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30 Day Freelance Lifestyle E-course
When I think about business women I admire, I think of women who do some pretty amazing things – but aren’t afraid to be vulnerable and transparent when they make a mistake or need to make a change. I’m a huge believer in honesty, and I feel uncomfortable when people aren’t upfront about their reasons for change. So, in the spirit of this, I want to be transparent with you and explain why I’m halving the price of my 30 Day Freelance Lifestyle e-course.
A little history on the pricing of the course
The reason I created this e-course was to help people like me six years ago – people who were starting to go freelance but didn’t know what the hell to do. I was confused about how to deal with tax returns, the term ‘pitching’ gave me the shivers and dealing with clients and payments. I created this e-course to help people have the courage to break out of a job they didn’t enjoy, to pursue a career where there’s the freedom to choose who they work with, on what, wherever they want and whenever they want.
Initially, I priced the course at a very silly price – £10. Then it went up to £30. I had lots of sign ups and heard great stories about people finally leaving careers that didn’t empower them, and living the dream of being self-employed. Gradually, as I added more and more additions to the course – an ebook, videos, podcasts, two Facebook group – the price increased. Last week, it sat at £199. I really do believe it’s worth that much. It’s packed full of a whole month of content, a community to support you and me on the end of an email for any further questions.
Why the reduction in price?
But it became a price that many freelancers-to-be couldn’t afford. Which defied the point. I really want to make this something accessible and affordable for those that want to make the jump. To help promote the idea that freelancing really is a viable career option – and it can be secure (I’ve ranted about this before, but basically – most jobs only offer 30 days of job security through a notice period, while freelancing for several clients can actually be MORE secure as you’re spreading the risk).
So, I’m dropping the price from £199 to £99.
There are lots of lessons to be learned from this. That raising my prices isn’t always the best bet – especially when I feel a bit uncomfortable with doing it (there are times of course when raising your prices is both important and essential for business growth). But mainly that I need to continue to revisit the core values of this site, which is to aid freelancers and educate people on how freelancing can enhance their lives.
Ooh, free stuff
Additionally, I’m now offering a three day free taster of the e-course for my email subscribers, so you know if it’s right for you. I use a tool called Fedora, which means you’ll be able to login and access the classes at any time and take the course at your own speed. If you’re already on the list you’ll get the link today. If you’re not, you can sign up here for your weekly slice of freelance news and chatter.
p.s Don’t worry, if you’re an established freelancer there’s a freebie in there for you too!
For the last few months, I’ve been quietly working away on revamping the 30 Day Freelance Lifestyle e-course. Well, quietly unless you count my husband and several friends (Sam, Sally, Jo, Rosie, Jennifer and Elizabeth) who have put up with me constantly sending them bits and pieces for feedback.
There are a few reasons why I wanted to revamp the e-course:
- I wanted to make it even easier for people to follow and go through, so I’m using Fedora to keep everything in one place. You can easily click through and go as fast or as slow as you like.
- I wanted to include more videos and podcasts to make it more interactive.
- I wanted to create something that people can do whenever, rather than have to wait until the 1st of the month.
- I realised that email updates were great for the first week, but oh-so-easy to file away after that. An e-course you can visit and see your progress on seemed much more sensible
The result is an e-course that you can join whenever, follow at your own speed, interact with (thanks to the monthly Q&A Hangouts you’ll be able to access) and access anywhere thanks to the podcasts, videos and mobile-friendly site.
I’m so excited to reveal what I’ve been working on, and I hope you’ll love it too. In fact, I have a special offer for my blog and newsletter readers – until the 22nd September 2014, you’ll get a massive 50% off the e-course. PLUS the first five people to sign up get a free 1-2-1 consultation with me to discuss how you can further your career at the end of the course.
CLICK HERE for the Freelance Lifestyle registration page, and to grab the offer before the price goes up.
We’ve got a slightly longer Freelancer’s Tea Break Podcast than usual today. Essentially, I’m giving you an excuse to add a slice of cake as a side to that cup of tea, and relax for a little bit!
Following on from my video on the biggest thing that stops people going freelance, I want to talk about what to do to make easing into freelancing easier and more secure. Hit play or have a listen on the SoundCloud app to find out what five things everyone should do before they go freelance.
Earlier this week, I emailed my newsletter subscribers to ask what was stopping them from making the jump to go freelance. Many of them kindly replied and the answers were fascinating if not particularly surprising. Not least because they were things that have played on my mind in the past, and I’ve had many conversations with other freelancers about it.
Security and money.
Employment is safe and normal, while freelancing is risky and unstable, right?
Check out today’s video to see exactly why freelancing can actually be a safer option than employment in the current economy.
p.s Want to know when the BRAND NEW 30 Day Freelance Lifestyle Ecourse goes live? Pop your email in the form on this page, and you’ll get an email with a very special offer for launch week!
Love the idea of freelancing, but not sure how the hell to do it?
Working full time, and want to go freelance in your spare time?
Looking for a supportive community of other freelancers?
I’m so excited to say that the 30 Day Freelance Lifestyle E-Course is back, kicking off on the 1st of July! It’s an ecourse designed for anyone who is thinking about going freelance, but isn’t sure where to start. The interactive ecourse, Facebook group and support system will take you through each step of launching yourself as a freelancer. The Freelance Lifestyle community will be there for you every step of the way, with advice or simply support when you’re not sure what direction to take next.
Want to find out what it’s included, and how you can sign up?
*Hint* This time, you have THREE options of how to follow the 30 day E-Course, PLUS exclusive special offers with Elizabeth from the Big Blogging Bootcamp and Rosie from One Man Band Accounting. But you’ve only got until the 30th June to sign up!
Want to see what other people are saying about it? Check out some of the testimonials below…Here’s what a few people have said about The 30 Day Freelance Lifestyle Ecourse…
I genuinely loved this ecourse, and would recommend it to all freelancers, whether you’ve been working for yourself for a while, are a complete newbie or are still thinking about making the leap. There are brilliant resources, links and discussions about pretty much every freelancing topic under the sun – from structuring your working day to creating and growing your own little brand. To be honest, Emma is a bit of a freelancing superhero: full of creative ideas, awesome suggestions and can answer any question you throw at her (no matter how random!) … she is fab. The course has increased my confidence and provided me with some really valuable practical advice about running my own little freelance business. I found it very inspiring!
I would recommend The Freelance Lifestyle eCourse to anyone wanting to set up their own freelance business. The course covers everything from setting up, registering self employed to how to pitch ideas and setting up your rates.
As a new freelancer I thought the Freelance Lifestyle e-course was really really useful – just what I needed to get myself organised and work out my priorities. Emma’s friendly and helpful approach guided us through each of the tasks and gave us pointers when we had questions. It was also great to interact with other freelancers on the Facebook group to share knowledge and tips. I’d definitely recommend the Premium version of the course, as the 1:1 with Emma helped clarify the thinking I’d done during the course, plus the Tax Return Toolkit is a great tool for making the finances less scary!
Nina Lenton (Freelance marketing and communications)
As a complete novice into the freelancing world, I found Emma Cossey’s 20 ways to be a better freelancer such a massive help. This isn’t just your average ‘how to’ book, this actually gives you achievable targets and goals and explains everything in a way that doesn’t blow your mind with mumble jumble – clear, concise and practical, I finally feel like I have the right direction for when I finally go freelance full-time