There’s no arguing that one of the best things about the internet is the access it provides to influencers, thought leaders and like-minded people across the globe. The beautiful thing about Twitter, especially, is that it’s a place where people find enjoyment in sharing their tricks, tips and resources. For them, it means building an audience and establishing themselves as leaders in their given field or profession. For us, it means having a place to go to be inspired, learn something new or find a resource that makes our jobs easier.
Twitter and other online communities springboard collaboration. They’re a place where friendships are sparked and business relationships are born. They’re a place for us to connect, collaborate and learn from one another.
With that, here are the 20 people we believe every freelancer should follow on Twitter to get the best of the best practices, stories, tips and trends for building and growing a creative freelance career. Subscribe to our Twitter list of these folks here.
1) Jessica Hische
Jessica Hische (@jessicahische) is a lettering artist and author of the book In Progress. She speaks often and is well known across creative industries. She tweets about illustration, design, life as a creative, and well, just life. Follow her for chuckles and solid advice.
2) Austin Kleon
Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) is an artist and author of several books, including Steal Like An Artist. All of his content from books to his weekly newsletter to his tweets appeal to fellow creatives. He seems to find the most inspiring but real content from the depths of the internet.
3) Kate Kendall / CloudPeeps / Freelance Friday
Our own founder and CEO, Kate Kendall (@KateKendall) shares the latest trends and insights on the future of work, startups and tech. We (@CloudPeeps) share all of our favorite freelance stories, resources and advice on Twitter, as well as community news, job opportunities, product updates and more. Our global coworking community for freelancers, Freelance Friday (@freelancecowork) tweets about freelancing, remote work, and the latest meetups your city. Join us as we build the indie worker movement!
4) Freelancers Union / Sara Horowitz
Sara Horowitz (@Sara_Horowitz) is the founder and executive director of Freelancers Union (@FreelancersU), a resource for benefits, political action and business resources (such as tax guides) for freelancers. She’s passionate and knowledgeable of the future of the workforce and the economy and it shows in her tweets.
5) Ann Friedman
Ann Friedman (@annfriedman) is a freelance journalist and chart maker — a must-follow for any aspiring freelance writers. She writes words and makes charts for leading publications such as New York Magazine, LA Times, ELLE and more. She also co-hosts a fabulous podcast appropriately titled Call Your Girlfriend. She shares her own writing as well as her favorite finds each week in an amazing and entertaining newsletter.
6) Nichole Demere
Nichole Demere (@NikkiElizDemere) is an excellent person to follow if you have any interest in consulting. She has built a great name for herself working with some of the biggest communities in the tech space, including Product Hunt, Inbound.org and more. Her tweets are filled with resources for increasing your marketing, growth and social knowledge. You can learn a lot from how she positions and markets herself as well.
7) Tobias van Schneider
Tobias van Schneider (@vanschneider) is a designer who once lead design at Spotify and has since founded Semplice Labs, a case study and portfolio system. He may not be a fellow freelancer, but Tobias is the ultimate solopreneur and does a fantastic job of documenting his journey through his weekly newsletter. He also has a podcast called Nice To Meet You where he has casual conversations with fellow creatives and makers.
8) Natalie Sisson
Natalie Sisson (@suitcasepreneur) helps entrepreneurs build profitable online businesses. She’s a digital nomad and huge fan of remote work and keeping businesses lean. Follow her for tips on being a wandering entrepreneur and building your business.
9) Paul Jarvis
Paul Jarvis (@pjrvs) is a freelance designer turned prolific product maker. Based on his experience, Paul creates books, courses and products to help creative freelancers be better at their jobs. His tweets and free weekly Sunday Dispatches newsletter are full of tips, tactics and advice to apply to your work and life. His perspective is fresh and his sarcasm is plenty.
10) Maren Kate
Maren Kate (@marenkate) is the founder of Zirtual, where she built a team of 450+ distributed workers and $11M in revenue/year. Needless to say, she knows a lot about starting and building a business, including the good, bad, ugly and beautiful. She’s now sharing her knowledge on her blog, Escaping the 9 to 5 and in her tweets!
11) The Write Life / Alexis Grant
Alexis Grant (@alexisgrant) is the founder of The Write Life (@TheWriteLife), an online resource helping writers create, connect and earn and covering topics from marketing to blogging to publishing to freelancing. Alexis’ tweets are highly focused on personal branding tips and empowering her followers with what they need to get the jobs they want.
12) FlexJobs / Remote.co / Sara Sutton Fell
Sara Sutton Fell (@sarasuttonfell) is the founder and CEO of FlexJobs (@FlexJobs), an award-winning job site for part-time or full-time flexible jobs. She’s also the founder of Remote.co (@remote_co), a remote work resource. Sara is obviously passionate about the future of work and sharing remote, distributed job opportunities with the world.
13) Srinivas Rao / Unmistakable Creative
Srini Rao (@UnmistakableCEO) is the founder of Unmistakable Media and host of the incredible podcast Unmistakable Creative (@UnmistakableCR) – deeply personal, insightful, and thought-provoking stories from the world’s leading thinkers. What we love about the podcast is that Srini doesn’t focus on how famous his guests are, but rather how they’re living fulfilled and meaningful lives to them. His tweets cover a range of quotes from the show, his own insights and experiences from growing a media business and curated content about entrepreneurship, creativity, productivity and startups. .
14) Marian Schembari
Marian Schembari (@MarianSchembari) is a Peep and freelance writer, contributing to publications such as Cosmopolitan and The Write Life, among others. She also has her own blog where she shares advice with fellow freelance writers. Follow her for an inside look into the life of a truly nomadic (until recently) freelance writer!
15) Jocelyn K. Glei
Jocelyn K. Glei (@jklei) is the founding editor of 99u and has authored and edited three books, including the Amazon bestseller Manage Your Day-to-Day about how to make great creative work in the age of distraction. She’s obsessed with creativity, meaning and how we can infuse more of both into our daily work. We’ve been loving her weekly newsletter.
16) Carly Ayres
Carly Ayres (@carlyayres) is a freelance writer and content strategist working with brands such as Google Creative Lab, Collaborative Fund, Core77 and more. She tells it how it is, with a focus on the quirky and fabulous. Follow her for the best of the best in design, as well as unique and real insights into being a freelancer.
17) Leah Kalamakis
Leah Kalamakis (@leahkalamakis) is the founder of the Freelance to Freedom Project and community. For a living, she designs and develops websites and branding for entrepreneurs. Her tweets are filled with plenty of tips, tools and real talk for freelancers.
18) Liam Veitch / Freelance Lift
Freelance Lift (@freelancelift), founded by Liam Veitch is a site and resource dedicated to empowering freelancers to get their businesses off the ground. Freelance Lift content is focused around making more money, fostering client relationships and growing your businesses.
19) Monika Kanokova
Monika Kanokova (@mkanokova) is a freelance content and community strategist and the author of two books on freelancing. She has worked with clients such as Kickstarter and Raven and Finch, among others. She curates tons of valuable content for freelancers and creatives.
20) Femke van Schoonhoven
Femke van Schoonhov (@femkesvs) is a freelance digital designer obsessed with side projects. As a co-host on the design podcast Design Life, she enjoys talking about issues freelancers face as young creatives. She tweets much about design, but also about being a creative freelancer and business owner.
Ok, we know that there are plenty of other amazing freelancers and creatives out there blazing trails and sharing their learnings. Who would you add to this list? Link us to their Twitter account in the comments below!
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