Shift Into Freelancing Without Stalling Out

The all-in-one, start-to-done solution to launch and grow a profitable, independent creative services business.

so you can jump-start — or tune-up — your freelance career.

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Believe it or not, the majority of successful independent creatives start their career with a portfolio and a bunch of questions.

If you’re a photographer, illustrator or designer who’s entrepreneurial, you know you need to do more than just show your work. You have to go beyond doing side gigs for friends and family.

You need to be able to find the right clients, land the right projects, price your services, protect your work, and get paid in full and on time — over and over and over again.

Art school helps you create an amazing portfolio. But it doesn’t teach you to run a business.

You’ve probably heard about many freelancers who start out well but end up failing within in a couple of years because they don’t address the real problem. They don’t take a business approach to their business. Instead, they focus on being creative. 

Why’s that a problem? Well, clients don’t have art problems. They have business problems. You need to solve business problems.

 

My mission is simple…
To help you find success as an
independent creative.

I was able to turn my passion for illustration and design into a profession, and grow it over the long term.

I will help you do the same through my Freelance Road Trip program. 

I’ve pulled together everything I’ve learned into this one-of-a-kind, proven road map so that you can start or fine-tune your freelance career, make a living, enjoy your freedom, and create meaningful work.

  • Monitor the content delivery
  • Answer questions and share advice in the mastermind community
  • Develop new topical jump start trainings
  • Update the course material

One of the biggest questions I get about Freelance Road Trip is, “What do we actually do in the course?"

Here’s a story that illustrates exactly what we do: 

Marcus was fresh out of school with a high-quality design portfolio and absolutely no idea what to do with it.  Although he found a job right away, He didn’t want to work for someone else. He was entrepreneurially-minded and wanted to start his own business.

He wanted to be able to do the kind of work that he really enjoyed, live where he wanted, and be more available to his family.

Marcus loved the idea of freelancing, but he didn’t know how to set up a business or how to market himself as an independent creator. Like many designers, he knew how to create stuff and had fun doing it,  but he never really thought about creating a real business and learning to market himself. Lack of knowledge held him back.

Marketing and business practices are necessary for any business to thrive. For a solo entrepreneur — a freelance designer, for example — these practices are even more crucial. Marcus wanted to broaden his understanding of running a business so that he would never have to return to full-time job working for someone else. He wanted to hit the freelance road the right way, to ensure he arrived safely at his “destination.”

So he enrolled in the Freelance Road Trip course. 

Read to the end to find out how it went for him…

The 3 Most-Asked Questions About Freelance Road Trip

1] What is the program?

2] What can I expect by the end of the course?

3] How much is the program?

What is the Freelance Road Trip program?

Freelance Road Trip is a complete business road map that takes you step-by-step through the process of setting up your business and implementing systems and policies which will help you generate revenue from your creative work.

We begin with your vision and goals, get your business set up legally and deal with budgeting and taxes. We guide you through pricing, contracts and protecting your intellectual property. We deal with client relations, prospecting and marketing.

In just 12 weeks, if you do the work, you have a completed plan and are able to launch your business. 

Whether you’re looking to jump into full-time freelancing or pursue part-time gigs, Freelance Road Trip builds a necessary foundation for success.

The program consists of 12 bite-size video lessons delivered to your inbox once each week for 12 weeks.
You get worksheets for each lesson, and resource guides.

You have access to a private Facebook community of like-minded creatives.

You also get topical bonus trainings at no extra charge after you complete the 12 lessons, with new topics added several times each year.

You get direct access to me directly via email.

Curriculum

You start with your motivations and set some goals. We cover business set-up and policies. We cover how to find clients, manage projects, write contracts, get paid and protect your work.

TIME INVESTMENT

The program can be completed in 12 weeks. Because it's self-paced, you can take longer if you need to. You have lifetime access to the program and community.

Program Format

Each lesson comes directly to your inbox once each week and includes a bite-sized video, worksheet with action items and lesson notes. You complete the work at your own pace.

Financial Investment

You choose either a single payment up front of $1,275.00 or 3 payments of $450.00. The value of what you get is $3,700.00.

