New Freelance Writer's LAUNCHPAD

Carol Tice's small-group mastermind with 1-on-1 coaching―for new freelance writers

Join the waiting list to get an early chance to grab a seat in the next Launchpad!

Still just dreaming of living the independent lifestyle of a freelance writer? 

Maybe you’ve known for years that writing is your superpower, but you’re still stuck in a day job. Or you’ve dabbled, but you're earning pennies. You’re boggled by all the advice online – so you don’t move forward. 

If you could use a focused mentoring program to cut through the noise and get you taking action, good news! Freelance Writers Den founder Carol Tice now offers small-group coaching for new freelancers.


Introducing the New Freelance Writer’s Launchpad

The Launchpad is a 3-month program based on my Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success ebook and Checklist. We'll move through a series of simple steps designed to help you identify your best opportunities and land the best writing gigs, given your interests and experience. 

This program is a rare opportunity to work the Step by Step program with group support and 1-on-1 coaching from me. The secret sauce? You also gain full access to my Freelance Writers Den community. You’re free to use our 300+ hours of trainings to acquire any skills you need to supplement your learning! 

Yes, I'm Ready to Launch!

Why do most new freelance writers fail?  

Today’s freelance marketplace can be confusing. And the internet is rife with low-pay gigs and outright scams. 

New freelancers often don't know what to avoid and what to focus on to make this happen quickly. Then, you run out of money and have to crawl back to that day job you hate.  

Writer fail

The New Freelance Writer’s Launchpad cuts through the clutter!

You get individualized coaching—based on my decade of helping writers build their freelance careers—to help you formulate a customized, actionable plan to find your best starter clients and get rolling.

Road tested

A road-tested program… 

Before I founded Freelance Writers Den in 2011, I ran informal masterminds for freelance writers I was coaching. Many of those writers went on to thriving freelance careers, leaving stressful day jobs as teachers, accountants, lawyers, financial advisers, and more behind.  

In 2016, I formalized the curriculum of this program into the New Freelance Writers Launchpad. This is the only program in which I work 1-on-1 with newbie freelance writers. Aspiring freelance writers often ask me if I could coach them – well now, the answer is yes!  

 Meet the Coaches

Carol Tice 

Hi — I’m Carol Tice, a six-figure freelance writer and author of the award-winning Make a Living Writing blog. I’m proud of the track record I’ve built coaching other writers on how to earn more.  

I’ve been a freelance writer for 18 years, and have earned a full-time living from writing since 1995. I cracked six figures in 2011, in the middle of the recession. My freelance clients have included Costco, American Express, Lending Tree, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Delta Sky, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Nation’s Restaurant News, Seattle Magazine, and many more. I live in Seattle with 2 teens, rescue-dog Rex and the man who's put up with me for 30 years.

Carol Tice

Team Lead: Angie Mansfield

Angie Mansfield is a proud content mill escapee. She started her freelance career at Demand Studios, and remembers being excited when they gave her a raise to $25/article to write for The Freelance Writers Den helped her come to her senses. She's now the Den's Moderator-in-Chief, helping members find resources and hosting many Den weekly podcast interviews. She makes a comfortable living writing case studies and white papers for clients who don't make her want to pull her hair out. Angie lives cornfield-adjacent in Iowa, with a neurotic dog and an opinionated cat.

Angie Mansfield

LaunchPad Grad Rave:

"Turning down low payers —too busy!" 

Katie Jones

“The Launchpad taught me to target my ideal clients and place a higher value on my writing. I am turning down low-pay clients and pushing my prices up as I continue to build my portfolio. I started daily marketing, and now, I've had 3 offers to write for new clients, all at a minimum of $200 per blog post. Before, I had a lot of rejection and people wanting to barter services. Now, I say, 'No thank you!"

Katie Jones Sarasota, Fla.-based freelance writer & LaunchPad grad

LaunchPad Grad Rave:

"Charging $400 a blog post -- projected $40K in income!"

Launchpad Grad Rave: Cindi Conley

“I just signed my 4th retainer client and numbers 5 and 6 are about to sign as well! I've done website content for three new websites, a 4-pay brochure, and Webinar content. I got some clients from networking, and some from just changing my job title on LinkedIn, from what I learned in Launchpad. I've increased what I'm charging and this point, my price for a blog post ranges from $125 - $400 and up. I have so much work, I'm scrambling to keep up. I'm projecting $40K in income this year. Thanks, Carol!"

Cindi Conley Rocklin, Calif.-based freelance writer and LaunchPad grad  

This is My Time to Launch!  

