting up your office or starting your business
  • Getting clients
  • Advertising / Marketing / PR
  • Setting your rates
  • Time management
  • Building your professional image
  • Dealing with taxes
  • Accounting and records

Anyone considering starting any kind of freelance work should buy this book to reference time and time again. It would be an excellent addition to the beginning freelancer’s professional library.


  • Well-organized
  • Covers a little bit of everything
  • Author’s writing style is easy to read
  • Format is easy to scan for the information you’re looking for

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  • Would be nice to see an updated version with an expanded section covering e-lancing more fully
  • Not much detailed information about any one topic


  • Publisher: For Dummies
  • Published: 2001
  • 333pp

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