Five Steps to Start A Freelance Career

4.20 hours

Over the past 15 years, we helped thousands of freelancers launch a thriving and flexible career using five practical and proven steps. To get started the right way, walk step-by-step through these five modules to build an amazing freelance career for yourself.
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Course curriculum

  • 1
    STEP ONE: Develop a Healthy Mindset
    • Download Step One Handout
    • LESSON 1: Introduction to Mindset
    • LESSON 2: Purpose
    • LESSON 3: Self-Beliefs
    • LESSON 4; Support
    • LESSON 5: Determination
    • Step One Action Guide
    • [WORD] Step One Action Guide
  • 2
    STEP TWO: Create Your Business Plan
    • Download Step Two Handout
    • LESSON 1: Set Your Vision & Goals
    • LESSON 2: Assess Financial Plan
    • LESSON 3: Confirm Niche
    • LESSON 4: Develop Your Personal Brand
    • LESSON 5: Set Up Virtual Office
    • LESSON 6: Manage Your Content Plan
    • LESSON 7: Create Marketing Plan
    • LESSON 8: Build Learning Plan
    • LESSON 9: Implement Productivity Plan
    • Step Two Action Guide
    • [WORD] Step Two Action Guide
  • 3
    STEP THREE: Design Your Digital Presence
    • Download Step Three Handout
    • LESSON 1: Website OR No Website?
    • LESSON 2: Intro to Digital Design
    • LESSON 3: Ten Design Principles
    • LESSON 4: Ten Website Decisions Part 1
    • LESSON 5: Ten Website Decisions Part 2
    • Website Design Tool Guide
    • Step Three Action Guide
    • [WORD] Step Three Action Guide
  • 4
    STEP FOUR: Launch Your Freelance Services
    • Download Step Four Handout
    • LESSON 1: Intro to Launching Your Services
    • LESSON 2: Define Core & Complementary Services
    • LESSON 3: Create Service Descriptions
    • LESSON 4: Select Pricing Model
    • LESSON 5: Set Freelance Rates
    • LESSON 6: Create Service Packages
    • Step Four Action Guide
    • [WORD} Step Four Action Guide
    • Freelance Pricing Guide
  • 5
    STEP FIVE: Find Your First (or Next) Client
    • Download Step Five Handout
    • LESSON 1: The Psychology of Finding Clients
    • LESSON 2: Seven Traits of an Ideal Client
    • LESSON 3: Referrals
    • LESSON 4: Networking
    • LESSON 5: Content Marketing
    • LESSON 6: Direct Marketing
    • LESSON 7: Freelance Marketplaces & Job Boards
    • Freelance Job Sites
    • Step Five Action Guide
    • [WORD] Step Five Action Guide


  • Craig  Cannings

    Craig Cannings

    Chief Learning Officer, Freelance University

    In 2008, my wife Kelly and I co-founded Freelance University with the purpose of becoming the #1 go-to training center for Freelancers and VAs from around the globe! As of this year, we have successfully trained over 25,000 Virtual Assistants and Freelancers in more than 75 countries. Kelly and I have had the great privilege of building our Online University while raising our 5 daughters who are the greatest blessings of our lives. I look forward to meeting you and seeing you either in this program or at our University very soon. I leave you with my favorite quote from marketing guru, Seth Godin: "The only worse thing than starting something and failing... is not starting something."

Course Reviews

  • Great course!

    Nadege Attis

    Great course for both starters and for people who want to refresh their skills. Very detailed and has everything you need for a successful Freelance Career!

    Great course for both starters and for people who want to refresh their skills. Very detailed and has everything you need for a successful Freelance Career!

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