I’m about to be very blunt so please hold your emotions as you read this – and do read it.
I frequent many freelance forums and have noticed a trend – people continue to ask the same questions about freelancing. They ask about contracts, incorporating, contracting, invoicing, sales, marketing, operations, etc. etc. etc. Essentially, all of the fundamentals of running a business, that’s what they’re asking about.
This lead me to wonder, sometimes to myself and sometimes out loud, why the same questions are asked over and over again. The snark in me says that they don’t know how to use the search function of the forums. Then the jerk in me says that these folks aren’t doing their homework. Then I kick my ego to the curb and think that my SEO efforts suck and I don’t know how the people are really searching for the answers that we have here at Life Of The Freelancer.
But the college grad in me knows that unless they did a major in business, or went to business school, they’ve never been taught how to run a business. And a 9-5 job isn’t always the best teacher. But I digress and slowly move to a rant.
So how can I help, and continue to make a living?
Here is my question.
For those of you reading this that are new to freelancing, would you pay for a business course geared toward freelancers that would teach you about:
- Business structure
- Selecting a billing method
- Project management
- Basic marketing
- Basic selling
And if so, what would something like this be worth to you?
Would that help you? Would that interest you?
Let me know. Because if enough people say yes I’ll do it. Granted it won’t be free, but I’ll definitely do it.
And what are my credentials to do such a thing?
- I’ve been in business for myself for the better part of 11 years
- I have a BA in Computer Science and an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business
- I built a web development business from 0 to $500K+ yearly revenues in a year and a half
- I continue to work 100% online, currently from Thailand for the next year (or more), and know a lot about outsourcing
- I have multiple certifications in Agile development – project management is my thing
- I know a great number of specialists that I could bring in for different parts of the course
So, does that sound like something that would help? Please let me know in the comments below, or use the freelance questions answered form to let me know.
And please share this post on Twitter, Facebook, and your other social media and sharing sites. More and more people are becoming freelancers and I truly think these folks can be given a greater chance with a base level business education.
Thank you for your help.