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“… a smart and practical guide that will help any independent work smarter. If you’re thinking about going solo, you owe it to yourself to harvest the great tips in this book.”
Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind: How Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

“… chock full of useful, profitable ideas. Written by pros, this book is an excellent tool for anyone who wants better clients and a higher income.”
Michael Masterson, author of Ready, Fire, Aim and Seven Years to Seven Figures

“The freelance world needs this book! An amazing resource with a true gold mine of ideas that’ll propel you past your competitors and ensure your long-term success as an independent professional. I wish I had this book when I started out.”
Michael Stelzner, author of Writing White Papers, founder of

“If you’re ready to leap into a freelancing career, this book will cut years off your learning curve. If you’ve been doing it for a while, you’ll discover innumerable strategies to take your business to the next level.”
Jill Konrath, author of Selling to Big Companies

“The Wealthy Freelancer has all the nuts-and-bolts information and advice you’re looking for in this type of book. But the sections that really struck me were about exploring why people go freelance… and how they can manage their freelance careers to make sure they don’t forget that. The section on “setting standards” (and how Pete Savage learned this lesson as a Cher look-alike’s chaperone) alone is worth the cover price for those who think they have to take any job that comes their way.”
—Jason Holland, Managing Editor, Early to Rise


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About the Book

Having a “career” no longer means you need to have a job.

Millions of people around the world have said goodbye to traditional jobs, deciding instead to go it alone as a freelancer or other type of independent professional.

Why? For some, it’s about finally experiencing freedom — freedom from an unstable, unsatisfying job.

For others it’s a way to do more of the work they love to do. To choose they people they work with. To have more flexibility and variety. To design the lifestyle of their dreams. Or even to create a part-time income stream.

With 25 million freelancers in North America alone, the trend has reached a tipping point. And it’s gaining momentum — fast. More and more, companies love working with freelancers. And that’s very good news for you.

Design a Lifestyle That Is “Wealthy” in Every Way

Lots of information already exists on the mechanics of launching a solo business. And plenty has been written about how to run the day-to-day aspects of a freelance practice.

But much of that advice follows a “starving artist” mindset. With running themes of scarcity and day-to-day survival rather than positive expectations, continuous improvement and outright embracing of the possibilities that lie ahead.

That’s where The Wealthy Freelancer comes in.

The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle is the practical guide both new and seasoned freelancers need to thrive as solo professionals.

Whether your dream is escaping the cubicle, spending more time with your family, having more money in the bank or financing a lifelong dream, this book will help you get there…faster.

Filled with proven ideas and real-world examples from dozens of successful freelancers, The Wealthy Freelancer is essential reading for any freelancer or solo professional who wants to enjoy a lifestyle that’s “wealthy” in every sense of the word.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s waiting for you inside this book:

  • How to personally profit as America shifts toward a freelance-powered workforce
  • How to “test the waters” and land freelance work now, even if you’re already employed
  • Why freelancing has moved beyond creative fields and into mainstream careers such as engineering, software development, bookkeeping and more than 160 other professions
  • Why the typical one-size-fits-all marketing advice rarely works, and a fool-proof system for determining the optimal mix of marketing activities for your specific circumstances and goals
  • How to get more prospects to say “Yes!” to the fees that you propose
  • Why striving to be the “best” in your field almost never works, and what to do instead
  • How to charge more — and earn more — by creating new income streams closely related to your core business
  • How to have more time for the life you want and still have a great income
  • Stories of real-life freelancers who destroy the myth that freelancers barely scrape by

And dozens more proven tips to build a more profitable and fulfilling solo business.

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More Buzz About The Wealthy Freelancer…

“The Wealthy Freelancer is a clear, practical guide to becoming a successful solo professional.”
Bob Bly, author of The Six-Figure Consultant

“… the most practical book I’ve ever read on how to start and succeed as a freelancer. From how to set up your business, to how to get high-quality clients, to how to keep the pipeline flowing with income and opportunity, it’s all in here, step-by-step. Steve, Pete and Ed leave nothing out. But the real gold in this book is all the hard-won tidbits of advice its authors have garnered over their collective years as top-flight freelancers. The title of the book is no exaggeration. The Wealthy Freelancer is a must-read success manual.”
Michael Martine, blogging expert and founder of

“Don’t just buy The Wealthy Freelancer; buy it, implement it, and live it. In every chapter of this ultimate resource and guidebook are strategies you can use starting today. Whether you’ve been on your own for years, or just about to get started, there is information you NEED in here. Add this book to your library and refer to it often. You (and your clients!) will be glad you did.
Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA, Co-founder of The Womack Company, Co-author of The Promise Doctrine

