How to Build your Very Own $2,000+ per Month Freelancing Business


You’ve thought about starting a freelance business before…

But you don’t know where to begin…

Do you start with finding clients and then figure it out as you go along? Or should you spend more time learning your skillset to really make sure you know what you’re doing?

And what should you charge each client? You don’t want to rip people off… but you also want to make good money…

Don’t worry — I consistently make between $1,500 and $2,500 per month with my freelance writing business…

And the best part is…

I only work on it about 15 hours…

per month…

With just two clients.


That’s not to brag, it’s just to give you confidence in the business-building strategy I’m going to show you below.

I know — it sounds too good to be true. But I’m being honest. After all, I have a full-time remote gig as one of my streams of income so I don’t have all the time in the world to be running my freelance business on the side.

In this article, I’m going to teach you my anyone-can-do-it, 3-step process for creating a freelance business that consistently makes you $2,000 per month.

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Step #1: Become an Expert Worth $50-$100/hour


Ya know how romantics claim that “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”? Well, the same thing is true of expertise.

The more of an expert you think you are, the more of an expert everyone else thinks you are.

I’m not saying you should try to rip people off by providing sub-par, untested services, but I am saying that when it comes to building a successful freelance business, confidence goes a long ways.

After all, clients don’t know what they’re doing (that’s why they’re hiring you) and they’re simply looking for someone who has the confidence to do the job.

For that reason, you’ll often get questions from clients like, “Do you think this is something you can really do well at?” or “Is this something you’ve done before?”

Clients want reassurance that you can do better than anyone else at the job.

So the very first step to becoming an expert is… lose the insecurity and hold your head high.


Okay — now you need to actually figure out what the hell you’re doing.

To become an expert at anything in about two months, here’s what you do:

  1. Go on Amazon and find three bestselling books that teach the skillset you want to become an expert in.
  2. Over the next few months, read each, taking notes as you go along and participating in any exercises the book recommends.
  3. At the same time that you’re reading these books, find a top podcast about your topic on iTunes.
  4. Every day for two months, listen to past or recent episodes of that podcast during your commutes, workouts, or even while cleaning the house.
  5. In two months, you’re going to know more about your skillset than 95% of business people.

Of course, we all know that practice is better than knowledge.

So, after tackling the above steps, consider following these steps to actually practice your skillset and build a portfolio.

  1. Make a list of 5–10 people on Facebook (or your preferred social media platform) who’s business could make use of your new skillset (ideally, they’ll be the owner of the business or at least have significant decision-making power).
  2. Message each person explaining that you’re new to [skillset] but you are really looking for opportunities to practice what you’ve learned. Then, tell them that their business seems like the perfect fit and that you’d love to work for free for 3 months (with the same expectations as a part-time employee) to just get some experience.
  3. Rinse and repeat until at least one person accepts your conditions (make sure they know it’s as a freelancer only).

Some people will offer to pay you an intern’s wages — that’s fine, go ahead and accept the extra income.

Once you’re working for someone (whether for free or for a little bit of money), do your best work, learn as much as you can, and get a testimonial from them at the end of it.

Also save in a drive any of the work/results you did that you’d like to show future clients.

This will prepare you for step 2: finding clients who will pay you well.

Step #2: Find High-paying, Easy-to-work-with Clients

One of my favorite parts about freelancing is this: you get to choose who you want to work with.

Not paying high enough? Adios.

Not very nice? See ya l8er, m8.

The work is boring? Chow chow.


In fact, that pretty much sums up what I look for in a client — primarily, they’re easy to work with and they pay good money.

If they don’t, I’ll find a new client… and so will you.

Remember, the more that you believe you deserve good pay, the better clients will pay you.

This is different than the 9–5 world. As a freelancer, I often prefer to charge per project rather than per hour. The reason being that I like to charge clients based on the value I’m providing them rather than the amount of time I’m working.

That’s a massive mindset shift, but it’s a necessary one for the freelance world. I often work for 20 minutes and make $100, but that’s because I’m an expert at what I do and finding someone else to do it isn’t so easy (there’s that confidence 😉 ).

You need to think the same way.

