After a long break from new courses, Melissa and I are doing a course on how to start freelancing. This is especially timely because over the last six months while I have been rejiggering my online courses Melissa has launched a freelance business.
My first thought was: Oh. Crap. Melissa is too busy to do courses with me. But she says that will never happen.
So join me for Get the Guts to Start Freelancing: it’s a four-day online course with live chat and constant chatter from me, and from Melissa who will sometimes moderate and sometimes cut me off to make her own points. You’ll learn how to make a strategy to start and create tactics for attracting more clients as you grow.
The course will run the week of Feb. 16 at 8pm EST on Sun., Mon., Wed. and Thurs. (We’ll record all sessions for on-demand access as well.)
Do you know why I can live on a farm, and travel to New York and LA whenever I want, and homeschool my kids, all at the same time? Because I’m great at freelancing.
I started freelancing when I kept losing jobs in my 20s. It was more of a safety net than a strategy. But learning to rely on myself as a freelancer meant that as my wants and needs changed through the years I have been able to make a wider range of choices to create the life I want.
I’ve freelanced as a writer, web developer, designer, event coordinator, publicity consultant. I’ve probably freelanced in twenty different fields. The reason I could do that is that I’ve created a freelance system for myself that translates to lots of different industries. And I’m going to show you how to use my system.
It’s true that having a job and collecting a steady paycheck is comforting – I still have fantasies of weekly paychecks. But there is pretty much no way to have a dynamic, growing, engaging career while making family a priority, unless you get control over your own hours.
There are ten million courses about how to launch a startup. I teach some of them. But what I’ve realized is that most people don’t have a startup idea that will get them the life they want. Most people don’t want 80-hour weeks and investors breathing down their throats. What most people want is an interesting life that includes time for paying attention to the people they love. And most of us can get that from freelancing.
What freelancing really is: figuring out where you are most valuable in the workforce and finding the people who pay for that. Freelancing is also building relationships with people who value you for what you want to be recognized for. It’s super-rewarding and it’s the perfect solution for most people feeling boxed in by corporate life.
For most people the barrier to freelancing is they don’t know how to get started. This course will show you how.
Also, Melissa is going to talk about being a freelance recruiter. Her only experience with human resources is getting fired from fifty jobs, yet now she’s making $10K/month working with human resources departments.
Which also tells you that Melissa really doesn’t need to work with me any more. She does it because we have so much fun. And you will too. So come change your life with our online party for the future freelance you.
Day one, Sun., Feb. 16, 8pm EST: Create a path to success that’s tailored to your skills
- Find your speciaity and tell your story in a way that naturally attracts new business.
- Learn secrets for presenting yourself in a genuine way to create a word-of-mouth business.
- Build a plan for freelancing that focuses your time on your strengths instead of your weaknesses.
Day two, Mon., Feb. 17, 8pm EST : How to market your freelance business
- Identify the clients who will be easiest to reach, and create a plan for getting in front of them.
- Hear real-life case studies that show how people like you have successfully marketed themselves.
- Not all marketing is equal. Understand the type of marketing best-suited to your needs.
Day three, Wed., Feb. 19, 8pm EST: Overcome the fear of financial stress
- All freelancers deal with cash-flow issues. Instead of solving them, learn to work with them.
- Uncover the freelance-friendly insurance industry – yes, it exists. And find out about companies like Freshbooks that provide financial software specifically for freelancers.
- Manage your time so you don’t hate your life. You can’t work 24 hours a day. Know when to say enough is enough.
Day four, Thurs., Feb 20 8pm EST: Q&A
Live questions and answers – ask me anything!