Freelance Superstar Review

Start a Freelancing Business Fast!

I see a lot of people at HubPages asking when they will get paid - they need money now - and Adsense doesn't seem to be delivering. Now don't get me wrong I do quite well out of Adsense but if you really need to make money fast - as a writer there is no better way than starting a online freelance business.

My friend Monika Mundell started from nothing two years ago and now runs a successful freelance writing business. How did she do it? Well luckily for those of you who want to repeat her success she, along with business partner Gobala Krishnan has just released an eBook package which explains exactly how to do it: Freelance SuperStar.

Computer+Internet connection = online cash - if you work at it!
Computer+Internet connection = online cash - if you work at it!

What Is Freelance SuperStar?

When you buy Freelance Superstar   you will get a download which not only includes the 65-page eBook in pdf format but also extra goodies including WordPress templates to make your portfolio website/blog look professional, email templates to approach clients for work with, writing agreements and step-by-step WordPress blogging tutorials. Note for this review I saw a pre-release version of the ebook only so I haven't personally reviewed the add-ons - to be honest the book is under-priced for the value it offers alone so I am not too concerned about the extra pieces!

There is however a catch with Freelance Superstar. Reading it and watching the videos won't make you money. You will actually have to go out and do some work as well! Rather a lot of work - but realistically if you follow the steps in Monika's plan you can easily develop a full-time writing business within 6 months of starting.

Freelance Superstar will teach you every thing you need to know about how to start developing your online freelancing business. It includes everything from the basics

  • how to setup your own portfolio website
  • how to set your rates
  • how to find clients
  • an evaluation of ten popular freelancing websites their pros/cons and costs involved

All the way through to more advanced topics

  • how to manage clients
  • how to take you business to the next level including outsourcing
  • how to manage your business

The book concludes with a month by month plan to take your business from zero to full-time in six months. Will this work for everyone - frankly no. You will need to dedicate a significant amount of time and effort to making it as a full-time freelancer - the information is all here though-  but you will need to apply it!

Will this work if you aren't an American - yes it will - Monika is Australian-based - she couldn't write for the many paying websites which only accept American writers. She is also not a native English speaker. Even if  writing is not your thing but you have skills such as web design, web development, SEO or anything else that people will pay for on the web - you could use this eBook to start your own successful freelance business. Very little of the information provided only applies to writing as a freelance income.


Is Freelance Superstar - Value For Money

At US$37 think Freelance Superstar offers fantastic value for money. Lets say you value your time at $10/hour. The chapter on the pros and cons of some big name freelance bidding sites will save you much more than 4 hours analysis and investigation!

Web developers will happily charge you $500 or more to setup a simple portfolio site - and you will probably need to keep paying them for them to "maintain" it. Freelance Superstar shows a beginner how to set up their own writer's portfolio site using free WordPress software and WordPress themes (designs) included in the package. The total cost to setup your own web site is less than $10 for the domain name plus around $8/month for hosting.


Freelance SuperStar - Who Will It Work For?

Practically anyone who wants to make some quick money online but doesn't know where to start will benefit from Freelance Superstar. Even if you have never set up your own website before - it provides step-by-step instructions. If you are more experienced with websites but are not sure how to make a decent first-world income from online writing - then this book is definitely for you. Australia is not a cheap country to live in and Monika is making great money while living the dream on a tropical coast, all paid for by her freelance writing clients.

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Comments 19 comments

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Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

That sounds like an excellent product, Lissie - I will bookmark this Hub and send people here when I receive e-mails asking for advice on how to start out as a freelance writer!


hihubber 7 years ago

Seems to be an interesting book. Will buy it once I have some extra cash. Btw I yearn for clients who will pay me $500 for making a portfolio site. Seems like I am underpricing myself too low by doing it at $50.


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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand Author

@Sufi - thanks for that - if you have your own site recommend it and pocket the commission yourself :-)

@hihubber you are seriously underpricing yourself - I charge around $200 for a basic blog setup and people are happy to pay!


hihubber 7 years ago

Lis. Any tips would be appreciated to find clients. The freelancing sites seems to have low paying clients only.


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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand Author

To be honest I do it thru personal contacts mainly because its not really a focus of my business - the book I reviewed ecxplains exactly how to work your way up from low paying clients :-)


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Sybille Yates 7 years ago

@Lissie

Excellent advice here Lissie, I liked especially "Reading it and watching the videos won't make you money. You will actually have to go out and do some work as well!" That is the point most people conveniently forget! SY

PS Did you get my email?


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Sufidreamer 7 years ago from Sparti, Greece

I do have my own site, although it is sadly neglected - I receive most of my work through Hubpages, at the moment!

hihubber - you can find clients through Hubpages, but you will need to spend a day or two filling out your profile page. You get only one chance to sell yourself! :)


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agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

Thank you Lislie, It's really interesting. I think serious freelance writers should have it.


hihubber 7 years ago

@sufi : Sure. Seems to be good idea to socially interact as well as sell ones services as a side effect.


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Pete Maida 7 years ago

This is definitely the kind of thing one would need if they were serious about freelance writing. I'm not that serious; it sounds too much like work.


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Lyria 7 years ago

This book sounds like its clearly written and would have a lot of good information for the beginner. I love books that offer templates and clearly written step-by-step guidance.


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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand Author

LOL Pete - fair enough - I agree freelancing is hard work - a point sometimes lost on those who haven't tried it yet!

Yes the step-by-step instruction is very useful Lyria


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Hi Lissie. I miss reading your hubs here. You're writing all these great reviews and I need to find time to read all of these stuff and assimilate them! Makes me want to cry for the missed opportunities :(. I'll bookmark this and come back later. Thanks Lissie.


saurabh 7 years ago

Hi

I don't know what this book can do something for me. Even I am not onto freelance business of any kind. I was just looking for some online work for where I can get hired. Thanks and God bless


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2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Clicked on this Hub because you always write well. We're not planning to become freelance writers (at least not soon), but this is a good, honest review. We especially like your point about 'hard work' being required.

What we would really like to find is a way to make money with some (but not brain-taxing) work LOL


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Cindy Says 7 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

Freelancing also gives you more diversity in your income stream. You have rental income, you have internet marketing income, and you have freelancing income. I think that is even more important now.


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Singular Investor 7 years ago from Oxford

Hi Lissie a new hub ! You been busy ? Freelance Superstar sounds good I always wanted to be a superstar. BTW do you have an opinion on e-junkie ? Have you tried them ?


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Lissie 7 years ago from New Zealand Author

Oh I have some more hubs coming in the next few days SG on a totally different topic :-) I personally havent used ejunkie - I believe they are a way of controlling who downloads your pdf ie they can't until they pay. Personally I would probably go with using paypal as it would be cheaper (speculation I haven't looked into ejunkie) but I am pretty OK with doing techie stuff. From what I can gather ejunkie customers are fairly happy


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Tottie 6 years ago from Australia , or China, or South Korea.

Sounds interesting Lissie. I'll have a look.

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