How to build profitable freelance practices


Reach for the stars! Learn from long-time freelancer and podcast host Trevor Twining how to build a freelance practice that lets you earn what you want and gives you the security you've always hoped for.

Being a freelancer is tough. It's one of the toughest kinds of business out there.

You're part employee and part business. You're expected to gel with multiple teams simultaneously while making sure that not only is your billable work done, but all the non-billable parts that go along with it.

You have to pay your own pension. Your own benefits. You have to put money away for rainy days but it feels like it is always raining. It often feels like you're on your own.

Have any of these things happened to you?

  • Have you worked an entire year to find out that you owe the government way more than you thought you did?
  • Have you ever finished a freelance job and then wondered where the hell the next gig was going to come from?
  • Do clients pay you late, forcing you to borrow to cover the bills until they decide to pay?
  • Have you ever felt like you've left money on the table because you needed the work right now?

These common problems cost freelancers like you thousands of dollars every year!

Many freelancers run practices thinking this is just the way things are. They wear down, get frustrated, and then go back to working for someone else, which is actually way more risky than freelancing.

There's a way for you, and all the other freelancers like you, who struggle with these problems every day, to learn simple, repeatable steps to make all these problems disappear.

We're not taught how to freelance in college

When you went to school for whatever subject you took, you expected to come out of that schooling with a job. Well, if nobody has broken the news to you yet: those just don't exist anymore. By 2020, more than 40% of our workforce will be independent!

Freelancers are the new normal.

And yet there's no training out there for how to manage a freelance practice. ; People get a dimploma, are tossed out into the new workforce, and they're not prepared for how 40% of the work market actually works! Is it any wonder unemployment is so high?

Finding successful freelancers to mentor from is difficult

I've been freelancing since 2001. In that time I've made thousands of mistakes. I've lost (and earned back) thousands of dollars. I was struggling to find my place in a workforce that was already showing the signs of change we see today. But there was no roadmap. I had few mentors I could draw on near me.

Where would you find a freelancer mentor anyway? There weren't any online communities, and local folks worked from home-offices. They were so difficult to find, that at first I just thought they didn't exist.

So I started experimenting on my own out of necessity, and over those many years I've built a model that's simple to understand, repeatable, and effective.

Join dozens of successful Freelancers

At first I thought this model might only apply to me. Then I shared it with someone I met at a café. It worked for them.

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Over time, I shared it with others. Those who consistently did the work had the same great results.

When I met Trevor, my private practice was a mess. Freelancers are a self-taught bunch -- which means I was strong in my hard skills, but terrible at developing the soft skills needed to see my business thrive. Trevor's expertise quickly put me on the right track, and helped me see the potential in activities I hadn't even considered. In less than two years I have nearly tripled my income thanks to Trevor's guidance. Couldn't have done it without him!

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It's even worked for practices that don't fit into typical knowledge work. My friend Jillian Dowling is a sleep consultant. Here's what she says about the training.

You need to be ready to do the work.

These lessons aren't rocket science. They're so simple, in fact, that most people don't even believe it's actually how I built my practice. But the truth is that most people don't succeed at freelancing for only one of two reasons.

  1. They don't know how to build their practice.
  2. They know, but they're not prepared to put in the work.