Start freelancing

Self-study course for new freelancers

Start Freelancing is a beginner-friendly, practical course that takes you step-by-step through the process of launching your freelancing career.

It costs just $50 for the complete course, which gives you six full modules, several handy extras, plus lifetime access for future updates.

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Start freelancing

Get Your Freelancing Career Off the Ground … In Just Six Weeks

Start Freelancing is an online course aimed at writers who want to start making real money from their work.

The modules cover, step by step, everything you need to do to start freelancing: deciding what sort of writing (or editing) you’ll do, setting up a website and social media presence, gaining experience (and testimonials), finding clients, knowing what to charge, and more.

Start Freelancing costs $50. This gives you lifetime access to the full six-module course plus bonuses, including future updates to the materials.

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All Six Modules

Module #1: The Foundations of Your Freelancing Business

This module covers:

  • Looking at your freelancing goals – and figuring out what type of freelancing would suit you best
  • Whether you want to write or edit – with a look at the different advantages of each
  • Digging into your professional and personal experience to work out what topics you could freelance on

Module #2: Registering Your Domain and Social Profiles

This module covers:

  • Deciding whether you want to use your own name as your business name and domain name
  • Choosing a suffix for your website domain (.com, .net, etc)
  • Signing up for social media accounts: using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Module #3: Setting Up Your Website, Step by Step

This module covers:

  • What to include on your website … and what not to include
  • Setting up a simple one-page website vs setting up a multi-page, more complex website
  • Different options for getting your website online, depending on your needs and future goals

Module #4: Getting Great Experience … and Testimonials

This module covers:

  • Why testimonials are so important, and how you can start gathering them (including email templates to use)
  • Ways to get writing experience even if you’re starting from scratch – from local non-profits or personal contacts
  • How to link to and/or display your previously published pieces on your website

Module #5: What to Charge and How to Work

This module covers:

  • How to set your rates when you’re just starting out: key factors to take into consideration
  • Whether you should price on a project or hourly rate, and the pros and cons of each
  • Setting the parameters of your business – e.g. the hours you’ll work and how available you’ll be to clients

Module #6: Finding Writing Gigs and Pitching Editors

This module covers:

  • Handy websites for finding freelancing leads … and websites to avoid at all costs!
  • How to write a pitch to an editor (with templates and real-life examples)
  • Red flags that warn you if a freelance writing gig is a scam or not worth your time

What Past Course Members Say

It has been a rewarding experience for me, though challenging, as it’s all so new to me. The feedback has really helped me personally. As far as course content – it’s brilliant what ever stage people are at and it’s good to be accountable as it keeps us working. You are always there for support, even by email and you have been a great help to me personally – especially when I was pulling my hair out over WP etc … you Ali Luke are a special person!

Angela Linney

Blog On (Spring 2018) member
I’ve been a journalist for the past 15 years and while I’m quite disciplined when it comes to my work, I tend to procrastinate with regards to my personal writing projects. Joining the On Track Writing Course has kept me, well, on track! It has provided an easy writing structure that I can follow and made me more accountable. In fact, after I finished the two-month course, I managed to finish two pillar posts for my travel blog and the second draft for my thesis proposal.

Prime Sarmiento

On Track member

What You’ll Get


Written Modules

All the core materials are written, and you get them all immediately, so you work through them as quickly or slowly as you like. You can download them onto multiple computers or devices, or even print them out to work through.

Some modules include screenshots showing you how to do things (e.g. how to register a domain name and set up a website for your freelancing).

Bonus Materials

As well as the six modules, detailed above, Start Freelancing comes with the following extras:

#1: An invoice template that you easily modify to use when invoicing your clients.

#2: A “work completed” spreadsheet to keep track of what work you’ve done for each client.

#3: A freelance work planner that you can print out and use each week to plan your tasks.

#4: A list of “between projects” ideas to help you stay productive even if you’ve hit a dry spell and no work is coming in.

Private Facebook Group

When you purchase Start Freelancing, you get free lifetime membership of the private Aliventures Club group on Facebook. You can post as much as you like, ask any questions you want, and get help if you’re stuck.

About Ali

I’ve been freelancing since the start of 2008. In the fourteen years since then, I’ve used freelancing to support myself at different stages of my career and life: I freelanced around a full-time job in the first half of 2008 and also during the whole of 2020; I freelanced part-time while studying for my MA in Creative & Life Writing from September 2008 – September 2010; I freelanced full time from 2010 – 2013 … and these days, freelancing means I can schedule work around my kids’ school runs and sports clubs!

Whatever your own circumstances, and whatever you want to get out of freelancing, I’d be delighted to be part of your journey. I hope Start Freelancing will let you turn your own freelancing dreams into reality: I’d love to hear about how you get on.

Join Us Now

 Sign up now at just $50 for the full course (six modules, bonuses, plus lifetime access to all the materials).

You’ll receive your Welcome pack plus all the modules straight away after joining.

If you took Start Freelancing before, drop me an email ( and you can rejoin us for free.

If you have a reward card from the old version of one of my other courses, let me know ( and I’ll be glad to sort out your discount for you. 🙂

Just click the payment button below. You’ll pay through Payhip (the sales platform I use) with your choice of PayPal or your credit/debit card.

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 Course Questions

Why is the course written and not in video format?

A lot of online courses are in video format. I did consider that for Start Freelancing, but I’ve kept the course materials written because:

  • They’re easier for me to keep up to date, year after year, as things change in the freelancing world
  • Most Aliventures readers say they prefer written content instead of videos
  • Video would cost me (quite a lot!) more to produce well, and I wanted to keep the cost of the course low for you

How do I access the course materials?

All the modules, plus most of the bonus materials, are in .pdf format. That means you can download them straight to your computer (or phone, tablet, etc). You can download them as many times as you want on as many devices as you like.

When you join, you’ll get a .zip file that contains all the course materials, including the bonuses. You’ll also get a link and password to a page where you can download the modules and bonuses one by one, in case that’s easier for you.

That page will always have the most recent versions of the modules, plus any new bonuses I create. You have lifetime access to the course, so you’ll always be able to get the most up-to-date version.

Payment Questions

What if I change my mind about the course?

I know it can be tricky to decide whether a course is going to be the right one for you.

With all of my courses, I offer a full money-back guarantee. If you join and later decide the course isn’t for you, just let me know within 60 days, and I’ll be very happy to refund you in full.

How do I pay for the course?

Just click the “Buy Now” button above.  You’ll check out through Payhip (which takes payments and sends out the course materials for me) using your PayPal account or debit/credit card.

If you’re having any difficulties or would prefer to pay in a different way, please drop me an email ( so we can work something out.

Do you offer any discounts?

If you took Start Freelancing before, you can join us again for free. So if you want a refresher, or if you want to go through the course again with group support, do come and join us.

If you’re under 18, or in full-time education, please contact me rather than paying full-price. I can offer you a discount on the course. (You don’t need to prove your age/student status: I’ll trust you.)

If you have a reward card from an old course and would like to use it for a discount on this one, please contact me and I’ll be glad to send you a special payment link.

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