Start Freelancing Today
My freelancing journey started before I even knew what freelancing was.
I was 14 years old, a budding web designer and developer, eager to find additional opportunities to apply my newly formed skills. As luck would have it, my dad had a friend who owned a hunting supply store without a web presence. Fast forward a few months and this business was now online and I received my first payment as a freelancer.
No, seriously. I was paid a t-shirt! Like I said, I really didn’t know what I was doing. While that project wasn’t going to pay any bills (thankfully most 14-year-olds don’t have bills to pay), it was the start of what led me to where I am now. Today I’m running an agency with a 12 person team. I’ve been featured in Business Insider, Mailchimp, and on the Shopify blog numerous times. I want to teach you everything I know so you can start freelancing and be paid more than a t-shirt for your hard work.
(The shirt is missing a sleeve and was used as a dust rag for years before my dad re-discovered it. This is as clean as we could get it.)
Start your freelancing journey today.
By the time you finish this book, you'll have the tools you need to form your business, find your first freelance client, know how to navigate the project from contract to completion, and provide you with a plan of action to navigate the hurdles you will likely encounter along the way.
Being my own boss isn’t always easy, but it’s the most rewarding decision I’ve made. I want you to feel empowered to start your own business – whether your goal is to earn extra income on the side, begin working for yourself full-time, or just learn a little more about the world of freelancing, I hope you find value in this book.
What will you learn?
Ali Spittel - Developer Advocacy
Kelly is my hero. She’s a savvy business woman, a walking encyclopedia about freelancing, and a very to-the-point writer. Start Freelancing Today is full of big picture guides and nuggets of information that will be invaluable for anyone starting to freelance. I have been doing more contract work recently, and will immediately implement multiple suggestions that she laid out in this book.
Shannon McFarlane - Social Media Strategist
I've often been asked for advice for how to get into freelancing, and if asked now I'll just point them to this book! Kelly combines her experience with the sort of tone you'd expect from a good friend and mentor, making you feel there are no "dumb" questions. Even as someone who has been freelancing for a few years, I found myself reading it thinking through things I do myself in comparison and finding ways I could tweak my current processes with how I typically engage and follow through on a project.
Freelancing is a career option with so many questions and hurdles to overcome, and Start Freelancing Today is a clear, concise, and honest guide that will soon be the beginner's best friend.
Jamie Mellars - Creative Technologist, Live Events
Despite 15 years in the freelance world, I still found Start Freelancing Today to lend me new thoughts and insight that I had never found on my own. Kelly does an exceptional job of concisely breaking down the complexities of the freelance world in ways I wish I had been taught when I started. Kelly will not waste your time, but packs a punch into each line with valuable information and defined steps for your road ahead.
I highly recommend this to freelancers new to the game, and to those of us who have been around the block.
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I'm Kelly Vaughn, a web developer who turned years of freelancing into a full-time agency, The Taproom.
I've worked with hundreds of brands over the past ten years to improve their web presence. My work and freelance career have been featured on Business Insider, Mailchimp, and Shopify.
My goal for this book is to share with you everything I have learned throughout my career so you can begin your own freelancing journey and become a more confident freelancer.
Frequently Asked Questions
This is an eBook. You'll receive a .zip file containing PDF, ePub, and MOBI versions.
Whether you're brand new to freelancing or you've been freelancing for a little while and are wanting to scale your business, there's something in this book for you.
For those brand new to freelancing, you'll learn the basics of setting up your business, establishing your rates, finding your first client, and how to conduct the project from start to finish.
If you're a more seasoned freelancer, you'll learn how to optimize your business, manage cash flow, and grow your revenue through means of collaboration, subcontracting, and passive income opportunities for freelancers.
This isn't a full list of topics, so expect even more greatness than just what's listed above!
Not at all! While I based my freelance career around web development, the topics discussed in this book can be applied to any freelance career, whether you decide to focus on building websites or apps, being a virtual assistant, copywriting, or being a magician.
Nope! I'm keeping the content as general as possible so you'll learn what you need to do regardless of where you're located. There are cultural and regional differences especially in terms of handling contracts and pricing, but I walk you through how to navigate this based on your own location.
You'll receive it (almost) immediately upon purchase - check your email once you place your order!
The eBook is delivered in PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats.
Send me an email! I'd love to hear from you.