THE FREELANCE BUSINESS BUILDING BLUEPRINT

TURN YOUR NEW TECH SKILLS INTO COLD HARD CASH

You’ve been working hard to learn new skills and now it’s time for those skills to work for you. Whether you’re looking to supplement your current income, gain the kind of flexibility that only comes from being your own boss, or scale your existing freelance business, this is the program for you.

ANNOUNCING…

THE FREELANCE BUSINESS BUILDING BLUEPRINT  

for Web Designers & Web Developers!

Did you know that freelancers are the single fastest growing sector in the US labor market? It makes sense—freelancing gives YOU the ultimate control. 


As your own boss you decide your hours, what you work on, and how much you make. 


But when you’ve only ever worked for someone else, getting started can feel overwhelming.


Lucky for you, there is a method to the madness: clear, well-established best practices that will guarantee your freelancing success. You just need to learn from people who’ve done it before!

In this blueprint you will learn: 


  • How to find your first, second, and fifteenth freelance client
  • How to build a steady stream of clients dying to hire you
  • How to market and sell your services (and the difference between the two)
  • How to set up your business legally so you’re always protected
  • How to manage your accounts and make sure you get paid on time, every time
  • And how to grow your freelance business to $50,000–100,000 in revenue per year or more  

After completing this blueprint, you’ll know how to build a freelance career that meets and exceeds your full-time salary.

BLUEPRINT PREREQUISITES 


Although no technical skills are required for the Freelancer Business Building Blueprint, it IS designed for students who are planning to build a freelance business as a web designer or web developer.  


In particular, you should:

  • know the basics of personal branding
  • be comfortable with HTML & CSS
  • have a live portfolio site


If you have no prior technical experience, we recommend that you enroll in the Break Into Tech Blueprint instead. 


All of the material in the Freelance Business Buiding Blueprint is included in the Break Into Tech Blueprint.  

HOW THE FREELANCE BUSINESS BUILDING BLUEPRINT WORKS

The Freelance Business Building Blueprint is divided into two core classes, plus a number of special activities and lessons. Scroll down for a description of each class and lesson.

INTRODUCTION TO FREELANCING


In your first class you’ll learn everything you need to know to start working on freelance projects, including how to define what you’re offering, market your services, find clients, land a paid project, write a proposal, and scope and budget your work.

GETTING STARTED FREELANCING


Now that you’ve got the tech skills, it’s time to put out your freelance shingle. 


In this first group of lessons you’ll learn how to:

  • Package your skills into super sellable services
  • Price those services to guarantee a profit
  • Find your niche (and learn why niche's help you make MORE money)
  • Refresh your online presence to maximize your earning

FINDING YOUR FIRST CLIENTS  


Finding your first client is intimidating for EVERYONE, but with our help it’ll be a breeze. 


In this group of lessons you'll learn how to:

  • Identify your ideal client
  • Land the right clients
  • Grow your online support network
  • Build & maintain successful client relationships

KICKING OFF A CLIENT PROJECT  


Before you can get started on a client project you have to make it official. That means a proposal, a project agreement, a scope of work, and an agreed-upon price. 


In this group of lessons you'll learn how to:

  • Estimate the scope, timeline, and cost of a project
  • Write & present a winning proposal 
  • Make sure you and your client are on the same page 

BY THE END OF YOUR FIRST CLASS: 

You will have landed a client and started a paid project!  

BUILDING UP YOUR FREELANCE BUSINESS


In this class, you'll level up and learn how to build a successful freelance business. That includes setting up your business license and accounting, and maintaining a healthy pipeline of clients.

CREATING YOUR BUSINESS & MARKETING PLAN


Don’t be scared: a business and marketing plan is just a tool to think through some critical aspects of your business so that you’ve got a good handle on how things could work.

 

In this group of lessons you’ll learn how to:

  • Define your business goals and vision 
  • Set up a promotional strategy to engage your ideal clients 
  • Create a business budget to keep track of expenses and income  

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INVOICING & ACCEPTING PAYMENTS


One of the more stressful parts of being a freelancer is managing “accounts payable,” which is business-speak for making sure you get paid. Like so many things in life, it’s all about setting up a system and sticking to it. 


In this group of lessons you'll learn how to:

  • Create your own ironclad client contract
  • Set up a payment system that makes it easy for clients to pay you
  • How to gracefully handle clients who don’t pay up on time  

SETTING UP YOUR BUSINESS LEGALLY


Kick your freelance career off right by crossing t’s, dotting i’s, and getting on the up-and-up from the beginning. (When it’s tax time, you’ll be SO happy you did.)


