Freelance to Founder

Freelance to Founder

Clay and Preston have each grown their own one-person businesses to something much bigger and now they offer weekly coaching calls with freelancers ready to do the same. Your weekly dose of real-world, practical, actionable advice to take your service-based business to the next level—with occasional surprise guest experts or deep dives on must-have skills for success. New shows every Thursday.

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May 13, 2021 49 min
Today’s coaching call is with Keegan who’s calling in from Louisiana, USA. Keegan is building a web design business (something Clay knows a lot about) on the side of his day job (something I have tons of experience in). And while Keegan has a very clear picture of where he’s going, he’s not exactly sure how to attract clients on a more consistent basis. This hurdle launches us into a conversation all about the power of finding loca...
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On today’s show, we talk with Karl who’s holding on tight while his writing business is growing fast.  After writing for a few highly technical development blogs, Karl’s business exploded and he now works with 50 writers to deliver articles for his clients. And while Karl is crushing it by some standards (his writing business has quadrupled since January), he’s naturally feeling like a bottleneck in his fast-expanding business. Cla...
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On today’s episode we chat with Brady, who is building a web design business from his home in northern Idaho, USA. Brady has already built up a small team of contractors and aims to get the business running almost on autopilot in the next 6-12 months. To do that, he’s got to first perfect his sales process and then train someone else to do it. But he’s got a bit of a sales problem. After drafting a proposal and getting on a call wi...
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April 1, 2021 52 min
On today’s episode, we chat with Brendan—a sales consultant who wants to scale his business to something bigger. And while he finally started hiring people to help him scale, he’s still a bit unsure about a path forward. He’s working on a course for more passive income and he’s trying to transition away from one-on-one consulting gigs to more of a sales coach role. Since Clay and I are fresh off our recent 5-day recurring revenue c...
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March 25, 2021 50 min
On today’s show, we chat with Jon who’s a physical product designer and prototyper.? Jon’s got a highly technical business—which you’ll see as we chat with him on the episode today. That means that Jon is very smart when it comes to product design and 3D printing, but has a hard time translating that expertise into language that appeals to clients. So in today’s episode, where I'm also joined by my friend and guest coach Matt O...
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March 18, 2021 44 min
On today’s show, we chat with Christine, the founder of Bryant Creative Company. Christine has a nice freelance business where she works on graphic design and branding for her clients.? But over time, Christine has also begun to offer additional services such as web design—which, frankly, she doesn’t enjoy as much and she’s not as good at. That brings up a whole lot of questions on our call such as: should I outsource jobs that are...
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On today’s show we chat with Augusto who’s running a local branding and video marketing company in the United States. Augusto has chosen to target local latino businesses because he feels they’re underserved and can really use his expertise. But Augusto keeps hitting a wall: his target audience is overly cautious when it comes to spending. Which makes it hard to charge premium prices for his work. So what can you do when you’re wor...
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On today’s episode we chat with Adii Pienaar who recently published a book titled Life Profitability: The New Measure of Entrepreneurial Success. As someone who’s very motivated by the lifestyle that freelancing and entrepreneurship can offer, I was intrigued when I first learned about Adii’s book. So today, Clay and I have a heart to heart chat with Adii all about the lies about "work/life balance" and how to build a busin...
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On today’s episode, we have a conversation with Matt Essam who helps freelancers attract and find their dream clients. Have you ever felt like you are more of an employee than a partner when it comes to your client relationships? Maybe you feel like you don’t have any creative input on your projects. Or maybe you feel like you’re underutilized pushing pixels, moving commas, or doing some other menial tasks for your client. If this ...
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February 18, 2021 51 min
On today’s show, we check in with Margaret Ryland. Now, if that name sounds familiar, that’s because Margaret joined us originally on Season 8 to talk about her branding and design business. Since we last talked, Margaret has had some luck on collaborating with other creatives, but is still struggling to build out the processes required to actually make a first contractor hire. It’s a big hurdle, but if she can’t push through it, s...
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February 11, 2021 49 min
On today’s show, it’s just Preston and Clay. That’s because in early January, Preston asked Clay how things were looking for the new year and his response was something like: "I’ve already hit my 6 month revenue goal." Yeah, it was January 7th. NUTS! A couple weeks later—Before January was even over—Clay shared that he hit his complete revenue goal for 2021.? That’s 12 months of revenue just in January. Naturally, Preston h...
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February 4, 2021 51 min
On today’s episode we have a coaching call with Shelley, who works in the music industry—which can be a tough gig right now, but Shelley is making it work. There’s just a small problem with her principal business—booking artists into venues. Getting clients to understand the value Shelley brings to the table is proving more difficult than she imagined. After digging a bit deeper, Clay and I realize this is a simple messaging proble...
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January 28, 2021 48 min
On today’s show, we have a chat with Erica who, frankly, intimidates both Clay and me. That’s because Erica is working with some of the brightest people in the world to solve some of the biggest problems faced by humanity. But despite working with some incredible clients and solving some meaningful problems, Erica is stuck when it comes to moving her business to the next level. What we uncover during the conversation is Erica (like...
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January 21, 2021 61 min
3 Ways to Spy on Your Target Audience? On today’s episode, we have a coaching call with Nikolai—a freelance Webflow developer living and working in New Zealand. Nikolai’s entire freelance business completely turned around when he decided to focus exclusively on Webflow, showcasing the power of finding your niche as a creative. And while Nikolai has seen a nice bump in new leads and more projects from sites like Upwork and networks ...
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December 17, 2020 66 min
On today’s episode, we have a great coaching call with Andrea, who’s growing her agency—helping companies get the most out of the popular marketing software, Hubspot.? Andrea has hired contractors to help grow her business in the past and just a month before this conversation, Andrea hired her first full-time employee. Which is a big deal. It’s also led Andrea to start wondering what exactly she needs to be doing as a manager or a ...
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December 10, 2020 64 min
On today’s episode, we chat with Yusef who’s building his own small product design agency. Yusef’s got a lot going for him: he’s got great cashflow, he’s getting new clients regularly, and he enjoys the work he’s doing. But when it comes to the most profitable projects in his business, he’s limited to working on only 8 at a time. That’s a big problem. And since Yusef hasn’t built out the infrastructure he needs to scale the most pr...
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December 3, 2020 48 min
In today’s episode, we chat with an up-and-coming agency-builder, Maddie. And during our conversation we come up against one of the most common issues hold many of us back: Getting out of our own way. The thing is, Maddie is extremely bright. She’s got a lot of great things going. And she’s got more freelance work than she can take on alone right now. But, like so many of us, she might be overthinking a few decisions in her busines...
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On today’s episode we mix it up a bit with Craig Solid—a consultant in the healthcare space. Craig’s business is going well and he’s trying to figure out how to better serve his clients on an ongoing basis and potential find some subscription revenue as well. What we uncover is a potential mismatch between the target client and product offering. All of us leads us into a much-needed conversation about offering the right services fo...
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November 19, 2020 57 min
On today’s show I (Preston) have a really great conversation with James O-Reilly, an indie artist who’s working on making the transition from freelancer to founder. James has had heaps of work come in over the last year which is good because he's making good money as an artist, but he’s not exactly sure where to go next with his business. Should he hire more artists? Should he hire a project manager or a sales person? And if he...
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To listen to more episodes or subscribe to Remote Works, click here. On today's bonus episode, I share with you a fun podcast called 'Remote Work' from the team at Citrix. You know how, before Covid, only a relative few of us knew how great it was to work from anywhere? Well, Remote Works is on a mission to highlight the new ways that millions of people are now working—from wherever they want. Remote Works features stor...
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