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The Freelance Podclass

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The Freelance Podclass is not your ordinary podcast! It features a series of actionable lessons designed to help you solve the biggest challenges you are facing in launching and growing a profitable Freelance Business. Join the founder of Freelance University, Craig Cannings, and an amazing faculty … read more

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The Healthy Social Media Mindset Class with Marion Wagner

June 23rd, 2022


How do you maintain a healthy social media mindset while still growing your business, presence, and influence? Today we’re joined by Business Mindset …

The 2022 Freelance Skills Report Class

June 17th, 2022


Today we’re excited to unveil highlights from our 5th annual Freelance Professional Skills Report! In spite of economic uncertainty, a global pandemic, and global unrest, we’ve seen an extraordinary spike in the growth …

The Upwork Success Class with Silvia Pinho

June 9th, 2022


During the global pandemic, freelance marketplaces like Upwork continue to gain significance as valuable sources of jobs and gigs. But how do you win at Upwork and attract your ideal clients? Today we’re joined by …

The Focus Class

June 2nd, 2022

Lack of focus can be a real business killer, derailing you from accomplishing what you need to grow your business. But how do we regain our focus? Today we’ll unpack 10 practical ways to improve your focus in your …

The Freelance Strategist Class with Austin Church

May 26th, 2022


Do you ever wonder how you can generate more revenue and get more meaning from your work in less time? Today we’re joined by writer, strategist and coach, Austin Church, the founder of He shares …

The Staying Motivated Class

May 20th, 2022


How do you stay motivated to keep doing what you’re doing in your business every day? This topic is one of the most important factors to your long-term success in your virtual assistant or freelance business. So, today …

The Branding Your Business Class with Nikki Arensman

May 11th, 2022


How do you create a compelling brand that actually attracts clients? Today we’re joined by Nikki Arensman, who is a brand designer, strategist, and host of “The Business of Branding” podcast. She’s the perfect candidate …

The Future of Remote Work Class with Michael Brooks

May 4th, 2022


It’s safe to say we’re operating in a remote work revolution right now, with renewed interest in companies and freelancers working from home. So, you …

The Think Like a Boss Class with Nachum Kligman

April 27th, 2022

How do you approach your freelance business with a boss mindset when you’re used to being an employee? Today we’re joined by Nachum Kligman, the CEO and founder of Book Like a Boss, a booking page builder that helps …

The Thriving Freelance Designer Class with Elizabeth Averyanova

April 13th, 2022


How do you build a thriving freelance design business that stands out in the busy web design or graphic design market? Today we’re joined by Elizabeth Averyanova, an architectural designer, digital course creator, …

The Productivity Class

March 30th, 2022


Do you ever wish you could have more energy and focus better on your daily tasks? In today’s class we’ll discuss the essential strategies you need so …

The Fully Booked Business Class with Holly Marie Haynes

March 16th, 2022


How do you build a fully booked VA or freelance business when you only have a part-time schedule? Today we’re joined by Holly Marie Haynes, a …

The Virtual Summit Success Class with Krista Miller

March 3rd, 2022


Over the past two years, there’s been unprecedented growth in the popularity of virtual summits. So, today we’re joined by Krista Miller, an expert …

The Specialty Niche Class with LaToya Russell

February 17th, 2022


Have you considered finding a specialty niche so you can add new clients and expand what you’re doing with current clients? Today we’re joined by Online Business Manager (OBM) LaToya Russell, who unpacks strategies and …

The Thriving Virtual Assistant Class with Kathy Goughenour

February 3rd, 2022


In the early days of the virtual assistant industry, few people knew what a VA was. But now the industry has gone mainstream, and it’s growing faster than ever. Today we’re joined by business coach and trainer Kathy …

The Top Freelance Success Traits Class with Tricia Sciortino

January 28th, 2022


Today we’re joined by Tricia Sciortino, the CEO of BELAY, discussing top traits of the top 3% of applicants to this successful VA agency. What …

The Never Freelance Alone Class

January 6th, 2022


One of the primary components of a long-term, enduring business is a strong support network. In short, “Never Freelance Alone.” Today I’ll unpack four circles of support vital to the health of your business, along with …

The Overcoming Life's Disruptions Class with Franklin Taggart

December 9th, 2021


How do you continue growing a thriving business when you’re interrupted by an illness or crisis in your life? Join us as Career/Business Coach Franklin Taggart shares strategies that helped him build his business during …

