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The Wealthy Freelancer

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  223 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Alpha (first published February 26th 2010)
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Chad Warner
Mar 22, 2015 Chad Warner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: freelancers
Recommended to Chad by: FreelanceSwitch
This is definitely the best book on freelancing I’ve read so far! Many freelancers assume that they must choose between a high income and the freedom of freelancing, so they settle for an income that barely pays the bills. This book shows you how to have the freelance lifestyle you want and still achieve financial success. Topics include marketing, prospecting, client relations, pricing, productivity, work-life balance, and income streams.

The 3 authors dispense page after page of practical advic
Joseph D'Agnese
May 31, 2010 Joseph D'Agnese rated it it was amazing
I read this because I am a freelancer and even wrote my own money book aimed at freelancers. I didn't know what to expect but was blown away by the number of interesting tips, techniques, and highly usable technologies presented by Slaunwhite, Savage and Gandia. They have a knack for coming up with clever visuals that perfectly illustrate hard-to-express concepts. How do you stay on a potential client's radar without bugging him or her? TWF maps it out for you. How do you add value to your websi ...more
Kortney Korthanke
With the exception of E-Myth I think this is the most helpful business book I've ever read. The strategic methods and tips this book is full of helped me feel more confident about crafting a successful freelance career.
Mar 26, 2014 Di rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
As a freelancer, I find Ed Gandia's online information very helpful and since he co-authored this book, I checked it out. Glad I did. It goes beyond what most business how-to's offer, and it gives sensible, useable advice.

Here's the biggest tip: Don't let the expensive sports car on the cover throw you (Gandia said that was the editor's choice, not his). This isn't a get rich quick book. Instead, it helps you do two things: 1) determine what is your wealthy freelance lifestyle, whether it's free
Aug 09, 2013 Eric rated it liked it
Recommends it for: freelancers who hate their lives
Recommended to Eric by: Chad Warner
Shelves: business, finance
You know what I always say: Once you've read one freelance book, you've read them all, but as far as freelancing books go, this one is pretty good. If you've ever read any sort of book on freelancing you'll be pretty familiar with a lot of these ideas already (and they're not bad ideas, of course), but there are a lot of fresh ideas in here too. This book is less about the basics and more about increasing your income and productivity, but it's written for freelancers (and wannabes) of all experi ...more
Apr 08, 2013 Cara rated it really liked it
I thought I knew a good bit about how to have a successful freelancing business, but this book surprised me with tons of great suggestions that I didn't know. If I had known it would be half this good, I would have bought it for Kindle. It unlocks all the mysteries about how to really make freelancing work in a sustainable way and how to eliminate the dreaded feast/famine cycle.


The type of projects I want
The type of clients I want
The income I want to earn for my project
Alex Devero
Aug 01, 2015 Alex Devero rated it really liked it
Shelves: work
Great book full of proven ideas and real-world examples from successful freelancers who wants to enjoy their lifestyle. The tools included will help you set and achieve your goals, increase your income and get the lifestyle you want to have as a freelancer. Also, it will help you stay focused on every project, without losing track of future prospects, projects and streams of income.
May 05, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I normally hesitate to pick up any book with "wealthy" in the title. It can give the impression of a 'get-rich-quick' scheme. Although I'm not convinced freelancing will bring great wealth, I do think this book has good tips for people doing work on the side.

The authors offer encouragement to freelancers with practical steps, such as writing down goals, always looking for prospects,following up with leads, having focus, and using social media. The book is divided into 12 sections so it's an easy
May 07, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: business-finance
If you've read a few of these types of books, you know that they are often full of hype and cheerleading. This book largely avoids those pitfalls, and manages to offer some practical advice in every chapter. I've been a business owner since 1996 and a freelancer since 2005. These guys were right on the money in terms of identifying some of my bad habits and thought patterns, and presenting some new thinking. Yes, the authors try to brand every concept with a proprietary name and TM mark, but tha ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Claudia rated it it was amazing
I truly found this to be a useful, straight-forward guide to successful freelancing.
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Aug 06, 2013 Book Noir (Erica) rated it really liked it
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Dec 25, 2010 Lowrha rated it really liked it
Steve, Pete, & Ed are sources of know-how, motivation, inspiration, & pride.

Wish I'd read it when it first came out, but I suppose this book came to me when I was ready.

The Wealthy Freelancer makes few assumptions as to where you are in your freelance career, but it does presume you are very good at what you do.

Take tons of notes!
Jul 05, 2013 Kat rated it liked it
Shelves: entrepreneurship
I liked this book. It had a lot of good information on what it takes to succeed as a freelancer. I wish it had a reference in the back though. If I would've known there was not going to be a compiled list of websites they recommended throughout the book, I would have wrote them down.
Renee Shupe
Aug 27, 2011 Renee Shupe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business, to-reread
Still reading this book, I refer back to it as I establish new processes and how I do business. For anyone looking to change how they manage their freelance business this is a must read.

Some might be put off by the Title, but don't let that stop it.
Sarah George
Oct 14, 2014 Sarah George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little slow but surprisingly comprehensive. This is the voice of experience and I look forward to applying what I've learnt. The title is a bit of a put-off, as is said in the book "wealthy" means different things to different people.
Sophie Playle
Jul 14, 2015 Sophie Playle rated it really liked it
Shelves: business-non-fic
There's a whole lotta great, practical advice in this book. I especially liked the fact that it was based on the idea that wealth isn't just about the money in your pocket. Highly recommended for any freelance professional.
Harri Kauhanen
Good sections about lead generation, and quite many good ideas there and there. Some ideas might not work so well with programmers as they probably would among writers (the authors are freelance writers themselves).
Damien Franco
Nov 27, 2012 Damien Franco rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, business
Lot's of really great ideas. I'll be referencing this book over and over again as I tweak and build my business.
Philip Athans
Nov 30, 2011 Philip Athans rated it it was amazing
Some VERY good, common sense advice that inspired a number of new to do list items for me. Recommended!
Dec 13, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book. Great advice for freelancers. Tips you can put into practice immediately!
Mar 22, 2012 C. rated it really liked it
Great insite into what it takes to be a freelancer and how to achieve success.
Aug 27, 2011 Matt added it
Great advice for the fledgling freelancer.
Kelly Smith
Jun 03, 2016 Kelly Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: 100-self-help
Quick read with good ideas in it.
Holli  Ronquillo
Dec 13, 2011 Holli Ronquillo rated it really liked it
A must-read for any freelancer.
Feb 25, 2014 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Great must-know tips for starting/improving your freelance business. Very engaging writing voice and content. It made me really eager to get rolling!
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Steve Slaunwhite is a bestselling author of books on marketing, sales, and small business success. He is considered one of the world's leading experts on copywriting.

His books include:

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