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Freebies

  • The door hangers kit

    FREE

    You're on deadline. Doing an interview. Or just watching cat videos and really don't want to be disturbed. Well, we have the solution: a pack of five door-hangers designed just for freelancers. Print out the one that most suits your situation, cut it out and hang it on your door-knob. Hey presto: no interruptions! (Well, we hope). These hangers come in a downloadable, print-ready pdf and in are available in either colour and black and white. Designs include:
    1. Pulitzer novel in progress (No, seriously, don't bother knocking)
    2. I'm in the flow, you need to go!
    3. I'm on a deadline. Come back at beer-o-clock
    4. Genius at work. Only knock if you have chocolate or coffee
    5. Pulled an all-nighter. Tired freelancer within. Enter at own risk.

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  • Rate card

    FREE

    Do clients often ask you for your rate card? This simple template is easily our most popular download. It can be customised in Word with the services you offer and fees for each, and it includes space for your logo and contact details. If you write for different types of clients or if you change your rates for different industries, you might want to have multiple rate cards that are customised for each industry. The items on this rate card represent examples only. Once you've updated it with your specific info, it's a good idea to save as a pdf so you can easily send it to clients.  

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  • To-do list

    FREE

    Need a simple to-do list you can scribble on and stash in your bag? Our free printable is designed for freelancers with specific sections to help you keep on top of all your tasks. Print it out and fill it in to have a handy sheet detailing everything from clients to call to pitches you have to send. Combine it with our handy Pitch Tracker and you're all set.

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Cool Tools

  • Client tracker

    $9.95

    Are there clients or editors you have worked with once or twice and never again? Simply because budgets were cut, the person moved on, or you failed to follow up and cultivate the relationship? You're not alone. Maintaining client relationships - or fostering potential new leads - can feel like a full-time job when you're freelance. That's where our powerful client tracker tool comes in.

    It features two tabs - one for former clients and one for new leads - and fantastic graphs to help you chart where ALL your clients and leads are in the process. You'll quickly and systematically nurture former clients back to a working, income generating relationship - and at the same time, you can create and monitor relationships with potential leads. All your clients and leads. All that income-earning potential. All in the one place.

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  • Writer's calendar 2018

    $7.95

    Start planning your year with our handy 2018 writer's calendar, jam-packed with dates you don’t want to miss. Festivals, events, competitions, calls for submissions, grants and much more are hyperlinked so you can get to the info fast - or simply print out the calendar for your wall. We’ll be updating it regularly as new events and competitions are confirmed. (If you feel there’s an important date we’ve missed, please let us know so we can add it in!)

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  • Client audit worksheet

    $4.95

    Do you suspect some of your clients or editors actually cost you money - due to endless changes, disorganisation, scope creep or other reasons? If so, get your paws on our secret weapon: the printable client audit worksheet. It's a simple, handy way to gather important insights into the clients and editors you currently work for.

    Use this worksheet as a launch pad to a more lucrative client base and as a brainstorming tool for the clients and companies you'd like to approach. Full instructions provided on how often you should use it, and how it can help your business.

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  • Expert tracker

    $6.95

    Do you often forget to add experts and case studies to your little black freelance book? Find it all too time-consuming to track down experts you interviewed for future stories? This is the solution: an experts file where you can not only enter in experts as you file stories, but add in each person's speciality so you can easily search for them and find the people you need next time you're writing on that topic.

    Recent praise for the Expert Tracker:

    "Before I discovered Rachel's List's Toolkit of goodies, I was relying on my memory to locate and relocate useful talent. Instead, now I use Rachel's excellent Expert Tracker spreadsheet and all my contacts are in one place. It's been especially useful for me when I'm writing in specific areas such as children's health or psychology and I want to know quickly who I can call on for an expert opinion." Lindy Alexander, The Freelancer's Year

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  • 40 essential tools for freelancers

    $4.95

    Looking for the best websites, apps and free or paid services to boost your efficiency and productivity - and save you money? Our 40 essential tools for freelancers is a collection of apps and services we use ourselves and recommend. Perfect for people who work for themselves, this download is covers a range of areas including money, project management, writing/brainstorming, photo-editing, interviewing and transcribing, file storage and much more. It's the only list of freelance resources you'll ever need!

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  • Income tracker

    $6.95

    Need an easy way to track your income and expenses? Our income tracker is designed for freelancers with specific sections to enter in invoice and receipts, and our at-a-glance interactive dashboard will change according to your new data. Monitor how you're doing month to month and print out the sheets for your accountant at the end of the tax year.

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  • Pitch tracker

    $6.95

    Do you often stumble across a great idea for a story, scribble it down somewhere and forget about it? Or do you struggle to remember who you've pitched and when, and fail to follow up with editors when you should? It's time to organise your pitching and start getting more pitches across the line. Our at-a-glance pitch tracker, a user-friendly Excel spreadsheet, will help you keep track of everything from story ideas to client proposals.

    Interactive graphs reveal your 'pitch hit rate' and help you monitor projects at every stage, guaranteeing that you'll never let a great story idea go to waste again. Use it to keep track of ideas you're percolating, and monitor pitches you've sent - whether they're in limbo, at research stage or commissioned. It also makes it easy to keep track of feedback on a pitch so you can re-angle it for a new client or publication. Easily one of our most popular downloads!

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Ebooks and courses

  • 25 Scripts For Freelance Success ebook

    $9.95

    Tricky situations are part and parcel of running your own freelance business - and sometimes, it can be hard to know how to broach conversations or phrase responses when dealing with editors or clients. That's where our handy 25 Scripts for Freelance Success ebook comes in. It's packed with word-for-word scripts and conversation starters you can use for a range of common scenarios – from raising fees to negotiating for repeat business, dealing with scope creep or crafting the perfect pitch to an editor.

    Praise for 25 Scripts for Freelance Success ebook:

    "Your scripts e-book is really terrific. They are issues I have pondered about in the past, such as how to break particular news to an editor, or the best way to ask for a higher fee or add on a surcharge for a rush job. Coming from a hard news background, where there were few niceties and lots of straight talk, I need these kinds of guidelines. The emails are phrased in such a positive matter, along with ironic titles for the imaginary recipients and humorous asides! Some are hilarious. So thank-you." Linda, freelance journalist

    "Grab this book for an instant infusion of Rachel's 15 years-plus experience, with tactful and sensible solutions to the gnarliest questions, trickiest clients and stickiest situations in freelance life." Fran Molloy, long-term freelance journalist franmolloy.com

    "Rachel Smith is the person freelancers across the country turn to for insights into how to harness their skills to suit the many ways publishing continues to evolve. The fact she shares her brilliant wisdom in this easy-to-use book makes this invaluable, no matter what stage your career is at.” John Burfitt, Editorial Director, jbmedia.com.au

    “This book gives you all the ammo you need to handle negotiations with clients and editors like a pro, including some very clever ideas for ways to get more work and better pay." Debbie Elkind, Freelance Copywriter & Editor, debbieelkind.com

    "Rachel Smith is the industry leader when it comes to insider information in traditional and digital publishing. Easy to use, accessible and a must-buy for anyone working in publishing." Kathy Buchanan, Freelancer, www.readersdigest.com.au

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