How to Get Started as a Freelancer

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According to Forbes, 56.7 million Americans were doing freelance work as of October 2018 and that total is expected to double by 2020. The current reality is that the 21st-century workforce has been shifting from 9-5 office and factory centric workplaces to work from anywhere and any time environments. Often referred to as the gig economy, businesses are saving resources in terms of benefits, office space and training. The question is are the freelancers benefitting.  

Perhaps freelancing is an option you have been thinking about or you are already actively working as a freelancer. Either way, there are resources to help you. West Business Development Center (West BDC) is one of those resources and now West BDC is bringing you a special Succeeding as a Freelancer Workshop in partnership with Samaschool, a San Francisco-based non-profit that trains individuals to succeed as freelancers. 

This special workshop offers a 2-hour live workshop to help get you started on the training course. After the live workshop, there are 6-hours of additional online training that you can finish at your own pace. The coursework is carefully designed to help you build the strategic tools you need to launch your business successfully, and market products and services to acquire new clients. There is so much to know to thrive as a freelancer, so join this lively training to learn how to grow this business for yourself. 

On Wednesday, October 9th from 1:00 - 3:00 PM, at the West BDC Ukiah Office, the 2-hour live workshop will be tailored towards gig-economy entrepreneurs and will help get you started so you can finish the training confident on how to succeed as a freelancer.  

Limited engagement: There are only 10 spots for this workshop, so register now to save your spot! Register here.

What you will learn:

  • What it means to be a freelancer, and whether freelancing is a good fit for you

  • Hit the ground running with a great personal brand and thorough understanding of how to secure work

  • Provide great customer service, manage your time, and stay safe while on the job

  • Manage a "business of one" by creating solid contracts, doing taxes, and setting effective goals

Succeeding as a Freelancer Workshop - Ukiah

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

West Business Development Center

185 E Church St. 

Ukiah, CA 

RSVP HERE 


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If you are a business of one or a company of 100 employees, at any stage from startup to established, WestBDC offers free business advising  -- on whatever topic you might be stuck on. If it’s finding the right loan to expand, staffing your business with the right people or even just wading through new minimum wage requirements, we have experts ready to help you right now. 

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See how these successful businesses set up, grew and expanded with West Business Development Center Free Advising services:

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