Here’s What You’ll Learn in the New Freelance Writer’s Launchpad:  

MONTH 1: Find your niche and best opportunities.

With your coach's help, you'll find your best niches and craft a game plan for where to focus your energy. No more running in circles! Month-end, I'll also review students' writer websites and Linkedn profiles, to get yours set to attract the clients you want.

MONTH 2: Get first clips and build your portfolio.

Learn how to get easy first assignments you can totally win at—and how to put your portfolio together quickly. Discover the best ways newbies can pitch—and land—good first clients. A mastermind highlight: I'll screenshare and show you exactly how to find lists of good prospects in your niche!

MONTH 3: Build your writing and negotiating skills. 

Learn the fundamentals of negotiating good rates, closing sales, and managing client relationships. This month's highlight: Submit a piece of writing and I'll critique it and show you how to impress clients with your craft.

And Here’s What You Get:  

  • 3 Monthly mastermind calls with your group on Zoom to go over materials, ask questions, learn from your peers, and get support. Need extra help? Apply for a 'hot seat' and get a mini-coaching session!
  • Get 2 One-on-One, 40-min. coaching calls with Carol or Angie – one at the start, and another at the conclusion of this program. Get personalized help with your top challenges!
  • Recordings of all masterminds and 1-on-1 sessions – rewatch, take more notes, learn more! 
  • LinkedIn profile and Writer website reviews – make sure your sites attract the right prospects!
  • 3 Months of full access to Freelance Writers Den, with its 24/7 forums and 300+ hours of additional trainings. Tap the expertise of my larger, 1000+ member writer community. 
  • Copies of The Step by Step Guide to Freelance Writing Success by Carol Tice and Laura Spencer, and the Step by Step Workbook, which we’ll use as our road map to launch your freelance business.
  • One writing critique on a short piece of nonfiction writing of your choice. 
  • Ongoing networking after the Launchpad ends – at graduation, your class joins my Launchpad Grads group for continued support on your journey to freelance independence. 
  • BONUS HANDOUT: 7 Templates for Getting Your First Freelance Writing Client
  • The confidence to go out, build a solid starter portfolio, get hired, and become a professional freelance writer! 


Space is limited, so that each student receives individual attention. 

If you’re interested in this program, join the waiting list:  

I'm Ready to be a Freelance Writer!

Why 1-on-1 Coaching Alone Often Fails 

Over time, I've learned 1-on-1 mentoring isn't effective by itself. Gurus charge thousands for just a few hours' time, and many students don’t see big results. I hate that!  

With 1-on-1, your mentor is at a different career stage than you are. Their earnings seem unachievable. And it’s lonely, trying to ramp your business all by yourself. 

That’s why the New Freelance Writers Launchpad gives you 1-on-1 coaching with small-group peer support and advanced training. This is my proven formula for launching a profitable freelance writing business. 

AND, instead of charging you $10,000-$25,000 like most masterminds require (up front!), this program is priced much more affordably. One good assignment from one new client pays for the whole program! 

Is the Launchpad for You?

Admission to the New Freelance Writer's Launchpad is by application only—because I want to make sure everyone in the group is a good fit for this program.

The Launchpad can help you if: 

  • You have solid writing skills, but little or no freelance experience
  • You’ve freelanced before, but it's been a while, and you want to restart your business for the Internet Age
  • You’re freelancing now, but at low rates – under $50 per blog post or $100 per article, for instance.  

NOT SURE? Apply now, and we can hop on a free, no-obligation 20-minute 1-on-1 'Launch Tip' coaching session on how to meet your top challenge.

LaunchPad rave:

"Well Worth It!"

Launchpad writer testimonial 1

“Is it worth it? Yes! I haven't even had my one-on-one coaching session yet, and I've already learned more in the past few days than in ALL the years prior. It's worth the investment just to have my LaunchPad group as contacts (plus you know how on target Carol is!)"

Juli Ocean Columbus-based freelance writer and LaunchPad grad 

Ready to launch your freelance writing career?

Imagine the lifestyle you’d lead if you were a freelance writer, earning enough to pay all your bills doing what you truly love. No, really—take a minute, close your eyes, and envision it. Do you need to be launched and earning as a freelance writer within a few months? If so, let's make it happen.  


"I feel confident my LaunchPad program will help you take action and launch as a freelance writer, because of the hundreds of writers I've seen use my Step by Step Guide materials to start their careers. Still not launched at the end of this program? If you participate fully in this program and don't see results, I’ll give you a year of FREE access to Freelance Writers Den, so you can continue to work with me and get the resources you need."--Carol