The Healthy Business Mindset Class with Amanda Kolbye

November 25th, 2021


Today we're focusing on mindset — a topic that is critical to the success of your freelance business. Join us as Business Coach Amanda Kolbye shares …

The Systems Class with Alexis Fortier

November 11th, 2021


Are you passionate about systems? Well, today we’re discussing the wonderful world of systems — how you can use them to support your business and …

The Business Growth Class with Lisa Wells

October 28th, 2021


What strategies can you put in place to grow your business over the next year? Join us as Virtual Assistant Trainer Lisa Wells provides practical advice on how to grow your revenues and profits by diversifying your …

The Declutter Your Digital Workspace Class with Brittany Dixon

October 14th, 2021


How do you optimize your workspace so that you can maximize your productivity and reduce your overwhelm? Join us as Business Strategist and Productivity Coach Brittany Dixon outlines the four-step Road to Scalability …

The Standing Out From the Crowd Class with Lesley Pyle

September 30th, 2021


As the remote work boom takes root, more and more businesses are hiring freelancers and virtual assistants. So, how do you make yourself more memorable, unique, and distinct when you’re applying for remote work in this …

The Future-Proof Your Business Class

September 17th, 2021


How do you future-proof your business? Today I share a five-step strategy, the 5C Formula, that will set you up for success heading into next year. …

The Work From Home Wellness Class with Toni Frana

September 2nd, 2021


How do you avoid burnout and minimize stress while growing a freelance business from home? Whether you feel fully burnt out, are recovering from …

The Protecting Your Business Class with Layne Lyons

August 19th, 2021


How do you protect your business legally? Today’s topic is of the utmost importance because although we don’t usually think about it a lot, it’s a crucial ingredient for building and growing our freelance business with …

The Social Selling Class with Ryann Dowdy

August 6th, 2021


How do you sell yourself and your freelance services? In today’s episode, Ryann Dowdy shares strategies for attracting your ideal clients with a …

The Freelancer to Agency Class with Shelby Fowler

July 23rd, 2021


Right now we’re in a massive growth phase In the freelance economy, and your business may be expanding. Are you wondering if you should pivot to an …

The Conversations to Clients Class with Jasmine Williams

July 15th, 2021


How do you transform social media interactions and direct messages into potential clients for your business? Today, Jasmine Williams shares her wisdom and strategies for making yourself memorable so you can turn simple …

The Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile Class with Donna Serdula

July 1st, 2021


In today’s episode, we discuss ways to optimize your Linkedin profile so you can better attract your dream clients. Right now, Linkedin is one of the …

The Momentum Class with Lauren Golden

June 17th, 2021


In today’s episode, we focus on the word “momentum.” How do you keep moving forward in your freelance or VA business when you feel stuck, or you feel like you’ve plateaued and you can’t grow any further? Join us as …

The Profitable Skills Class with Micala Quinn

June 2nd, 2021


In today’s episode, Micala Quinn explains how to build a profitable skill set that you can turn into an income. Even though we’re navigating an …

The Leverage Your Time Class with Abbi Perets

May 19th, 2021


If you have a full-time job, a family, or other commitments, how do you squeeze in the time that's necessary to grow your freelance business? Today, …

The Virtual Skills Summit Preview Class Part Two

May 7th, 2021


Today’s special episode is our second preview event gearing up for our Virtual Skills Summit. Join us as I introduce 10 amazing speakers who will be presenting at this year’s Summit. I’ll explain why I chose them and …

The Virtual Skills Summit Preview Class Part One

April 30th, 2021


Today we’re thrilled to share a preview of our upcoming Virtual Skills Summit, happening May 10-12, 2021! Join us as I introduce the 10 skill topics we’re going to feature. I’ll explain why we’ve picked them and how you …

The New PR Class with Brittney Lynn

April 16th, 2021


How do you leverage traditional and digital PR to land new clients and to grow your opportunities? Today thought leader Brittney Lynn shares important insights on how you can leverage PR to build your freelance business …

The Personal Branding Class with Christine Lieu

April 8th, 2021


Today we're talking about personal branding for freelancers — how do we brand ourselves in a way that attracts our ideal clients? Join us as …

The Side Hustle to Self-Employed Class with Shannon Mattern

March 26th, 2021


How do you turn a side hustle into a full-time VA or freelance business? Today Shannon Mattern shares her journey from side hustle to self-employed. …

