I want to tell you about all the great things freelancing can do for your life (I know because it’s done them for mine), but first, I’m gonna let you in on one of the most important lessons freelancing has taught me over the years…
Employment has left us all weak and unprepared.
We step into the work world with twisted, incorrect perspectives on the value we provide…and that’s great for employers. It makes it easier for them to take advantage and purchase our labor for the least possible, all in exchange for hope in a long-term employment model that’s been dying off for years.
That means that too many of us are left burnt out and confused, investing in careers and employers who don’t deserve our effort, unsure of where to make our next career moves, and underpaid at all levels compared to the people around us.
…but what if I told you that learning to understand freelancing for the legitimate career opportunity it is could benefit your life, community and family, even if you decided to remain employed?
…what if I told you that freelancing can be much more than internships and low-paid work and that plenty of freelancers out-earn their employed counterparts?
…what if I told you that shifting the way you relate to employers could open up a world of life-long flexibility and higher earning?
It can, and that’s because freelancing (a small but important shift in the relationship with the same people who employ you) forces you to refine the very same skills, perspectives, and techniques that should be used to build even an employed career.
If you take the time to rethink your perspective on independent work and employment, an entirely new world of income (not to mention being the owner of your own career) will open up in front of you.
BlackFreelance is here to support you through that process.
I’m Megan, and I’m a Black, full-time freelancer who’s happier (and better paid) now than I ever was employed. I built this community because it’s something I wish existed when I got my first freelance assignment back in 2012, and something I believe Black communities around the world need.
This platform is set up to support you in your own journey toward shaping your freelance career. (Don’t let anybody tell you different…freelancing is a legitimate and growing career option.) It doesn’t matter if you’re looking at full-time work, a side-gig, staying afloat between jobs, or just to build up some extra retirement savings, staying connected to this community can help you build a flourishing, sustainable, employer-independent career and leverage the skill of freelancing to improve your life overall.
First though, let me tell you how it works.
Things around here are set up in stages—from the resources here on the site, to the free newsletter, to the Academy, BlackFreelance is designed to walk you through a process of warming you up for the wide world of freelancing, laying down your fundamentals, and then developing the sustainable habits that will keep your career growing in the best direction possible.
You’re free to explore as much as you want, but you’ll get the most out of BlackFreelance if you take things in this general order…
- An introductory quiz to find out how well you really know freelancing (a lot of people are surprised at their score…Take it now!)
- The Free Resources here on the site that help you find your starting point (as well as our Slack team!)
- The Warmup Club to help you hammer out your basics (also free, and it’s the fastest way to get a feel for the site)
- The BlackFreelance Academy, that, once you’re ready, helps you kick off and maintain the habits and connect with the community that will help keep your career growing and profitable (for less than you pay for Netflix each month.)
Your First, Most Important Step
Shaping a freelance career is a process that’s a lot like losing weight or getting in shape…it doesn’t happen overnight (so don’t go quitting your job tomorrow). That’s why I put together this free, Freelance Workbook for you to download. You’re going to be using it long-term to provide a visible framework for your freelance life. It’s yours to keep whether you decide to hang around here or not.
It’s going to walk you through…
- Understanding why you freelance (an important first step in building your best freelance life)
- Helping you discover a skillset and a niche (critical to maximizing your earning and finding a reliable stream of work and quality buyers)
- Kicking off those foundational, sustainable habits that will keep your freelance career growing and working for you
You can get things rolling there, but if you want to learn more about BlackFreelance, keep reading!
Freelancing is a big world and people do it for different reasons, so I want to let you know that this site is geared toward finding the balance between two things…
- Finding peace in your work life (so you have the emotional space to invest more in the people, projects, and causes that matter most to you)
- Earning the best income possible for your effort (so you have more room and financial flexibility to meet your goals)
I personally started freelancing to reduce stress, so I don’t believe in working non-stop, tolerating low-payment for long periods, or not using your freelance skills to improve your life as much as possible. That’s why I also recommend that no one take any blind leaps of faith or passion. I believe that whenever possible, freelancers should focus on building sustainable income as well as knowledge of both themselves and their business before making any huge life decisions. Just like employment, nothing is guaranteed in the freelance game, so we’ve all got to work smart.
Here at BlackFreelance, you’ll find all the standards including a blog, tips (on finding freelance work, improving your skills, specializing as a freelancer,) and an explanation of why this site exists in the first place. There’s even a private community to join once you feel comfortable with your basics.
Ready to get moving and dive into some of the resources here? Choose the statement below that best applies to you.
Side note…if you want to get a feel for how you can expect your freelance career to progress, check out the 7 stages you’ll work through in your business.
Welcome to the BlackFreelance community and I hope to see you around soon!
P.S. If you EVER have any questions, shoot me an email at email@example.com. I love hearing about your challenges, questions, and successes because it helps me make the site a better place for us all.