How to get started being freelance
Are you new to freelancing?
Thinking of going freelance?
A freelancer in your first year, wondering if you’re doing it right?
There’s no ‘one way’ to be a successful freelancer, but this course will help you avoid the many mistakes most of us have made on our way to becoming one.
The course I wish I'd had
When I started out freelance, I had to figure it all out myself.
Through making it up and screwing it up, I soon built it up: a flexible freelance business that made me happy and made me money.
Chatting to hundreds of freelancers for the Being Freelance podcast, I gained not just from my experience but from their's too.
I've listened and learned.
Now I'd love to share it with you.
Steve Folland - Being Freelance founder (& freelancer)
6 modules of short videos
Lessons to fit in when you can.
52 short videos.
No long lectures. Most are 2-5 minutes.
"Taught me so many things I'd missed"
"I got made redundant and decided to take the plunge as a freelance sports consultant. 5 months in, this course has taught me so many things that I’d missed and also got me thinking more about myself as ‘a business’.
I really like the structure – manageable sized modules; engaging videos; lots of actions (including setting up my email address so I’m not emailing from Hotmail anymore!)
The course is brilliant."
Natalie Doyle - SportSister.co.uk
Here's a closer look at what we cover
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2.5 hours of original video lessons
Quotes from freelance guests
Useful links to explore
UK & USA specific text guides
Here's a quick free lesson
TESTIMONIALS ARE POWERFUL THINGS
"Juicy & easy-to-digest"
"This is the course I wish I'd had when I'd just started my business. Instead of wasting months and months Googling the answers to my millions of questions!
Whether you're about to start your freelance business or it's actually a few years old but you haven't yet built your foundations, these juicy but short and easy-to-digest modules will help you build the business that's right for you.
And the price tag? It's an absolute steal. You can either spend a year trying to figure it all out on your own, or you can invest in yourself and learn it all in a weekend."
Eman Ismail, Email Strategist, Finland
"Everything you need"
“Steve’s created a brilliant course for those of us embarking on an independent professional life.
His bite sized advice is friendly, entertaining and highly informative.
The short snappy format keeps you wanting to move forward to the next video. And the advice, drawing upon the experience of the hundreds of freelancers he’s interviewed over the years, is everything you need to get started and avoid the obvious mistakes.
I can’t recommend it enough!”
Matt Walton, Product Advisor, UK
"A wealth of advice"
"When I was struggling to decide if I should go freelance or not this course was a god send. Steve’s given a wealth of advice and step by step processes to get ready to launch myself.
This course has put me in the right frame of mind not to be scared to jump in and get cracking. If you’re feeling lost or overwhelmed about taking those first steps into freelancing then you can’t go wrong by beginning here."
Gareth Partington (& Dylan), Photographer, UK
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The podcast that started it all
In January 2015, Steve Folland hit record on a conversation he had with a freelance photographer and published it as a new podcast: Being Freelance.
Since then he's spoken to nearly 300 creative freelancers from around the world, each sharing their experience of what it's like being freelance.
Listeners were brought together, first at a number of live episodes in London and Manchester and then as the Being Freelance Community.
It's even inspired a sister podcast out of Brazil.
Together with fellow community founder and freelancer Frankie Tortora, he also co-hosts Doing It For The Kids - winning Gold for Best Business Podcast at the British Podcast Awards 2021.
Steve's podcasts have inspired people around the world in various stages of their freelance journeys.
It regularly blows his mind.
Q: Which country is the course right for?
A: Any! The principles taught will work wherever you are. However, if you're in the UK or USA you will also find extra sections that cover your country essentials.
Q: What if I'm already freelancing?
A: You're not too late! Sure, there may be a few bits you've already got nailed down. But if you've been freelancing a year or two and thinking there might be a better way, give it a go! (There's a 30 day money back guarantee).
Q: Is there a money back guarantee?
A: Yes! This course has already helped loads of people getting started with freelancing. But if it's not right for you, there's a full refund available within the first 30 days.
Q: What type of freelancing is this course right for?
A: The advice is based on my experience and that of my guests for the Being Freelance podcast. We're all 'creative' freelancers. Copywriters, designers, illustrators, web developers, coaches, photographers... Ultimately it's all about getting yourself set up as a business, finding and dealing with clients and managing your finances - these principles will work across many fields. One of our first students is a Sports Consultant - as you can see, that's not my speciality - I can barely catch a ball.
Q: What if English isn't my first language?
A: Okay, so the videos aren't translated into other languages. However, if you find the English videos a bit too fast, you can easily slow them down and turn on English captions to help your understanding. There's a 30 day money back guarantee so if it's really too hard to understand (and good on you for trying!) you can get a refund. El reembolso. Le remboursement. Die Vergütung.