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The Complete Guide to Freelancing in 2022

Start a career or earn a side income by becoming a Freelancer. No previous experience needed. You'll learn the exact steps you need to take to start freelancing, build an online presence, get high-paying clients and gain the flexibility to live your dream life.


Taught by: Paul Mendes

Last updated: July 2022

Course overview

This Freelancing course gives you the step-by-step guide to go from ZERO EXPERIENCE to becoming a Freelancer and having a profitable freelance business getting clients you never thought possible.

What you'll learn

  • How to build a rockstar Upwork profile that stands out and ranks organically
  • Create winning proposals that ensure you land clients
  • Build a side-hustle or a full-time online income that could replace your 9-5 job
  • Find the right high-paying freelance jobs
  • The top profitable freelance skills that are currently in high-demand
  • How to communicate with clients effectively
  • How to build relationships with clients so that you can earn recurring income

Can I actually become a Freelancer?

YES! You don't have to be some crazy expert to start earning money as a Freelancer. Many people just don't know where to start and how to stand out.

That's why we created this course.

The biggest challenge used to be "how do I find clients?" but with the growth in platforms like Upwork and others, there are 1,000s of jobs available at any time.

Companies pay Freelancers $2.52 billion (and growing!) via Upwork each year.

Imagine being able to work from anywhere in the world, making a consistent monthly income and having the freedom to live your dream life. Take this course and we'll help you make it happen.

This course is NOT like other Freelancing courses and tutorials you will find online that only cover the basics. Or worse, are taught by someone that isn't even a successful Freelancer themself.

This course is focused on efficiency and taking action:

  • Paul, who is a Top 10% Freelancer on Upwork, gives you the exact steps and templates that he's tested and used to get high-paying clients. And shows you how you can too.
  • Paul's focus is to get you earning money as quickly as possible and to set you up for long-term success.
  • You could complete the majority of this course in a weekend and get your first client in the next week if you're serious about making it happen.
  • Freelancing is a competitive space so we will be going beyond the basics and showing you how you can stand out and build a sustainable and profitable business.

And you won't be learning and starting your Freelance career alone.

By enrolling today, you’ll also get to join our exclusive live online community classroom to learn alongside thousands of students, alumni, mentors, TAs and Instructors.

Most importantly, you will be learning from someone that has actual real-world experience and is a Top Rated Freelancer on Upwork.

This course covers everything Paul has learned so far on his ongoing journey. He's made the mistakes so you don't have to. He knows what works and what doesn't. And he is sharing absolutely everything with you. Step-by-step.

Who should take this course?

  • Anyone looking to create a rewarding and profitable freelancing business
  • Anyone who wants to create a side-hustle or full-time source of income online
  • Anyone looking to leave their 9-to-5 for a life of financial, personal, and professional freedom
  • Anyone who has already tried or is currently freelancing but isn't having as much success as they'd like

Wait... Is This Course Just For Upwork?

Nope. This course uses Upwork, a freelancing platform with billions in jobs each year, as a starting point and an example to show you how to apply all the tactics and strategies Paul has mastered over the years. But the strategies you learn can be applied to any freelancing platform.

This Freelancing Bootcamp course consists of six sections:

1️⃣ Building a ROCKSTAR Freelance Profile

As they say, first impressions are everything. Having a top-notch profile will help you gain attention and build instant credibility with clients. This section will show you exactly how to create a profile that will help you land high-ticket clients.

2️⃣ Finding & Closing High-Ticket Clients

The more money you make the better, right? Being able to charge higher amounts and land higher-quality clients will also help you generate more predictable monthly recurring cash flow. Paul shares his secrets to identifying where high-ticket clients are hiding and how to land them.

3️⃣ Managing & Scaling Your Freelance Business

We don't want to help you just get started. We want to help you unlock financial, personal, and professional freedom in your life. This section teaches you how to maintain high-ticket clients & how to scale to the moon!

4️⃣ Profitable Freelance Skills

Whether you're already a Developer, Designer, Data Scientist, Machine Learning Engineer or have none of these skills, we will show you how to identify what in-demand freelance skill is right for you and charge higher rates.

This section will even teach you many of the current highest-paying skills like copywriting, graphic design, email marketing, online advertising, SEO and more.

5️⃣ Setting Yourself Up For Freelance Success

Freelancing is competitive. This section is going to teach you how to stand out from the competition and build your business faster. You will learn the key principles that are needed to be a highly successful Freelancer.

6️⃣ Developing a Millionaire Mindset

Your mindset controls everything. And we're going to show you how you can shift your thinking to improve your life. This section will lay the foundation on which your entire profitable freelance business will be built.

BONUS: Downloadable PDF Cheat Sheets & Templates

To help you reach success even faster, Paul is giving you the following cheat sheets and templates that he's used to make $10,000s+.

