Freelance Bootcamp - The Comprehensive Guide to Freelancing
What you'll learn
- Build a freelance business completely from scratch, including: acquiring clients, building a portfolio, and managing projects.
- You should have basic computer skills.
- You should have a passion for learning.
Course update March 2021: I've added a new guide that shows how to automate project management tasks utilizing GitHub's Kanban board.
Are you ready to launch your own freelance development business but don't know where to start? I used to be the same way and I spent years refining my system in order to run a successful freelance business. My name is Jordan Hudgens and I'll be your instructor for this course. In addition to being an instructor I also have a freelance development business that generated over $295,000 last year alone. In fact, in one month I made over $43,000 in freelance work. And in this course I'm going to walk through the exact process I used to build my freelance service so that you can learn from it and launch your own business.
I have spent the last year putting together this curriculum based on my own real world experiences with clients. This includes discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to becoming a freelancer. Many other freelancing courses are filled with 1-2 hours worth of theoretical concepts. I took a different approach and focus 100% on practical real life experiences so that you can truly use this course to launch a freelance business. The result is that this course gives you 2 to 3 times more material than most other freelancing systems.
I've organized the course into practical sections so that you can follow along, this includes:
Preparing for the launch of your business. Including how to schedule your launch, how to create a portfolio that actually gets clients, how to craft a list of template proposals, and every other component you'll need in order to start your business.
Next we'll move onto the top challenge freelancers come across: how to get clients! This was the most difficult obstacle for me to overcome when I started my freelance business and I walk you through my marketing system that generated so many clients that I had to hire additional freelancers to help take on all of the new clients that were signing up.
As important as getting clients is when it comes to launching a freelance business I don't end the course there. I dedicate sections to the topics of managing projects, testing for code quality, working with legacy applications, and how to manage client communication to ensure that your clients become your biggest fans.
If the idea of hard work doesn't scare you off and if the concept of making your own schedule and being able to work from anywhere in the world is appealing, then this is the course for you.
Since these concepts are part of my life's work, I didn't simply record myself discussing the material. I also wrote a full book on how you can launch your freelance business called: The Freelancer's Manifesto, and I'm giving every student that signs up for this course a copy completely for free (sold for $30 online and in stores). The book is a great companion to the video lessons and includes additional stories and examples from my own freelance experience.
In addition to the book, when you sign up for the course I will also send you all of the documents you'll need in order to become a freelancer, including: the legal agreements I give to clients, my full list of template proposals, and as with all my other courses you can message me anytime with any questions that you may have.
Please feel free to review the course curriculum and I look forward to going through the material with you on your freelance journey!
Who this course is for:
- This course is for developers and designers who want to build their own freelance businesses, including full time and part time work.
Jordan Hudgens is the CTO and Founder of Bottega where he leads instruction and curriculum development for all of the DevCamp and Bottega code schools around the US.
Jordan has developed applications for Quip, Eventbrite, and DevCamp. As a teacher, he focuses on project driven education, with a focus on jobcentric techniques. This means that he focuses specifically on teaching the skills needed in the development industry. This style of teaching is conducive to learning how to build real world products that adhere to industry best practices.
Additionally Jordan has published multiple books on programming and computer science for Packt Publishing, along with developing training curriculum for Bottega, Learn Co, DevCamp, and AppDev on the topics of Ruby on Rails, Java, AngularJS, NoSQL, API development, TypeScript and algorithms.