In this group of lessons you'll learn about the different ways to:

  • Set up your legal structure and register it in your state* 
  • Get your official business license 
  • Find out what insurance coverage you may need
  • Where to find services & support to help you get it all done  

* Please note that the cost of incorporation varies from state to state and country to country.  


BUSINESS FINANCES


Every business needs to set up a few basic financial accounts & accounting practices in order to thrive. 


In this group of lessons you'll learn how to:

  • Set up your business banking and accounting systems
  • How and when to file your taxes
  • Project your revenue and manage cash flow
  • Save for emergencies, retirement, and other financial goals 


We’ll also talk about what’s okay to do yourself, and when it’s time to outsource to a professional bookkeeper or accountant (and where to find one!).  

BY THE END OF YOUR SECOND CLASS:  

Not only will you be busy with a steady stream of new clients, projects, and payments, you’ll also have your own legally recognized business registered in your state!  

SPECIAL TOPIC #1 WHEN DISASTER STRIKES, NAVIGATING TRICKY CLIENT SITUATIONS

Included in your purchase.

 

Clients: they’re the best part of working as a freelancer and sometimes...the worst part. In this special activity we’ll talk about some common issues that come up when working with clients and how you can gracefully navigate those tricky situations. You’ll also learn what to do when the problem is on the client end, as well as what to do when you’ve simply taken on too much.  


Or if your client problem is...that you don’t have a client, we’ll show you how to figure that out too. 

SPECIAL TOPIC #2 MAXIMIZE YOUR EARNING WITH VALUE-BASED PRICING

Included in your purchase.

 

Time is money right? Think again! The problem with trading your time for money is that there are only so many hours in a day. So what’s the answer? Pricing your work by it’s value.


In this lesson you will learn how to go from charging an hourly rate to a flat, value-based fee without alienating your clients. That includes learning how to quantify the value of a service to your client, how and when to increase your prices, and different ways to package your value-based services to maximize your earning potential.  

SPECIAL TOPIC #3 DOS AND DON’TS OF NAMING YOUR BUSINESS

Included in your purchase.

 

What’s in a name? When it comes to business, everything, it turns out! But when you’re starting out, deciding on your business name can feel like an impossible task.The good news is that if you follow a few simple rules, you’ll figure out your ideal business name in no time!


In this fun lesson you’ll learn the best practices of naming your business, plus how to secure your copyright, trademark, and domain name. 

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Get a complete list of modules and find out just what you can expect when you’re getting started on your new freelancing career path!

MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOU'LL HAVE SUPPORT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY


EXPERT INSTRUCTORS

BUILT-IN CHECK-INS AND OFFICE HOURS TO HELP YOU SUCCEED


1-ON-1 MENTORING

PRACTICE CLIENT SCENARIOS SO YOU'LL BE PREPARED


VIBRANT STUDENT COMMUNITY

A COMMUNITY OF FELLOW STUDENTS IN A THRIVING ONLINE CLASSROOM

HERE'S EVERYTHING YOU GET WHEN YOU ENROLL

FUN LESSONS

Engaging, interactive lessons that help you grasp concepts quickly.

SLICK TEMPLATES

Dozens of professional quality client proposals, invoicing templates, project schedules, client emails, and more!


ALL THE DISCOUNTS! 

Exclusive discounts to the Skillcrush team’s favorite freelancing resources & tools.


LIFETIME ACCESS

Lifetime access to all the material so you can return time & again.


A VIBRANT COMMUNITY

Membership in our Slack community with thousands of Skillcrush alums from all over the world sharing tips, support, and advice.


THE FREELANCE BUSINESS BUILDING BLUEPRINT IS FOR YOU IF...

IT’S TIME TO START MAKING MONEY, STAT

You’ve invested your time and money into learning a new skill, and now it’s time to start harvesting the fruits of your labor!


YOU CRAVE FLEXIBILITY & AUTONOMY

The single best part of freelancing is that...YOU’RE the boss. That means you set where, when, and how much you work.


YOU’RE LOOKING TO GO FULL-TIME FREELANCE

It can feel as if a flexible career and life-long job security is too much to ask, but we’re here to tell you it’s not. You can have it all! And we’ll show you how to get it.


YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A SIDE-HUSTLE TO SUPPLEMENT YOUR INCOME

The good news about freelancing is that, unlike full-time work, it doesn’t require your full-time attention. You’ll get back what you put into it, which means that it’s a perfect way to supplement your income.


