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August 28, 2014

[DEAL] Freelancers, put on your pants, it’s time to do business.

Most freelancers want to deal with business side of their business as much as Oprah wants to deal with other letters of the alphabet.

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But good news! Instead of spending time worrying about the legalese in your contract, you can spend it doing the work you enjoy.

For $29 - less than the regular hourly freelance rate in the US - the Freelance Starter Kit over at Mighty Deals includes all sorts of resources a freelancer needs, including contract templates, well-reviewed e-books, and complete branding identity sets.

Check out the deal here.

[Oprah in no way endorses this deal or wants us to use this photo of her]

August 27, 2014

FREE WORKSHOP FOLLOW-UP

Wow, what a response we had for our workshop!

If you haven’t been following Clients From Hell for the past few days - or if we’ve burned up our goodwill and our messages are in your spam now - we hosted a free workshop with Tom Ewer on how to get started as a freelancer.

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Missed it? No worries -  you can check out a recording of the workshop. It’s free!

Get the recording here.

We’ve had a lot of people ask after the MightyDeals promotion for the Freelance Starting Kit we mentioned during the talk. You can pick that up here (currently 40% off) .

August 26, 2014

Our free workshop is going live in six hours!

Six hours until our free workshop on how to get started as a freelancer!

Want to start your own business? We can help get you find your feet.

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Clients From Hell readers get to enjoy a free workshop with Tom Ewer, manager Leaving Work Behind and Paid to Blog. We’ll be discussing whether or not freelancing is right for you, what your service/craft/product should be, and how you can find your first few clients (and how to avoid the bad ones!).

The free workshop will go live on August 26th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern, 6pm GMT.

Click here to register for free.

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August 21, 2014

[WORKSHOP] Get started freelancing

How to Get Started Freelancing - Workshop for CFH Readers

Ever want to work for yourself?

Tom Ewer, creator of Leaving Work Behind and Paid to Blog, will be speaking with our editor-in-chief about how he quit a safe and lucrative job to start a business where he earns a full-time income while working part-time hours.

You can read one of Tom’s articles on setting rates here, or you can read about how he gets freelance gigs here.

During the workshop, we will discuss whether or not freelancing is right for you, what your service/craft/product should be, and how you can find your first few clients (and how to avoid the bad ones!).

The free workshop will go live on August 26th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern, 6pm GMT.

Click here to register for free.

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August 10, 2014

[DEAL] For less than $50, get high (resolution design elements)

Designers who want to be as smooth as the vectors they produce need to check out the Creative Edge Design Bundle for sale over at Mighty Deals. The whole pack is 95% off and the elements are free to use for personal or commercial purposes.

Pick up the whole pack for $49 for the next 48 hours! It includes over $1000 worth of design elements that will help you convince your clients that clip art isn’t the only option.

Check out the deal here

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June 12, 2014

Free Workshop Follow-up

Wow, what a response we had for our workshop!

If you haven’t been following Clients From Hell for the past few days - or if we’ve burned up our goodwill and our messages are in your spam now - we hosted a free workshop with Brennan Dunn on how to set better rates, get better clients, and be a better freelancer.

Missed it? No worries - register now and you can check out a recording of the workshop. It’s free!

Register here

Who is Brennan Dunn and why should I care about the workshop?

Brennan has a story that is likely similar to your yours. He was a technical expert, not a businessman. He had a full-time job, but he wanted to work for himself, on his own terms. He researched rates, set himself up at a reasonable-sounding $50 an hour, and, much to his disappointment, he found he had traded one boss for several.

Now, after a lot of mistakes, research, and work, Brennan boasts a successful business and he was kind enough to share those hard-earned lessons with our readership.

If you’re interested, make sure to register to get a recording of the workshop.

June 10, 2014

Six hours until our free workshop on how to increase your rates!

Want to know why you should stop calling yourself a freelancer? There are only a few hours left to find out!

Clients From Hell readers get to enjoy a free workshop with Brennan Dunn, author of “Double Your Freelancing Rate.” We’ll be talking about how to make more money, get better clients, and reduce the number of submissions we receive here.

It’s your last chance to sign up before we go live, so don’t miss it!

When: June 10th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern, 6pm GMT.
Register here

Can’t make the scheduled time? No worries - register now and you’ll receive a link to the workshop once it’s complete. 

(this notification comes in addition to regularly scheduled CFH stories)

June 08, 2014

How to Double Your Freelancing Rate - Workshop for CFH readers

Want to know why you should stop calling yourself a freelancer?

Brennan Dunn has agreed to host a free workshop on how to increase freelancing rates and avoid our own personal clients from hell. We’ll be talking about how to set rates, how to find and approach clients, and, most importantly, how to avoid all the mistakes Brennan made moving from his home office to building a brick and mortar agency.

The free workshop will go live on June 10th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern, 6pm GMT.

Click here to register for free.

About Brennan Dunn: Brennan has a story that is likely similar to your yours. He was a technical expert, not a businessman. He had a full-time job, but he wanted to work for himself, on his own terms. He researched rates, set himself up at a reasonable-sounding $50 an hour, and, much to his disappointment, he found he had traded one boss for several.

Now, after a lot of mistakes, research, and work, Brennan boasts a successful business and he’s eager to share these hard-earned lessons with the Clients From Hell readership. 

Can’t make the time? Not a problem - everyone who registers will receive a link to the workshop afterwards.

Any other questions? We’ll be doing a Q&A at the end of the workshop, so have them on standby!

February 10, 2014

The Freelancer Starter Kit - For Free

This package, valued at 1900USD, has everything a freelancer needs to start their business, including:

Contracts for Creative Professionals:

We hired lawyers and industry veterans to consult on the creation of these contracts and to ensure that they’ll meet the needs of almost any freelancer.

A Professionally Made Website:

In partnership (CFH is an affiliate) with Site5, we will install WordPress and a professional theme for your business, with a package that includes:

  • Free hosting for 6 months
  • A free domain
  • Unlimited domain hosting
  • Unlimited hosting space
  • Unlimited GB of file transfers
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • 24/7 phone, chat, and email support

Our Handy Guide to Freelancing:

A compendium of FAQs, How-To, and Advice, our guide includes everything you need to start - and flourish - as a freelancer.

Note: We will follow up within 24 hours of you signing up.

February 07, 2014

Client: I want to rank #1 on Google for the keywords “divorce” and “divorce lawyer”.  What’s that going to get me?

Me: Google predicts $10 a click. Your budget is $200 a month. We’re going to burn through that by noon today.

Client:  That’s not going to work, I want to advertise all month!

Me: Then you’ll need to increase budget or decrease expectations.

Client: Don’t argue with me, son. I do divorce mitigation for a living.