Become a Successful freelancer - Step by Step Course
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Discover why 15,000 freelancers already completed this course.
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4.3 (20 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,043 students enrolled
Created by Lior Izik
Last updated 7/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • This course will take you from being a one of million offshore resource to a special resource that understand what your future employer want you to be.
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Requirements
  • No
Description

My name is Lior Izik and I live in Toronto, Canada. I have managed multiple IT companies in the fields of programming, design, and marketing.

In the last 15 years I’ve moved millions of dollars from my bank account paying offshore developers, and worked in areas that most people have never heard of.

This course will turn you into a special resource. The lessons here are designed to teach you exactly what Western employers want, helping you stand out from thousands of other offshore workers.

The course includes 19 lessons, homework and quizzes.



Who is the target audience?
  • Freelancers from Asia including India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan and more.
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
01:06:54
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Lessons & Topics Included
20 Lectures 01:06:54
Introduction
01:52

Meet the person behind the project; learn what makes your employer comfortable, what they expect from you, and take a look at yourself from their point of view. Learn how to connect with North American and European culture, with notes on names, religion, and social standards. Start building credit with your employer today, and discover how best to show them that you’re committed to the project.

Topics:

  • Understanding the employer’s point of view; what makes them comfortable, and what they expect from you
  • Fitting in and “connecting” with North American and European cultures; names, religion, social expectations
  • Building credit with your employer
  • Showing your engagement/commitment to the project
Lesson 1 – Know Your Employer
06:59

Once you complete all of the topics contained in this lesson, you are eligible to take the quiz. Click the button below to begin.

Lesson 1 Quiz
3 questions

Learn what it takes to be a successful freelancer, and why you already be one step ahead of the game. Discover ways to reverse-engineer the success of your competitors so that you can surpass them. Explore common interview questions and start to practice your new skills with your coworkers.

Topics:

  • Surpassing your offshore competition
  • Learning from your competition
  • Knowing your strengths
Lesson 2 – Be Better Than Your Competition
02:38

Once you complete all of the topics contained in this lesson, you are eligible to take the quiz. Click the button below to begin.

Lesson 2 Quiz
3 questions

Discover one major “deal breaker” problem that employers have with their freelancers. Discuss the difference between a “language barrier” and variable word meaning.  Learn the importance of asking questions during remote collaborations, and explore 4 ways this directly benefits the freelancer. Analyze your past communications with employers, and understand the importance of “kickoff meetings.”

Topics:

  • The importance of asking questions during overseas collaborations
  • How questions benefit the freelancer
Lesson 3 – Ask Questions, Be Understood
03:06

Once you complete all of the topics contained in this lesson, you are eligible to take the quiz. Click the button below to begin.

Lesson 3 Quiz
3 questions

Learn how to identify your strongest skills and stay inside your comfort zone to save time, make more money, and retain clients. Review a web development case study. Explore ethical ways you can accept projects in unfamiliar fields, while improving your reputation with the employer. Analyze your employment record, and master your market niche.

Topics:

  • Identifying your strengths and sticking to them; how this saves you time, makes you money, and helps you retain clients
  • How to proceed with a project whose subject matter you’re unqualified in
Lesson 4 – Know Your Strengths, and Stick to Them
04:47

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Lesson 4 Quiz
3 questions

Understand the challenge and reward of honesty during remote collaborations. See dishonesty from the employer’s perspective, and learn how it hurts the reputation of your fellow freelancers. Learn how often you need to update your employer to maintain a positive working relationship. Review common reasons why freelancers lie to their employers, and why it pays to tell the truth. Find out which excuses employers are sick of hearing, and explore ways to express yourself honestly.

Topics:

  • Honesty is one of the biggest problems employers face working with freelancers; why it pays to tell the truth
  • Common reasons why freelancers lie to their employers
  • Introducing the importance of communication
Lesson 5 – Be Honest
05:28

Once you complete all of the topics contained in this lesson, you are eligible to take the quiz. Click the button below to begin.

Lesson 5 Quiz
3 questions

Experience an employer’s point-of-view when discussing the reputation of the freelance industry today. Learn how the mistakes of others may be hurting your chances to secure projects with Western employers, and why some companies are turning their backs on freelancers today. Review a marketing company case study, and find ways to rise above the failure of other freelancers.

