A couple of weeks ago I was approached by Paul Favors of the Digital Career Hub. He is getting ready to launch a new product and offered me review access, thank you Paul. His product is all about making it online as a freelance writer so I was more than happy to oblige. Freelance writing was how I got my start online before I made the progression into creating my own products.
A quick background on Paul – he started online about 8 years ago and was an affiliate marketer. He quickly got to a point where he was earning 5 figures a year. He supplemented this income by freelance writing. This all blossomed into a Digital Consultancy business, so as you can see Paul is more than qualified to offer a Freelance Writing Coaching program.
Paul currently has two courses – Freelance Writing One and Rapid List Building. For the purpose of this blog post I will concentrate on the Freelance Writing course. Keep in mind that these are coaching based programs too. There is also a much shorter course available here: Freelance Writing Use the coupon SUESCREW to receive a deep discount.
The Freelance Writing Coaching Program lasts for six weeks and is run from within a membership platform. As well as receiving individual lessons you get personal coaching from Paul. This is either in the form of email coaching support, homework assignments and group calls. Paul only opens this program once a month so he has more than enough time to help you with your questions and to provide on going support. There is a phone coaching option provided if that interests you.
Week One to Six – You start with a quick overview of what to expect and how to take the course to get the most out of it. Each week different topics are covered that build upon one another and take you to your eventual goal of having your own freelance writing business. While I don’t want to giveaway the entire contents of Paul’s course I do want to give you a little sneak inside!
For example some of the things covered in this course:
- Types of content/copy a freelance writer will produce and how to write/format them
- How to create a free website showcasing your writing skills
- How to create a professional portfolio
- Where to find easy writing gigs – fast!
- The importance of finding your niche
- What keyword research is and why it’s important
- Where to find profitable writing gigs and how to find clients
- How to write a query email to potential clients
- What to Expect From Your Clients
- You’ve Got Work! Now What?
- Setting Your Rates and Getting Paid
- Delivering Work to Clients
- How to Write 500 Word Articles in Under 40 Minutes
- How to Make $2500/week writing articles
Paul also includes lots of resources to both free and paid tools so regardless of your budget you can move forward with your new career. Paul also talks about what niches are and gives you lots of examples. He also includes a section on what keywords are, how to find and use them and why they are still important. After all you want to write articles that help your clients get found in the search engines and generate more readers and/or buyers.
As with any new career it’s great to learn new things but you also want to start profiting and generating an income. Paul helps you with this by including a list of sites where you can find work. There are some here that I didn’t know about, but I have been out of the freelance loop for a while now too. Sample contact letters are also included, which is another nice touch.
One of my biggest struggles as a freelance writer was setting rates, and yes I was guilty of not charging enough. This section is very helpful. As well as providing insights into pricing Paul also talks about what you and your client can and should expect. Remember freelance writing is a two way street, your client is hiring you to deliver quality content and you expect and deserve to get paid on time. This is all discussed in Week 4.
In Week 5 another important area is covered and that is one of setting up your business and taxes. What I really like here is that Paul adds resources to other countries and not just the U.S! The final week includes a recap and a good overview view of how to use Social Media to market your business.
All of the lessons are delivered as videos, but they also come with a PDF transcript of each video. So if you are like me and have a slow internet connection you can quickly read and learn from the PDF’s. Remember too that this course comes with homework assignments, which make you accountable and keep you moving forward.
Paul has kindly offered to put on a webinar so that he can go into more detail of what you can expect with his course. If you would be interested in attending this please fill out this short survey, 3 questions, and if we get enough interest then he will set a time and date for it.
If you feel that you don’t need a full blown course you may be interested in his short Freelance Writing course instead.
Thanks for reading and feel free to leave any questions in the comments area below.