If you’re looking to make money online in the quickest way possible, one way to do it is to become a freelancer. The startup costs are incredibly low if any and you can potentially have orders coming in the same day.
In the USA alone there are over four million freelancers working online. Even if you don’t have a particular skill set, there’s still something that you must be good at that you can share with the world.
I have not done many reviews on freelancing on my blog but one course that I did get that I feel can benefit you is the Freelance Kickstarter by Ben Taylor at the HomeWorkingClub.com
In this Freelance Kickstarter review, I’m going to take you directly inside the course to see what you’re getting and let you know if it’s worth picking up or not.
What is Freelance Kickstarter?
Freelance Kickstarter is a course that will teach you all about the booming world of freelance work. It is designed to help you make money while doing work that you enjoy, on your own terms.
The objective of Freelance Kickstarter is to help you with the frustration of not knowing where to start.
Who is Ben Taylor?
Ben Taylor is the founder of Freelance Kickstarter and also runs the popular blog Home Working Club.
The blog was created in 2017 where he shares his knowledge and advice helping entrepreneurs and everyday people hoping to create an income online while working from home.
Ben has been freelancing since 2004 so is an authority in this line of business.
Ben has clients all the way from small start ups to big corporations and has been featured in media such as the Huffington Post, Business Insider and USA today.
Freelance Kickstarter Course Overview
Now that you got a brief overview, let's jump into the reason you are here - a review of the course.
I completed the course so this is not going to be some fake review like you see many others do - I am going to take you inside and include screenshots for proof.
The course training is done mostly through text and some video. Video is helpful for following along and is my preference, but the written material is presented in a way that is easy to understand.
Another advantage with this is it is easier to search for what you are looking for rather than watching an entire video again just to find what you wanted to review.
Module 1 - Let's Get Started!
The first module "Let's Get Started" has 7 individual lessons.
The purpose of this module is to remove all the mystery around freelancing. You are going to learn about the pros and cons of freelancing along with the myths and the realities.
You are also going to be presented with many ideas of freelance work that you can do.
By the time you have completed this module, you are going to know exactly what kind of freelancer you will set out to be.
This is very helpful as most people "think" they know what type of freelancer they should be, but in this module they may discover something completely different and much more suitable. This also means more money!
Module 2 - Your First Steps
In the second module, there are 9 lessons in total.
Once you have selected the type of freelancer you want to be, you will learn all about the practicalities of launching your career in this module.
You are going to learn about setting goals, developing your brand and of course - how much money you can expect to make.
This module discusses topics like the importance of passion - in regards to the work you are going to - obviously!
You will learn about personal branding, and expands on this with setting up your portfolios and profiles.
Also discussed is goal setting and a section about money - how much you need to earn to avoid a major lifestyle downgrade, etc.
Module 3 - Finding Work
Oh the daunting task of finding clients...
Do not despair because this module is going to help you to get them.
You'll be surprised to discover that you can not only get clients online, but in the "real world" too and this module does a good job in helping you acquire them.
There are 3 lessons and in the last one "20 Ways to Find Clients" is a video by Ben Taylor. As you can guess, you're going to learn 20 different ways to get clients which is a lot more than I ever guessed. Pretty good strategies here including freelance job boards, traditional job boards, LinkedIn, your own blog and much, much more.
Module 4 - Your Expert Guide to Freelance Job Boards
In module 4 you are going to learn a detailed blueprint for winning new gigs and clients from online job boards which is a never-ending supply.
The example here uses Upwork.com but you can use this as a guideline for any freelancing site.
In this module you are going to learn:
There are 10 lessons in this module and most is text. Some good knowledge bombs were dropped so you're going to get a lot out of this one.
Module 5 - Keeping Clients and Keeping them Happy
Once you've acquired a client you are definitely going to want to get repeat business from them. This is how you are going to get continuous income by having your clients come back to you and never search for another again.
In this module you will learn how to set rates so that you remain competitive and have a greater chance for repeat business.
You are also going to learn how to negotiate, which is a part of being a freelancer. You'll know when you have a good deal or when you should just simply walk away and look for other clients that are willing to pay a fair price for your work.
There are 6 lessons in this module and by the time you are done you'll know all about client retention. Remember, it's MUCH easier to keep a client than to FIND one!
I know because i've been in the client game with my SEO agency and it's not easy to find but you treat them right and they will stay with you. No different here with being a freelancer.
Module 6 - The Practicalities of Freelancing
This module prepares you for the day-to-day life as a freelancer.
Covered is everything from "dull" topics including insurance, techy stuff and even some things which you may or may not find exciting.
But you'll like this one - "how to take holidays as a freelancer."
Most of your work will be done from home and Ben talks about the realities of working from home. Thanks to Covid-19, more people are working from home and have first hand experience what it is like.
Use that to your advantage - if you work from home already with your day job, there's no reason you can't squeeze in some time to work on your freelancing business.
Module 7 - Side Projects
In this module Ben looks at lots of ways you can make extra money. You can do this with small side gigs to increase your income all the way to huge game-changing projects you can work on in the backround.
Since 50% of freelancers set up a "side gig" this is something you should consider as well.
What are the advantages of creating a side gig?
There are two types of side gigs you can do - Slow Burns or Money Taps.
Slow burns are projects that take a while to get going. However these ones can really take off and bring you a lot of income in time.
Money Taps are gigs that you can do if you need some emergency cash. They may be things you don't exactly enjoy, but can bring you in some cash.
Both of these strategies are discussed in detail in the following lessons.
In the bonus area of the course, you are given access to an exclusive podcast. This is been recorded specifically for students of Freelance Kickstart.
Half Price Coaching
Want some hand holding and personal guidance from Ben Taylor at half his usual rate?
Ben normally charges $149 an hour for personalized coaching but as a student of Freelance Kickstarter, you get 50% off so you'll just pay $74.50 or $64.50 for 40 minutes.
This isn't for everyone but i've had a surprising amount of people that have asked me about personalized mentorships/coaching for other business models so I am sure there is an audience for this as well in the freelancing space.
You can apply for a refund within 30 days of purchasing the course but you must have completed the course and is actioned based. You need to show that you have taken some action based on the teaching to qualify for a refund.
At the end of most lessons you can find a comment section where you can post a question. Ben answers these personally. I have seen quite a few questions posted and none of them go unanswered so the support is there should you need it.
You can also email Ben directly should you have any questions that may not be related to the individual lessons.
Many a time I have had people email me and ask, "Drew, what's the quickest way to make money online?"
My answer has always been the same - find yourself a client to pay you starting today.
There literally is no easier way to get started by utilizing freelance platforms to showcase your talents and get people to pay for your services.
Don't expect to get rich off this business. You're not going to. But, you should have enough income to either supplement what you have already or go in this full time and possibly have it earning more than your job.
So is Freelance Kickstarter any good?
If you are a complete beginner, you are definitely going to benefit from this course. If you're already a freelancer and looking for some extra tips & tricks, I think you'll too see the benefits.
The lessons are straight to the point without much fluff and easy to understand. I do wish there was more video content, but still, the main message does get across with the written content. I do like the feature where you can comment on a lesson if you need help, so no questions will go unanswered.
If I can think of a negative, some of the lessons are a little brief and could be expanded on, but for the most part the main objectives for eash lesson are taught well. The comment section can help with that if anything is unclear.
With the low cost of just $147, I think it's worth getting as you could end up wasting a lot of time (and possibly money) not doing things right if you just go at it blindly.
So if you want to be a freelancer but not sure what to offer yet, this course is going to help you decide.
Or, maybe you know what you want to do but don't know how to get it going, you will also benefit from this course.