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What to get your freelancer friend?
Here's the quick list:
- a freelance writing course (some options below)
- a VISA gift card to spend on the freelance writing or blogging course of their choice -- or on something needed for the home office
- a gift card to a coffee or tea shop your friend likes
- a gas card for those errand runs
- an Amazon gift card for books, office supplies, a new planner, etc.
- a gift subscription to Birch Box, Stitch Fix, Trendy Memo box, etc.
- a self-care gift basket (or box, gift bag, or file crate -- whatever works)
Freelance Writing Courses
* Gina Horkey's 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success
* Elna Cain's Write Your Way to Your First $1K
* Sagan Morrow's Monetize Your Blog with Freelance Writing
* Sagan Morrow's The Business of Writing & Editing -- Deluxe Package
It can be tricky to sign up for these for a friend, but if you'd like to check them out, you could always send your friend a Visa gift card along with some links to courses you think they might like.
You could also snag a copy of the Work at Home Bundle from Ultimate Bundles and send your friend the whole zip file for the bundle. I bought this bundle myself and started right in on an ebook titled, How to Find Real Work From Home Jobs by Anna Thurman. I've already found more jobs with the help of this ebook than I was finding on my own.
For a good night's sleep:
- a body pillow with a washable cover
- a relaxing tea (or something else relaxing that mixes well with tea, coffee, cocoa, or nothing)
- house cleaning services (make sure your friend is okay with this) so he or she can focus on freelance work and not worry about housekeeping -- at least for a day), so the house will look restfully clean and organized when your friend calls it a night
- a good planner -- all-purpose or specific to your friend's type of freelance work (for example, this blogging content journal) to help your friend write down the goals for the following day, week, month, etc.
For a productive morning:
- a new mug that reminds you of your amazing writer friend
- a package of your friend's favorite coffee (or maybe a new favorite -- whole bean or ground) or tea -- and maybe a little something to drizzle into it. Just a thought.
- a new planner or journal or a gift card for buying one (this one's my favorite all-purpose planner)
- a gift card to some store where your friend likes to shop for clothes -- or, even better, home office stuff!
- a gift card to Wayfair.com, so your friend can order a stylish and ergonomic office chair (like this one that's in my cart -- though I'm also considering this one, which bears the name of one of the Three Musketeers. For this reason, I may look past the lack of armrests. Plus, that seat looks like a welcome change from the molded plastic thing I've been sitting on).
- brand new office supplies in a gift box, basket, or file crate (fill with good quality pens, dry-erase markers, fun sticky notes, to-do-list notepads, a quirky mouse pad, an energy-saving power strip, a digital photo frame, printer paper, a gift card to put toward ink/toner, etc.)
- a set of stackable file crates to arrange into a cubby shelving unit. Zip ties are optional. You could also fill one of those crates with something refreshing to share after the shelves are set up (which should take a whole few minutes, so ... you're welcome. Allen wrench not required).
For the best first whole year (or quarter) as a freelancer:
- pretty much anything that's in the first two lists
- a gift subscription to Audible for 3, 6, or 12 months
- an Amazon Echo Dot (for hands-free control of background music and dialing friends, family, the local pizza place, etc. There's so much these things can do, but I won't paste the whole description in here.
- a lapdesk and reading pillow -- for those times when your freelancer friend wants to (or has to) do some work in bed or on the couch.
- a gift subscription to Amazon Prime for free 2-day shipping, music streaming, free Kindle ebooks, something called "Twitch," etc. You can give a three-month ($33) or a one-year ($99) subscription.
- a gift card to a favorite shoe place (something close to home to make exchanges easier -- or Zappos, which always makes returns free and easy), so your friend's feet will be comfortable and stylish while working at home -- or when setting out for errands (or to meet you for coffee).
Miscellaneous thoughtful & practical gifts for your work-from-home friend:
- a gas card (to make those necessary errands less expensive)
- a new coffeemaker (if your friend needs one)
- a gift subscription to a Peet's Coffee Classic Tasting Tour (or other tour) -- or to another coffee delivery service -- to add some variety to your freelancing friend's coffee mug.
- for tea lovers, a gift subscription to Plum Deluxe Tea Club, which will send out an ounce of the month's handcrafted loose-leaf tea blend, plus a sample of another blend, for a little over $10 a month (paid quarterly: $35). You can even request a caffeine-free blend, if your favorite freelancer needs to avoid or go easy on stimulants.
- Vitamin D or other health supplements for relatively sun-deprived people (including many who work from home and can easily spend all day tapping away at the keyboard -- speaking from experience) -- to help boost immunity and energy levels, because coffee can only do so much.
- a multi-pack of bottles of water (with or without carbonation and/or fruit juice added) to keep your freelancer friend hydrated
- a Fitbit wristband to encourage your freelancer friend to get some movement in during the day (but no nit-picking or taking it personally if you meet for coffee, and your friend's Fitbit is nowhere in sight)
- a gift subscription to Kindle Unlimited -- so your friend can have free access to ten books at a time, without paying a penny for them. There are an awful lot of books on Amazon that could help your freelancer friend make measurable improvements to his or her home business -- not to mention plenty that your friend may want to read for enjoyment, when they're "off work" for the day.
How else to support and encourage
your favorite freelancer
1. Please call before dropping in for a visit.
Just because your friend works from home doesn't mean life is all snack breaks and Netflix binges. There's some serious work to do if your friend intends to make a serious income, so please understand if your friend says, "I can't meet you today" or "I don't have time for visitors right now."
Those planners come in handy for more than work stuff. We can pencil in social time, but we can't always just stop what we're doing and meet someone who happens to be available at that moment.
Just because someone else isn't holding us to a fixed schedule doesn't mean we can't hold ourselves to one. Unless we tell you that we're freelancing as a hobby, please understand if we say something like, "I've got to finish this right now."
2. On behalf of so many of us, thou shalt not violate the one day of the week your freelancer friend and his or her family can sleep in late (or later than usual).
I should probably repeat that for emphasis, but I'll just say that if your freelancer friend or relative doesn't want to meet you on Saturday morning with the kids to hang out, it's not personal. It's just that for some of us, those Saturday mornings are untouchable. The kids don't have school, and it's not Sunday, yet, so we probably aren't planning to get up any earlier than we have to.
So, don't expect us to drag ourselves and the kids out of bed at 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning, so we can get to your place at 9:30 or so for "fun with the kids."
We can do that at home -- after sleeping as long as we need to.
3. I really wanted there to be a number 3, but I don't think I can top number 2, so I'll just stop, now. I may be back, though, with something brilliant.
Do you have any ideas for great gifts for freelancers? Please share in the comments below. You'll make this post better, and your idea may be just what the next one who reads this post needs.
In any case, thank you for being here, and have a great week!