This workbook should be the first thing you pick up here, because it’s designed to travel with you as you develop at BlackFreelance.
If you’re new to freelancing, it’ll help you set up your basics and flesh those out. If you’ve been at it a while and feel like you’re missing something, it’ll help you fill in some holes. You might decide to print it out or save it, but either way, make sure you stick with it!
It’s broken into 3 phases. At each step, you’ll be given exercises, suggestions for next steps, and links to posts and resources to help you move forward.
Phase 1: Setting up The Basics
- Figuring Out Your Goals
- Deciding On Your Skillset
- Understanding Who Hires You
Phase 2: Fleshing Things Out
- Figuring Out Your Niche
- Establishing Your Basic Services
- Improving Your Skills
Phase 3: Refining and Building Strong Habits
- What does my online presence look like?
- Who, or what position, makes the decision to hire me?
- Examples of my best or ideal clients
- What value do I provide?
Remember, you’re going to want to keep this! It’s a powerful document that you can reflect back on to find strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities as your career unfolds.
You’ll find the download below. Welcome to the BlackFreelance community, and congratulations on starting your independent work journey!
The next think you want to do? Come visit the Start page.
Side note: As you grow here, it’s important to keep a couple of things in mind when it comes to your freelance career.
Building this kind of life and income takes time. You’ll hear people say it takes 18-months to 2 years to feel comfortable, and even longer until you hit your stride. That’s normal, and if you think about it, it makes sense…it took you years on top of years to get ready to be employed, so a couple more to learn to work independently of an employer isn’t really that long.
That time though, is also why transitioning out of employment is best for most people (I wish I would have done it), and also why you should start building your freelance career today. No job is completely secure, and being able to earn on your own is great insurance to have in your professional and financial life.
Keep in mind that this workbook isn’t a map. You’re going to run into a LOT of variation based on your skillset, niche, and your life as an individual, but that’s what makes freelancing so interesting!