Build A Thriving Freelance Business

Actionable strategies for ambitious freelancers who want to take their business to the next level.

Automation Academy

Maximize your earning potential by automating non-billable activities.  Spend less time hunting for leads, scheduling meetings, or chasing down feedback and more time delivering client work. Setting up our automated workflows has helped freelancers reclaim as much as 5-10 hours per week.   Interested? Let's get to work!  Stop Wasting Time on Low Value or Non-billable Activities Most freelancers and consultants fall into the same trap when it comes to managing their time: They get bogged down taking on "important, but not urgent" tasks like finding and pitching cold leads, managing their calendar, onboarding new clients, or chasing down client feedback. Sure, these things are important, but they aren't the most valuable use of your time. In most cases, your clients pay you for your technical skills and/or your domain expertise.  In other words, you get paid to: Execute a specific task at a high level, or  Provide highly insightful (and influential) advice on a business strategy or process If you don't take steps to maximize the amount of time you spend on these key functions, you are limiting your earning potential. In other words, you're leaving money on the table. Listen...there are "low value" activities that are required to keep your business running smoothly, but that doesn't mean you have to handle them all yourself.  In most cases, automating or outsourcing these tasks will save you time, energy, and headaches and help you earn more money in the process. If you’re ready to take back control of your most valuable asset - time - and free yourself up to focus more attention and energy on doing the work you love, you’ve come to the right place. →   Register Today ← Step-by-step Instructions for Automating Four of the Biggest “Time Sucks” for your Business We built Automation Academy to give freelancers and consultants a step-by-step guide to automating certain workflows that are notorious for eating up their precious time, energy, and attention. Our mission is to give independent creatives the training and tools that they need to stop worrying about things like responding to emails, scheduling (and rescheduling) meetings, and chasing down invoices so that they can focus on growing their business. As an Automation Academy student, you will receive: Introductions and Recommendations for Modern Automation Tools Descriptive Overviews of Core Business Processes and the Value of Automation Walkthrough Videos That Show You Exactly How to Set Up The Automations In Your Own Account “Plug and Play” Swipe Files Designed to Help You Launch These Automations Immediately Guidance and Support From a Large (and Growing!) Community of Like-minded Freelancers Lifetime Access to Our Private Community of Over 1,500 Ambitious Freelancers ($118/year value)  There is no doubt in our minds that the investment you make in this course will pay for itself 10 times over as long as you implement the automations we share with you and use the time you save to serve more clients or complete more of the high-value work that you're known for. Ready to regain control of your time and make more money in the process? Let's get started! →   Register Today ← Hear From Some of Our Early Access Students Our course participants come from all walks of life. Here are just a few examples of the types of independent creators we serve: Students or employees at big corporations who are dreaming of making the leap into full-time freelancing Part-time freelancers who deliver client work on nights and weekend while working a full-time job Successful consultants and agency owners who are managing six-figure businesses  They all have one thing in common...they want to spend more time engaging in the creative work they are passionate about and less time managing the administrative requirements of running a business. So, we decided to build the web’s best resource for helping them reclaim their precious time and devote more of their energy to doing the work that they love. And, according to our students, we nailed it... Those are actual testimonials from real members of our early access group who used the lessons in Automation Academy to level up their freelance business. Sound like something you’d be interested in? We’re ready to help you get started. →   Register Today ←
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Start Your Freelance Career

