The Complete Guide to Freelancing in 2021: Zero to Mastery

Start a career or earn a side income by becoming a Freelancer. No experience needed. You'll learn the exact steps you need to take to start freelancing, build an online presence, get high-paying clients and gain the flexibility to live your dream life.

Taught by Paul Mendes

This course includes:

  • 10+ hours on-demand, downloadable HD videos
  • 8+ bonus cheat sheets and templates
  • Access to live, exclusive ZTM community
  • Exact steps to go from zero experience to getting clients from a Top 3% Freelancer on Upwork
  • Certificate of Completion
Start Learning Now

Join 500,000+ students enrolled in ZTM courses!

What you'll learn

  • How to build a rockstar Upwork profile that stands out and ranks organically
  • Create winning proposals that ensure you land clients
  • Build a side-hustle or a full-time online income that could replace your 9-5 job
  • Find the right high-paying freelance jobs
  • The top profitable freelance skills that are currently in high-demand
  • How to communicate with clients effectively
  • How to build relationships with clients so that you can earn recurring income

Meet your instructor

Hi! I'm Paul.

Freelancer & Instructor

Paul loves being the creator of his own destiny. He always wanted to be able to live every day on his own terms and live life to the fullest. That's why he ditched the 9-5 world back in 2016 for the life of a profitable freelancer.

He hasn't looked back since. Paul has worked his way up to become one of the top-rated freelancers on Upwork and is now helping others, just like you, replicate his success.

His goal is to give his students a step-by-step guide on how to become a profitable Freelancer, and most importantly the confidence to begin.

Don't take our word for it

Chelsea H

I am beyond impressed with this course and so happy I took it! I especially enjoyed the advanced proposal training which is really helping me stand out from the competition. If you want to freelance on Upwork I highly recommend this course.

Bryan G

This course is very helpful and provides the exact information I needed to get my freelance career started. Thank you!!

Lindsey L

I am new to freelancing and this course really helped me to begin my career in freelancing.

Victory B

The course was a good match for me. I am really thankful for how Paul approached teaching this course. It is well structured and the first two sections in my honest opinion is what everyone ought to learn, know and master before starting any business, even if it isn't a freelance business. Thank you for this course Paul.

Why Zero To Mastery is right for you

With so many online resources available, it can be paralyzing not only figuring out where to start but more importantly which courses will actually teach you the skills you need to get hired.


That’s why the Zero To Mastery Academy exists, to provide industry-leading courses and content to teach you the relevant skills you need to advance your career and get you hired at some of the top companies in the world.


Join now to get complete access to this course and all others for only $23/month.

Monthly Membership

$39 / month
  • Unlimited access to all courses, workshops and career paths
  • Download all lessons for offline learning
  • Invite to private Discord with 200K+ members
  • Exclusive Academy only content
  • Access to private LinkedIn networking group
  • Custom ZTM course completion certificates
I'M READY TO TRY IT OUT

Annual Membership

$279 / year $23/month
  • All the benefits of a monthly membership
  • Save 40% compared to Monthly Membership
I'M READY TO COMMIT

Course Curriculum

We want you to make sure this course is a good fit for you. So start learning for free right now by clicking the PREVIEW links below.

Example Curriculum

  Getting Started
Available in days
days after you enroll
  Profile Module - Building a Rockstar Freelance Profile
Available in days
days after you enroll
  Deals Module - Finding & Closing High-Ticket Clients
Available in days
days after you enroll
  Growth Module - Managing & Scaling Your Freelance Business
Available in days
days after you enroll
  Skills Module - Profitable Freelance Skills
Available in days
days after you enroll
  Success Module - Setting Yourself Up For Freelance Success
Available in days
days after you enroll
  Mindset Module - Developing a Millionaire Mindset
Available in days
days after you enroll
  Where To Go From Here?
Available in days
days after you enroll

Course Details

This Freelancing course gives you the step-by-step guide to go from ZERO EXPERIENCE to becoming a Freelancer and having a profitable freelance business getting clients you never thought possible.

You don't have to be some crazy expert to start earning money as a Freelancer. But many people just don't know where to start and how to stand out.

The biggest challenge used to be "how do I find clients?" but with the growth in platforms like Upwork and others, there are 1,000s of jobs available at any time.

Companies pay Freelancers $2.52 billion (and growing!) via Upwork each year.

Imagine being able to work from anywhere in the world, making a consistent monthly income and having the freedom to live your dream life. Take this course and we'll help you make it happen.

This course is NOT like other Freelancing courses and tutorials you will find online that only cover the basics. Or worse, are taught by someone that isn't even a successful Freelancer themself.

This course is focused on efficiency and taking action:

  • Paul, who is a Top 3% Freelancer on Upwork, gives you the exact steps and templates that he's tested and used to get high-paying clients. And shows you how you can too.
  • Our focus is to get you earning money as quickly as possible and to set you up for long-term success.
  • You could complete the majority of this course in a weekend and get your first client in the next week or two if you're serious about making it happen.
  • Freelancing is a competitive space so we will be going beyond the basics and showing you how you can stand out and build a sustainable and profitable business.

Graduates of Zero To Mastery are now working at Google, Tesla, Amazon, Apple, IBM, JP Morgan, Facebook, Shopify + other top tech companies. They are also working as top freelancers getting paid while working remotely around the world. This can be you.

By enrolling today, you’ll also get to join our exclusive live online community classroom to learn alongside thousands of students, alumni, mentors, TAs and Instructors. Most importantly, you will be learning from someone that has actual real-world experience and is a Top Rated Freelancer on Upwork.

This course covers everything Paul has learned so far on his ongoing journey. He's made the mistakes so you don't have to. He knows what works and what doesn't. And he is sharing absolutely everything with you. Step-by-step.