Topics:

  • Overseas freelance hiring pools are filled with low-quality workers
  • Low-quality hiring pools may hurt your chances of being taken seriously
  • You can stop the negative migration away from freelancers
Lesson 6 – Difficult Times Ahead
04:33

Once you complete all of the topics contained in this lesson, you are eligible to take the quiz. Click the button below to begin.

Lesson 6 Quiz
3 questions

Explore different marketing assets for overseas freelancers, including AdWords, websites, Elance profiles, social media, Google Organic, Blogs, email marketing, forum posts, phone calls, and more. Discuss the pros and cons of each to maximize the cost-effectiveness of your advertising efforts. Learn a simple formula to measure and evaluate whether your current marketing plan is working for you. Begin to form your marketing plan.

Topics:

  • Exploring different marketing assets for overseas freelancers; Adwords, websites, Elance profiles, social media, Google Organic, Blogs, email marketing, forum posts, phone calls, and more.
Lesson 7 – Marketing Yourself Properly
06:32

Once you complete all of the topics contained in this lesson, you are eligible to take the quiz. Click the button below to begin.

Lesson 7 Quiz
3 questions

Learn best practices in money management for freelancers. Find new ways to save money. Discover the proper protocol and pricing to use when billing employers, and never work for free again. Use some simple strategies and software recommendations to protect yourself from extra expenses.

Topics:

  • Money management practices for freelancers; how to save, how to charge clients, how to protect yourself from extra expenses, how much to charge your employer
Lesson 8 – Money Management Practices
05:03

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Lesson 8 Quiz
3 questions

Learn one common problem that kills business for freelancers, and how to avoid it. Find your maximum capacity, and never miss another deadline. Discuss why it pays to stay in your comfort zone, rather than overloading your task list. Build a business plan that makes the most of your working hours.

Topics:

  • The problems that arise when freelancers take on too much work at once
  • Identifying your comfort zone and staying within it
Lesson 9 – Know Your Limit and Stay Within It
01:36

Once you complete all of the topics contained in this lesson, you are eligible to take the quiz. Click the button below to begin.

Lesson 9 Quiz
3 questions

Discuss the importance of visualizing your success. Read insider information on what the “perfect project” looks like from the perspective of an experienced Canadian employer. Learn what to do, and what not to do when hired as a freelancer, comparing two detailed case studies. Create your own “perfect project,” and use it to guide your business practices in the future.

Topics:

  • Insider information on the “perfect project” from the perspective of an experienced Canadian employer; what to do, and what not to do
Lesson 10 – Visualize the Perfect Project
06:24

Once you complete all of the topics contained in this lesson, you are eligible to take the quiz. Click the button below to begin.

Lesson 10 Quiz
3 questions

Discover your employer’s preferred testing process, and learn what they’re expecting from products in the alpha or beta stage. Explore ways to complete your testing obligations without paying for QA out-of-pocket. Learn why it pays to discuss testing protocol with your employer early on. Determine how many times you need to test your project before sending it to your employer. Discuss how you can team up with a fellow freelancer to start saving money on testing right away.

Topics:

  • Employer expectations for testing and alpha/beta-stage products
  • How to complete testing on a project without paying out-of-pocket
  • How many times to test your project before sending it to your employer
Lesson 11 – Testing
03:22

Once you complete all of the topics contained in this lesson, you are eligible to take the quiz. Click the button below to begin.

Lesson 11 Quiz
3 questions

Discover why more referrals are needed within the freelance industry, and see how they can both benefit you financially. and improve your relationship with the employer. Learn best practices for selecting and managing your referrals. Find out how to protect yourself from any liability if a referral goes badly. Start populating a list of quality companies for referrals today.

Topics:

  • Why more referrals are needed within the freelance industry
  • How referrals can benefit you
  • How to select and manage your referrals
Lesson 12 – Referral Services
02:24

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Lesson 12 Quiz
3 questions

Discuss the importance of trust in the eyes of your employer. Discover ways to build trust with your employer. Avoid common mistakes freelancers make once they’ve earned their employer’s trust. Learn how to resist our natural urge to abuse trust, and see how offering a discount to return clients can actually make you more money.

Topics:

  • The importance of trust in overseas collaborations
  • How to build trust with your employer
  • How to avoid breaking trust, and resisting the natural urge to abuse trust
Lesson 13 – Trust
01:55

Once you complete all of the topics contained in this lesson, you are eligible to take the quiz. Click the button below to begin.

