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 24, 2022 13 min
You're listening to our brand-new Freelance to Founder SHORTS, 5-10 minute episodes answering one (or two) questions from listeners like you. To submit your question, visit FreelanceToFounder.com/ASK and we'll feature you on an upcoming episode. In today's short, I want to answer one of the most common questions we get in our Facebook group. Multiple times a week, we have freelancers ask about pricing. What should I c...
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Have you ever wondered if you’re doing too much in your business? For those of us who are multi-talented, it can be hard to know when to stop doing everything in our business. That’s just one question we tackle with today’s guest, Grant. As he explains it, one of his biggest problems is he has the ability to do all kinds of things—from writing, to design, to founding businesses.  But there must be a point at which doing everything ...
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You're listening to our brand-new Freelance to Founder SHORTS, 5-10 minute episodes answering one (or two) questions from listeners like you. To submit your question, visit FreelanceToFounder.com/ASK and we'll feature you on an upcoming episode. Today’s question comes from our free Mastermind group on Facebook. Maja asks: "What are your best tips for writing proposals as a freelancer?" Listen to our full-length co...
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On today’s show: maybe you’ve heard expert advice saying you should hire a VA—a virtual assistant. You might have even heard that advice from us, on this show. But what exactly should you hire a VA for? And is hiring a VA really worth the money? Those are two questions we explore on our coaching call with Ben Marcoux who lives in Rhode Island, USA.  Ben found himself wondering why in the world he would want to hire a VA in the firs...
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You're listening to our brand-new Freelance to Founder SHORTS, 5-10 minute episodes answering one (or two) questions from listeners like you. To submit your question, visit FreelanceToFounder.com/ASK and we'll feature you on an upcoming episode. Today’s question comes from our free Mastermind group on Facebook. Darielle asks: "What's the BEST Software for getting paid faster?" Getting paid for your work FAST is...
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On today’s show: are you a bit of a control freak? Being hesitant about giving up control in your business is normal. We’re all nervous to hand off work to contractors sometimes. But if you never hand off smaller tasks, you never free yourself up to be a founder in your own business. That’s where we find Silvia, our guest on today’s show. Silvia has a small team of contractors, but finds herself reluctant to hand off her oldest or ...
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You're listening to our brand-new Freelance to Founder SHORTS, 5-10 minute episodes answering one (or two) questions from listeners like you. To submit your question, visit FreelanceToFounder.com/ASK and we'll feature you on an upcoming episode. Today’s question comes from our free Mastermind group on Facebook. Anna Keith asks: "I’m getting ready to do my taxes and am considering if I should try a software rather than ...
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On today’s show: Have you ever noticed just how liberating it can be to tell your clients “no”? In the early years of your freelance career, you feel almost obligated to say “yes” to any request your clients make. After all, they’re the ones paying your bills.  But every “yes” to a client request means a “no” to something else in your business. If you’re not careful, your clients end up deciding the direction of your company this w...
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You're listening to our brand-new Freelance to Founder SHORTS, 5-10 minute episodes answering one (or two) questions from listeners like you. To submit your question, visit FreelanceToFounder.com/ASK and we'll feature you on an upcoming episode. Today’s question comes from our free Mastermind group on Facebook. Kristy Gardner asks: My client is happily paying her retainer bill every month but not sending any work for me to...
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April 21, 2022 61 min
On today’s show: have you ever wanted to pivot your freelance business into something a little more passive?  In this episode, we chat with our old friend Will Gibbons who came on for a coaching call a couple of years ago. Since his coaching call, Will has pivoted into a more passive business model. If earning money passively is something you’d like to try, this episode is for you.  We’ll be right back after a quick message from ou...
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You're listening to our brand-new Freelance to Founder SHORTS, 5-10 minute episodes answering one (or two) questions from listeners like you. To submit your question, visit FreelanceToFounder.com/ASK and we'll feature you on an upcoming episode. Today’s question comes from our free Mastermind group on Facebook. John-Luke Ward asks: How do you deal with freelancers that don't deliver as agreed? Listen to our full-lengt...
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On today’s show: how can you stop using agency work as a crutch & build your own rolodex of high quality clients? It’s something we chat about with our first ever guest duo, Shelby & Kristina. They’re two comedic video marketers doing really fun work out of Hollywood, California. In the wake of the pandemic, Shelby and Kristina started their video business and found early success with agencies. And while working with agenci...
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April 12, 2022 17 min
You're listening to our brand-new Freelance to Founder SHORTS, 5-10 minute episodes answering one (or two) questions from listeners like you. To submit your question, visit FreelanceToFounder.com/ASK and we'll feature you on an upcoming episode. On today's show, Chris calls in with another question: How do I build a marketing plan that is impressive to big-brand clients? Listen to our full-length coaching calls: http://...
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April 7, 2022 61 min
On today’s show: When you’re just getting started, taking on any clients just to pay the bills is almost a given. But there comes a time when you need higher-paying more established clients. That’s the situation today’s guest, Brittany, finds herself in. Brittany has been freelancing on the side for years and recently took her freelance business full-time. But aside from a couple of anchor clients, she’s mostly doing smaller, one-o...
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You're listening to our brand-new Freelance to Founder SHORTS, 5-10 minute episodes answering one (or two) questions from listeners like you. To submit your question, visit FreelanceToFounder.com/ASK and we'll feature you on an upcoming episode. On today's show, Chase calls in with a question: What's a good "gut check" or "litmus test" for finding the perfect product/market fit? Listen to our full-le...
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On today’s show: how do you go from small, one-off clients to more reputable, big-name brands? It’s a question I pose to Elna Cain, my guest on the show today. Elna is a freelance writer who has worked with big brands like Zapier or Walmart. And in this episode, Elna and I unpack exactly how she got started building her portfolio, how she leverages that portfolio to get new clients, and what she’s doing now to attract even bigger c...
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March 29, 2022 13 min
You're listening to our brand-new Freelance to Founder SHORTS, 5-10 minute episodes answering one (or two) questions from listeners like you. To submit your question, visit FreelanceToFounder.com/ASK and we'll feature you on an upcoming episode. On today's show, Dwaynia calls in with a question: How can I introduce a retainer option to people who inquire about services? Listen to our full-length coaching calls: http://f...
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March 24, 2022 57 min
On today’s show: do you ever feel like freelancing and entrepreneurship are just one crazy roller coaster ride?  Well in my conversation today with two friends Darryl and Micah, we talk all about how to convert the roller coaster of business from something negative and scary, to something positively exciting. We explore how to tap into the freelancing community, how to build a solid foundation, how to leverage your knowledge, and h...
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Big news today! We're excited to share our brand-new Freelance to Founder SHORTS, 5-10 minute episodes answering one (or two) questions from listeners like you. To submit your question, visit FreelanceToFounder.com/ASK and we'll feature you on an upcoming episode. On today's show, our friend Chris calls in with a question: when's the right time to hire a project manager and how can I do it without killing our creati...
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March 17, 2022 56 min
On today’s show: we all know client referrals can be a great way to grow your business. In fact, most service businesses still identify word of mouth marketing as their #1 source for new clients. But if you never know when that next referral is coming, it can be a bit nerve-racking. Today’s guest, Erik Jensen, shares how to find and leverage high quality referral partners for your business. Referral partners who can send you consis...
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