Business for Freelancers


If you're struggling to understand how to take the next step and run an actual business, this course is for you.

At the end of this course, you will have systems in place to effectively manage your money and time, which will free you up to focus on your work.

About this course



Inside each course, you will find...







What students are saying...

"I sold my biggest project ever using the proposal template inside of Freelancing School!"
Jenni K.

What's included?

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Course Curriculum

Introduction
Welcome to Business for Freelancers!
2 mins
Lesson 1
Lesson 1: How to leave your job to go freelance
8 mins
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319 KB
Lesson 2
Lesson 2: Incorporating: the basics
9 mins
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File for an Employer Identification Number (EIN)
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323 KB
Lesson 3
Lesson 3: How to create a budget
9 mins
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Financial spreadsheet template
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1.21 MB
Lesson 4
Lesson 4: Managing your cash flow
9 mins
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303 KB
Lesson 5
Lesson 5: Preparing for taxes
9 mins
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295 KB
Lesson 6
Lesson 6: Goal setting
6 mins
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617 KB
Lesson 7
Lesson 7: Managing your time
7 mins
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Personal Task Management using Trello (video)
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622 KB
Lesson 8
Lesson 8: Scheduling and calendar management
10 mins
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305 KB
Lesson 9
Lesson 9: Communicating with clients
4 mins
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278 KB
Lesson 10
Lesson 10: How to write a strong proposal
13 mins
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Proposal template
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1.07 MB
Lesson 11
Lesson 11: Contracts: Why you need them, what to include
6 mins
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Contracts for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs workshop (video)
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306 KB
Lesson 12
Lesson 12: Invoicing and getting paid
5 mins
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427 KB
Lesson 13
Lesson 13: Handling scope creep
4 mins
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296 KB
Lesson 14
Lesson 14: Finding mentors and community
10 mins
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889 KB
Next steps
Next steps
2 mins
Course completion survey
Become an affiliate
Bonus
Behind-the-scenes
49 mins

Who should take these courses?

These ARE for you if...

✅ You are freelancing full or part time
including design, branding, copywriting, development, accounting, marketing, social media, and more

✅ You work with clients in a service-based business
including agencies, consultancies, coaching, financial services, real estate agents, and more

✅ You want a step-by-step list of activities to create a process around business development

✅ You want templates for a CRM, budgeting, cash flow, project proposals, email responses, and more.

✅ You struggle to talk about yourself and your work

✅ You struggle with the "business" stuff

✅ You are intimidated by taxes, contracts, and money

These are NOT for you if...

❌ You don't run a client-based business

❌ You don't believe your work is worth paying for

❌ You need external motivation to freelance

❌ You don't have the time to commit to the videos

❌ You don't plan to work with clients

❌ You aren't willing to talk about yourself and your work

❌ You aren't willing to change your processes

❌ You won't do the associated exercises

About Me

Hey, my name is Jay Clouse. I'm the founder of Unreal Collective and freelancing instructor for Linkedin Learning / Lynda.com.

I've been both a founder and a freelancer. Previously, I was the Chief Operating Officer of Tixers, which was acquired in 2015. Then I spent time as a product manager at a venture-backed startup, and left that to freelance.

I've seen what works for freelancers. And after seeing strategies work over and over again, I've put them into these courses.