Earlier this year, I thought, hey, I should probably have a logo. I asked my sister Kathleen, who's an illustrator, if she could create one for me and I'd pay her.
Reenactment of convo:
Me: "Hey, sis, could you whip something up real fast that embodies my whole essence, and vibe, and style? Cool, k thx luv ya tonz byeeee!"
Okay, that didn't happen, but Kathleen was super busy so she couldn't do it anyways. And I also feel bad for always relying on Kathleen for anything art-related.
(I'm really painting myself in a bad light here, but it's fine, srsly—Kathleen and I are buds. Right, Kathleen? Right????)
Anyways, I ended up using 99designs.
99designs is a little expensive, I admit: it was $299. (Don't judge me—I can feel you judging me!) But I still recommend it. It's set up like a contest: you write a creative brief explaining what you're looking for, hundreds of designers submit logos for you to choose from, you pick the winning design, and then get the logo files and intellectual property rights. If you need a second opinion on which logo to pick, you can create a poll for friends/family/random internet people/trolls/logo critics to see which one they like best.
Here's my creative brief and the designs that came in: https://99designs.com/logo-design/contests/freelance-writer-editor-book-publishers-needing-modern-logo-778373
Now that I had my fancy schmancy logo, I was ready to hit the town with some profresh business cards! I ordered 50 business cards from MOO and gave them to anyone I met networking! (I've probably given most of them to my relatives, lol.)
Word of advice: if you don't have an actual physical office space, you don't need to include your address on your business card. I did that. Whoops! Also, since people are moving all the time and addresses change constantly, your business cards will be out of date and people will have the wrong info.
All you need is....
I might be completely wrong about all that, and it depends on your industry. But that's just what I've learned as a freelance writer/editor.
3. AND CO
I love And Co! The software is for invoicing, proposals, contracts, time tracking, etc. I first heard about it from their blog Hustle & Co. It's a great way to keep track of all your outstanding invoices and it creates professional-looking invoices.
There's a ton of other apps I haven't mentioned that are helpful—like Toggl, Evernote, and Slack—but these three are my favorites.