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ART OF FREELANCE

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 
 

What is Art of Freelance?

Art of Freelance is a 10-week online course carefully designed to help independent creatives plan, execute and showcase new work, push forward an ongoing project, or work on the business side of their creative careers.

The course is a combination of structure and accountability. There are a series of carefully crafted exercises that are done on your own schedule at your own pace, and weekly scheduled one hour online video chats with a small Cohort of other creatives.

 
 
 

Why is this Course important?

We believe that “portfolios are the new resumes”, and that it is critical every independent creative take the time out of their busy schedules to “hire themselves”, and treat their personal work with the same level of effort they put into client work.

This is an opportunity to take the time to accelerate your career and take the next step.

 
 

What's a typical project people decide to undertake during the course?

Here are some examples:

  • Writing a screenplay

  • Launching a kickstarter

  • Creating an ebook and selling it on Amazon

  • Creating an record EP and marketing it through Bandcamp or Soundcloud

  • Creating a new promotional piece and mailing it to 100 clients

  • Getting your financial house in order by learning quickbooks and creating a business plan

  • Doing the legwork needed to find an agent

  • Creating a blog

  • Conducting a full website update

The possibilities are endless.

 
 

What is the time commitment?

The total time required for all the independent exercises is about 10 hours over the first four weeks of the program.

The total time for the online accountability meetups is 10 hours over the 10 weeks.

Apart from that, the time you put into the program is the time you spend working on your project.

 
 

What times zones are available?

We have made the times for the online meetings as inclusive as possible. People have taken the program while in Bali, Hungary, Chile, Dar Es Salaam, Amsterdam, as well as every time zone in the US.

The following time slots is an example of a schedule for the Course (listed in Pacific Standard Time):

  • Mon at 9am
  • Tues at 6pm
  • Wed at 9pm
  • Sun at 6pm

Do the Time Zone math or use this Time Zone Converter and see if there’s a time slot that will work for you!

 
 

Who is the ideal candidate?

We are here to serve independent creatives who want to do the work that will help them level up their careers, scratch a creative itch, or build a “side hustle”. Our program has hosted long term freelance veterans, fresh-out-of-college grads, and people with full time jobs. It’s not about being too experienced, or not experienced enough, it’s about being hungry to grow and create.

 
 

What if I have to miss a meeting?

As a program built on the importance of accountability, we take showing up seriously. We also are long time freelancers with busy lives, so we get it.

We distinguish between not showing up because you got an important job, or you're sick and in the hospital, or the Governor called up and asked for you assistance on a top secret project, as separate from not showing up because your cousin is in town, or you had tickets to a concert, or you didn’t feel like you had accomplished enough that week to show your face. The former are valid excuses, the latter are just excuses.

If you miss a meeting, you record your video check-in for your Cohort and post it to the site. If you keep missing meetings, your Guide has the option to refund your money and ask you to leave the program.

The short story is: Show up. For your Cohort, yes, but mostly for yourself.

 
 

What are some of the frustrations and difficulties that members have with the program?

Choosing the right project to tackle right now can be tough for some folks. We have designed exercises to help you define your personal and professional goals, and weigh potential projects against an intelligent criteria to help you, but at the end of the day, the decision will be yours. “Analysis paralysis” is real for some people, and after you’ve done all the exercises and gotten feedback from your Cohort and Guide, eventually you will need to do just trust your instinct.

For others, the challenge is in carving out the time to work on their business, not just for their business. There’s an age old saying in the freelance business: if work is slow and you want to guarantee that you get a call for a project, just book a vacation. The phone is bound to ring with a project that conflicts with your new vacation dates perfectly. Well, this program has had that effect for people as well. As soon as they decide to invest in themselves, the phone starts ringing off the hook, and they’re inundated with work. But the best, most successful creatives find a way to do it all. This program is a sprint, just a piece of the marathon. You only need to keep up this pace for 10 weeks. So dig deep. Work late. Block off a weekend. At the end of the program, when you’re showcasing new work, you’ll be glad you did.

