Start Your Freelance Career

A Transparent Guide to Starting Your Own Freelance Business

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Starting Your Freelance Career
  3. Freelance Pricing
  4. Branding Your Freelance Business
  5. Working Day-to-Day as a freelancer
  6. Working With Clients
  7. Getting Paid & Handling Freelance Finances
  8. Marketing Your Freelance Business
  9. Diversifying Your Income
  10. Taking Your Freelancing to the Next Level
  11. Best of Luck

Who's this guide for?

This 117 page guide is for graphic designers, developers, writers, photographers, and any other individual interested in starting and running their own freelance business.

Perhaps you were laid off from a full-time position or a student fresh out of school. Maybe you design or shoot photos as a hobby, but want to transition those efforts into a real career.

Whatever has you considering a life of freelance, Start Your Freelance Career will help you come out on the other side with a stable client base doing what you love for a living!

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What People Are Saying

“There’s a lot of information here that is going to be a huge asset to both new and experienced freelancers alike. The samples and resources are such big time savers too. This is the type of guide I wish I had when starting out in my freelance career.”

Ben Brush

Graphic Designer

“I was very scared to make the jump to freelance, but the bundle I purchased helped me a lot. I read the guide over a couple of times and even took notes when there was something important to remember.”

Laura Ashley

Freelance Graphic Designer

The Bundles

Start Your Freelance Career comes in two different bundles. Pick the one that fits your needs best!

The Essential Bundle

The guide and essential resources in this bundle will help bring your freelance business to life and will put you on the path towards freelance success.

The Guide

The 117 page PDF guide on starting and growing a successful freelance career – full of transparent insight, honest advice, and practical examples.

Essential Document Samples

Five essential freelance document samples: Freelance Business Plan, General Contract, Invoice, Income Report, and Hourly Rate Formula.

Creative Market Discount

You’ll need design assets along the way, so I’ve partnered up with Creative Market to offer you a one-time 10% off any time discount. Get premium handcrafted design content and high-quality photos from creatives around the world.

Round Social Media Icon Set

In today’s world every person and business has an online account somewhere, and with that you’ll need a large variety of icons for your website or design work. Included is a fully editable set of 53+ round social media icons in three different color and size varieties.

The Extended Bundle (Recommended!)

Included with the guide and essential resources you get everything else you’ll need to start and run a freelance business.

Video Tips

Seven freelance video tips: Transitioning into freelance, working under your own name, pricing your services, giving your website a purpose, finding clients, my process to landing projects, and how to diversify your income.

Freelance Career Action Plan

Put what you read in the guide to use with an actionable list of to-do’s that will help you build your new freelance business from the ground up.

Balance Wordpress Theme

Utilize this clean, fresh, and responsive Wordpress theme by Tink Tank to build your freelance portfolio and blog.

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About the Author

Brent Galloway

Brent Galloway is a full-time freelance graphic designer in Ohio. When he’s not working with his clients, he’s writing for Your Freelance Career – his community driven blog geared towards helping freelancers grow their businesses.


Will this guide guarantee my success as a freelancer?

Unfortunately this guide can’t guarantee your success. The future of your freelance career is ultimately in your hands, and the journey is yours to shape into what you want it to be. My hope is that one of these bundles can make your life easier, give you inspiration, and the knowledge needed to get you started in growing your own freelance career.

Why are the sample documents in PDF and not editable templates?

The sample documents are in PDF format to help ensure the quality of layout and design. It’s important that you learn to craft these type of documents yourself. I’ve provided the general content and layout – you just have to make it your own.

What if I’ve never started a business?

If you don’t have any experience with running a business (finances, time management, client communication, etc.) don’t worry. The guide covers all of the basics in plain english. It’s not important for you to know everything. All it takes is the passion to succeed and your willingness to take action.

What if I’m not satisfied with my purchase?

If you don’t find value in your purchase I’ll be a bit disappointed, but, just contact me within 30 days with your purchase receipt and I’ll issue a full refund.

Thanks for checking out my guide! - Brent Galloway