When I heard that Julie (from Millennial Boss) and Cody (from FlyToFI) had partnered up to create courses, I jumped at the chance to learn from them. They are both inspiring entrepreneurs who make a ton of money with their side-hustles and freelance work.
They are having their second public launch from today, Thursday, November 14th to Sunday, November 17th at Midnight PST.
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As always, I don’t advertise something I haven’t tried myself. I know both Julie and Cody in real life, so I knew I could expect high quality, and had a high bar when I signed up for the freelancing course. They also have a Blogging for Profit and Etsy Printable course.
So did the course hold up to my high expectations?
Why I was interested in freelancing
I’m an engineer by day, but at night I love to write. I had heard a lot about people turning freelance writing into their full-time job, and I was curious if I could turn my passion into a side-hustle. Freelancing doesn’t have to be writing, though. This course encourages you to explore anything you might find interesting:
- Graphic Design
- Copy editing
- Audio editing
- Writing articles
- Social Media Marketing
- Web Research
- Web Design
- Virtual Assistant Work
Julie and Cody teach you everything you need to know in order to start making money freelancing right away. After this 4-week course, you will be able to monetize your existing (or newly gained) skills.
What is the freelancing course?
The course helps you think through the skills you might be able to monetize and then takes a deep dive into 3 specific skills: freelance writing, audio editing, and graphic design. As you follow along, you learn the tips & tricks that will make you successful, then you can start to book gigs right away.
Here’s a sneak peek of what the course looks like:
What the course includes
✅ 8 info-packed modules with text and video lectures
How much will it cost?
The Freelance Toolkit is $197.
Their goal is to get you ramped up as quickly as possible. With the money you earn, you could easily cover the cost of each course in just a few short weeks.
My thoughts on the course
I was not disappointed.
While I had heard about some freelancing sites like Upwork and Fiverr, I never bothered to sign up before, thinking I would get around to it another time. This was the encouragement I needed to get my accounts set up and figure out what skills I wanted to monetize. The course walks you through the account set up, how to find gigs, and then follows up with interviews with experts from each platform.
There are a couple of skills I knew I was glaringly missing when it came to freelance writing, which included SEO knowledge and how to really “find a niche.” Luckily, the course covered both, so I felt much more confident about the quality of content I would be able to provide.
The second skill they go in-depth on is audio-editing, something I’ve been curious about ever since listening to podcasts and then being a guest on FIRE Drill podcast (my episode was hosted by Julie and Gwen!) There was a section I asked to re-record, and their audio-editor Steve (who also edits for Afford Anything and ChooseFI podcasts) made it sound flawless. Steve himself makes an appearance in this section to impart his 20 years of editing wisdom.
Ever wonder how your favorite blogger makes their fancy images? I’ve dabbled in basic graphic design to make pins for Pinterest, and I was glad that they covered the basics in this module. A lot of this information would have saved me an enormous amount of time when I started blogging, and these skills are essential for any freelance business.
I found the Facebook group very helpful. Julie and Cody were there to answer any questions I had about rate-setting, contracts, and tools of the trade.
Overall, I felt like I had the tools to start freelancing on my own after taking this course. I wish I had taken this course before I started the blog because it would have saved me an enormous amount of time with the SEO tidbits, the lessons on graphic design, and the example contract template.
Anything to improve?
So far, I wrote about everything I loved about the course, but I didn’t cover any negatives. That’s because there really weren’t any– the material was top-notch, in-depth, and all-around helpful. The only thing I could see going better would be my own tendency to be lazy. There is no deadline to finish, so you can speed through the material in a few days or take each step at your own time.
Unfortunately for me, I tend to get easily distracted by other things. Even though I meant to keep coming back, I wished that there were pesky e-mail reminders to get me to log back in (yes, I need to be pestered). I gave my feedback to Cody, who agreed to set up some e-mail reminders. I appreciated how open to feedback they were, and how quickly they responded to my questions!
Should you take this course?
Do you want to earn money in your spare time?
Do you want to unplug from corporate life and start freelancing instead? (Cody makes more money freelancing than he did in his corporate banking role!)
Do you want to start a business but don’t know how to start?
If so, this course is for you.
There is a lot of money to be made freelancing. The value that you get out of this course is definitely worth the cost. Without this course, I wasn’t sure where to start. With it, I had a clear path to start making some money on the side. It is clear that Julie and Cody aren’t messing around– both of them run profitable side-hustles and are walking the walk.
Personally, after taking this course I was approached by CNBC about writing an article. I used what I learned in the course to write up a draft, go over a contract, and send my very first freelance piece to a high-profile client. You will have everything you need to know about making money on the side after taking this course.
If you decide it’s not something you actually want to go through with, they offer a 7-day refund policy.
If you’re more interested in Blogging For Profit or making Etsy Printables, I know that Julie & Cody both have credible experience and have taken the time and effort to make those great courses as well. You can’t lose! Decide what you’re most interested in and sign up.
If you’re interested in enrolling, be sure to sign up before the courses close on Sunday, November 17th.
What are your thoughts?
Have you ever thought about freelancing?
What’s been holding you back?
What monetizable skills do you have?