Becoming a freelancer has many advantages: it can help you make more money, develop your career, and give you the freedom to work when and where you want. But launching a freelance business also means taking on new responsibilities that may feel daunting, like accounting, marketing, and contract negotiations, If you want to go out on your own but need a little help getting started, these classes will give you the skills you need to build a great freelance career for the long-term.
1. Business Planning for Creatives: Write Your Business Plan and Elevator Pitch with Faye Brown
When running a freelance business, it is essential to define the services you offer, how you will stay financially viable, and how you plan to grow. This is where a sound business plan comes in: it will give you get a clearer sense of your goals (and how you want to achieve them) and will help you effectively communicate those facts to others. Outline your own plan in Business Planning for Creatives: Write Your Business Plan and Elevator Pitch with illustrator and designer Faye Brown.
2. Branding for Creatives: Land the Work You Want! with Haylee Powers
In Branding for Creatives: Land the Work You Want!, brand strategist Haylee Powers argues that the key to success as a creative professional is to develop a focused brand that appeals to a specific audience. Rather than getting lost in a sea of creatives, your personal brand can make you the go-to choice for your target clients. In this class, you’ll learn to create a strategic portfolio and get it into the hands of the people that matter.
3. Pricing Your Work and Negotiating with Clients with Jesse LeDoux
Setting a project price with a client can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. In his class Pricing Your Work and Negotiating with Clients, graphic designer Jesse LeDoux shares his strategy for finding a winning price point for both you and your clients. By opening up about his own process for client negotiations, Jesse will help you build sustainable client relationships, from initial contact to final invoice.
4. UpWork Freelancing: Your Guide to Finding Remote Freelance Jobs by Christopher Dodd
Getting discovered by clients can be one of the hardest parts of being a freelancer. Marketing your services can often require hours spent on networking or building a social media following. Dedicated freelance marketplaces such as Upwork can help you find success while streamlining your client outreach process. In his class, UpWork Freelancing: Your Guide to Finding Remote Freelance Jobs, web developer and digital nomad Christopher Dodd shares the process he’s developed for getting hired online.
5. Time Management Tips & Tricks for Freelancers!! By Storm Pierce
When you are working for yourself, staying productive and motivated can be a challenge. In his class Time Management Tips & Tricks for Freelancers!!, YouTuber and freelance photographer Storm Pierce shares great productivity hacks that help freelancers break down projects into achievable tasks, plan more effectively, build productive routines, and track project success.
Want to learn more about going out on your own as a freelancer? Check out Skillshare’s new 4-week workshop, Practical Freelancing: Advice and Strategies for Success. Discover best-practices for time management, bookkeeping, and more, starting May 13.