009: Positioning – Perception is Reality

Why do some people make more money than me? Get higher quality clients? Why is it some freelancers are viewed as experts in a certain field and land big projects while I struggled to get people to pay my desired rate? These were the questions I wrestled with and often kept me up at night. These questions and more were all centered around the position and perception of my brand.

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008: Targeting Your Audience

In my last video, I talked about how to build and trust by producing something valuable, listening to your audience and being transparent. The next step is to choose a specific audience to go after.

No one wants to exclude anyone. When it comes to marketing your service you have a desire to reach as many people as you can. The reality is if you do not decide who to focus on you will not reach anyone.

If you target everyone, then no one will feel like you’re speaking to them.

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007: Marketing & Trust

The next couple of videos you will see will be about marketing and diving into what marketing is and how best to market your own business. Leading off let’s start with a simple statement that has been true forever:

Marketing is about trust

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006: Hustle vs Hope

Growing up I loved sports and I still do, my favorite sport is basketball. I believe I probably could have gone the NBA, who knows maybe can still play in the NBA today. I am not saying this to be cocky if there’s one thing I know how to do it is hustle and hustle put me ahead of many people who rely solely on their talent alone. Continue Reading

005: How I Chose a Business Structure

A Quick Backstory

When I was starting my business I thought it best to schedule a meeting tax professional because I don’t want to make any bad decisions which would cause a penalty. I came prepared, I had a notebook of questions and I was determined to find out everything I need to do in order to prepare for legalizing my business. I began asking the tax professional questions and at least 7 / 10 questions would say: “That’s a good question let’s go to IRS.gov in order to check on this.” After the third time I caught the hint that I would have to directly view the IRS in order to truly discover the difference between all of the business structures and what structure is best for me. Continue Reading

003: 8 Ways to Validate Your Business Idea

No matter the structure, size, or platform businesses exists to solve problems and meet a needs. If you have an idea for a business great, but how do you validate that idea? How do you know the idea has the potential to work?

Maybe you’re like me and you get ideas all the time, as a matter of fact, I get ideas pretty much every day. When you first get an idea it’s tempting to think the idea is perfect and if you had the right help your idea could be a reality. Continue Reading

002: Freelancer or Entrepreneur?

Do you know the difference between a freelancer and an entrepreneur?

Let’s be clear on the difference between these 2 words. I’ve seen the terms used interchangeably but there is a difference in mentality these words both imply. Knowing the difference between these two terms is essential for everyone because it determines the course of action and structure of each business.
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001: How I Became a Freelancer

I’m sharing my story because I did not formally go to school to be a designer but I was still able to learn on the internet and build business from cultivating my skill.

My previous mentality

Originally I did not go to school for web design. I went to Baylor University to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. Before I get into that let me take a step back and explain my mentality going into college.
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000: Let the Show Begin

I am very excited and hype to announce the launch of my new weekly video show Freelance Jumpstart TV.

Starting on October 23, 2015, every week I’ll share with you tips, advice and how-tos on how to build a successful online business as a creative entrepreneur.

When I first started as a freelance web designer I had to learn things the hard way through trial and error. I want to make things easy for you, so you can focus on getting your idea off the ground and taking your business to the next level. Continue Reading