COACHING

Make your dream of running a successful freelance business a reality

"For advice on building a writing business and succeeding as a freelance writer, I have not encountered anyone better suited to the task of coaching than Heidi. She is patient, a good listener, and as all great coaches are, she strikes the perfect balance between encouragement and follow-up to make sure I am able to put in the work. The resources that she provides are clear and concise, with just the right amount of detail. Heidi was present every step of the coaching process to find manageable ways for me to achieve my goals. Heidi is open to questions and genuinely wants to see her colleagues succeed. I greatly appreciate all that I have learned from her while receiving business coaching. I am confident that as a result of Heidi’s mentorship, I will be able to continue to pursue a successful career in writing."

Abiola Agbayewa--coaching participant 

You've been dreaming of starting your freelance business for a while now. Maybe you've even taken steps to being your own boss but aren't making as much money as you'd like. 

I've been there and I know how nerve-wracking the process can be, especially if there's no one to help you through it. 

That's why I offer one-on-one freelance coaching, to help people like you who are starting out in their business, or are frustrated because they aren't earning as much as they would like. 

Coaching can be done on a monthly basis or a session-by-session basis, depending on your needs. 

Here's how the coaching works: 

  1. Fill out the coaching intake survey

  2. Based on your answers, I'll have a good idea of if I would be a good fit for you as a coach (I encourage you to ask questions as well to determine if you feel I would be a good fit for you as a coach)

  3. We set up a schedule of consultations based on your needs and your goals. Typically, the sessions are up to 30 minutes once a week

I think it is vital to give each of my coaching clients personalized and thoughtful advice and exercises, which is why I limit the number of coaching clients I work with at any time to four. 

You have questions about running your freelance business. I have answers. 

My coaching is great for you if you:

  • Are considering running your own freelance business but have questions or don't know where to start

  • Have just started your freelance business or have run your business for a few years and want to take it to the next level

  • Have specific questions you want answered about your business

  • Want coaching in how to approach job or client interviews

My coaching is not for you if you are a novelist (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and so on) looking for help with developing stories, creative writing, finding an agent or getting published. Unfortunately, that is not my area of expertise. 

By the end of the four-week training program you will have:

  • A clear business mission

  • A clear business vision

  • An understanding of your niche

  • The foundation for your business plan

  • Short- and long-term business goals

  • An understanding of your ideal clients

  • A marketing plan to target your ideal clients

  • The confidence to start or grow your freelance business

  • Answers to questions about how to start your business or grow it

  • Strategies to expand your network

  • Access to resources to help you run your business, including tips on managing clients and negotiating contracts

How much does it cost? 

For personalized business coaching, I charge the following:

  • $200 plus tax for your first 30-minute session, then $150 plus tax for subsequent sessions, or

  • $600 plus tax for a month of coaching, including four 30-minute phone calls

It might sound like a lot of money to put out, but it is an investment in your business. I am passionate about coaching writers and editors who are serious about starting or growing their career. 

All coaching clients receive:

 

  • A comprehensive, personalized report breaking down steps to take to start or grow your business, and

  • Resources to help you set up or grow your business, including tips on writing a business vision, setting business goals and understanding your niche 

About Me 

 

 

In addition to being a freelancer since 2006 and having studied running a freelance business, I have advised numerous writers as they set up their business. As an instructor in Simon Fraser University's editing program, I teach Freelancing for Editors, a three-week course geared to helping editors start their freelance business. I have also given presentations for Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, University of the Fraser Valley, Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), Editors Association of Canada (now Editors Canada) and MagNet on running a freelance business and on careers in writing and editing. I have also taken on student interns from SFU's writing program (no longer offered) as part of their mentorship program. 

 

In addition to my work with new writers and business owners I actively run Corporate Writers and still work as a freelance writer and editor. I know the industry.  

I have helped many people launch and grow their freelance business and develop their writing and editing skills. Contact me today to find out more about how I can help you build your dream career.