It’s not often I read a book that is worth its weight in gold, but that’s what I discovered when I read The Wealthy Freelancer. You need to have been in business at least five to seven years to glean the street cred you’ll find in this book — and that kind of experience doesn’t come cheap. Except now you don’t have to learn things the hard way nor spend thousands of dollars for some over-hyped, over-priced program — you can just read this book. You’ll learn everything from the “practical tactical” such as how to prospect for clients to the more “woo woo” things such as why keeping a positive mental attitude is so important. I highly recommend this book to *anyone* who is either starting a freelance business or who has been in business but wants to get to the next level. Five stars.”
—Dianna Huff, B2B Web Marketing Expert, DH Communications, Inc.,

“When I started my freelance business in 1981, I had to go it alone. Yes, I learned how to build success, but the first few years were VERY lean. The Wealthy Freelancer would have shaved years off my learning curve and let me create a viable business right out of the gate. Secret Eleven alone will give any new freelance business owner a huge jump-start.”
Shel Horowitz, marketing consultant/copywriter, award-winning business author, and owner of

“In my experience, most books on freelancing just skate over the surface of what it takes to be successful. You are told the same old sequence of steps to take, but little more. This book is different. It digs deeper into the factors that really separate those who do OK, and those who build a seriously profitable business. It looks at both the outer and inner games of freelancing, and gives you both the tools and insights to make a big jump forward.”
Nick Usborne, copywriter, author and coach.

“Perfect timing for what really is a ‘freelance renaissance’… and Pete, Steve, and Ed come at it from an angle I’ve never seen anywhere else. This is really the stuff you need to know, but that nobody else ever seems to cover… a great resource!”
John Forde, Publisher of The Copywriter’s Roundtable

“Making a great living as a freelancer doesn’t require giving up your life! The Wealthy Freelancer will show you step by step how to increase your income, achieve your personal goals, and live the lifestyle you want. If you’re ready to stop struggling and start thriving, this book will transform your business.”
–C.J. Hayden Author, Get Clients Now!

“Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage and Ed Gandia are honest voices that talk to the reader without being condescending or making promises that this book will garner you employment. However, in that honesty the underlying truth is revealed that finding work, like anything you do for yourself, is directly related to what you put into it. The authors provide the tools that make this journey more understandable, accessible, and relatable, no matter the industry you are part of or whether you are an established freelancer looking for more clients, or just stepping into the ring. The Weathly Freelancer covers all the bases, dots all the I’s, crosses all the T’s and provides valuable information upfront which would only come after years of experience. I have no doubt that those who read this book and follow the steps will have greater success finding work than those who don’t.”
Deborah Corn, Print Production and Project Management Consultant

“The Wealthy Freelancer is beyond valuable to the career of any new or old freelancer, it’s vital. The common sense techniques, forgiving and motivating tone, thorough and action-oriented chapters and the masterful way it leads the reader to the correct conclusion before it tells them what to think make it impossible to walk away from this book without having your career changed for the better.”
Yolander Prinzel, freelance financial writer

“A good how-to book that provides the reader with not only great tips but practical steps. The Wealthy Freelancer is so full of rock-solid information that you can’t help but become successful in your business. A freelancer needs good advice and wise mentors to guide them. This book is the gift that keeps giving with great authors, Pete Savage, Ed Gandia and Steve Slaunwhite providing the kind of mentoring all freelancers need. I highly recommend it.
Sandra Lee Schubert, Radio Host, Producer, Writer, Wild Woman Network: Conversations with Creative Vagabonds, Thinkers and Innovators

“Most freelancers I know who want to earn more from their business need to read Secret 7 in this book at least 7 times over. That’s the one that jumped out at me, and then I realized that every chapter in this book is at least as valuable, and maybe more. I’ve been freelancing both part-time and full-time for half a decade now, and my bank account would be a lot fatter if I’d followed this book to the letter starting 5 years ago.”
Roy Furr, Freelance Copywriter and Managing Editor of AWAI’s Spare-Time Biz Success e-letter

“As both a freelancer and as someone who has hired dozens of freelancers over the past 20 years, I would recommend The Wealthy Freelancer to anybody who is getting ready to pursue their own freelance business.  TWF provides a wealth of valuable insights, practical steps and information.  I wish I had a book like this the first time I started out on my own.”
Joan Daidone, Independent Creative Director, Your Brand Voice, New York, NY
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