Once you’ve got that mindset nailed, here’s how to go about finding your first high-paying, easy-to-work-with client in just a few weeks:

  1. Go to Facebook (or your preferred social media platform) and find 20 people that you admire for something, anything. Ideally, these people will be well-connected in the digital sphere and feel slightly out of reach for you.
  2. Message them and ask them if they’d be willing to hop on a video call with you to chat about what they do — simply explain that you’re new to the freelance world and are looking for any advice you can get.
  3. While on the call, ask questions and play the part of the student. Show appreciation for the things they share with you and show a genuine interest in their own life. Eventually, they’ll ask you what you do — say something to the effect of, “Well, I’m actually working on building my own freelance business right now as a [skillset]. I just finished working for free for [old client] and I got them some great results and learned a ton, but now I’m looking for new clients that might be a good fit for me.”
  4. 90% of the time after I say that, the person responds with either “Hmm — I think I might know someone who could use your services. Let me get you in touch with them” or “Hmm — let me reach out to some contacts and see if I can do anything to help you out.”
  5. Rinse and repeat steps 3–5 for everyone you messaged and I guarantee you’ll have your first client within a couple weeks.

Now that you’re an expert and you have a few high-paying clients who’re easy to work with under your belt, it’s time to consider lowering the amount of time that work takes you.

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Step #3: Delegate the Easy Stuff for Half the Pay


This step is a bit down the road — maybe after you’ve been a freelancer for 6 months or so…

But it’s absolutely amazing…

Because it allows you to get paid more money for less work.

Let me give you an example…

Last month, I made $700 in four hours of work. I know, that probably seems impossible. So, here’s how I did it:

  1. I found someone who wanted to become a freelance writer like myself, but with less experience under their belt. Still a good writer, but unsure of how to find clients or how to get the ball rolling.
  2. I made an agreement with them that I would hand them work, pay them half of what I make, and mentor them along the way.
  3. $2,500 later, I’m working less, they’re learning a valuable skillset, and the client is getting the same quality of service.

I will admit, though, that this strategy only works with some clients. With clients who have an extremely high quality expectation, I will do the work myself. But this is a great way to make some extra cash in little time with clients who aren’t as demanding.

Conclusion

With the above strategy, you can build a thriving, $2,000+ per month freelance business…

This is the exact strategy I used to get where I am today and it’ll work for you, too. The trick is to take action — relentless, get-er-done action.

That’s where most people fall off.

Either they don’t take action or they quit too early.

So, make a commitment to yourself, to your friends, and to your family. Tell the whole world what you’re doing (statistically, you’ll be more likely to follow through with it that way), accept that this is going to be a process, a journey with ups and downs, and then buy a book and start building your business.

Hit me with follow up questions in the comments.


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How do I have to think about money differently to start creating remote streams of income?

Let me be honest…

None of you asked me this question.

So, why would I spend an entire once-a-week-blog-post answering a question that none of you asked me?


Because…

It’s absolutely critical to the fulfillment of your freedom-traveling dreams that you start thinking differently about money than you do now.

Of course, you’re probably thinking…

What do you mean? I have a fine relationship with money — I don’t have to think any differently.

Okay — fair enough.

Let me prove it to you.

How much money do you have in savings?

Most of you are going to say one of two things…

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Either…

  1. You have some money in savings that you’re holding on to for a “rainy day.”
  2. Or you live paycheck to paycheck and don’t have any money in savings.

This might surprise you, but both of those situations represent a misguided way of thinking about money.

You have some money in savings that you’re holding on to for a “rainy day.”


Problem with this is, you don’t have enough money to be putting away in savings. Not, at least, if you want to chase after your dream of traveling the world and making money while you sleep.

Here’s the deal: in the early stages of building your freedom-traveler lifestyle, you’ll need money.

Why?

Because building new streams of income will always be an investment. Some types of streams are more expensive than others, but it’ll always dip into your wallet or purse.

That mindset shift, though, is easier said than learned.

Everyone has taught you (thanks Dave Ramsey) that you need to be debt free, that you need to have at least 6 months of income in a bank account, that you need to put away 10% of your money every single month…

Problem is, that takes foreverrrrrrrr…


Think about this.

What if, instead of paying off your debt over the next 10 years from your 9–5 job, you built 3 new streams of income that helped you pay that debt off in just 2 years?

What if you made so much money from those new streams of income that you could pay off your debt in just 6 months?

And here’s the kicker question…

What if, instead of putting money into savings every month, you invested that money into a new stream of income, giving it the chance to multiply itself?

