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The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle [Paperback]

Steve Slaunwhite , Pete Savage , Ed Gandia
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March 2 2010
Being your own boss can lead to incredible profits-here's how...

Whether you call yourself a freelancer, consultant, independent contractor or solo professional of any kind, The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle shows you how to get the clients, income, and lifestyle you deserve. So you can put more money in the bank, enjoy more time with your family and make a great living doing what you truly love to do, free from the burden of employment...forever!

Filled with proven ideas and real-world examples from dozens of successful freelancers, The Wealthy Freelancer is essential reading for any solo professional who wants to enjoy a lifestyle that's "wealthy" in every sense of the word.

Here's a glimpse of what's waiting for you inside this book:

* Why the typical one-size-fits-all marketing advice rarely works, and a fool-proof system for determining the optimal mix of marketing activities for your specific circumstances and goals

* How to get more prospects to say "Yes!" to the fees that you propose

* Why striving to be the "best" in your field almost never works, and what to do instead

* How to charge more - and earn more - by creating new income streams closely related to your core business

* How to have more time for the life you want and still have a great income

* How to "test the waters" and land freelance work now, even if you're already employed

* Why freelancing has moved beyond creative fields and into mainstream careers such as engineering, software development, bookkeeping and more than 160 other professions

* Stories of real-life freelancers who destroy the myth that freelancers barely scrape by

And dozens more proven tips and strategies to build a more profitable and fulfilling solo business.


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"...a smart and practical guide that will help any independent work smarter. If you're thinking about going solo, you owe it to yourself to harvest the great tips in this book."
-Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind: How Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

"... chock full of useful, profitable ideas. Written by pros, this book is an excellent tool for anyone who wants better clients and a higher income."
-Michael Masterson, author of Ready, Fire, Aim and Seven Years to Seven Figures

"The freelance world needs this book! An amazing resource with a true gold mine of ideas that'll propel you past your competitors and ensure your long-term success as an independent professional. I wish I had this book when I started out."
-Michael Stelzner, author of Writing White Papers, founder of SocialMediaExaminer.com

"If you're ready to leap into a freelancing career, this book will cut years off your learning curve. If you've been doing it for a while, you'll discover innumerable strategies to take your business to the next level."
-Jill Konrath, author of Selling to Big Companies


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I picked up this book after reading another online review of it, and was not disappointed. It is full of all kinds of information for many different aspects of running a freelance or independent business, and is perfectly suited to what I do (web design). It was written in such a way that you can pick different chapters at random and learn all kinds of useful information from each one, with no requirement to read them in order. There is some information, such as the Master Marketing Formula that I more or less was doing anyway, however I was able to improve these aspects too.

Since reading the book, I've employed many of the techniques and fine tuned my business. The Idea Matrix for Mindset Mastery is pure genius, and the chapter on boosting your productivity was a godsend for me. I'm already seeing major results in productivity after a month.

I could go on and on, but just buy the book, it's probably one of the best investments you could make in your business if you're an independent designer, web designer, developer, writer, or just about any other freelancer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freelancer's Bible March 4 2011
Format:Paperback
This book reads like fiction and brings tons and tons of ideas on how to become better freelancer. Which means organized life, projects you want , time with family, and money to spend that time really well.

I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about getting started, who is already doing freelancing and to anyone employed full-time (so they can get an idea about other option of earning their living).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secrets to Becoming a Wealthy Freelancer Oct. 18 2010
By John Chancellor - Published on Amazon.com
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There are two types of freelancers this book will help - those just starting out and those who have been struggling to achieve their dreams of becoming a wealthy freelancer.

If you are just starting out, this is a great resource that will save you countless hours of going down the wrong trail. If you have been at it for awhile but not achieving the success you desire, this book will give you some solid tips and techniques to get you on the right path.

The first thing you should get clear about is being a wealthy freelancer means different things to different people. It is not all about money. Money is important and this book has plenty of tips on how to increase your income. But living the life you want is much more important than just making money. So this book has lots of tips and suggestions on how to decide what is important to you and how to balance your work with other areas of your life.

The book starts off with a discussion about what being a wealthy freelancer really means. This sets the tone for the rest of the book. It is very important that you understand the realities of being a freelancer, both the benefits and the downside.