The Memorable Introduction Class with Cynthia Trevino

March 11th, 2021


How do you make your self-introductions memorable in the context of a virtual world? Today I'm joined by Cynthia Trevino, who'll teach you a framework for making a good first impression. Join us as we explore five steps …

The Virtual Team Builder Class with Sandra Booker

March 4th, 2021


Today I’m joined by Sandra Booker, who shares her knowledge about running teams, managing teams, and teaching others how to build virtual teams. Especially in light of COVID, where almost every organization around the …

The Marketing with Content Class with Julia McCoy

February 19th, 2021


During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen digital content consumption increase like never before, leading to significant growth in freelance …

The Productize Your Services Class with Brad Hussey

February 5th, 2021


How do you package your services into a product you can sell over and over again? Today I’m joined by Brad Hussey, who explains what productizing is and how it can benefit your freelance business. Whether you’re new or …

The Selling (Without Being Salesy) Class with Jay Clouse

January 21st, 2021


One of the greatest challenges that most freelancers face, or will face, is the ability to sell their services and sell themselves. This can be a daunting challenge. We may love a lot of facets of freelancing, but many …

The New Year Preparation Class

December 10th, 2020


It’s fair to say that we have not had a year like we had in 2020. It was unprecedented on every scale. And I would imagine that 2020 has not been …

The Recession-Proof Freelancer Class with Carol Tice

November 19th, 2020


Today’s topic is of the utmost importance in these unprecedented times. I’m joined by Carol Tice, who shares insights about what it takes to become a …

The Online Traffic Class

October 9th, 2020


Today’s topic is of utmost importance to anyone who has a website. If you’re selling courses, products, or services, you’re going to sometimes have a “traffic problem.” Many of you struggle with this and feel that no …

The Social Media Marketing Class

September 25th, 2020


Because of COVID-19, everything has gone online, but virtual conferences aren’t the same as networking with potential clients in person. So, in today’s podclass we focus on how to attract clients by leveraging social …

The 2020 Freelance Report Review Class

September 3rd, 2020


In today’s podclass Craig shares some highlights from our recently-released annual Freelancer Report. We discuss how COVID-19 has affected actively working freelancers and share the top technical and soft skills that …

The Discover Your Passion Class

July 30th, 2020


How do you discover your passion and figure out what work you actually love to do? How does that process work out? When entering the freelance space, we often aren’t clear on what niche to pursue. In this episode, Craig …

The Freelancer to Course Creator Class with Lindsay Marsh

July 16th, 2020


Today I’m joined by Lindsay Marsh, a prolific course creator, who has transformed her freelance business into an online education empire. Online …

The Virtual Assistant Class with Tawnya Sutherland

July 1st, 2020


Where is the virtual assistant industry trending right now, and what are the most popular niches to pursue? Today I’m joined by Tawnya Sutherland, a …

The Client Attraction Class with Hugo Finkelstein

May 29th, 2020


How do you land your first client when you’re just starting out as a freelancer? And if you have an established business, how do you continue to approach and attract clients? Today I’m joined by Hugo Finkelstein, …

The Podcasting as a Service Class with Sarah Mikutel

May 7th, 2020


In the midst of the global pandemic, people are consuming digital content more than ever before. Today I’m joined by Sarah Mikutel, podcast expert and founder of the online course Podcast Launch Academy. She’ll share …

The Work (and Thrive) From Home Class

April 22nd, 2020


The concept of remote work has suddenly come to the forefront, with more of us working from home than ever before. But how do we work from home well? How do we do it in a way that allows us to be more productive and …

The Thriving During Crisis Class

March 17th, 2020


While going through a crisis, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel sometimes. We don’t realize how a difficult time can grow and …

The Changing Your Niche Class

March 4th, 2020


Regardless of how long you’ve been freelancing, you’re going to face this challenge at one point or another: How do you move from the core service you’re offering to something significantly or slightly different? How do …

The Building Your Authority Class

February 12th, 2020


In this class we talk about building authority and how to position yourself as an expert or an authority in your market. Many of you may be new to the freelance world and don’t feel like an expert. And some of you may …

The Business Planning Class

January 1st, 2020


How well are your regularly reviewing the growth and success of your business? As we begin a brand-new decade, it’s especially important to look at …

The Client Appreciation Class

December 12th, 2019


Today we discuss a topic that is highly relevant during the holiday season. How do we make our clients feel valued besides providing incredible …

The Scaling Your Business Class with Brandi Mowles

November 27th, 2019


In this class, I’m joined by Brandi Mowles, who shares her insights into how she was able to scale her freelance service-based business without hiring a team. Brandi started out as a Virtual Assistant and turned into a …