You get 12 valuable lessons divided into 3 modules

MODULE 1

Create Your Independence

5 VIDEO LESSONS WITH WORKSHEETS 

Starting with your motivations and goals, you are guided through the steps to build your business foundation. Upon completion of Module 1, you will have done the basics of setting up your business, if you do all the work. It’s not a business until you treat it like a business.

LESSON 1.1  Find Your Focus

LESSON 1.2  Know Your Why

LESSON 1.3  Set Up Your Business

LESSON 1.4  Establish Your Values

LESSON 1.5  Make Your Plan

 
MODULE 2

Value Your Work

5 VIDEO LESSONS WITH WORKSHEETS

Many of the potholes a freelancer can stumble into can be avoided by having the right information and a plan of action. Upon completion of Module 2 you will have established your pricing structure, created a contract template and explored copyright basics.

LESSON 2.1  Name Your Price

LESSON 2.2  Working Relationships

LESSON 2.3  Know Your Rights

LESSON 2.4  Get It In Writing

LESSON 2.5  Coming To Terms

 

MODULE 3

Attract Great Clients

2 VIDEO LESSONS WITH WORKSHEETS 

Marketing is crucial to your professional success, and branding is necessary to promote your work. Create strategies for your web site, promotions and social media. Upon completion you will have started your prospect list, planned your website, and have a plan in place to promote your work.

LESSON 3.1  Branding Basics

LESSON 3.2  Becoming A Marketer


BONUS: TOPICAL JUMP-STARTS: 
Managing Creative Projects 
Crafting Project Proposals
The Marketing-Smart Website
Positioning

What can you expect from the program?

Freelance Road Trip is a complete business road map that takes you step-by-step through the process of setting up your business and implementing systems and policies which will help you generate revenue from your creative work.

:We begin with your vision and goals, get your business set up legally and deal with budgeting and taxes. We guide you through pricing, contracts and protecting your intellectual property. We deal with client relations, prospecting and marketing. 

If you do the work, you will have a completed plan and be ready able to launch your freelance business. 

You will have set short-term and longer-term goals.

You will have a business plan and a marketing plan.

You will have legally set up your business including licenses and accounts.

You will have identified your ideal kind of client and have a plan to reach out.

You will have written a contract template.

You will know what copyright is all about and how to use it to protect your work.

You’ll have a realistic pricing structure.

You’ll have the knowledge to identify red flags, avoid typical freelancing problems, attract great clients and be the kind of creative pro your clients can’t wait to work with.

How much is the program?

The cost of the program is $1275.00 USD per person if you pay in full, or 3 installments of $450.00 which is $1,450.00 all in.

Do you know the top 3 reasons why independent creative businesses fail?

Many creatives start working with clients before they put a business structure and policies in place. Then they run into problems, potholes and roadblocks they aren’t prepared for.

Freelance Road Trip will get you as good at business as you are creatively.

Because it’s not a business until you treat it like a business.

Many freelancers accept whatever projects are offered instead of identifying and pursuing the kinds of clients and projects that suit them best.

Freelance Road Trip provides a proven strategy for figuring out your “ideal” types of clients, and crafting tactics and strategies for consistent outreach.

Being in business as a creative means you’re a business owner and you need to manage projects and handle clients well.

Freelance Road Trip trains you in managing projects and working with clients to encourage repeat business and keep your suppliers happy.

Avoid common freelance problems like these:

"I completed the project and invoiced the client three months ago and they still haven't paid me."
Get it in writing
LESSON 2.4
"How do I know what to charge and can I bill my client for expenses?"
NAME YOUR PRICE
LESSON 2.1
"How do I find the kinds of clients I want to work with?"
FIND YOUR FOCUS
LESSON 1.1
"I'm doing this job for next to nothing and it's gotten a lot more complicated than I expected. I'm worried I'm spending too much time and they keep changing their mind about what they want. "
ESTABLISH YOUR VALUES
LESSON 1.4
"I just found out that my photo's been stolen and someone's selling it online like it's theirs. What do I do?"
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
LESSON 2.3

Meet Marcus, emerging designer

“I got out of school and felt really scared about how I’d make a living. A lot of my friends found jobs pretty quick, but some of them aren’t working as designers. A couple others got design jobs but aren’t doing the kind of work they want to.

