Your design process should always start on paper! This is so conducive for being creative. If you are limited by programmes, you'll struggle to create something really unique. Design it first, and then find a way to create it on the computer. My favourite pencil to work with is this Staedtler mechanical pencil with a 2mm lead. Be sure to grab the sharpener too, as the lead is fairly soft and best used with sharp point for accuracy.
Fine liners are so useful and this set of Micron fine liners means that you'll be ready for any scenario. I love these as they rarely smudge, and allow you to draw from any angle without dragging.
When designing, say a logo, I'll usually start by drawing a whole load of designs using either pencil or fine liners. It's so important to get down every idea you may have - regardless whether you like it or not! It may inspire something amazing. I'll then create a few different designs, accurately using a steel rule and protractor on either dotted or squared paper :)
Freelancer kit for meetings
As a freelancer, people have to buy into you as well! By creating a great first impression you can build long-term relationships with clients and start building a network of clients that rely on you for any of their creative work.
A weekly planner is so important to stay organised - I love this marble one my sister bought me but you may find it better to have all your important meetings on your phone.
The right hand notebook is a ruled notebook, which I use to make notes during a meeting. This a beauuuuutiful leather Leuchttrum notebook, which couple of my amazing friends bought me for my birthday, in my branding colours and embossed with my name! Love it.
I love this pencilcase - the perfect present for me from my housemates :) You're trying to be hired for your creative and design skills so you need to leave that impression with every interaction you have with your (potential) clients!