Freelancer Course

Locations Duration Next Application
Deadline
Boston
Oakland
San Francisco
6 weeks 01/22/2021
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Overview

In our Freelancer Course, we guide you through a hands-on process of defining your service offering, developing client relationships, and establishing the foundation to thrive as an independent contractor or artist. This course is 6-weeks long and is well suited for individuals seeking self-employment in a personal or professional services industry, or as an independent artist.

What members are saying…

What I Didn’t Know Before I Started

Before I started Uptima, I wasn’t sure I had all of the components in place to begin freelancing, marketing myself and taking on work. Uptima’s freelancer course takes a thorough week-by-week approach to covering everything—from clarifying my service offer, to building a website, to understanding the legal aspects of running my business and preparing contracts. In two months, I was up and running and have been self-employed ever since.

Hannah Onstad, H2O Content Strategy

What I Learned to Help Me Build a Freelancer Business

One practice that changed in my business is assessing my capacity to work with prospective clients. Now that I have a greater understanding of what I offer as a service, I can determine which clients are mutually beneficial for me to work with.

James Shields, Creative Shields

What I Accomplished in My Business

The freelancer program helped me determine how much my time and skills are worth to me as well as to gain certainty about what my other personal and professional values are. This gave me the confidence to charge the appropriate rates to make my freelance practice sustain and thrive, and to give myself raises as necessary. Uptima taught me how to create client packages and begin to market myself and my work beyond my existing relationships.

Aaron Joseph, Identafire

What You Will Learn

Unit

Topics Covered
Introduction
  • Gain an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Learn how to identify and leverage your strengths and core values in your development as a self-employed person
  • Take inventory of the projects you have worked on, including what worked and did not work for you
Business Model
  • Learn about different models for defining, delivering, and receiving value as a self-employed person
  • Learn how to develop a business model for your self-employed business
  • Define your service offerings, ideal clients, and value proposition
Money Matters
  • Gain an understanding of the energy of money and your relationship with money
  • Learn about budgeting, invoicing, managing income and expenses, and taxes as a self-employed person
  • Create your annual budget and set up systems for tracking your finances
Protect Yourself
  • Learn about legal structures, contracts, licenses and permits, and insurance to reduce risk as a self-employed person
  • Learn pricing and negotiation strategies for contracts with clients and subcontractors
  • Undertake legal, regulatory, and insurance activities needed to protect yourself as a self-employed person
Get Clients
  • Learn about different channels for finding client leads and how to create a sales funnel from client lead to contract
  • Learn how to tell your story to engage potential clients and differentiate yourself from other contractors
  • Identify marketing channels, craft your story, and develop outreach materials to promote your services
Achieve Balance
  • Learn time and project management strategies to manage both short-term and long-term client projects
  • Learn how to juggle contracted work with marketing, sales, and administrative activities
  • Develop near-term goals, a daily schedule, and project management processes that work for you

Prerequisites

Must have at least 3 months of experience (either as an employee or through self-employment) providing the personal or professional service, art or music you seek to offer through your self-employed business.

Commit to Building Your Business

Average time commitment for our Freelancer Course is 10 hours / week dedicated to building your business, and includes the following weekly activities:

Title

Weekly 
Activity Weekly Commitment
Background Materials
  • Series of required background readings and videos on each unit to be completed online prior to the weekly workshop sessions
  • Describes concepts and their applications in developing a business

1-2 hours / week

Workshops
  • Weekly workshop sessions led by an expert instructor
  • Lecture and discussion on background materials, group activities, and reflection

3 hours / week

Business Development Activities
  • Weekly activities focused on your business development
  • Apply concepts learned in background materials and workshops

2-10 hours / week

Peer Mentoring
  • Weekly video conference with small peer group of other entrepreneurs in your course
  • Present weekly business development activities and receive constructive feedback from peers

1 hour / week

One-on-one Mentoring
  • Weekly one-on-one meetings with your mentor
  • Discuss business progress, review weekly business development activity, and connect with resources to meet business needs

30 minutes / week

Meet Your Mentors

Jessica Ayden Li

Jessica Ayden Li

Mentor

San Francisco

Joëlle Fontaine

Joëlle Fontaine

Instructor & Mentor

Boston

Charles Irving Henderson

Charles Irving Henderson

Mentor

Boston

Wendy Martinez Marroquin

Wendy Martinez Marroquin

Lead Instructor & Mentor

Oakland

Kathren Murrell Stevenson

Kathren Murrell Stevenson

Instructor & Mentor

San Francisco

Suzanne Yada

Suzanne Yada

Instructor & Mentor

San Francisco

Join an Upcoming Course

Our Freelancer Course is offered during the following times.

Boston

Enrollment Period Program Dates Application Deadline
Winter, 2021 February 16 - March 23, 2021 January 22, 2021
Winter, 2021 March 30 - May 11, 2021 March 5, 2021
Spring / Summer, 2021 June 8 - July 13, 2021 May 14, 2021
Spring / Summer, 2021 July 20 - August 24, 2021 June 25, 2021
Fall, 2021 September 21 - October 26, 2021 August 27, 2021
Fall, 2021 November 2 - December 14, 2021 October 8, 2021

Oakland

Enrollment Period Program Dates Application Deadline
Winter, 2021 February 16 - March 23, 2021 January 22, 2021
Winter, 2021 March 30 - May 11, 2021 March 5, 2021
Spring / Summer, 2021 June 8 - July 13, 2021 May 14, 2021
Spring / Summer, 2021 July 20 - August 24, 2021 June 25, 2021
Fall, 2021 September 21 - October 26, 2021 August 27, 2021
Fall, 2021 November 2 - December 14, 2021 October 8, 2021

San Francisco

Enrollment Period Program Dates Application Deadline
Winter, 2021 February 16 - March 23, 2021 January 22, 2021
Winter, 2021 February 18 - March 25, 2021 January 22, 2021
Winter, 2021 March 30 - May 11, 2021 March 5, 2021
Winter, 2021 April 1 - May 13, 2021 March 5, 2021
Spring / Summer, 2021 June 8 - July 13, 2021 May 14, 2021
Spring / Summer, 2021 June 10 - July 15, 2021 May 14, 2021
Spring / Summer, 2021 July 20 - August 24, 2021 June 25, 2021
Spring / Summer, 2021 July 22 - August 26, 2021 June 25, 2021
Fall, 2021 September 21 - October 26, 2021 August 27, 2021
Fall, 2021 September 23 - October 28, 2021 August 27, 2021
Fall, 2021 November 2 - December 14, 2021 October 8, 2021
Fall, 2021 November 4 - December 16, 2021 October 8, 2021

How Much It Costs

The cost of our Freelancer Course consists of a one-time course fee. Course fees are determined based on a sliding scale based on household income.

< $35,000 
Household Income$35,000 – $50,000 
Household Income$50,000 – $100,000 
Household Income> $100,000 Household Income
$25$50$100$200

In addition, we charge a one-time $25 non-refundable deposit to enroll in our Freelancer Course.

Financial Assistance

This course is available for free to all San Francisco-based freelancers regardless of race thanks to our partnership with the City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic & Workforce Development.

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