  • Job Search Manual: So you can find where the best freelance jobs & clients are hiding.
  • Sample Quote Template: So you can offer your services to clients & land more deals quicker.
  • Upsell & Bundle Cheat Sheet: So you can bundle your skills & earn consistent monthly income.
  • Winning Proposal Formula: So you stand out from the competition & land more clients.
  • My Secret Tools & Apps: So you can work smarter and be as productive as possible.
  • Case Study Blueprint: So you can save time and start closing deals more frequently.
  • Managing & Scaling Online Ads: So you can manage and grow profitable online ad campaigns for your clients.

What's the bottom line?

This course is not about making you just code along without understanding the principles so that when you are done with the course you don’t know what to do other than watch another tutorial... No!

This course will push you and challenge you to go from an absolute beginner with no experience and no clients to someone that can earn income as a Freelancer 💪.

And if you want to learn to code from scratch and become a Freelance Developer, check out our step-by-step Freelance Developer Career Path.

How do we know?

Because thousands of Zero To Mastery graduates have gotten hired and are now working at companies like Google, Tesla, Amazon, Apple, IBM, JP Morgan, Facebook, Shopify + other top tech companies.

They are also working as top freelancers getting paid while working remotely around the world.

They come from all different backgrounds, ages, and experiences. Many even started as complete beginners.

So there's no reason it can't be you too.

And you have nothing to lose. Because you can start learning right now and if this course isn't everything you expected, we'll refund you 100% within 30 days. No hassles and no questions asked.

When's the best time to get started? Today!

There's never a bad time to learn in-demand skills. But the sooner, the better. So take the first step to landing your first client today by joining the ZTM Academy. You'll have a clear roadmap to developing the skills to get hired and advance your career so you can live the life you've always wanted.

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Don't just take our word for it

Our courses and community have helped 1,000s of Zero To Mastery students go from zero to getting hired to levelling up their skills and advancing their careers to new heights.

This course is very helpful and provided the exact information I needed to get my freelance career started. Thank you!!

Bryan G

I am beyond impressed with this course and so happy I took it! I especially enjoyed the advanced proposal training which is really helping me stand out from the competition. If you want to freelance on Upwork I highly recommend this course.

Chelsea H

David K.

ZTM does it again! I have purchased almost every course they've made for a reason. The instructors and the ZTM team are amazing at what they do! Seriously, If you want to become a freelancer, look no further than this course. Thanks ZTM!!

David K.

Dr Troy W.

This is a great course. Everything is explained in a clear and concise way that can be reviewed many times. You will continually benefit from this course as your freelancing career progresses.

Dr Troy W.

I am new to freelancing and this course really helped me to begin my career in freelancing.

Lindsey L

I am really thankful for how Paul approached teaching this course. It is well structured and the first two sections in my honest opinion is what everyone ought to learn, know and master before starting any business, even if it isn't a freelance business.

Victory B

Course curriculum

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Meet your instructor

Your instructor (Paul) isn't just an expert with years of real-world professional experience. He has been in your shoes. He makes learning fun. He makes complex topics feel simple. He will motivate you. He will push you. And he will go above and beyond to help you succeed.

Paul Mendes

Hi, I'm Paul Mendes!

Paul has worked his way up to becoming one of the top-rated Freelancers on Upwork and is now helping others, just like you, replicate his success to become a profitable freelancer.


Paul Mendes

Freelancer & Consultant

Frequently asked questions

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

None! Anyone can become a successful Freelancer as long as you're willing to put in the work and provide an in-demand skill.

Who is this course for?

  • Anyone who wants to start Freelancing from scratch but doesn't know where to start
  • Current Freelancers who want to land more high-paying clients
  • Anyone looking to create a profitable freelancing business
  • Anyone who wants to create a side-hustle or full-time source of income online
  • Anyone looking to leave their 9-to-5 for a life of financial, personal, and professional freedom
  • Anyone who has already tried or is currently freelancing but isn't having as much success as they'd like
  • Anyone that is struggling to get hired as a full-time developer, designer, marketer, etc. and wants to get paid to work on projects to add to their portfolio
  • You want to learn from an actual Freelancer that makes $80+/hr and is rated in the Top 10% of Freelancers on Upwork

What if I don't have an in-demand skill?

Then you've come to the right place! In this course, Paul will teach you the basics of a few of the most in-demand skills in this course.

But by joining the ZTM Academy, you also get access to all of our courses and career paths to help you go from absolutely zero experience to an expert in the most profitable in-demand skills there are.

Do you provide a certificate of completion?

We definitely do and they are quite nice. You will also be able to add Zero To Mastery Academy to the education section of your LinkedIn profile as well.

Can I download the videos?

Definitely. You can download any and all lessons for personal use. We do everything we can to make learning easy, fun and accessible. Whether that’s on your commute, on a flight or just when you have limited access to good WiFi.

Still have more questions about the Academy?

Still have more questions specific to the Academy membership? No problem, we answer some more here.

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