The Professional Freelancer is a newsletter and community for anyone who wants to be happy and successful working for themselves

It's written by me, Anna Codrea-Rado, a journalist, podcaster and campaigner for freelance workers' rights. 

TPF is reader-funded. The small percentage of readers who pay make the entire publication possible. Right now, I’m relying on this support more than ever. Please consider becoming a paying subscriber.

🚀 Benefits and perks of being a premium subscriber

A subscription to The Professional Freelancer will give you the tools you need to get your freelancing business where you want it to be. 

In addition to a free weekly email containing freelancing advice, calls for pitches and curated links, subscribers benefits include:

  • Work opportunities, including a database of who’s accepting work right now

  • Access to the private Slack group and members’ directory

  • Exclusive content such as in-depth guides and resources on increasing your income and clients

  • Members-only virtual events with superstar freelancers and regular AMAs with me

  • Plus, you support independent service journalism for the freelance community

Membership is £9 a month or £90 a year

For less than the cost of a weekly coffee, you’ll get the resources and support you need to help you secure your future as a happy and successful freelancer. And don’t forget that because this is a professional service, you can deduct the cost on your tax return.

For more information about membership, have a look at the FAQs.


What subscribers say

I really like your newsletter .... and I’m not even a freelancer. 

– Jessica Reed, Guardian US features editor

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About me

Hi! I’m Anna. I’m a journalist who writes about business, culture and technology. My writing appears in the New York Times, Guardian, Wired, the BBC, Monocle and many others. I’ve been working in the media for ten years, including on staff as an editor at the Guardian and Vice.

After losing my job as a news editor in a round of company-wide redundancies in 2017, I went freelance. In one year, I had a front-page byline in the New York Times, features in the Paris Review, New York Magazine and Wired, as well as a steady and reliable income.

I started writing this newsletter when I first went freelance as a place to document my journey into the unknown that was self-employment. Since then, it’s grown into a community and platform for freelancers and my way of helping others to also make a lucrative self-employed living.