If you’re a freelancer, I’d be willing to bet that you have at least one monitor in your workspace dedicated to YouTube videos (for at least part of the day). We all have to get our daily quotient of cute kitty videos, after all. But when the kittens run dry or you’ve listened to all of these podcasts, you may want to check out these freelancer YouTube channels. Professional development has never been so fun or easy.
1. Chris the Freelancer
Chris is everywhere. Literally. He lives abroad and teaches people how to, as his headline says, “live and work anywhere.” While we all may not be able to globe trot and click away on our laptops in exotic locales, Chris’s advice is still pertinent to those of us who work for ourselves. He talks about finding clients and making the most of your time. And just because Panera Bread or Starbucks is as far as you travel, you can still be a digital nomad. Just one who roams around your own city.
2. Brett Dev
Like Chris the Freelancer, Brett Dev is a well-known freelancer who lives abroad (Chiang Mai, Thailand, to be specific), and he does a lot of web dev tutorials and freelancing tips. He gets into the lifestyle of living abroad and working abroad as a freelancer, showing you personal vlogs as well so that you can see what you can be getting into. Like Chris and his nomadic lifestyle, you may not be interesting in living in Thailand, but the advice is solid.
3. John Morris
John Morris is aimed at new coders who want to make a career out of the skills they can learn from him. Nowhere near as exotic as the previous two entries, John gets folks the best information he possibly can. He has over 57k subscribers, and there’s a good reason for that. He’s easy to listen to and learn from. You can’t really get better than that if you’re trying to finish tutorials.
4. Mike Locke
If you’re freelancing, you absolutely have to keep the clients and their users in mind. Mike Locke is a UI/UX designer, and he goes through what that means in simple terms that apply to your job and life. He has been in the field for 17 years, and you can tell from the quality of his videos. UX is something we can all study up on more, so here’s a good opportunity for us all.
5. Derek Banas
My notes on this channel are two words: whoa, nelly. And that’s about all I can think of to say about it. Derek does tutorials on pretty much everything, and he has playlist after playlist about everything from livestream gaming to C# to Crochet to Django, Visual Basic, and roughly everything else in the world. He does this all by request, so check it out and learn…something. Everything?
As a freelancer, sometimes life throws you a curveball, and you have to accept a job doing something that you’re not entirely familiar with. But you have to put food on the table. Channels like Derek’s make that much, much easier than it normally would be.
6. Gary Vaynerchuck
Because he’s Gary Vaynerchuck.
7. TED (and TEDx)
Kind of like GaryVee above, there’s not a lot that needs to be said about TED talks. I’d be willing to bet we’ve all seen some, and I am here to tell you that you need to watch more. TED talks and the local versions (TEDx) are all done by experts in their respective fields who bring a unique idea to the table so that the audience can think about it. Maybe they’re explaining something or just presenting a what-if, but if you’re a freelancer, seeing and learning from pioneers in different fields and thought leaders is one of the most surefire ways to keep yourself above your competition.
8. Project Management Videos
Project management is easily one of the most important skills for you if you’re a freelancer or an entrepreneur. Without handling your projects with care and organization, it’s so easy for things to either spiral out of control or to have something important get dropped at just the wrong moment. The topics you’ll watch here are easy- and quick-to-digest, and you will absolutely get ideas on how you can not necessarily do your job better, but definitely manage it better.
9. Chris Fox
Chris Fox came across my radar when I was writing a lot of fiction. But that’s not only who can benefit from his advice. As an independent author, he knows that time is his most valuable resource (much like freelancers and entrepreneurs!), and he shares what he has learned about making the most of it. Whether you’re a freelance writer or dev or designer or something else entirely, Chris Fox’s channel will have something for you. Marketing strategy, writing craft tips, or maybe even the nuts-and-bolts part of sitting down and making sure you don’t waste time. He helped me along my way, so I hope he can in yours, too.
11. Behind the Brand
You didn’t set out to be a failed freelancer or entrepreneur. You want to succeed because you’ve got what it takes to succeed. And you can see how your path to greatness aligns with different brands and influencers and their paths. Instead of a typical advice channel, Bryan Elliott sits down with people and actually talks with them. Not to them. Not at them. But has real conversations about what makes them who they are. Plus, you do get the standard advice videos, too, so if that’s your thing, you’re going to love this.
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of channels out there aimed at freelancers and entrepreneurs. This is really just scratching the surface. You will definitely find, though, that the cream definitely has risen to the top with these, and when you get a chance to sit down with each and every one of these (or a single one — that’s okay, too), you should be far more ready to hit the daily grind than you were before you pressed play.
What are your favorite freelancer YouTube channels?
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