Then the next twelve chapters give secrets to being a successful freelancer - starting with the most important secret - Mastering the Mental Game. "Research continues to tell us that most people simply do not take the time to set goals and put them in writing." If you are going to be successful, you must get clear on what you want, who you want to work with and what value you are going to bring to your clients.

Another very important secret is how to create an amazing buzz piece. The authors go into great detail to explain what a buzz piece is and how to craft one that will attract potential clients. They give one of the best blueprints for creating a USP that I have seen. If you don't know what a USP is or have not crafted your own, you really need to get this book.

There are 10 other secrets to help any freelancer move forward toward their goals. At the end of each chapter is a summary - called Wealthy Takeaways- which recaps the important points in that chapter. Also there are lots or additional resources throughout the book.

This is a very well organized and written book. It is not based on some theory. It is written as a joint effort of three highly successful freelancers. They each give very specific examples from their own experience. You will get great value from reading this book. Implement the lessons and you can become a wealthy freelancer.
44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best published resource for freelancers: forget AWAI! Aug. 20 2010
By GoetheMuse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As an experienced writer new to promotional freelance writing, I've read many books covering various aspects of copywriting.

This book---which marries the insights of three successful freelance copywriters---is the standout. Forget the overpriced ebooks and programs of AWAI--read and reread "The Wealthy Freelancer" and take the advice and exercises to heart.

Along with Peter Bowerman's "Well-Fed Writer" this is one of the two best books on the topic. Bowerman, however, is a generalist--an approach that may not work well for many people. In contrast, Slaunwhite, Savage, and Gandia provide an approach designed to help the entrepreneurial freelancer develop specialty areas that will set him/her apart from the generalists.

I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. It is solid, hype-free, practical, and well written.

Whether you are new to freelancing or an experienced freelancer, this book has something to offer.
51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you're just starting out or have been at it for awhile March 15 2010
By Gerald Suchy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I had downloaded "The Wealthy Freelancer" to my Kindle for a plane trip to and from Austin, TX. I thought just to pass the time. Boy, did I ever pass the time quickly. These guys have written an amazingly compelling page turner that will resonate with new freelancers just having made the leap as well as old hands who think they have seen and heard it all. I am always skeptical about books like this, thinking it's just so much cheer leading. This is anything but that. From the opening chapter it is crystal clear that these guys have the street cred to talk the talk. I was disturbing my seat mate on the flight by periodically saying aloud, "I've done that" or "I've thought that" or "Damn Right!" This is a book that I will keep as a reference manual and a booster shot for those times when I need reminding why I escaped from my office cubicle. In summation I would say you can read "The Wealthy Freelancer" now or waste several years of your life, read it later and say, "Why didn't I think of that."
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this one stands out June 29 2010
By Amanda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is well above average for its genre. No, that's not damning with faint praise, it's saying that you don't have to be into hype or marketing-speak to enjoy and benefit from it. Underneath the cheerleader-y language is... solid substance. It covers a wide array of freelancing issues, from marketing and pricing to time management and quality of life. If you're curious about the freelancing life, just starting out as a freelancer, or ready to take it to the next level, this book is worth reading. One of the things I liked best about it is that it doesn't take an all-or-nothing approach. You could apply the whole thing as a program, or take one piece of advice out of it and tweak one part of your practice.

Oddly, in spite of definitely NOT looking for an inspirational thing, I found myself looking at some of my "nahhh, that's probably unreachable" ideas in a new light after reading the book. But I also found some practical advice -- especially about marketing and pricing -- that cleared up what I was beginning to think of as hopeless mysteries.

If you're not sure if you want the book, go to their website and download the free sample chapters. Also, if you put it in your Amazon shopping cart and save it until you need something to kick your purchase price over the free-shipping limit, it will end up costing you less than a semi-decent lunch out.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Each Chapter Includes Powerful Wealthy Takeaways March 13 2010
By W. Terry Whalin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The words "Wealthy" and "Freelancer" don't seem to go together. It punches holes in the whole starving artist picture of freelancing--and yes that is the purpose of this book. Three respected authors combine forces to produce a business book which is loaded with insight for freelancers at every level.

Freelancers are notorious procrastinators. In Secret 8 on Focus, Pete Savage write, "Focus is what helped me go from barely paying the bills to busting through the six-figure income barrier." (page 148). If you want to take your business to a new level of income and effectiveness, then you need to read and re-read the wisdom packed into these pages.
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