YOU’RE STUCK WONDERING IF YOUR SKILLS ARE GOOD ENOUGH

When you’re learning a new skill it’s easy to feel like you’re always one class, one lesson, one project away from being ready to make money. Here’s the secret: you’ll never feel 100% ready! But that’s okay. We’re here to help you through it! :)

WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING

FLEX TIME, FREE TIME, ANYTIME

“This may not be everyone’s idea of their future career – but my dream literally has come true and is really working. Now that I have tech skills, I do work flexible hours from home as a freelancer. Plus I also recently landed my first ‘proper’ job in 7 years as a junior web developer, which also allows me to work from home for most of the week... So now, I work from home, earn a decent wage, spend time with my children, code (which I love), and continue to learn. Thank you, Skillcrush!”

ANTONIA CRONIN | WEB DEVELOPER


DESIGN YOUR OWN SUCCESS

“About 2 months after I started the course (maybe less?), I applied for a job in tech doing software support that includes some CSS and HTML for a client website redesign. Because I could demonstrate interest and skill in coding, I was able to apply for the job, which required some interest or involvement in tech. It’s amazing to me that I was actually able to change careers pretty quickly, successfully, and relatively inexpensively… My quality of life has vastly improved.”

JESSICA ROWSHANDEL | SOFTWARE SUPPORT


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: WILL I REALLY BE "FREELANCE READY" AFTER COMPLETING THIS PROGRAM?

A: Yes, absolutely! That's the whole idea of the program: to get you job ready. That said, getting to "freelance ready" takes commitment, hard work, and going outside of your comfort zone. And as much as we may want to do those things for you, we can't! But if you're ready to hold up your end of the bargain, to work hard, to take risks, and to GO FOR IT, then we promise to do everything in our power to make sure that you start making money with your skills ASAP.


Q: WHAT KIND OF COMPUTER OR SOFTWARE DO I NEED TO ENROLL?

A: Nothing fancy! You just need a computer with access to the web and a quiet place to work. You should be able to stream videos and download/upload materials like photos and documents. We’ll introduce you to all the software or apps you need as you go through each course, and there are free versions or trials available for both Mac and Windows.


Q: WHAT IF I GET BEHIND? WILL MY CLASSES STILL BE AVAILABLE TO ME?

A: Of course! You’ll continue to have access to your courses and projects as long as your subscription is active, so you can review anything anytime you like. (And once you complete a class, you'll have LIFETIME access to it, even if you end your subscription.) Your classes are entirely self-paced. While we recommend trying to keep pace with the daily lessons to maintain your momentum, we 100% support you in going through the material at the pace that feels right to YOU.

Q: HOW DOES THE COST COMPARE TO SIMILAR ONLINE PROGRAMS?

A: As far as we know, there is no other online tech learning program out there like this one! No one else offers everything we do in one convenient package, nor do they create a personalized program specifically for each individual student and their career goals. However, you’re welcome to compare us against other online programs and bootcamps that charge thousands of dollars for half the value you get with us. We don’t mind. :)

Q: I'M WORRIED I'M TOO OLD TO FREELANCE. IS IT TRUE?

A: No way! Rest assured that if you have this question you are in GOOD company: it's literally the most common concern we hear from our students. You are absolutely not too old to make a career change, no matter WHAT your age is.  

The truth of the matter is... code doesn't know how old you are! We totally understand that feeling "too old" can be a challenge and we're more than happy to talk you through your concerns and brainstorm ways to make you feel more comfortable.


Q: I WORK FULL TIME. WILL I BE ABLE TO FIT CLASSES INTO MY BUSY SCHEDULE?

A: Yes, absolutely. We recommend setting aside a minimum of 1-2 hours per day to engage with the course materials, your classmates, and your instructors (and to keep your momentum going!). That said, our goal is to create a program of study that works for you and your schedule, so let us know how much time you have to devote to it and we’ll tailor the program to your needs.


Q: WHY WOULD I PAY WHEN I CAN GET THESE CLASSES ONLINE FOR FREE?

A: The good news is that you CAN start learning online for free. But the bad news (and the honest truth) is that the quality and structure of those free classes are simply lacking. The content is not as clear, accurate, rigorous, relevant, or up-to-date as paid courses are. This is simply because free classes are often compiled by one or two people in their free time, while our curriculum is designed by a team of top subject matter experts, instructional design professionals, and learning experts. We make sure the classes we give you are of the highest quality, current, and aligned with today’s job market.


Q: WHAT IF I NEED TO TAKE A BREAK? CAN I PAUSE THE PROGRAM?

A: Absolutely! We understand life gets in the way sometimes. Maybe you have a big work project or a long overdue vacation coming up? Not to worry. Just put your plan on pause for up to 3 months and resume when you’re ready.