Make Your First $10,000 as a Freelancer

Making your first $10,000 as a freelancer is a dream for most. A reality much less. So, I’ve put together a 40 minute training to give you the steps.

This masterclass will make you $10,000 (if you act on it)

1) Choosing a skill

The first step in your freelancing journey is choosing a skill. Below you’ll find a stack of profitable skills to choose from. You have the whole month of January to try them out. Stick with the one you like the most.

  • Graphic Designing
  • Writing (copywriting, blog posts, etc)
  • Website Designing
  • Video Editing
  • High Ticket Sales
  • Project Management
  • App Development
  • Lead Generation
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • SEO
  • English Teaching
  • Market Researching
  • Photography

You know you found the right skill when you can fail for hours and hours and not want to punch a hole in your computer. Remember: People think you fall in love with a skill and then get good. That’s wrong. You need to get good to fall in love with a skill Keep this in mind.

2) Building your personal brand

Having a personal brand is key to getting clients. With a personal brand, prospects don’t have to guess if you’re legit or not. Can’t stress enough how important this is.

Post this kind of content:

  • Knowledge about your industry
  • Actionable tips
  • Entertainment mixed with value

Content strategy for Twitter:

  1. 4 tweets a day
  2. 1 thread a week
  3. 20 replies a day
  4. Send DMs to the people you’re building rapport with


  1. 3 reels a week
  2. 1 post every day
  3. At least 5 stories a day
  4. Comment 20 posts a day

3) Networking

Networking is going to put you 10 years ahead in a couple of months. As WHO you know is more important than WHAT you know. However, you need to be valuable before this becomes true. So here is how to network properly.

  1. You build a relationship with a powerful person
  2. That person talks about you to their group
  3. You now have a bunch of powerful people on your side


Never ask for anything, just give value consistently. You aren’t worth much yet. Focus on becoming valuable and giving value first.

Examples of how to give value…

  • Like their posts
  • Comment
  • Retweet
  • DM them with something of value that can help them (be cool about it)

4) Testimonials

Testimonials are videos or a text from clients talking about your work. If you’re a freelancer, they’re essential. Testimonials build your credibility and serve as social proof.

How to get testimonials:

  1. Dm someone
  2. Offer to work for “free” in exchange for a testimonial
  3. Get the testimonial
  4. Repeat 5-10x Stack those testimonials and select the best ones and add them to your website or your profile.

5) Getting clients

Getting clients by this point will be easy. You’ve done most of the “hard work” and now it’s time to go out there and get paid. This part is all just a numbers game. The more outreach you do, the more people will see your offer. Meaning, the more people will have a chance to say yes.


Inbound means clients come to you. This happens when you have a lot of followers. Once you get to that 5,000 followers range people start coming to you. You just have to post quality content and it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.


Outbound means you’re actively trying to get clients. There’s a couple of ways to do this:

  • Cold Emails
  • DMs
  • Networking

Remember to provide value before offering your services otherwise you’ll seem pushy and desperate. Build up rapport and lead with value in everything you do. This will make everything work smoother for you.

Use both inbound and outbound:

  1. Send 10 DMs and 10 Emails a day
  2. Network and associate yourself with successful people
  3. Post quality content
  4. Reply to your followers
  5. Answer all your DMs Do this and you’re guaranteed to get clients

6) Raising your prices

You’re not going to charge people $5,000 right away, you’re in the freelancing business for the long-term so you will build your value first. It’s better to charge people $500 to $1,000 now. If they’re happy with the service? Charge your next client $1,500.

Your focus is on getting a repeatable system and offering more value to your client. Saving them both time and making the money.

It’s completely achievable to hit your first $10,000 month if you follow this blueprint. Stop looking for ways to overcomplicate it. It’s literally as simple as I’ve made it for you here today.

Remember: Most people don’t lack potential. Most people just lack consistency. Now all you have to do is stick to everything in this article and you’ll achieve your goal.

If you’d like to learn more about freelancing, closing clients, and get the exact systems I used to scale from $0 to 6 figures as a freelancer? Click here and download the guide I made for you.

Always the best,

Dylan Madden

About Dylan Madden

My name is Dylan Madden. I've written over 300+ articles for those who want more out of life and are interested in traveling the world. I am from US city where most people work the same old job for their entire life. Now after traveling to 18 countries. I've set up a home in Dubai where I spend my days helping freelancers build successful businesses within The Real World and on the blog Calm and Collected. Within this website you will find the motivation and action steps to make your life better.

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