7 of The Best Websites for Writers, Entrepreneurs and Kick-Arse Visionaries

The best websites for writers

Perhaps a post on the best websites for writers will be a bit of a contentious issue. Many people may be expecting to find a list of freelance writing gig sites like Upwork.

Sorry to disappoint.

This is more the result of a number of conversations I’ve had with a few of you.

There appears to be a huge importance placed on discovering blogs and websites by other writers and entrepreneurs as we journey down our own paths towards success.

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When I first started out, many of the below bloggers provided inspiration and resources at a time when I needed it most, and continue to do so to this day.

I firmly believe that the best websites for writers are those that inspire, challenge and encourage us to be better in all areas of our lives.

It seems that many of you agree. With that in mind, here are 7 of the best websites for writers, entrepreneurs and all round kick-arse visionaries.

1. The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

This really is the blog that started it all for me. Chris writes, travels and, well, helps people take over the world. Their own worlds at least. The main message that always resonates with me whenever I’m on the ANOC website is the underlying notion that you don’t have to live your life the way others expect you to. 

2. Leaving Work Behind by Tom Ewer

This is exactly what I did – I left full-time employment behind to follow my dreams and build something of my own. Reading Tom’s blog gave me the encouragement I needed when I was having doubts and also made me realise that becoming a full-time freelance writer wasn’t just a pipe dream. (Plus, as you may have noted from the *ahem* “arse” in this post’s title, I’m a Brit and so is Tom. I guess it was just nice to know that it could be done, and it could be done from here, there or anywhere.)

3. Be a Freelance Blogger by Sophie Lizard

Another British blogger who has built a huge following with her straight-talking tips and advice about how to make real money from blogging for hire. When it comes to freelance blogging, if it’s not on Be a Freelance Blogger it’s probably not worth knowing. (Guest posting there is also a lot of fun and drama-free.)

4. Make a Living Writing by Carol Tice

I’m sure you’ve heard of Carol. If not, pop over to the website and take a look at what she’s doing. Carol has built up such a successful career out of just helping other writers I don’t even know how she finds the time to write for her own clients! This is really practical, useful stuff for writers – you’ll be there for hours.

5. Writers in Charge by Bamidele Onibalusi

Writers in Charge empowers writers by offering practical tips, advice and resources for writers and bloggers. Bamidele must be an incredibly busy young man but he still finds time to inspire and help his readers. I’ve personally had some great advice and support from him.

6. The Suitcase Entrepreneur by Natalie Sisson

Natalie’s website is an amazing resource for budding entrepreneurs. Being a freelancer and entrepreneur just gets easier when you check in with Natalie on her website. Watch her videos and listen to her podcasts to start creating the life and career you’ve always wanted.

7. ProBlogger by Darren Rowse

Another huge blog with a huge following. Darren Rowse offers blogging tips in a simple, transparent way that both newbie and established bloggers can relate to. (Darren also comes across as just being so… nice!) From theme weeks on repurposing your own blog content to a quality job board for finding writing gigs, ProBlogger has it all covered.


This list wasn't easy as there are so many inspirational people out there doing great things to inspire and encourage writers, freelancers and entrepreneurs.

You’ll notice that each website on the list has a name next to it – these are not just anonymous websites created with the sole intention of making money.

Each website was created by a real person, who has a goal and is willing to do whatever it takes to get there. Plus they’re not afraid to help people out along the way.

And those, of course, are the best websites for writers.

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18 Comments

  • Shawanda

    Reply Reply February 25, 2013

    This post was particularly inspiring for two reasons: it’s awesome when an writer shares helpful resources for other writers to use to improve and become successful. Secondly, it as great to know that I’m on the right track, since two of the sites I follow are on this list (Leaving Work Behind and Make a Living Writing). Thanks for sharing Kirsty; I really enjoy this blog, and am inspired by your writing. 🙂

    • Kirsty

      Reply Reply February 25, 2013

      Thank you so much for your kind words Shawanda! Glad you enjoyed the post. Check out the other websites too – well worth following. Thanks again for stopping by 🙂

  • Wow, thanks for the mention! Glad folks are finding my blog useful in building their writing biz.

    • Kirsty

      Reply Reply February 28, 2013

      You’re more than welcome Carol. Appreciate all the tips and advice over on Make a Living Writing.

  • Natalie Sisson

    Reply Reply February 27, 2013

    Why thank you Kirsty. So lovely to be featured here and am thrilled my work is making a difference and providing value. Here’s to more freedom fighters!

    • Kirsty

      Reply Reply February 28, 2013

      Absolutely Natalie! Love Suitcase Entrepreneur!

  • Lynn Allen

    Reply Reply March 5, 2013

    I completely agree with you about Carol Tice’s website. She generously shares resources, practical advice, speakers, and community. I was lucky and got into the Den several months ago and have learned a ton. Great choice.

    • Kirsty

      Reply Reply March 5, 2013

      It seems I’m the only one not in the Den Lynn! Thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment – glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Arijana Ruznic-Beyer

    Reply Reply May 12, 2013

    I did the same, Kirsty. Left the well-paid secure job to build my writing career 3 years ago, and didn’t make a cent from writing since then. Now I work in a bakery for peanuts, and am so tired that my writing is suffering more than ever. I was completely on my own, and have been disillusioned with life, particularly as I know that writing is my true calling. I want to thank you and others who are forming these very valuable communities to encourage our faith back. I wouldn’t quit my job though anymore, unless i knew I had regular and steady stream of assignments coming my way! Once bitten, twice shy and all that…With thanks and heartfelt wishes, Arijana

    • Kirsty

      Reply Reply May 13, 2013

      Thanks for sharing your story Arijana. I’d love to find out a bit more about what sort of writing you do and where you try to publish it. I’m glad this blog is playing a small part towards not giving up on your dreams. I’d love it if you stayed in touch as you didn’t leave an email or website address, so hope that you come visit again soon.

  • Amy

    Reply Reply May 31, 2013

    Thanks for this list and resharing on Twitter! I’m always looking for more great writing blogs to follow and these look really interesting.

    • Kirsty

      Reply Reply May 31, 2013

      You’re welcome Amy!

  • Christina Buiza

    Reply Reply August 1, 2013

    Thanks for writing this up, Kirsty! The other day, I was sighing in disappointment at the quality of posts in the blogs I’d been following. I’m always looking for suggestions on blogs to check out. You’ve suggested a couple that I’m familiar with (and have helped me take action to start freelance writing), and I’ll make sure to check out other ones you’ve recommended!

  • Tony

    Reply Reply June 11, 2014

    Great references. Thanks for this Kirsty.

    • Kirsty Stuart

      Reply Reply June 11, 2014

      You’re welcome Tony.

  • Roberto Lebron

    Reply Reply July 13, 2014

    Thank you, Kirsty! I finally got around to reading this post and I signed up for the three sites I didn’t know (#2, #5 and #6). I’m looking forward to learning more from them as I develop my writing business. Keep up the great work!

    • Kirsty Stuart

      Reply Reply July 13, 2014

      Great news Roberto – and you’re welcome!

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