Here are 8 steps to opening your freelance grant writing business and start earning money!

#1:  Get your Business Formerly Set Up

Should you open an LLC or Sole Proprietorship? 

The answer to this question really depends on your state and what your goals are. 

Other items you will want to do are consider getting your business bank account set up and identifying the name of your business.

There’s nothing sweeter than getting your first check written out to your business :). Plus, when you go to your accountant you can run your report from your business account and not your personal bank account. OMG, this saves SO much headache at the end of the year and keeps things clean.

We go over how to do all these steps in week one of the 8-Week Freelance Grant Writer Academy! Plus, you will:

  • Understand the differences between starting a Sole Proprietorship or LLC
  • Create a customized success pathway
  • Create values for easy decision-making in your business
  • Get your bank account set up

#2: Identify Your Ideal Client & Service

Now that you have your business set up, you need to know who you are going to serve. If you don’t know who you will serve then it’s going to be tough to market and get clients.  

A big mistake I see most freelance grant writers make is to try and serve all nonprofits.

Unless you will serve all nonprofits with a specific service (such as doing Nonprofit Wellness Audits) then this could be a big no-no.

You can decide what type of nonprofit you want to serve based on the subject matter of a nonprofit (i.e. conservation, education, etc.), size (i.e. pup nonprofits), or geographic location.

For your services, you can decide if you want to specialize in a certain service or be a generalist. 

If you specialize you might only do grant research, write certain federal grants, etc. If you are more of a generalist, you might write grants, help nonprofits get set up, conduct nonprofit strategic planning, etc.

By being clear about who you serve and what you do, you will be able to create better services and market those services efficiently.

We go over how to do all these steps in week two of the 8-Week Freelance Grant Writer Academy! Plus, you’ll:

  • Map out your ideal client avatar
  • Develop a nonprofit lead list 
  • Identify Your Nonprofit Niche
  • Figure out if you are a Generalist or Specialist