Do you want your freelance business to take off this year ... but don’t know where to start?
We’ve built Freelance Leap Year to help you make 2019 the year you get focused and see success and growth in your business, no matter how busy your schedule is. Designed especially for Freelance WordPress web developers & designers, make 2019 the year you make leaps in your freelance business.
Each month, we'll focus on one important area of your freelance business. Each month's theme will include a live training session with Nathan, tools, resources and more to help you succeed.
A crisis of confidence is at the root of many freelance struggles: not charging enough, allowing clients to take advantage of you, nagging fears, and a lack of satisfaction from your work. In January, you’ll learn about two streams that feed the crisis, Imposter Syndrome and Hero Syndrome, and we’ll talk about some strategies to escape.
→ Live Training Session: Tuesday, Jan 29 @ 1 p.m. (CT)
Pricing your work is one of the most difficult issues you’ll face in your freelance businesses. In February, you’ll work on getting the right mindset about setting prices, review key principles for pricing, learn how to raise your prices and how to negotiate.
→ Live Training Session: Wednesday, Feb 6 @ 1 p.m. (CT)
The process of putting yourself out there and trying to get clients is often very intimidating for most freelancers. In March, you’ll sharpen your messaging and create solid value propositions for your target markets to build your marketing plan. You’ll also learn how to start growing a referral network to get great clients.
→ Live Training Session: Wednesday, March 6 @ 1 p.m. (CT)
Have you ever felt like you were one more bad month away from walking away from your business? The anxiety of unpredictable income can make you miserable. In April, you’ll learn how to stabilize your business with a growing stream of recurring income starting with WordPress care plans and growing to other services.
→ Live Training Session: Wednesday, April 3 @ 1 p.m. (CT)
If you can never seem to find time to redesign your own website or launch a new service because you're too busy with client work, you're not alone, and this month is for you! You’ll gain insight into why this happens, and develop a clear plan to deal with it.
→ Live Training Session: Wednesday, May 1 @ 1 p.m. (CT)
Difficult clients can suck the joy out of your business. In June, you’ll learn specific strategies you can use to contain the impact of a bad client. You’ll also learn about five kinds of bad clients and how to deal with each of them. Never let a bad client ruin your week again!
→ Live Training Session: Wednesday, June 5 @ 1 p.m. (CT)
Has a client ever wasted your time in a consulting session? Ever had a one-hour consultation turn into 3? Have you experienced the sinking feeling that comes when you leave the consultation and realize you failed to ask a key question? In July, you’ll receive a clear, memorable outline to manage client consultations so you can stop wasting time.
→ Live Training Session: Wednesday, July 3 @ 1 p.m. (CT)
Have you ever felt like you’re running your business by the seat of your pants? In August, Nathan will give you a look under the hood at the systems he uses for his business. You’ll learn the value of systematizing, and begin the process yourself.
→ Live Training Session: Wednesday, Aug 7 @ 1 p.m. (CT)
How are your documents? Do you have a proposal and a contract that you’re proud of? In September, you’ll learn what makes a winning proposal and a solid contract. You’ll also get Nathan’s own proposal template and the contract he uses with his clients.
→ Live Training Session: Wednesday, Sept 4 @ 1 p.m. (CT)
You love your work, but you’re working to make money. To be successful in business, you have to get this part right. In October, you’ll learn some important principles of freelance finances and some best practices to make managing your money easier.
→ Live Training Session: Wednesday, Oct 2 @ 1 p.m. (CT)
You can’t know everything when it comes to web design, there’s just no way. As your business grows, you’ll need to hire contractors to help in areas where you’re weak. In November, you’ll gain valuable insight into hiring a contractor for a single job or an ongoing relationship.
→ Live Training Session: Wednesday, Nov 6 @ 1 p.m. (CT)
You made it! It’s time to celebrate! In December we will take a look back at everything you learned this year and celebrate the successes together. We’ll wrap up the year by taking a look at your business in the bigger picture of your life as a whole.
→ Live Training Session: Wednesday, Dec 4 @ 1 p.m. (CT)
Each month has a chosen theme, and all participants will get homework and action items to help improve their freelance business.
Nathan Ingram has been a freelance web developer since 1995. In 2014, Nathan began coaching other freelance web developers individually and in groups to help them become more profitable and productive. Nathan is also Host at iThemes Training where he has been teaching WordPress and freelance business development live via webinar since 2012.
— Dee Harrison, Philobiz Digital Marketing. Poole, UK
“After working with Nathan for a year, my business bears no resemblance to what it used to be. We have increased our revenues, are being contracted by our ideal clients and working on projects that we really enjoy.
My business is thriving, my personal productivity has improved and we are altogether more professional. Most importantly, I am no longer working 18 hour days, 7 days a week.
I started the year determined to improve my business. I don't believe that any of this would have happened without Nathan's coaching.”
— Sara Lang, Prestige Digital
“Nathan’s expertise and skilled coaching helped transform my business into the real deal with ambitious pricing, strategic processes and recurring revenue.”
— Debbie Campbell, Red Kite Creative. Fort Collins, Colorado
“I found Nathan's coaching at a time when I felt overwhelmed by my business to the point where I was considering a different line of work. Based on Nathan’s initial input, I decided to instead expand my services and build on what I’d already created rather than changing course so drastically. Creating a completely new service was very hard, and I wouldn’t have been able to get this far without the accountability and feedback I’ve gotten from Nathan and the rest of the coaching group. I would have given up on my new idea without this help. Now I see growth ahead for my business, where a few months ago I only felt frustration. ”