“I didn’t want to have to work for someone else even though everyone told me that’s the way to do it. They said to get a job first and then think about freelancing. I especially didn’t want to have to get a job at a store or bank or something while I figured out how to find some clients and start my own business.

“I’ve always wanted to be my own boss. I knew I wanted to freelance, but didn’t know how.

“Freelance Road Trip gave me everything I needed. Alvalyn helped me figure out my goals and purpose. That helped a lot just to understand myself. By the time I finished the course, I believed in my own ability to be a business person as well as an artist, and I got my business running and got clients using what I learned. I’ve got a long road ahead but I have a good start.”

Nadja's story

“The Freelance Road Trip course Alvalyn has created is absolutely outstanding. It has provided me with a wealth of knowledge essential in running my design business as an independent creative. She has created a virtual classroom combining videos, worksheets and a member forum. This course has taken away a lot of my fears and confusions on the business end and has been a true road map for me, one that I will be using throughout my career. I highly recommend Alvalyn’s Freelance Road Trip course to anyone wanting to become an independent creative…or is one but needs assistance as I did. Thank you so much Alvalyn!” — Nadja F. North Carolina

ENROLL TODAY!

Join now to get your freelance business up and running! You get weekly trainings, worksheets, Jump-Start mini-trainings and lifetime access to our online community! Click a button below to enroll today.

One Time Payment

$1,277.00

A $3,200.00 value

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$475.00

A $3,200.00 value for $1,425.00

Freelance Road Trip offers a 30-day money back guarantee. Click the graphic to learn more.

Freelance Road Trip Members-Only Community

Included in your membership, our Members-Only Community is a private Facebook group of creative pros committed to designing their businesses for success. Tap into this group in order to:

  • Draw upon the collective knowledge and shared stories of other freelancers
  • Get help with trouble-shooting to get unstuck
  • Get feedback on your decisions and plans
  • Form valuable alliances and connections that can lead to referrals
  • Get exclusive Facebook Live session and Q&As from Alvalyn Lundgren

A few more often–asked questions

Unlike many other programs, we don’t focus on one or two aspects of your freelance business. We move step-by-step through the process of setting up your business for success, protecting your work and marketing your brand. 

We cover the three main areas where freelancers hit roadblocks and potholes in earning income from their creative work: clients, business and marketing.

Freelance Road Trip is self-paced.

Although you receive a new lesson in your inbox each week for 12 weeks, you can go at whatever speed is comfortable for you.

I recommend that you invest a minimum of 2-3 hours per week into building your business and getting set to launch.

Consider that 24-36 hours of training is a small investment when what you want to build a long-term career.

Frankly, I’m tired of listening to stories and complaints of freelancers getting into trouble because they don’t know how not to. 

Even mid-career creative pros don’t always know what they’re doing. They encounter the same problem over and over again, and don’t have a good way of fixing it.

Art schools focus on your portfolio and help you get a job, but don’t teach you how to build your brand or get a business off the ground.

There’s a knowledge gap.

Frankly, out of sheer frustration, I took my own experiences and how I crafted my business and laid it out for you to follow. 

My aim with Freelance Road Trip is to help my fellow indy creatives thrive simply by giving them what they need and training them to use it.

Freelance Road Trip helps you craft a successful business, but we cannot guarantee you will be successful, earn a certain level of income, or work with the best clients.

You’ll learn how to structure your business, ways to promote your work, and resources for protecting your work. What you do with that is up to you.

Freelance Road Trip guides you in developing business skills. These skills support your creative work. We focus more on what do do with your portfolio as a marketing tool, and what you should include in it for that purpose.

The freelance life is a journey from one destination to another. It’s like a road trip. You map out your route in advance and get on the road. You stop at scenic overlooks and points of interest along the way. Sometimes you encounter detours and potholes. But you’re always moving forward toward your ultimate destination.

Freelance Road Trip comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you have viewed the trainings and completed the exercises and it’s not worked for you, you can request a refund. Read the refund policy and instructions before enrolling in the course.

Freelance Road Trip is designed specifically for visual communicators: designers, artists, illustrators and photographers.

But most of the content is useful for writers and other types of creative entrepreneurs.

If you have other questions, ASK

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