Build a Successful Freelance Business

Beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses for writers, from six-figure freelancers

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The Freelance Writer Academy can teach you how to make money online

Learn how to make money freelance writing through online modules, coaching, webinars, handy guides, and other resources

Do you wish you had more freedom and flexibility in your life? We all hear stories about building a successful business online, and writing often looks like the simplest way to get started.

But even the best writers struggle. Making the leap from writing a blog to actually getting paid what you're worth can feel like a daunting task. How do you even begin to turn your solid writing skills into a viable and reliable income? Is it really possible make money writing?

Or what if you're already getting paid, but you're still not where you want to be? How do you level up to the point where you can actually quit your day job?

With the Freelance Writer Academy, you can learn from three freelance writing experts who earn six-figure incomes about how to launch a successful writing business. With personalized advice and step-by-step guidance, you can launch a whole new career make money writing online. 

 

Why should you listen to us?

Our names are Miranda Marquit, Kat Tretina, and Ben Luthi. Each of us makes at least $10,000 every month freelancing. We’ve reported on a variety of topics for well-known publications, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Business Insider, The Huffington Post, NPR, Fox Business, Marketwatch, and more.

From starting out, honing our craft and scrambling to find paid gigs to establishing six-figure freelance businesses, we’ve learned that the internet creates endless opportunities to those who put in the work. We've made the stupid mistakes and learned the hard way — so you don't have to.

We know we’re not the only freelance writing course out there. But we share some unique qualities that can make the Freelance Writer Academy a game-changer for you:

  • Between the three of us, we’ve been writing for 30 years, most of which has been full-time.
  • We’ve written for scores of clients, large and small, so we understand what it takes to network, make clients happy, and get paid more.
  • We’ve found the balance required between writing skills and business acumen to earn six-figure incomes on a regular basis.
  • We’ve been exactly where you are right now, and we know what it takes to take your business to the next level.
  • We don’t view other writers as competitors, and we’re dedicated to helping you succeed.

Freelance writing has afforded us the ability to design our own schedules, choose our own income, and build lives that we enjoy. 

In fact, we consistently earn six figures per year as freelancers. We're ready to share that with you.

What You'll Get With the Freelance Writer Academy

The Freelance Writer Academy includes three courses with video modules. Each course is tailored to the specific needs you may have at different stages of your career. PLUS, we offer a variety of supplemental resources, coaching, regular webinars, and access to an exclusive Facebook community. If you want step-by-step help as you build your business and create the life you want, the Freelance Writer Academy has products tailored to your needs.

Beginner Freelancing Course

Start your journey today. This course has all the basics you need to establish yourself as a freelance writer and get your first paid client. Plus, every course purchase comes with a FREE 30-minute consultation with one of our six-figure freelancers — a $100 value.

Module 1: Building a foundation

  • Define your writing niche
  • Create an online presence
  • Networking and finding a community
  • What you DON'T need when starting out.

Module 2: Creating a portfolio

  • When and how to use guest posts
  • Where to collect your portfolio and showcase your work

Module 3: Finding paid writing gigs

  • How to network
  • Using freelance platforms
  • Making the most of jobs boards
  • Leveraging LinkedIn for paid work
  • How to cold pitch (get a template in our Resources)

Module 4: Talking about pay

  • How to set rates as a freelance writer
  • Managing your anxiety when you talk about pay
  • Tips for negotiating your rates
  • Learning to say no when it's not the right fit
  • Establishing non-negotiables

Module 5: Getting paid

  • What you need to know about different payment terms (we've got a sample contract for you to use)
  • Working with clients on different payment methods
  • Handling the situation when a client refuses to pay

Module 6: Keeping clients

  • Tips for doing your best work
  • How to maintain professional relationships

Enroll in the Beginner Freelancing Course TODAY

Get everything you need to start on your successful freelance writing journey. Upgrade to include other courses at a discount to ensure that you move through the entire process.

Beginner Freelancing Course

$247

Course modules that take you step-by-step to starting out as a freelancer

Three-months' access to extra resources, including live Q&As, coaching, and webinars

FREE 30-minute consultation with an expert ($100 value)

Access to an exclusive Facebook community that can help you build your network, learn valuable tips, and receive job leads

Enroll TODAY

Accelerator Bundle

$547

Already started? Skip the beginner course and ramp up your freelance writing business - with a discount

Intermediate PLUS Advanced course modules designed to help you transition from making a little on the side to creating a full-fledge business.

FREE 30-minute consultation with an expert ($100 value)

Six-months' access to extra resources, including live Q&As, coaching, and webinars

Access to an exclusive Facebook community that can help you build your network, learn valuable tips, and receive job leads

Enroll TODAY

Intermediate Writing Course

If you've already started earning money as a freelance writer, this course will take you to the next level. We'll guide you through the next steps so you can replace your day job with the freedom and flexibility of freelancing.

