The following post is an excerpt from my new e-Book series, How to Become an e-Learning Freelancer. The three volumes in the series are designed to be easy-to-use, practical guides to getting your freelance e-Learning career off the ground. Learn more here!
Part One: Knowing What You’re Getting Into
I’ve met a lot of e-Learning Designers who are considering going freelance, and I recognize my original enthusiasm in them—a love for the creative work, and an eagerness to be more in control of their own careers. So this year, I’m dedicating a series of blog posts to sharing what I’ve learned along the way, and calling it “Succeeding as an e-Learning Freelancer.” Throughout 2017, I’ll be posting weekly to help guide other e-Learning Developers as they launch their own freelance careers—from making the decision to go freelance, all the way through managing a diverse client portfolio. (And don’t worry, there will be plenty of time to get to the fun part of creating effective learning materials, and I’ll be writing plenty about that too!)
When I first started as a freelance e-Learning Designer, I was truly excited: My success was in my own hands! I would finally be able to spend my time being creative! I had dreamed of the day I could step away from office politics and focus on my passion for creating top-notch e-Learning materials for my own clients.
Soon after, the reality hit: I was my own business, and I was faced with quite a bit of overhead work that was eating a lot of my time. I was now my own marketing team. And my own accounting team. And my own legal team. Before I even created my first course, I had hours of work to do that wasn’t at all related to my passion for e-Learning.
I don’t regret the decision to become a freelancer, and despite the business side of freelancing, I’ve found a great deal of professional happiness—but I definitely learned a lot along the way, and that’s inspired me to begin this series of blog posts.
[This topic continues in my e-Book series, How to Become an e-Learning Freelancer.]