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100+ answers to popular freelancing questions covering 12 key topics

Chapter 1LifestyleLearn how to achieve a healthy work-life balance and work from home effectively
Chapter 2Career TransitionsLearn how to navigate tricky career transitions and start your freelancing journey
Chapter 3Pricing & RatesLearn how to price your freelance services and set appropriate rates for each project
Chapter 4Getting ClientsLearn how to attract freelance clients to your business rather than chasing after paid work
Chapter 5Marketing & PositioningFind out how to market yourself to potential clients and position yourself for success
Chapter 6Portfolio WebsitesLearn how to create a captivating portfolio website that clients find irresistible
Chapter 7Proposals & ContractsLearn the difference between proposals and contracts and how to use each effectively
Chapter 8Client CommunicationLearn how to communicate effectively with your clients and set clear expectations
Chapter 9Project ManagementFind out how to schedule and complete your projects in a professional and timely manner
Chapter 10Payments & InvoicingLearn how to properly send invoices and collect payments from your freelance clients
Chapter 11Finances & TaxesLearn how to manage your finances and save for taxes so you can grow your business
Chapter 12ProductivityGet tips on how to stay productive and make the most of your time each day
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My Journey to Full-Time Freelancing

I started freelancing by accident in 2009 when I fell in love with creating websites during college. I was amazed to discover people were willing to pay for websites from individuals like me, not just established businesses. So I started designing websites to make a little money on the side.

Things were pretty sloppy at first. I fumbled through projects and had no idea what to charge or how to talk to clients. I made a lot of mistakes and every project was a learning experience.

I did freelance work all through college, but only earned about $10,000 in 4 years.

Knowing that I needed a stable income, I got a salary job, but continued freelancing on nights and weekends for the next 3 years.

It was never my intention to become a full-time freelancer, but one day I realized that working 9-5 for the next 40+ years might not be for me.

Around that same time, my freelance income eclipsed my annual salary thanks to my website, which was generating dozens of high-quality leads each year. That’s when I decided to make the transition into full-time freelancing. I quit my 9-5 job with confidence and minimal risk and doubled my income in the first year.

For the next 7 years, I worked with startups, small-medium businesses, and some of the biggest brands in the world earning over 1.5 million dollars of freelance income.

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Last updated on February 28th, 2023

About Matt

I'm a web designer & developer who turned years of freelancing into a full-time career, and later into my own company, Matthews’ Design Co.

I’ve worked on major design projects with some of the biggest brands in the world, including Marriott International, Bloomberg, Facebook, DHL, Porsche, PayPal, Coca-Cola, and American Express.

I now teach 50,000+ freelancers each year get more clients, raise their rates, and build a successful freelance business through my articles, newsletter, products, and free book.

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