Do you have what it takes to become a successful freelancer?

Do you have what it takes to become a successful freelancer
FAIR WARNING: What I’m about to share with you is harsh. I get real and I share actual numbers. Hopefully by stepping outside of my comfort zone, I can motivate and inspire you to have the right mindset to succeed at freelancing.

By the end of this post, you’ll walk away with a fresh perspective and a mindset that will fuel your desire to accomplish goals and succeed. [Read more…]

How to Build a Portfolio That Drives Your Freelance Business

How To Build a Freelance Portfolio
One of the most important assets of your freelance business is your website.

Built properly, your website will market your freelance business, find clients for you, and sell products – all while you sleep.

You no longer need to knock door-to-door or walk into a business to find work. Finding quality work can be done from the comfort of your home. And if you’re an introvert like me, you know that’s an ideal situation.

To build an effective website that drives traffic and converts views into paying projects, you need a portfolio.

In this post, you’ll learn how to build your freelance portfolio the right way, how to decide what to include, and how to make your portfolio find work for you. [Read more…]

How To Write a Proposal and Win More Clients

How To Write Freelance Proposals

You’ve found the client, you’ve discussed the project in detail, and now’s your chance to make some money!

I’ve shared how to find clients without having to chase after them, how to start each project off on the right foot with a questionnaire, and now comes arguably one of the most important steps in the process – creating a proposal.

The thought of creating a proposal for your clients is intimidating, especially if you’re just starting out and have never written one before.

Hopefully by the end of this post you’ll feel confident in creating your own proposals, and you can start winning more clients. [Read more…]

Landing Your Ideal Clients With a Questionnaire

Landing Clients with a Questionnaire
You wake up – just like any other morning – sit down at your computer and start sifting through emails.

You have a new project inquiry!

Hi, I’m looking to have a logo designed for my new business. We’re starting to grow and it’s time we figure out this branding stuff.

Is this something you can do? How much would you charge to design our logo?

Thanks!

This is a very exciting moment for you! However, from this email, you’re not left with much insight. You don’t know one thing about this person, other than their interest in a new logo.

You can’t give a price for the logo, because you have no idea what all the project entails. They might want a simple text-only logo. But what if they’re actually looking for an entire branding package?

This applies to every project inquiry, whether the client is looking for a new website, t-shirt design – you name it.

Your next step would be to reply and ask a few questions to pinpoint their goals and expectations. This back and forth can take days or even weeks — email after email, trying to build a meaningful relationship with this “price shopper”.

It’s time to take control of your work process — skip the introductory emails, and start each project off on the right foot.

It’s worth your time to invest in an automated onboarding process to land potential clients.

Think of the best client you’ve worked with, or the ideal client you’d like to work with. Now imagine only designing for that caliber of people from this day forward.

You can achieve this by carefully crafting a questionnaire that identifies your ideal clients. [Read more…]

The Secret to Writing Case Studies That Drive New Client Work

How To Write Case Studies

How do you convert a lurking customer into a paying customer?

You know they’re on your website. They’re browsing your portfolio. They’re reading your blog. But they aren’t contacting you for work. Why not?

It’s because you don’t know the secret. The one thing that can totally ramp up your freelance business, get more traffic, and land more client work.

Wanna know the best part? This one thing takes very little effort, yet, it yields some great results.

So what is this one thing you can start doing?

Write case studies!

Last year, with nearly every project I completed, I’d take that work and use it to market my freelance business.

It’s the secret that revolutionized my freelance business. Today, I’m going to break this secret down and teach you how to create case studies that drive new client work. [Read more…]