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Digital Freelancer

Nanodegree Program

Master the art of digital freelancing! The program starts with the fundamentals of digital freelancing. You'll learn marketing strategies to help you stand out, including building a professional social media presence and developing an effective personal website. Next, you'll dive into the challenges of managing freelancing projects, including sourcing clients, negotiating project scopes and pricing, and effectively managing projects to completion. You get hands-on experience building a portfolio website, and you'll practice your skills working with a mock client.

Master the art of digital freelancing! The program starts with the fundamentals of digital freelancing. You'll learn marketing strategies to help you stand out, including building a professional social media presence and developing an effective personal website. Next, you'll dive into the challenges of managing freelancing projects, including sourcing clients, negotiating project scopes and pricing, and effectively managing projects to completion. You get hands-on experience building a portfolio website, and you'll practice your skills working with a mock client.

Beginner

2 months

Real-world Projects

Completion Certificate

Last Updated January 27, 2024

Skills you'll learn:

Stakeholder management • Social media presence • Invoicing • Freelancing platforms

Prerequisites:

Basic computer literacy

Courses In This Program

Course 1 45 minutes

Welcome to the Digital Freelancer Nanodegree Program

Lesson 1

An Introduction to Your Nanodegree Program

Welcome! We're so glad you're here. Join us in learning a bit more about what to expect and ways to succeed.

Lesson 2

Getting Help

You are starting a challenging but rewarding journey! Take 5 minutes to read how to get help with projects and content.

Course 2 4 weeks

Freelancing 101 and Preparing to Market Yourself

This course steps you through the basics of digital freelancing and what you need to know to be a successful freelancer, including how and where to market yourself and your skills and set yourself apart.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Freelancing 101 and Preparing to Market Yourself

Dive into your Freelancing Journey by learning about when digital freelancing became popular, the stakeholders in your freelancing business, and when digital freelancing could be beneficial for you!

Lesson 2

Fundamentals of Digital Freelancing

Go further in this lesson by connecting your motivations, needs, and goals together! By the end of this lesson, you will have a clear map of goals for the next five years.

Lesson 3

Marketing Strategies to Set Yourself Apart

Craft your business identity while leveraging your personality in this lesson! You'll find your strengths and use them when showcasing your best self in writing and images!

Lesson 4

Building a Professional Social Media Presence

Focus communication on professional networking by using all the skills you've gained thus far! By the end of this lesson, you will grow your social media and apply a few best practices!

Lesson 5

Developing Your Website

Develop a professional website in this lesson by combining all of your skills and exercise solutions thus far. You'll have built the first page of your portfolio website by the end of this lesson.

Lesson 6 • Project

Building A Portfolio Website That Will Get You Hired

This project will give you the opportunity to set yourself apart as a digital freelancer through the creation of a portfolio website, highlighting your experience in the field.

Course 3 4 weeks

Managing Freelancing Projects

This course will prepare you for managing freelancing projects, from sourcing clients through project completion and payment.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Managing Freelancing Projects

Gain an introduction to what it means to work with clients and manage projects, including the stakeholders and why this course is important.

Lesson 2

Creating a Process to Source Clients

This lesson will help you source clients for your digital freelancing business, including using freelancing platforms and social media and sending expressions of interest.

Lesson 3

Negotiate a Project Scope and a Pricing Framework

Scoping a project, selecting the right pricing framework for a job, service agreements and project structures are all things that will be covered in this lesson.

Lesson 4

Managing Projects

Learn best practices for communicating with clients and managing projects. By the end of this lesson, you will be familiar with some project management tools and run through a few scenarios.

Lesson 5

Completing Projects

Being able to communicate the completion of project deliverables and securing payment are necessary components of freelancing projects and will be covered by this lesson.

Lesson 6 • Project

Working with a Mock Client

This project will give you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills you've learned in this course by working with a mock client to practice the initial communication stages.

Course 4 10 minutes

Congratulations!

Congratulations on finishing your program!

Lesson 1

Congratulations!

Congratulations on your graduation from this program! Please join us in celebrating your accomplishments.

Taught By The Best

Photo of Anupam Jain

Anupam Jain

Founder, Saathi Re

Anupam runs a tech startup using data science to provide information about social impact organizations. He holds an MS in Computer Science from University of Southern California and has spent more than a decade designing and building technologies for underserved communities. He has 6 granted patents at USPTO.

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Melissa Hong

Founder, OMG Code

Melissa is a Top Rated Plus Upwork Freelancer, Velo Certified Wix Partner, entrepreneur and founder of tech company OMG Code. Melissa has attended UC Berkeley, studied medicine (while learning Spanish) in Guadalajara, and has worked many places as a digital nomad. She believes in never giving up.

Ratings & Reviews

Average Rating: 4.6 Stars

16 Reviews

Riham A.

October 1, 2022

it was very helpful and great experience !

Juan Camilo F.

April 13, 2022

It is a very useful program to start working as a freelancer :)

Thada J.

April 2, 2022

Great guild for marketing myself.

Dana A.

March 29, 2022

there is a lot to learn in the program

GOPAL P.

March 5, 2022

Loved the feedback mechanism, if we could have more diversified projects to be assigned on the basis of the individual's profile then that would be great.

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