Workshop for current and prospective freelancers

Are you interested in starting a freelance business in 2019? Is someone you know interested?

Do you have a small freelance business now but you'd like to grow it significantly next year, or maybe take it from a side hustle to your main source of income?

I've been successfully self-employed as a freelance writer, marketing and public relations consultant, and teacher/trainer/coach for more than five years now. I am thinking about offering a class to a small group of people, sometime in December or January (depending on interest).

I'd love to get some feedback. I'm imagining a day-long class (on a Friday or Saturday, probably), and I would probably charge around $200 (give or take - not sure about pricing yet). I would find a hotel conference room or similar space for it, somewhere in Burlington or Greensboro.

I would like to help people with business aspects of freelancing. This might include some or all of the following:

  • The mindset difference between successful freelancers and struggling freelancers

  • How to market and sell your services

  • How to price your services

  • Handling your finances, accounting and tax issues. I'm not an accountant, but I do have an MBA and can provide you some good perspective on this stuff. I can also help you think about how to choose a good accountant to support your freelance business, and even whether you need an accountant to start with.

  • Basic legal issues to consider. I'm not a lawyer, but I can walk you through some of the legal issues you'll need to think about - business structure, contracts, etc. I can also help you think about finding a good lawyer to support you when needed.

  • How to provide and pay for benefits - health insurance, life insurance, retirement savings, etc. - if you want this to be a full-time gig.

  • Strategy and planning for freelancers and microbusinesses - setting goals, measuring progress, etc.

  • Operational issues, including being productive, finding a place to work, buying/leasing/borrowing the equipment, hardware and software you might need.

  • Work-life balance, dealing with kids, spouses, pets, family members and friends, and learning to answer the question "What do you do?"

  • Questions such as "Should I rent office space? (And if so, how?)" and "Should I hire an employee? (And if so, how?)"

  • And maybe other topics I'm not thinking of at this moment.

That's a lot, probably too much for a single day-long session.

So, my question to you - and those you know who are interested in learning more - is this: Would you be interested and, if so, what would be most valuable for you to learn?

Let me know in the comments, send me a message via the form below or email me at mark@flyingcar.cc. For anyone who's currently employed and needs their interest to remain confidential, just email me and I'll keep your secret.

Thank you in advance for your input.