A complete guide to starting with freelancing, this course offers everything a first-time freelancer needs to succeed in their new career.
About the Course
This course offers everything a first-time freelancer needs to succeed with their budding business. Artist? Designer? Coder? Regardless of craft or career, this course can help you kickstart your freelancing career.
If you're anything like me, what's holding you back isn't a lack of work ethic or talent; it's a fear of all the unknown things that can go wrong. It's all the questions you don't know the answers to, and all the obstacles you can see on the horizon.
When I first began freelancing, I made a lot of blunders. I had more concerns than clients and I had no idea how I was supposed to do anything. Unlike a traditional job, freelancing doesn't come with a typical career path.
It was only through my mistakes that I found my way. These missteps provided me with great lessons, but I cringe at the time and energy I spent learning them. Luckily, you don't have to repeat my mistakes to learn from them.
Look, I'll be honest – you're going to have to put in time and effort to make money and grow your business. I'm not selling a get rich quick scheme. What I am offering is actionable advice, proven strategies, and years of hard-earned lessons, all condensed into an easy-to-understand series of lessons.
What This Course Covers
Through a series of lectures and presentations, you'll receive all the tips, strategies, and insights necessary to start your freelancing career.
- What the realities of freelancing are
- The issues you'll face as a freelancer and how to overcome them
- What a freelancer's career path looks like
- What you need to start freelancing
- Common mistakes first-time freelancers make and how to avoid them
- How to lock down your first client
- How to find clients
- A complete guide to your first client
- Where to find clients
- How to research clients
- How to speak to clients
- How to pitch clients
- How to lock down clients
- How to market to new clients
- How to work with clients
- Dealing with inexperience
- When and how to say no
- Revisions and feedback
- Dealing with deadlines
- What clients actually care about
- How to improve your work
- How to create a specialized offering
- How to speak to clients about your craft
- The how and why of establishing a niche
- Getting paid
- What to charge
- What to do if a client doesn't pay
- How to raise your rates
- Understanding freelancer finances
- Long-term financial advice for the freelancer
- Automating your finances
- How to market yourself as a freelancer
- How to find your colleagues
- How to build a community
- How to make clients come to you
- Everything you need to know about outreach
- How to grow your business
- Dealing with the feast-and-famine cycle
- Establishing work-life balance
- Dealing with burnout
- Investing in yourself
- Where to go from here...
In addition, this course offers:
- A complete course guide, with a free ebook (10,000 words) summarizing the entirety of this course's lectures
- A guide to your first client via interactive workbooks
- Consultation with the instructor. When you sign up, you'll receive access to my personal email address and the exclusive student slack group
I'm including a whole bunch of extras that will help you get a headstart.
In addition to the entire course, students receive:
- Freelancer tools, including templates, contracts, and more
- Colleagues and a community, thanks to exclusive access to the Clients From Hell Slack group
- Exclusive savings on all future resources, including our popular book guides and upcoming courses.
"Striking out on my own as a freelancer is something I want to do, but I didn’t know where to begin. The Start Freelancing course kept me from feeling overwhelmed by breaking down exactly what I need to do to initiate my career."
- Kyle Carpenter
Freelance Writer & Editor
"I just want to thank you for the Start Freelancing course. My biggest issue has been not knowing my target client which also means I didn't know what my design focus would be, making building a portfolio very difficult. I just finished Part 4 and I finally figured out my niche and what my passion is. It feels really good! I finally know what I'm doing with my life!"
- Amanda Randolph
Freelance Graphic Designer
Still not sure if freelancing is for you?
That's a reasonable concern to have. It isn't for everyone.
By the end of this course, you will know if self-employment is right for you.
However, the time and effort you put into this course will feel wasted if you decide otherwise. That's why I built a FREE email course to help you find out if freelancing is for you. All that's required from you is a little bit of time and a smidgen of self-reflection.
Bryce Bladon is a freelance writer and communications consultant, best known for his blog, Clients From Hell.
Bryce's blog kickstarted a career in helping other freelancers. His podcast addresses common freelancer foibles, his monthly column with The Freelancers Union addresses unique problems and questions from freelancers, and his features with net magazine and Computer Arts help freelancers avoid their own personal clients from hell.
Preview3: First Steps Towards Freelancing (10:04)
PreviewBONUS: The Best Way to Start Freelancing (5:02)
Start4. Your First Client (24:26)
StartHW: Your skills and the problems they solve
StartHW: Targeting the right market
StartHW: Understanding your ideal client
StartFreelance Shortcut: Finding Clients (62:35)