Lesson 13 Quiz
3 questions

Insight from a Canadian employer on the effects of delayed work during collaborations with freelancers. See the cost of late submissions from their point of view, and review a web development case study. Learn how to manage delays so that you can start retaining more clients, and improving the reputation of the freelance industry.

Topics:

  • Insight from a Canadian employer on the effects of delayed work during freelance collaborations
Lesson 14 – Delays (and the problems they cause)
02:54

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Lesson 14 Quiz
3 questions

Reinforce the need for clear communication during overseas collaborations. Learn how to develop a connection with your employer, and understand their expectations. Review 7 steps you can take to ensure healthy communication is present in your working relationship. Determine the minimum level of contact you have to maintain with your clients.

Topics:

  • The need for communication in an overseas collaboration
  • Developing a connection and understanding expectations
  • 7 steps to clear communication
Lesson 15 – Communications
01:51

Once you complete all of the topics contained in this lesson, you are eligible to take the quiz. Click the button below to begin.

Lesson 15 Quiz
3 questions

Learn the right and wrong way to announce an upcoming vacation or period of time off to your employer. Discuss the consequences of short notice announcements. Add vacation protocol to your business plan so that you never waste your employer’s time again.

Topics:

  • The right and wrong way to announce a vacation to your employer
Lesson 16 – Vacations
01:10

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Lesson 16 Quiz
3 questions

Discuss how time zone differences cause delays and end up costing both parties money. Learn how to overcome time zone differences by overlapping your working hours. Review your business plan, and determine the minimum number of hours you need to overlap with your employer each day.

Topics:

  • How time zone differences cause delays and cost both parties money
  • How to overcome time zone differences with overlapping hours
Lesson 17 – Working Hours
01:18

Once you complete all of the topics contained in this lesson, you are eligible to take the quiz. Click the button below to begin.

Lesson 17 Quiz
2 questions

Your employer may be an excellent business person, but have little experience with your area of expertise - how do you handle “ignorant” requests from your employer? Review a web development case study and learn when and how to correct your employer’s mistakes. Add a new communication strategy to your business plan.

Topics:

  • When and how to correct your employers’ mistakes
Lesson 18 – Thinking Outside the Box
01:30

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Lesson 18 Quiz
2 questions

Discuss the impact copyright violation has on your career, and how to avoid it. Learn why so many freelancers violate copyright law, and discover how to protect yourself from legal repercussions and angry clients in all future projects. Add copyright-compliant resources to your business plan.

Topics:

  • The impact copyright violation has on your career, and how to avoid it.
Lesson 19 – Copyrights
01:32

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Lesson 19 Quiz
3 questions
About the Instructor
Lior Izik
4.3 Average rating
19 Reviews
2,043 Students
1 Course
IT Expert

I have been in business since I was 10 years old. I began by purchasing bagels on the street and selling them to bankers a few doors down for double the price. Since then, I have come a long way and grown with my experience in the business world.

My experiences have not always been successful, and I am no stranger to failure. Since I first started selling those bagels all those years ago, I have since created many small businesses, some of which drained expenses and closed after only a few short months.

Though these failures had hurt and embarrassed me at the time, I now know that my failures have helped me far more than my wins ever would. Sometimes the most important lessons can be learned out of a disaster. Without my failures, I would never have developed the philosophy that made me the man I am today, turning a street-side bagel broker into a successful entrepreneur.

I learned from my mistakes, and in doing so paved my way to a winning record in the business world. Much of this occurred on the internet; over many years I developed web design, development, marketing, and security companies, all of which were successful despite being part of a growing and extremely competitive market. Some of my ventures were sold to larger companies, while others I am proud to say are still making me money today.

Other businesses began to take note of the success of my process and philosophy, and would later come to me for help with their own business problems. I began to take on a more consultative role and was really able to put my philosophy to the test in multiple industries. To my delight, not only did it pass, it exceeded.  From real estate businesses, to home services companies, call centres and more, all of these industries benefited greatly from the lessons I had learned. This changed my role in the business world; rather than creating my own companies from scratch, I began to merge into these existing companies as a partner once I had helped their owners. Today, I am proudly associated with many successful businesses in multiple industries, and am happy to have been given the opportunity to help them grow and succeed.