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It doesn’t matter what type of freelancer you want to be. Copywriter. Web designer. Yoga instructor. Therapist. Voiceover artist. Rideshare driver. Wedding photographer. Whatever

We all start from the same place.

Freelance Startup Guides​

Use the following free posts to lay the foundation for your freelancing business (and, yes, it very much is a business even if you don’t register as an S-corp or LLC). When you’re finished, consider joining one of the membership programs.

It’s completely up to you though. If you feel that these guides are all you need to get moving, then kudos! This is your freelancing career and you can spend time working in and on your business any way you want. However, if you ever feel lost, isolated, lonely, stuck, or stagnating, come back anytime!

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Step 1: Choose a Freelancing Niche

It’s much easier to pitch and sell freelancing services as a specialist. Learn how to choose a freelancing niche that’s just right for you in this post.

Step 2: Set Some Goals

Even if you’re only freelancing every now and again, it’s a good idea to have something specific to work towards. Find your goal setting inspiration here.

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Step 3: Determine the Best Business Model

Figuring out what kind of freelancer you’re going to be requires more than just niching down. In this post, we’ll sift through various business models and help you find one that will allow you to thrive as a freelancer.

Step 4: Build Your Brand

Your brand tells people in an instant who you are and what you do. That’s why it’s crucial that you carefully build your brand and send out the right signals.

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Step 5: Build Your Freelancer Site

Every freelancer should have a website to conduct business from. In this post, I’ll take you through what you need to get yours up and running.

Step 6: Set Your Freelance Rate

Unless you’re freelancing for the sheer love of it, you need to earn a living wage from your work. Learn how to set a fair and profitable rate for yourself here.

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Step 7: Come Up with an Exit Strategy

How will you extract yourself from your old career and life and enter this new one as a freelancer? Let’s consider the options together.

Step 8: Land Your First Freelancing Gig

Landing your first client is a major milestone. If you know where to look for prospects and how to pitch them, it’ll happen sooner than you think.

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