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Anyone looking to create a rewarding and profitable freelancing business
  • Anyone who wants to create a side-hustle or full-time source of income online
  • Anyone looking to leave their 9-to-5 for a life of financial, personal, and professional freedom
  • Anyone who has already tried or is currently freelancing but isn't having as much success as they'd like

Wait... Is This Course Just For Upwork?

Nope. This course uses Upwork, a freelancing platform with billions in jobs each year, as a starting point and an example to show you how to apply all the tactics and strategies Paul has mastered over the years. But the strategies you learn can be applied to any freelancing platform.


This Freelancing Bootcamp course consists of six sections:

1️⃣ Building a ROCKSTAR Freelance Profile

As they say, first impressions are everything. Having a top-notch profile will help you gain attention and build instant credibility with clients. This section will show you exactly how to create a profile that will help you land high-ticket clients.

2️⃣ Finding & Closing High-Ticket Clients

The more money you make the better, right? Being able to charge higher amounts and land higher-quality clients will also help you generate more predictable monthly recurring cash flow. Paul shares his secrets to identifying where high-ticket clients are hiding and how to land them.

3️⃣ Managing & Scaling Your Freelance Business

We don't want to help you just get started. We want to help you unlock financial, personal, and professional freedom in your life. This section teaches you how to maintain high-ticket clients & how to scale to the moon!

4️⃣ Profitable Freelance Skills

Whether you're already a Developer, Designer, Data Scientist, Machine Learning Engineer or have none of these skills, we will show you how to identify what in-demand freelance skill is right for you and charge higher rates. This section will even teach you many of the current highest-paying skills like copywriting, graphic design, email marketing, online advertising, SEO and more.

5️⃣ Setting Yourself Up For Freelance Success

Freelancing is competitive. This section is going to teach you how to stand out from the competition and build your business faster. You will learn the key principles that are needed to be a highly successful Freelancer.

6️⃣ Developing a Millionaire Mindset

Your mindset controls everything. And we're going to show you how you can shift your thinking to improve your life. This section will lay the foundation on which your entire profitable freelance business will be built.

BONUS: Downloadable PDF Cheat Sheets & Templates

To help you reach success even faster, Paul is giving you the following cheat sheets and templates that he's used to make $10,000s+.

  • Job Search Manual: So you can find where the best freelance jobs & clients are hiding.

  • Sample Quote Template: So you can offer your services to clients & land more deals quicker.

  • Upsell & Bundle Cheat Sheet: So you can bundle your skills & earn consistent monthly income.

  • Winning Proposal Formula: So you stand out from the competition & land more clients.

  • My Secret Tools & Apps: So you can work smarter and be as productive as possible.

  • Case Study Blueprint: So you can save time and start closing deals more frequently.

  • Managing & Scaling Online Ads: So you can manage and grow profitable online ad campaigns for your clients.


This course is not about making you just watch a bunch of videos so that when you are done with the course you don’t know what to do other than watch another tutorial... No!

This course will push you and challenge you to go from an absolute beginner with no experience and no clients to someone that can earn income as a Freelancer.

And if you want to learn to code from scratch and become a Freelance Developer, check out our step-by-step Freelance Developer Career Path.

Click Start Learning Now to join the Academy and start taking this Freelance Bootcamp. We'll see you inside the course!

Answers to (at least some of) your questions

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

None! Anyone can become a successful Freelancer as long as you're willing to put in the work and provide an in-demand skill.

What if I don't have an in-demand skill?

We teach you the basics of a few of the most in-demand skills in this course. But by joining the ZTM Academy, you also get access to all courses and career paths.

Who is this Freelancing course for?

  • Anyone who wants to start Freelancing from scratch but doesn't know where to start
  • Current Freelancers who want to land more high-paying clients
  • Anyone looking to create a profitable freelancing business
  • Anyone who wants to create a side-hustle or full-time source of income online
  • Anyone looking to leave their 9-to-5 for a life of financial, personal, and professional freedom
  • Anyone who has already tried or is currently freelancing but isn't having as much success as they'd like
  • Anyone that is struggling to get hired as a full-time developer, designer, marketer, etc. and wants to get paid to work on projects to add to their portfolio
  • You want to learn from an actual Freelancer that makes $80+/hr and is rated in the Top 3% of Freelancers on Upwork

Do you provide a certificate of completion?

We definitely do and they are quite nice. You will also be able to add Zero To Mastery Academy to the education section of your LinkedIn profile to help you stand out.

Can I download the videos?

Definitely. You can download any and all lessons for personal use. We do everything we can to make learning easy, fun, and accessible whether that’s on your commute, on a flight or if you just have limited access to good wifi.

Still have more questions specific to the Academy membership? No problem, we answer some more here.

Live the life you want, starting now

Learning to code and becoming a developer provides endless opportunities to live the life you want. Whether that’s a high paying job with a world-class tech company, working remotely as a freelancer or building your own apps, the ZTM Academy will equip you with the skills and knowledge to achieve your dreams.


Our courses walk you through the entire journey of starting to learn to code to having a successful career. Along the way, you’ll not only be supported by Paul, other ZTM Instructors, course TAs and your peers in the exclusive Zero To Mastery community.


Join now to take the first step to change your life.

Monthly Membership

$39 / month
  • Unlimited access to all courses, workshops and career paths
  • Download all lessons for offline learning
  • Invite to private Discord with 200K+ members
  • Exclusive Academy only content
  • Access to private LinkedIn networking group
  • Custom ZTM course completion certificates
I'M READY TO TRY IT OUT

Annual Membership

$279 / year $23/month
  • All the benefits of a monthly membership
  • Save 40% compared to Monthly Membership
I'M READY TO COMMIT