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Introducing Freelance Playbook

At the beginning of my freelancing career, I took any projects I could get – from simple logos to building fully-fledged websites. I worked 80 hours a week, mostly without weekends, to please my clients and deliver the best possible results.

Alex Dovhyi
Alex Dovhyi
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Introducing Freelance Playbook

I used to play with Photoshop and some HTML/CSS back in high school. And even made some cash for making a logo for a music band and an album cover. In 2015 I made a decision that changed the direction of my career.

At the beginning of my freelancing career, I took any projects I could get – from simple logos to building fully-fledged websites. I worked 80 hours a week, mostly without weekends, to please my clients and deliver the best possible results.

Something had to change, so I transitioned into UI/UX design. This allowed me to focus on a much narrower variety of projects. One-off jobs turned into monthly contracts. Simple logos and business cards turned into more complex apps and websites.

After making a decision to start working with international clients, in a couple of months, I was making a full-time income.

This journey taught me various lessons, and I’m giving all of them to you in this guide. I went in the wrong direction and had to change my approach repeatedly. I didn’t go from A to B in a strain line. Instead, I started and stopped multiple times.

Introducing Freelance Playbook

This is a series of posts where I'll highlight the most important lessons learned from my freelancing journey. There's a lot to cover, but we'll dig into the deepest roots of what it takes to build a successful freelancing career.

Here is what you will learn during this series of posts:

  1. The what, why, and how of freelancing
  2. Core principles of freelancing
  3. Freelancing requires a mindset shift
  4. How to choose and build a skill for freelancing
  5. How to find a market
  6. How to craft the offer
  7. How to establish the client-finding process
  8. How to create a portfolio
  9. How to present the work
  10. Job boards
  11. Cold outreach
  12. Social media
  13. Talking to potential clients
  14. Calculating your rate
  15. Asking for budget
  16. Charging more
  17. Turning one-off clients into clients for life
  18. Finding dream clients
I hope you will find it helpful and insightful. This guide should save you from falling into those traps so that you can start and build your freelancing career immediately.
Freelance Playbook

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Product designer giving unsolicited advice on design, freelancing, career and personal growth.

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