Useful links

New tools for entrepreneurs

Most of us who contract or are starting our own business live on a shoestring budget. Still we need to get that traction in our small teams, get our brand out there and attract customers.

There are some great new tools out there that make life easier for us. And it doesn’t cost a mint!

Have a look at these.


Office messaging and chat

@SlackHQ, the office messaging app that may finally sink email.

Article in NY Times >


Live video streaming on Twitter.

Regardless of which app you choose, these are great for reaching your followers real-time at low cost. And lots of debate around “@AppMeerkat vs Twitter/@periscopeco”.

Read The magic moment of Meerkat >

Some perspective on Twitter vs Meerkat >



For R&R at downtime, do more and spend less

Discover the best of London on a budget with @frugl >


PR on a shoestring

Suzanne Noble’s class through Monkfeet on April 15th, find out more here and register >


Learn from others: advice on marketing.

Once your business is up and running, all practicalities sorted out and you’re just waiting for the first emails from prospective customers to hit the mailbox… yes, where are all those customers?

Everyone has an opinion about marketing, but there are some who just know what they are talking about. Here’s a couple of inspiring blogs from those who live and breath brands, social and marketing.

Enjoy the reading!

What the best brands will do in 2015. 

by Andreas von der Heydt, Head of Kindle Content at Amazon.

11 ways to get your first 1000 customers. 

by Christina Desmarais.

How to start a successful blog today.

by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus.

How I went from zero to 380,000 Twitter followers without spending a dime.

by Ann Tran, Social Media Consultant.

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Stories from other freelancers.

Starting your freelance life is thrilling, and - for many - nerve wracking. Fortunately, many others have already been through the same experience. And even better, some have written about it.

We collected for you 5 stories that describe the great, good, bad and ugly about the starting process.

Story 1.

The Complete Guide to Setting and Negotiating Freelance Rates.

Story 2.

5 things I wish I'd known when I started freelancing.

Story 3.

The Easy Way to Earn More Money as a Freelance Writer (No Marketing Required!).

Story 4.

5 Lessons Being a Private Investigator Taught Me About Freelancing.

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