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Freelance web design boot camp

Start off the year with a 21-day portfolio challenge

Beginner
6hr 4min

This course covers every step of a typical freelancing journey. Learn how to land high-paying clients, create standout proposals, price your work, and communicate with clients to establish trust and authority. Learn valuable content strategy skills, design principles, and how to design, build, and launch a professional custom client website. The Freelancer’s Journey offers the support, guidance, and resources you need to build a fulfilling and successful freelance career.

The Freelancer’s Journey is a free, comprehensive course to help you build a successful, fulfilling freelance career in web design.

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Lessons in this course

Getting clients
Developing a content strategy
Design principles
Site build
Site launch
Portfolio

The challenge

Challenge
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Be a website hero
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The ultimate navbar
02
Magical CMS layout
03
Formulate leads and science
04
Virtual shoes for your site
05
Hello, it's responsiveness
06
Show off your project pages
07
Project pages working everywhere, anywhere
08
The optimum contact page
09
Show us your contact page
10
Test your Open Graph settings
11
Shine a light
12
Bring your portfolio to life
13
Lost, but never forgotten
14
Password-protected
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Practice accessibility
16
Share your design in progress
17
Ready, set, publish!
18
Portfolio verification
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Update your CMS
20
Showcase your portfolio
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This course covers every step of a typical freelancing journey. Learn how to land high-paying clients, create standout proposals, price your work, and communicate with clients to establish trust and authority. Learn valuable content strategy skills, design principles, and how to design, build, and launch a professional custom client website. The Freelancer’s Journey offers the support, guidance, and resources you need to build a fulfilling and successful freelance career.

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Course outline

Getting clients
Developing a content strategy
Design principles
Site build
Site launch
Portfolio

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Freelance web design boot camp

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Lessons
Getting clients
Getting clients
Developing a content strategy
Developing a content strategy
Design principles
Design principles
Site build
Site build
Site launch
Site launch
Portfolio
Portfolio
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Learn how to start or grow your freelance career from the very beginning: getting clients, doing the work you want to do, and getting paid to do it.

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The Freelancer's Journey introduction

Learn how to start or grow your freelance career from the very beginning: getting clients, doing the work you want to do, and getting paid to do it.

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Introduction to getting clients

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Client proposal research

We'll analyze 5 potential clients, identify their specific needs, and make informed recommendations to include in our client proposal.

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Sending a proposal

We'll use the observations and recommendations from our client research to create a client proposal that communicates trust and authority.

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Meeting a potential client

We'll take the concepts we’ve covered so far and prepare for our first scheduled client meeting.

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Pricing your work

We'll cover everything you need to know confidently to price your services: valuing your work, pricing models, and saying "no" to free work.

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The scope of work

We'll create scope of work that defines the client needs and clearly defines the services we're offering to meet those needs.

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Learn about content-driven design and develop a content strategy that simplifies your design process and adds value for your clients — long after the build is done.

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Content-driven design

An overview of content-first design, value propositions, visitor anticipation, and when to use an FAQ.

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User stories & information architecture

Develop an information architecture that informs your content strategy.

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Content strategy

Develop a content strategy for each part of your site: the homepage, portfolio, process, team, and contact pages.

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Learn the principles of great design and bring your web design career to the next level.

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Introduction to web design principles

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Visual hierarchy

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Repetition

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Grid systems & alignment

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Space

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Typography

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Learn how to design and develop a full CMS-driven website for a client.

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Homepage: navigation

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Homepage: testimonials

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Homepage: footer

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Homepage: responsiveness

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Portfolio page

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Portfolio page: responsiveness

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Portfolio page: client detail page

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Portfolio page: client detail page responsiveness

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Process page

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Process page: responsiveness

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Team page

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Team page: responsiveness

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Team page: team member detail page

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Team page: team member detail page responsiveness

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Contact page

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Contact page: responsiveness

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Contact page: reCAPTCHA setup

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Homepage revisited: secondary sections

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Learn how to prepare a client site and the CMS Editor so that your client is confident with the finished product.

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Learn how to feature the work you’ve done in a portfolio that attracts the clients you want to work for — and reflects the work you want to do.

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Portfolio overview

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Closing thoughts

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