Survival Skills for Freelancers

Survival Skills for Freelancers Book Cover


“unputdownable” | “absolute gold” | “a must-have book” | “shines with empathy and warmth” | “a pocket business mentor” | “indispensable” | “an instant gem”

The essential guide to self-employment, Survival Skills for Freelancers shares an honest, warm and realistic view of self-employment, to help you rock the socks off freelance life.

Crammed with personal anecdotes, practical advice and tales from the freelance community, it busts the myths about being your own boss, to help you survive and thrive as a freelancer with less stress and burnout.

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Survival Skills for Freelancers is an invaluable book for all freelancers. Whether you’re starting out or have years of experience, buy this book!

Ed Goodman, Founder, Freelance Heroes

Whether you’re new to freelance life, thinking of taking the leap or more experienced, the messiness and challenges of self-employment can trip you up if you’re not prepared.

Survival Skills for Freelancers is your secret weapon to help you do what you love and love what you do.

Crammed with personal anecdotes, practical advice and tales from the freelance community, it busts the myths about being your own boss, to help you ace self-employment without burnout.


  • Trust your instinct, and discover the empowering magic of saying no
  • Build a community, find new clients and make the most of your network
  • Set better boundaries and create a work–life balance that works for you
  • Take control and remember you’re the boss – not your clients!
  • Deal with the isolation that comes with self-employment
  • Value your worth and know how and what to charge
  • Deal with comparisonitis and put a stop to negative self-talk
  • Prioritise your own mental health and wellbeing – you’re nothing without them!
  • Tackle the fear of failure and grasp opportunities that’ll build your confidence
  • Ditch self-doubt and imposter syndrome for good!

Get more than 20 years of freelance experience – plus quotes and case studies from over 100 freelancers – in 200 unputdownable pages.


About the Author

Hello – I’m Sarah Townsend. I’ve spent the past 20 years as a freelance marketing copywriter. I built a successful freelance career with very little guidance – but you don’t have to.

In Survival Skills for Freelancers I share the secrets and surprises I’ve learnt from self-employment: both the things that worked and the things that didn’t.

I guide you through the highs and lows all freelancers face – from isolation, uncertainty and self-doubt to knowing what to charge, when to ask for help, and when to say no.

My tried and tested strategies are based on my own experience, backed up by research, resources and quotes from the freelance community.

What people are saying...

  • Valuable tips, tricks and strategies you can apply to your start-up, side hustle, or business, plus personal stories and advice from other business owners. I loved it!

    Abigail Barnes, Author, Time Management for Entrepreneurs
  • I’ve been freelancing for over 15 years and wish I’d read this book on day one. Every page is packed with practical advice and hard-won wisdom. Get it!

    Tom Albrighton, Author, Copywriting Made Simple
  • A brilliantly relatable and comprehensive guide that holds your hand
    with compassion and humour through the rocky yet undeniably exciting
    world of self-employment.

    Louise Goss, Founder, The Homeworker
  • A warm, practical and empathetic guide to the challenges of being your own boss. I could have done with this before embarking on a decade as a self-employed reporter and presenter!

    Ed Draper, Sky Sports Broadcaster
  • Survival Skills for Freelancers beautifully balances the pros, cons and realities of running your own business, and helps you prepare for freelance life.

    Before you take the leap into self-employment, spend your first few pounds on this book. It’ll make every subsequent pound and hour better spent.

    Matthew Knight, Founder, Leapers
  • I wish I’d had this book when I started freelancing, that’s for sure! Crammed full of essential advice from starting, running and growing your business to dealing with the less talked about side, this is a must read for new freelancers and a reassuring read for those who have been at it a while.

    Steve Folland, Founder, Being Freelance
  • Survival Skills for Freelancers provides advice and guidance on managing your own wellbeing, mental health and avoiding burnout – topics that are all too often overlooked in business books.

    Simon Blake OBE, CEO of Mental Health First Aid England
  • Each page guides you through everything you need to know when starting out. It’s so easy to read, digest and understand with quotes from people who’ve been there and got the T-shirt so you’re informed and reassured throughout.

    Vikki Ross, Founder, Copywriters Unite

Where can I buy it?

Survival Skills for Freelancers has already helped thousands of freelancers, entrepreneurs and small business owners – in over 20 countries – to grow in confidence and become more successful.

The bestselling guide to self-employment is available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle and audiobook formats – or you can buy direct if you prefer.

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