What's holding you back from building the freelance business of your dreams? If you're reading this, you've probably dreamed about what it would be like to work for yourself as a freelancer or independent consultant. You've probably stayed up late reading blogs and forum posts, watching youtube videos, or listening to podcast interviews with other people who have successfully made the leap into entrepreneurship. You might have even thought to yourself, "That person is so lucky. I would LOVE to quit my job and start my own business." But instead of taking action, you just keep reading...and watching...and listening. Why is that? What is it that's holding you back from chasing your dreams? Let's run through some of the common responses: "I don't know how to find enough clients to replace my current income." "I'm intimidated by all of the 'business-y stuff.' Things like bookkeeping, taxes, contracts, and expense tracking make my head spin." "I have people who rely on me to support them financially. I can't put them in jeopardy." "There are people in my life who would judge me for 'not having a real job.'" "I'm afraid that I'll quit my job to try freelancing and fail. Then I'm left with a sore ego and no source of income." "I don't know the first thing about running a business. I wouldn't even know where to start." Those are just a few of the excuses we see in our inbox every single day. Usually, the email starts off with something like this: I REALLY want to quit my job and start freelancing, but... Well, we're sick of watching people stay in jobs that they hate or put off their dreams (like raising their children or traveling the world) just because they don't have the resources they need to confidently go into business for themselves. That's why we're building Start Your Freelance Career (SYFC), a step-by-step playbook for building and growing a sustainable freelance business from scratch. Over the last few years, we've taken a few lumps while experimenting with things like sales strategies, pricing, contracts, client management techniques, marketing funnels, and other business processes. Eventually, we got things pretty dialed in, which helped us not only build thriving independent practices, but also scale those businesses up into six and seven-figure agencies. With SYFC, we're going to consolidate all of the lessons we've learned building our own businesses and package them up in a structured, actionable course that will take you from nothing to earning your first $1,000 (and more!). Think of it like Couch to 5k for building a freelance business. We're building this course in service of our core mission at Digital Freelancer - help others start, learn, and grow their own freelance career. Our goals are simple:   Give you the inspiration and knowledge needed to help get you started in your own freelance career without falling flat on your face.  Empower you to take action and execute on your own ideas with confidence because of the lessons and tactics provided by this course. If freelancing is a dream of yours... If you like the idea of making your own schedule... If you want to spend more time with your family... If you want to be able to travel more... If you’d like to take control of how much you earn... If any of the many perks of a freelance lifestyle sound appealing to you, then you're going to LOVE Start Your Freelance Career. What's Covered In The Course? The list below is a snapshot of what we are currently planning to cover in the course. We're still working hard on developing the course content, so this overview is subject to change.  However, you can rest assured that we will include all of the critical pieces necessary to take you from knowing absolutely nothing about freelancing to starting and running a sustainable independent business. Starting Your Freelance Career Planning for The Transition to Freelancing Writing Your "Stupidly Simple" Business Plan Startup Costs and Requirements Legal Considerations Finances and Cash Flow Making the Leap Pricing Determining Your Pricing Structure Setting Your Rate(s) Communicating Your Value Increasing Your Rates Branding Your Freelance Business Personal vs. Corporate Branding Elements of A Compelling Brand Identifying Your Professional Positioning Communicating Your Brand Message "Day in the Life" of a Freelancer Planning and Strategy Routines and Habits Time Management Systems, Tools, and Processes Physical and Mental Health Working with Clients Building Your Ideal Client Profile Finding Your First Clients Lead Generation Strategies Establishing A Sales Process Negotiation Principles Client Management Asset Management Sub-contracting and Referrals Having Tough Conversations Knowing When to Say "No" Managing Your Freelance Finances Payment Terms and Conditions Invoicing Clients Bookkeeping DIY or Outsourced Accounting Cash Flow Projections and Management Marketing Your Freelance Business Identifying and Testing Marketing Channels Building Your One Page Marketing Plan Upsells, Cross-sells, and Referrals Building Your Professional Network Becoming A Trusted Authority Cold Call/Email Strategies and Tactics Joint Ventures and Partnerships Calculating Your Marketing ROI Scaling Your Freelance Business Identifying Key Business Metrics Tracking The Stats That Move The Needle Forming Partnerships Hiring, Sub-Contracting, Outsourcing, and Automation Diversifying Your Income Streams Sounds great! So what should I do next? While you were reading all of that, we were working on the course content. We're not sure when the course will be ready for primetime, but we know if will be soon. If you're interested in any of this... Receiving exclusive sneak peaks of course content Providing input to help us make sure we cover everything Testing out tip sheets and other course resources prior to launch Getting early (possibly free) access to the course content and lessons Locking in a BIG launch day discount ... then you should scroll back up to the top of this page and enter your email address in the sign-up form. We'll be in touch soon with progress updates and requests for feedback. Talk to you soon!
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