If you’re like most freelancers I know, you didn’t study business in school.
Instead, you got to be really, really good at something — like designing websites, writing code, writing words, or marketing — and you sold that talent to someone else (an employer).
One day, you decided to go out on your own and start your own business. You quit your job, found your flagship client, and you were off.
…But eventually, you got hit with the reality that you’re running a business.
Success means a lot more than just being technically great at what you do. You have to market yourself, convince prospective clients that you’re awesome, write proposals, send invoices, chase payments, manage projects and clients, and so on.
But if you’re like me, you weren’t prepared for the realities of running a freelancing business.
When I started my business, I was hopelessly clueless. I thought and acted like an employee. I priced myself based on what everyone else was charging, waited for leads to come to me, and ended up exchanging one boss for many.
It wasn’t until I grew my company beyond myself and created my agency that I realized that I had to level-up my business abilities.
I studied everything I could, and hired an expensive personal coach to help me learn what other, seasoned business owners already knew. Truthfully, there were plenty of screwups; but each time I stumbled, I made it a point to figure out how to avoid the same fate in the future.
Eventually my agency grew to 11 full-time employees and we were bringing in millions a year in revenue. As I built my company…
Helping you avoid many of the mistakes I made so that you can become truly successful is my #1 goal here at Double Your Freelancing.
Over the last 4 years, I’ve helped tens of thousands of freelancers learn how to master the business behind their business. I’ve tried to distill my experience into bite-sized, actionable lessons that people like me circa 2008 could avoid.
So if you’re looking to build a profitable business and avoid much of the self-help fluff that’s usually associated with freelancing advice, you’re at the right place.
Step 1: Sign up for my free, 9-lesson course, “Charge What You’re Worth”. This has helped close to 20,000 freelancers learn how to de-commoditize themselves and price based on the value they deliver their clients. Click the big button below.
Step 2: Checkout the hundreds of in-depth articles, guides, and podcast episodes that you’ll find inside Double Your Freelancing (click here to see everything we cover). We encourage you to join one of our local meetups so that you can network with and stay accountable to other freelancers in your area. And we’d love to see you at our annual conference.
Here are a few articles and resources that can help you get started: