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About Free Birds

The world is changing, and so should your career. Free Birds is a community of freelancing women who are looking to become more abundant, more authentic, more joyful - and free. Through the 6-month online mentorship and community, Free Birds is giving women around the world the knowledge and confidence to run a successful freelance business from home, a coffee shop, or a tiny island far, far away. 

 

About Our Founder Afton

Afton is a cultivator of freedom, having worked as a digital freelancer for over a decade. Her mission is to help women from around the world to discover freedom and flexibility in their lives by becoming successful digital freelancers through the Free Birds community and online mentorship. From the stay-at-home mom to the burned out professional, women are waking up to the true potential of building thriving freelance businesses and creating a life by their own design.

 

Afton's Journey to (Free)lance

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3 Steps to Go From Full-Time to Freelance

Thinking about working from home? Freelancing may be the answer. Here are three steps you should take to transition from your 9-to-5 job to becoming a successful freedom-seeking freelancer. 

Why the 9-to-5 is Retiring with the Boomers

By 2027, it is estimated that the majority of the US workforce will be freelance. A growing number of companies are seeking freelancers to fill more specific project needs and to reduce overheads. The world is changing, and the 9-to-5 jobs we've known may be retiring along with the baby boomer generation. 

How I Completely Supported My Family by Freelancing

In 2009 when the recession hit, Afton left her job (and Canada) to move to Italy with her new husband. When times got tough, she took to the Internet to find work. Little did she know by doing so that she would be able to completely support her family while living the life of her dreams. 

 

Additional Topics:

• How to become "embeddable" as a freelancer to create security and abundance

• Why you want to find a service for your client, not a client for your service

• How deeply connecting to a client will create lifelong relationships and work

...and so much more

 

10 Interview Questions You Can Ask Me
  1. How did you start freelancing when you had no experience working for yourself?
  2. What's the biggest mistake you made when you just started out freelancing?
  3. What is the biggest limiting belief that freelancers have that is stopping them from being successful?
  4. Why do freelancers go back to their 9-to-5?
  5. Is freelancing legit and sustainable? For real?
  6. Should freelancers expect to make more or less money than their 9-to-5 job?
  7. Who makes the perfect freelancer?
  8. How has COVID-19 changed the way freelancers and the world work?
  9. What's with your Blue Ikea Bag concept?
  10. Is freelancing here to stay?

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5 Awesome Insights About Freelancing

1. Freelancers earned an average of between $65-152K in 2018  source

2. Of those who left a traditional job, 2 in 3 say they now make more than ever before (either immediately or within 1 year). source

3. College education is becoming less of a prerequisite for freelancers, with only 56% of people having a college degree source

4. At its current growth rate, the majority of the US workforce will be freelancers by 2027. source

5. Out of those who find work online in digital, 77% of them start a project within one week. source

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