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Next Registration Spring 2024

The first year of freelancing was the most challenging year of my life. The work was hard, and I felt so alone in the challenges I was facing. I didn’t know what to expect, and I found it hard to ask for advice.

Despite the early difficulties, freelancing is the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s transformed my life with confidence and empowerment. It’s brought financial freedom to support my family. It’s given me a joyful, successful career of my own design. I want to share all that I’ve learned with you, in hopes that my experience may help you find your own success.

My mission with Fast Forward Freelance is to give you a clear view of what the first year of independent work holds. From deciding to freelance to building a thriving solo practice, and all the challenges and questions in between — I want you to feel prepared, comfortable, and calm as you face the future of independent work.

Grace Walker

Independent Designer and Developer

Freelance since 2020

More about Grace

You'll learn:

Essential mindset for independent work

Practical frameworks to run your business

Management tips based on real-world client interactions

The course is broken into 10 chapters — each includes a video with advice, lessons, and stories from my own freelance practice. Some chapters also include external resources and bonus content to help you along. You can go through the lessons at your own pace - you’ll always have access.

  • 01

    Deciding to Freelance

  • 02

    Starting Out

  • 03

    Winning Work

  • 04

    Contracts

  • 05

    Money

  • 06

    The Work

  • 07

    Management

  • 08

    Growth

  • 09

    Conflict

  • 10

    End notes

Plus, helpful resources:

Notion Dashboard

I’ve built a custom notion dashboard to accompany the course — it has everything you need to plan and manage your work in the first year. The dashboard is based on my own proven practices built over the last three years. I review it in full in the Management chapter of the course.

  • Lead Pipeline
  • Calendar
  • Task Database
  • Email Templates

Live Office Hours

You’ll get access to regular office hours after purchasing the course. During these sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and get personalized advice from Grace. Whether you’re seeking clarification on course content, advice on project challenges, or strategic insights for growing your freelance business, these office hours provide another way to learn.

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Invoicing and Communication and Management
Finding Clients and Winning Work and Sending Proposal
Contracts and Money and Conflict and Growth
Fast Forward Freelance

Hear what other creatives have to say:

“I can honestly say that there is no fluff! All of the chapters go straight to the point, are packed with nuggets of wisdom, and are delivered in a way that is easy to digest.”

“Loving this so far, Grace! Definitely helped alleviate some of my doubts on trying out freelancing.”

“Just wanted to reach out and say that I devoured your course in the last 24 hrs and it was so helpful, loved how simply you explained everything and your encouragement throughout. I’ve even watched a couple of the money lessons twice, it really answered a lot of questions for me.”

"This isn't just another course. It's like she's spilled all of her secrets for us and it's 100% spot on."

"This is the course I wish existed when I started freelancing."

Questions:

  • Will this course help me get more clients?

    There is no secret sauce or magic plan to guarantee you are always booked. However, I’ve created a whole chapter on finding clients and winning work where we’ll cover practical tips and frameworks around selling your services. I am transparent about the methods that have helped me maintain a full schedule for the last 3 years, where I’m usually booked 2-3 months in advance.

  • I'm not a web designer. Is this course for me?

    My advice on freelancing is shaped by my work, and my work is primarily web design and Webflow development. Saying that, many of the mindset lessons and frameworks I share are universal for creatives of all kinds. If you work in another discipline, you may need to seek out other advice in areas like pricing and project management, which can change significantly based on the type of work you do.

  • How do I know if I'm ready for this course?

    I’ve built this course for creatives who are confident in their core skillset and want to learn how to work for themselves long-term.

  • Is this a cohort-based course?

    Not really. The course includes eight live office hour sessions (twice a week for four weeks) where we can chat through questions, advice, etc, but there is no other group or community component to the course. I am only opening registration for limited seats one week at a time so I can ensure everyone who registers gets access to office hours and support. I have an active client practice and want to make sure all of my commitments get the attention they deserve!

  • Why is it called 'Fast Forward Freelance'?

    Despite the name Fast Forward Freelance, this course will not ‘fast forward’ you through all the hard parts of working for yourself. I don’t think there is any way to bypass lessons you can only learn from doing a certain volume of work, succeeding, and occasionally making mistakes, but I do think it’s helpful to know what’s coming.

    The name came to me because I’m the type of person who will fast forward a scary movie to see what happens, only to go back and watch it with more enjoyment because I know what’s coming. That’s the idea here. Give you a glimpse of all the hard, scary parts ahead, so that you can enjoy the ride and be more prepared when they come.

Meet Grace:

Freelancing changed my life, and I know it has the power to change yours.

I am an independent web designer and Webflow developer. With over six years of design experience and three years of successful freelancing, I have had the privilege of launching nearly 100 marketing sites for my clients. My skills and communication style have earned me a reputation as a client favourite, and they have played a significant role in helping me achieve a multiple six-figure income.

I hold a Bachelor of Design from OCAD University, put into practice working in-house, with small teams, and independently. After working in a small design studio for three years, I took the leap to freelance full time in 2020 and never looked back.

Fast forward freelance is the cumulation of everything I’ve learned running my freelance business over the last 3+ years — I’m so excited to share my experience with you in this new course.

I'm so glad you're here!

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Next registration spring 2024

  • 3+ hours of video lessons, covering the essentials on all aspects of freelancing
  • Written versions of each chapter
  • 8 live office hour sessions (twice a week for 4 weeks, starting February 9th)
  • Access to any future livestreams or recordings on specific freelance topics
  • A cloneable notion dashboard with a lead pipeline, task management database, and helpful admin resources

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