 
 

Can you tell me more about the final presentations and Showcase?

Each Cohort group will have the opportunity to present their projects to each other - and a limited number of friends and collaborators - at final live Cohort presentations in Los Angeles, California (June 17-20, 2018). For those unable to travel to LA, a presentation can be made via Zoom.

In addition, each course participant will have the opportunity to submit their project for consideration to present onstage at The Showcase (June 30, 2018). 

The Showcase is an open to the public screening of 10 hand-selected projects that we feel exemplify Art of Freelance’s values of creativity, camaraderie and hustle.

 
 

Will there be in person meetups?

 One of the Cohorts from our current Course that organized their own meeting at a local coffee shop!

One of the Cohorts from our current Course that organized their own meeting at a local coffee shop!

We strongly believe in the power of community, that’s one of the main reasons we started this program. We also believe in the deterrent of traffic. So, there are no “official” meetups other than the Showcase during the course, but we highly encourage Cohorts and Members to schedule their own meetups, and there have been many during, and after the course.

 
 

Is work study available?

While have made every effort to make this program as affordable as possible, we know that there are people who it would benefit that still can’t afford it. And so, we’ve created a work study program.

 
 

Who designed the curriculum?

The course was designed by top working Freelancers in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Shin, a PHD expert in Adult Learning Theory. Click here to learn more about our team.

 
 

Who will my cohort Guide be?

Each Cohort has a Guide who has done the course before and that has been vetted as particularly effective, supportive, and encouraging. They hail from all different creative industries and are at all levels of their careers, but they are all badasses.

 
 

What technology do you use for the weekly meetings?

We use Zoom.us, the industry standard for video meetings. It can be downloaded on your desktop and smartphone, which makes it easy to check in from anywhere in the world.

 
 

What about confidentiality?

We encourage openness and honesty, but we also demand confidentiality for everyone’s creative and proprietary information. You will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and make a pact with your cohort that each of you will control how and when information you share with your group gets shared with the world. Any breach of that trust means a group member will be promptly banned from the group and the community.

 
 

I don’t consider myself a Freelancer. Can I still benefit from this?

Yes. We have found that this Course is equally effective for freelancers as it is for entrepreneurs, people looking to scratch a creative itch, or people with other jobs that want to build a side business.

 

For example, we have had:

• A full time college professor use the program to launch a side business that brings kids to nature.

• A jewelry designer use the program to rewrite her business plan and launch new marketing efforts.

• A full time Product Manager use the program to launch a Kickstarter for a fun creative side project (that raised $21k of his $8k goal).

• Someone working full time in the food industry complete three different photo essays over three Art of Freelance courses, and build out his photography website.

 

And many more. Ask us if you have questions!

 
 

Are refunds available?

We believe strongly in this quality of this program. If you invest in it, it can change your life, and so we confidently back your purchase with a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.

Be bold, dive in, dig deep. If you’re not satisfied, just contact us within 30 days of starting the course, and we’ll refund every cent of your investment immediately.

 
 

Why is this better than what else is out there?

There are lots of education resources online, some aimed directly at independent creatives. Creative Live, Coursera, Double Your Freelancing, Lynda, Udemy, 99U and more provide videos, articles and even worksheets about building a creative career.

But none of them provide a specific roadmap, systems thinking, community, feedback, or the accountability needed to actually accomplish personally-directed projects that will help you advance towards your personal or professional goals.

“Portfolios are the new resumes”, and it is critical every independant creative take the time out of their busy schedules to “hire themselves”, and treat their personal work with the same level of effort they put into client work.

Now is the time to work on your business, not for your business.

 
 

Have other questions?

 

 
 
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We believe strongly in this quality of this program. If you invest in it, it can change your life. 

We confidently back your purchase with a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. 

Be bold, dive in, dig deep. If you’re not satisfied, just contact us within 30 days of starting the course, and we’ll refund every cent of your investment immediately.

No questions asked.