For example, my wife and I invested $500 into an Amazon selling training 3 months ago. Since then, that training has made us $3,514.74.


But I know what you’re thinking…

What if I lose my job and I don’t have anything in savings?

That’s always the fear, isn’t it?

That your boss is going to fire you, cold turkey (or you’ll get laid off) and you’ll have to go buy a good ol’ cardboard box for you and the family…

Except that’s a false fear.

Let me ask you this…

If you lost your job tomorrow, what would you do?

Would you sit at home and mope about it for two months without applying for any other jobs?

Would you give up, eating Doritos in the evenings and watching Wheel of Fortune during the day, all day?


Because that’s exactly what it would take for you to start living in a cardboard box if you lost your job tomorrow.

Let me say that again…

In order for your cardboard-box fears of losing your job and being the next street hobo to come true, you’d have to become a fundamentally different person.

Why?

Because there’s always a new temporary job to get.

And if one job won’t pay the bills, you’d get a second job.

The reality is, in that terrible situation, you’d do what it takes to pay the bills…

Even if that meant going door-to-door, mowing lawns.

You’d figure it out.

And chances are, you’re not going to get blindsided by your work…

And you’re definitely not going to become infinitely lazy or drug-addicted overnight…

You’re willing to work for it, which means you’ll never be out of a job for very long.

If you are, you’ll find a new one.

So, how should you think about money differently?

Well, if you already have money in savings, then — instead of saving it for the rainy day that’ll never come — consider investing it in creating a new stream of income where you give that money the potential to multiply itself.

You live paycheck to paycheck and don’t have any money in savings.


If you don’t have anything in savings, then look at your finances and figure out where you’re spending your luxury money…

Do you buy a coffee every day? Do you go out to dinner most nights? Do you rent movies a lot? Do you buy a lot of video games?

Then cut something out so you can save a bit up for startup capital.

Now you have another concern, though…

What if the new stream of income doesn’t work out and you lose your money?

My answer is going to sound a bit unhelpful at first, but follow me here…

Who cares?

Who cares if you try to invest money into yourself and your first stream of remote income doesn’t work out?

Who cares if you “fail”?

Who cares?

After all, would you pay $500, $1,000, or $1,500 to learn something about yourself and your business-building skills that you’ve never learned before?

I would. Every. Single. Time.

And you should be willing to, as well.

Because the more that you fail, the closer you are to succeeding.

Cue a cliché graphic about entrepreneurship and failure…


Point is, you have to stop being afraid of failure, because it isn’t failure, it’s a learning experience.

When you invest in a new remote stream of income, try to make your money back, but don’t be heartbroken if it doesn’t work out. Take a deep breathe, figure out where it went wrong, save up, and try something else.

I literally can’t count on one hand the number of things I’ve tried to do that completely failed…

Here’s a list of my own failures off the top of my head.

  1. Quest — A church I was trying to grow.
  2. Booktrep — An email list I was trying to build.
  3. Swanky Sweetums — An e-commerce store I was trying to start.
  4. MB Content — A content-creation business I tried to get off the ground.
  5. New Life Church — Another church I tried to help grow (it never did).
  6. Codeless — A job I thought would work out but didn’t.
  7. Paper route — This was a terrible idea from the beginning and I’m not going to go into detail here.
  8. AngleTangle — A blog I tried to get off the ground.
  9. Facebook Ads Business — This didn’t last long at all.

And there’s plenty more (just ask my wife).

But here’s the thing: even though every one of those undertakings failed, I learned something valuable.

Booktrep taught me, for instance, that I always need to try and make money from the beginning of starting a blog.

Codeless taught me that I’m more interested in quality of life than I an in hours worked and money earned.

And Swanky Sweetums taught me that, in e-commerce, you should always order your own products before delivering them to a customer (I know… seems like a no-brainer).

We’re all going to have failures…

But the trick is to let those failures teach us a lesson rather than using them as an excuse to quit altogether.

Truthfully, they’re just an important stepping stone along your journey to financial independence…

To traveling the world.

And you have to embrace them just as much as you do your successes.

Maybe more.

So, in a nutshell…

  1. Don’t save. Invest.
  2. When things don’t work out, learn from your mistakes and try again.

And lastly, view your money as an asset to building the life of your dreams.

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