The best resource list for freelance designers

By Baltazar Pazos


As a designer that is looking to grow your client base or even maintain the clients that you currently have, you need to stay on top of your business.

“Design first” isn’t just design. it’s research. It’s iteration. It’s experimentation. Before you really get started. — Patrick Neeman

Here is a brief resource list of products that I trust and have used at one point or another to help grow and sustain your freelance design business.

Getting clients:

Angel.co

Find jobs at startups

Dribbble Jobs

Find jobs from companies both big and small

Designernews Jobs

Find jobs from companies both big and small

LinkedIn

Find jobs from companies both big and small

Craigslist

Find jobs from companies both big and small. This still works!

Project Management:

Cushion

Peace of mind for freelancers. Manage your schedule and keep track of your income

Trello

Trello is the free, flexible, and visual way to organize anything with anyone. Really easy project management

Codebase

Professional code hosting for developers & teams with a complete set of project managements tools built-in. Great options for project management

Flow

Whether you call them tasks or to-do’s, Flow helps you do more. Get tasks done!

Invision

Design better, faster, together. New Workflow features are really interesting!

Mavenlink

Bridging How You Work With How You Succeed. Manage your schedule and project from end to end.

Asana

Run your day, your team, and your company with Asana — from everywhere you work.

Time Tracking:

Harvest

Spend less time tracking and more time doing. My personal favorite.

Mavenlink

Connect the dots between your people, projects, and profits.

Punch time for Trello

Time tracking and analysis for any project on Trello.

Toggl

The ultimate timer. It’s insanely simple!

Accounting / Payments / Invoicing:

Wave

Free & easy accounting, invoicing and more!

Ballpark

We make it easy for you to track time, send invoices and get paid.

Venmo

Make and share payments.

Square Cash

Exchange money quickly, easily, and for free.

Paypal

Make the most of your money.

Design Tools:

Sketch

Professional digital design for Mac.

Photoshop

Create anything you can imagine. Anywhere you are.

Illustrator

Create beautiful vector art wherever inspiration strikes.

Project Collaboration:

Invision

The world’s leading prototyping, collaboration & workflow platform

Zeplin

Design hand-off has never been easier. Generate styleguides and resources, automatically.

Wake

A private space to share and discuss design work with your team

Relay

Design Communication Synced with Slack

Slack

Real-time messaging that works.

Hipchat

Group and private chat, file sharing, and integrations

Prototyping:

Invision

The world’s leading prototyping, collaboration & workflow platform

Framer

Truly great design happens through prototyping.

Form

Build and customize native prototypes directly on device.

Pixate

Change the way you design with the most powerful prototyping platform on the planet.

Origami

Design Prototyping.

Marvel

Free mobile & web prototyping for everyone. No coding required

Atomic

The fastest way to design beautiful interactions

Do you have any tools you love that I missed? I’d love to hear about tools you use on Twitter (@baltazarpazos) and keep posted for new tools being added to this list.