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 program 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 site 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 savings, this site can help you build a flourishing, sustainable, employer-independent career.
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 introducing you to the wide world of freelancing, establishing your fundamentals, and then developing sustainable habits to keep your career grow in the best direction possible. You’re free to explore as much as you like, 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 Newsletter 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
OK, so like I said, shaping a freelance career is a process and 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. It will walk you through understanding why you freelance, help you discover a niche and a skillset, and then move on to kicking off those critical 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 the 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
- Getting the best income possible for your effort
I personally started freelancing to reduce stress, so I don’t believe in working non-stop, tolerating low-payment forever, or not using your freelance skills to improve your life as much as possible. (I also recommend that no-one take any blind leaps of faith or passion and 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 an Academy to join once you feel comfortable with your basics.
Ready to get moving? 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!