In 2015, I quit my job to freelance full-time instead. Every year since I’ve earned well over six-figures from freelance income alone while working with some of the biggest clients in the world including Facebook, Marriott International, Bloomberg, and American Express (with no previous affiliation).
My website brings over 200 leads each year and I don’t spend a dime in marketing.
But… how did that happen?
How did I go from $3,500 of freelance income to six-figures in just two years?
I had a plan to become a full-time freelancer, and it worked. Really well.
When I quit my job, the transition was smooth. I wasn’t scared of where my next paycheck would come from because clients were coming to me on a regular basis. I had multiple projects secured in my calendar that would provide at least 6 months of consistent, reliable income.
I kept renewing those long-term retainer agreements with existing clients while setting up short-term projects with new ones. I was always working with 2-3 clients at a time and diversified my income with short and long-term projects.
I stopped charging hourly and invested in helpful freelancing resources such as books and courses that helped me learn fast and avoid critical mistakes. I only quit my job once I was confident I wouldn’t have to backpedal into the 9-5 world.
I started treating myself like a business and turned down projects and clients that weren’t a good fit. I raised my rates and began asking for upfront payment.
I did all of this and so much more. The changes I made completely transformed my career and my life for the better.
So, I wrote this book to teach you how to apply my game plan to your own career.
The advice in my book has since helped thousands of freelancers create a better life for themselves. If you follow my proven methods for freelancing success, you will:
- Get more clients
- Raise your rates (by a lot!)
- Learn how to sell based on value (not hours, pages, features, etc)
- Stop charging hourly (use weekly rates, fixed-price, or retainers)
- Transition away from 9-5 job (smoothly, without fear of failure)
- Write winning proposals and use contracts
- Establish consistent, reliable income (no roller-coasters)
- Never risk late payments (or non-payments!)
- Communicate more effectively with your clients
- Get better feedback and minimize revisions
- Avoid working with difficult clients
This will all lead to better work from better clients, which will lead to more money in your bank account each year.
This book is perfect if you’re just starting out and need your biggest freelancing questions answered.
Don’t make the mistake of deriving an hourly rate from your current salary and leaping away from the safety and stability of traditional employment.
Master the basics of freelancing and start creating a better life for yourself.
Right now, you might be itching to quit your stale 9-5 job in favor of the freedom freelancing offers. Maybe you already have and desperately need more clients. If you’re anything like me, you might just want a little extra income and a change of pace.
Freelancing seems to offer an escape from the shackles of traditional employment, but it can cause overwhelming stress unless you know how to get more clients, properly set your rates, and stabilize your income.
Have you ever asked yourself…
- What if I don’t get enough clients?
- Can I live on unreliable and inconsistent income?
- How do I write proposals and send professional emails?
- How do I know what to charge?
- What if I don’t get paid?
These are all legitimate fears and it can be challenging to push yourself to overcome them. Kickstart Your Freelancing Career answers your biggest freelancing questions and gives you the confidence you need to become a successful freelancer.
Don’t let your fears and doubts hold you back from the best career choice you’ve ever made.
Kickstart Your Freelancing Career provides timeless advice on how to build a solid foundation for your freelancing career and navigate your way to success in an over-saturated market. It’s packed with all the advice, experience, tips, and tricks I’ve used to quit my day job, double my income, and build a healthy, sustainable freelance business.
"Kickstart Your Freelancing Career is the book that I wish I had a few years ago. No other book on design has inspired me to take action as much as this one. I really liked the fact that Matt included worksheets with each chapter, because after gaining expert knowledge it forces you to take ACTION, which is one of the most valuable lessons of all."
7 Valuable Chapters
Kickstart Your Freelancing Career takes you step-by-step through the entire freelance lifecycle – from making sure freelancing is right for you to collecting testimonials. Here’s what’s inside:
- Chapter 1: Is Freelancing Right for You?
- Chapter 2: How to Make Freelancing Your Primary Income
- Chapter 3: Identifying and Attracting Your Ideal Clients
- Chapter 4: Properly Setting Your Rate
- Chapter 5: Writing a Winning Proposal
- Chapter 6: Managing Projects, Clients, and Expectations
- Chapter 7: Collecting Payments, Testimonials, and Referrals
10 Worksheets, 70 Questions, and Lifetime Updates.
The book includes 10 worksheets with 70+ questions and 7 key takeaways to help you put this advice into action. It’s packed with professional insight and practical advice. Since this is a digital book, you’ll also gain free access to every new version of the book for free, forever.
"Matt’s eBook is full of actionable advice. It’s the most notable resource I’ve used to improve my freelancing career."
"Matt’s advice in Chapter 6 alone was worth a lot more than what I paid for the book because it gave me an anchor to throw in any time I see design reviews drifting into subjectivity."
Advice for any industry.
This book intentionally addresses freelancing in general making it industry-agnostic. It’s not a book specifically about design or how to get design clients. If you make digital content for the web ( think designers, developers, writers, animators, etc), you’ll find the advice in this book extremely valuable.
If you’re looking for specific advice on how to get design clients, you’re trying to solve the wrong problem. There’s nothing special about UI/UX clients other than they browse Dribbble and Behance more often than other websites. You need to attract more clients, not waste time trying to find them.
This book will help you spend less time on job boards and more time responding to the new leads you’re getting each month.
Give your business a strong foundation.
At just about 50 pages in length, Kickstart Your Freelancing Career highlights and simplifies the basics of freelancing you need to be successful in a competitive freelancing market.
I started freelancing during my first year of college – long before 35% of the U.S. workforce was self-employed. After graduating and spending 3 years at a design agency, I decided to take my freelancing career full-time. I quit my job and more than doubled my old salary within a year.
The experience, advice, expertise, and knowledge I’ve gathered along the way inspired me to write a book that could help you do the same thing.
This book will change your career.
"I wish I had a guide like this years ago. Kickstart Your Freelancing Career is a definite must-read for creatives starting their own business and gives a “real-world” perspective on freelancing and being a business owner."
"This is the book I wish I had when I started freelancing. The worksheets and key takeaways at the end of each chapter were really helpful. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in going out on their own."
"As an introverted designer, Matt’s advice inspired me to become more confident in how I sell myself, price my services, and maintain integrity when pitching to clients."
What are you waiting for?
Download the book and learn how to get more clients, make more money, and transition away from your day job!
"Matt is a brilliant designer and is walking proof that his method to a successful freelance career works. This book is a steal for the ongoing rewards that you will receive."
If you’re worried about the price, I promise it’s worth it. The book will pay for itself 100x over and over again. If you really don’t find anything valuable in it, I’ll give you your money back. Just email me.
What was the last thing you bought for $27? How many new freelance clients did it help you get? Probably zero.
If you can’t find anything valuable in this book, I’ll refund your money 100%.
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