Start freelancing

Six week course, runs Mon 26th aprIL – Sun 6Th JUNE

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

It costs $90 for the full course, which gives you six full modules, six weeks of group support, the opportunity to ask me all your questions about freelancing, and lifetime access to the materials.

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 $90. This gives you lifetime access to the full six-week course, including any future updates to the materials.

You can pay in full upfront, or you can pay in six weekly installments of $15 if you prefer. You pay the same amount, either way. 

Six Weekly 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

Weekly Emails

You’ll receive an email every Monday, with a short introduction to that week’s module, and a link to download the module itself. (I also include the links to previous modules, in case you’ve misplaced them.)

Every Friday, I send a quick reminder email, with the module link again. If you want, you can reply to any of the course emails to ask questions: replies come straight to me at ali@aliventures.com.

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Written Modules

All core materials are written, 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.

Occasionally, I’ll include screenshots or images (e.g. when annotating an email pitch to an editor, to show you how it’s put together).

Facebook Group

Our private Facebook group is a great place to get help and support from me and from fellow members. You can post as much as you like, ask any questions you want, and get help if you’re stuck. You have lifetime access to the Facebook group. I normally run Start Freelancing a couple of times a year, so if you need a refresher or missed something first time round, you can go through the course again with a new group of freelancers.

Get the Most out of the Course

Your Facebook Group: Get Help and Support During and After the Course

Start Freelancing has a Facebook group where you can meet other members of the course – and where you can ask any questions you want.

This is a private, members-only group, so no-one will see your posts except the people taking the course alongside you.

After the course is over, the Facebook group stays active! You’re welcome to use it to stay in touch with fellow members of the course. (Of course, you can leave the group at any time and still have full access to the course itself.)

Each time I run Start Freelancing, new course members will join the group. You’re always welcome to re-take the course alongside them. 

(If you don’t use Facebook or prefer not to join the group, you’re also welcome to email me questions at any time.)

Working Through the Course at Your Own Pace

Most people like to take Start Freelancing at the pace of one module per week, which is how we work through it as a group.

However … I know that’s not perfect for everyone. So, you get all the course materials from day one of the course. This means you can take it at your own pace. If you want to block out a full weekend for the course, you can race ahead. If you need to take things a bit more slowly, you can skip modules or tackle them when you feel ready.

Each week, I have a “check in” topic to ask how you’re getting on with the course. You’re encouraged to share your progress here, for group support. If you don’t use Facebook, you’re very welcome to email me (ali@aliventures.com) at any time to tell me how you’re doing. 

About Ali

I’ve been freelancing since the start of 2008. In the thirteen 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’ll be helping you every step of the way.

Join Us Now

 Sign up now at just $90 for the full course (six modules tackled across six weeks as a group, plus lifetime access to all the materials).

You’ll receive your Welcome pack straight away, so you can join the Start Freelancing Facebook group and start getting to know fellow members who’ll be taking the course alongside you.

If you took Start Freelancing before, drop me an email (ali@aliventures.com) 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 (ali@aliventures.com) and I’ll be glad to sort out your discount for you. 🙂

Just choose one of the payment options below to join.

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 any time within the six weeks of the course, and I’ll be very happy to refund you in full.

How Do I Pay for the Course?

Just click the “Join Now” button above and you’ll be directed to PayPal to pay. It’s fine if you don’t have a PayPal account: you should see the option to pay with a credit/debit card instead. (I never see your credit/debit card information or any other details; PayPal just sends me the money!)

If neither of those options work for you, please drop me an email (ali@aliventures.com) so we can work something out.

Can I Pay in Instalments?

Yes! When you click to join, you’ll see the option to pay the whole course fee ($90) upfront, or as six weekly instalments of $15 each. You pay the same total either way.

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 normally have a few places on each course set aside at a lower rate. (You don’t need to provide proof of your age / student status; I’ll trust you!)

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

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