The Local Facebook Ads Class with Keeley Cannings

November 14th, 2019


In this class, I’m joined by my daughter, Keeley Cannings, who gives you valuable strategies on how you can use local Facebook Ads to target your client audience right in your own backyard. Keeley shares how she has …

The Freelance Writing Success Class with Jessica Lawlor

November 7th, 2019


In this class, I’m joined by Jessica Lawlor, a freelance expert, writer and trainer who shows us some tools and strategies on how you can build a …

The Referral Marketing Class

October 9th, 2019


In this class we talk about referral marketing - one of the easiest ways to find clients and one of the best strategies to grow and scale your freelance business. But how do we do it well? How do we get ideal clients …

The Networking with Podcasting Class with Matt Johnson

August 21st, 2019


In this class, I’m joined by Matt Johnson, a podcast expert who gives you valuable strategies on how to leverage podcasting as a networking tool to …

The Online Business Manager Class with Sarah Noked

August 7th, 2019


In this class, I’m joined by Susan Noked, an Online Business Manager (OBM) who teaches some of the principles of how you can become an OBM for your clients. So many businesses out there are looking for a point person …

The Digital Nomad Lifestyle Class with Robert O'Kruk

July 31st, 2019


In this class, I’m joined by Robert O’Kruk, a Digital Nomad expert who shares his insights on how to build a thriving freelance business working from anywhere in the world. He unpacks three key principles to help you be …

The Closing the Sale Class

July 24th, 2019


In this class we talk about the art of closing the sale. Some of you may struggle with closing the sale as it can be a difficult process and you …

The Winning Clients With Upwork Class with Winton Churchill

July 3rd, 2019


In this class, I’m joined by the founder of Barefoot Consultants, Winton Churchill, who shares some important strategies on how you can win new …

The Multiple Streams of Income Class

June 26th, 2019


In this class we talk about practical ways that you can add more income to your freelance business. Some of you may be looking at ways to scale your income, while others may be trying to smooth out your cash flow on a …

The Course Creation Class with Rob Galvin

June 12th, 2019


In this Podclass, I am joined by Rob Galvin of Themeific, who shares his insights on creating courses online. As freelancers you can leverage course platforms to generate new leads for your business, create new income …

The Solopreneur to Agency Class with Nathan Hirsch

June 5th, 2019


In this Podclass, I am joined by the co-founder of, Nathan Hirsch, who shares his wisdom on how to successfully transition from being a …

The Finding Ideal Clients Class

May 29th, 2019


The most common question the FreeU support desk receives is what is the best way to find great clients. At one point or another you may have struggled, or are struggling, to find clients. And often it’s the deciding …

The Freedom Class

May 1st, 2019


In this class we talk about the many freedoms that come from owning a flexible, location-independent virtual business. We share five different kinds of freedoms that you can embrace in your business so you’re living the …

The Winning Discovery Call Class with Forest Linden

April 24th, 2019


In this Podclass, I am joined by the founder of, Forest Linden, who shares his insight and unpacks 11 pillars to conducting a winning discovery call that turns prospects into ideal clients. Forest also …

The Confidence Class

April 17th, 2019


In this class we unpack the important role that "CONFIDENCE" plays in your success as an entrepreneur, freelancer, or virtual assistant. Craig speaks …

The Entrepreneur's Mindset Class

April 10th, 2019


In this class we talk about how to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset. This is a topic that is of utmost importance to freelancers, virtual assistants and online professionals who provide a service. The reality is we all …

The Client Onboarding Class with Jake Berg

April 3rd, 2019


In this Podclass, I am joined by the co-founder of, Jake Berg, who shares some helpful strategies for building a good relationship with …

The Content Marketing 101 Class with Susan Weeks

March 27th, 2019


In this class we show you, as freelancers, how you can boost your visibility, increase your credibility, and ultimately land more clients by …

The Profitable Niches Class

March 27th, 2019


In this class we talk about how you can build a profitable niche in your business. This is one of the most commonly asked questions at Freelance …

The Profitable Packages Class with Lisa Wells

March 27th, 2019


In this class we talk about building profitable packages for your business. As you probably know, building service packages can be a difficult task …

The Freelance Podclass Preview

March 27th, 2019


The Freelance Podclass is not your ordinary podcast! It features a series of actionable lessons designed to help you solve the biggest challenges you …

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