Module 1: How to run your business like a business

  • Creating contracts (we've got a template for you)
  • Manage your taxes
  • Make sure you get paid – including tips for making it a seamless transaction

Module 2: What editors want

  • Setting the right goals as a freelancer
  • When to push back on client requests (and how to do it without losing the gig)
  • Real-life examples of how to deal with tricky client situations
  • Tips for setting health boundaries
  • Your complete guide to pitching
  • How to protect yourself

Module 3: Transition to writing full-time

  • Juggling your freelancing with a job
  • How to know when it's time to go full-time
  • Practical tips for making the transition as smooth as possible

Module 4: Interviewing sources

  • How to handle different types of interviews
  • Understanding what makes a good source
  • Tools for recording and transcribing interviews
  • Best practices to follow when interviewing sources

Module 5: Maximizing your income

  • Using expertise and niches to boost your rates
  • Establishing good habits to better leverage your time
  • Overcoming writers block
  • Managing productivity so you're at your peak more often
  • Real-life scenarios and examples of how to effectively raise your freelance rates

Enroll in the Intermediate Writing Course TODAY

Ready to level up? Everything you need to move from making money on the side as a writer to ditching your day job and making a full-time income as a freelancer.

Intermediate Writing Course

$297

Course modules that take you step-by-step as you transition to building the career you want as a freelance writer

Learn about the tools we use to make the most of our time and make more money

Three-months' access to extra resources, including live Q&As, coaching, and webinars

FREE 30-minute consultation with an expert ($100 value)

Access to an exclusive Facebook community that can help you build your network, learn valuable tips, and receive job leads

Enroll TODAY

Accelerator Bundle

$547

Know you'll need to move to the advanced course? Bundle with the advanced course and save. You'll be ready to move seamlessly into marketing yourself as a writer.

Intermediate PLUS Advanced course modules designed to help you transition from making a little on the side to creating a full-fledge business.

FREE 30-minute consultation with an expert ($100 value)

Six-months' access to extra resources, including live Q&As, coaching, and webinars

Access to an exclusive Facebook community that can help you build your network, learn valuable tips, and receive job leads

Enroll TODAY

Advanced Freelancing Course

Maybe you're already doing just fine as a writer, but wondering why you're not quite where you want to be. Here's how to take that freelance writing and leverage it into a full-on business — including scaling up your efforts and adding other revenue-producing projects.

Module 1: Branding yourself

  • Define your freelancer brand across platforms
  • Create an effective freelancer bio that attracts more clients
  • How to leverage social media to connect with clients and build your brand
  • Tips for creating a compelling website
  • How to get out there more, attracting more clients and others to your projects

Module 2: Classifying your business with the IRS

  • How to decide on a business classification
  • Comparing an LLC vs. S-Corp
  • Using an S-Corp for your taxes, even while remaining an LLC

Module 3: Manage payroll and accounting

  • How to set up payroll for yourself (and why it's a good idea)
  • Tips for learning about your state's requirements
  • What you need to know about hiring an accountant or payroll specialist

Module 4: How to hire for your business

  • How to know when it's time to hire help for your business
  • Choosing between contractors and employees
  • Using a VA to grow your business and handle mundane tasks
  • How subcontracting works and when it can help you scale your business

Module 5: Create a system

  • Benefits to using systems to scale your business, earning more while working less
  • How to set up a good system that works for you
  • Step-by-step examples of how to set up different systems for your freelancing business
  • Tips for applying systems to your personal life so you can optimize other aspects of your time and energy

Module 6: Expand your empire

  • How to decide to diversify your offerings
  • Different opportunities for expanding your offerings
  • When it makes sense to partner with others on business projects
  • How to find the right partners and set up systems to manage that work

Enroll in the Advanced Freelancing Course TODAY

When you're ready to scale your business, expand your empire, and bring in revenue from different sources, this course will help you establish a full-fledged freelance writing business

Advanced Freelance Writer Course

$347

Your next step to becoming a true business owner.

Modules designed to help you gain the knowledge needed to manage a full-on freelance writing business

Three-months' access to extra resources, including live Q&As, coaching, and webinars

FREE 30-minute consultation with an expert ($100 value)

Access to an exclusive Facebook community that can help you build your network, learn valuable tips, and receive job leads

Enroll TODAY

Zero to 60 Bundle

$462

Not quite ready for advanced topics? Use this bundle to take your first steps.

Beginner and Intermediate course modules designed to help you land your first client and then expand your writing. Perfect for someone who hasn't started freelancing yet, but wants a roadmap to making it a flexible career.

FREE 30-minute consultation with an expert ($100 value)

Six-months' access to extra resources, including live Q&As, coaching, and webinars

Access to an exclusive Facebook community that can help you build your network, learn valuable tips, and receive job leads

Enroll TODAY

Something for everyone — no matter where you're at or where you want to be as a freelance writer

With the Freelance Writer Academy, you can decide what's likely to work best for you. If you're ready to create a lifestyle of freedom and flexibility, choose from one of our courses, or get more bang for your buck by bundling courses.

 Every course or bundle comes with:

  • FREE 30-minute coaching session with one of our experts ($100 value)
  • Access to our valuable (and ever-expanding) resources section, full of templates, guides, and past webinars.
  • Monthly LIVE Q&As our experts. They'll answer your questions in an online group setting. A session like this can cost up to $150.
  • Regular webinars with guest experts on a variety subjects designed to help you learn more about various subjects. Webinars with these deep dives can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 each.
  • Access to an exclusive Facebook community with other writers who can answer questions, share triumphs, and even provide job leads.
  • Option to continue access to current and future resources for $25 per month once you complete your courses.

Enroll in one of our courses today. Better yet, bundle your courses for a discount.