10 episodes

Weekly proven, practical advice, strategies, and tips for planning, creating, and growing a successful freelance instructional design business.

Focused on Freelance Instructional Design Crystal Osterbuhr

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Weekly proven, practical advice, strategies, and tips for planning, creating, and growing a successful freelance instructional design business.

    Teacher to Instructional Designer: 12 Transferable Skills to Leverage Your Career Change

    Teacher to Instructional Designer: 12 Transferable Skills to Leverage Your Career Change

    In this week's podcast episode, you'll learn why transitioning from teacher to instructional designer is a great fit for teachers, and a list of 12 transferrable skills they commonly possess.

     

    Essential Learning Points:



    Numerous real-life experiences and instructional design skills are hardwired into a teacher’s brain from the time they start their teaching programs



    In general, teachers are more likely to get creative with their ideas, incorporate problem-solving and real-life scenarios, and generally bring more variety to the standard knowledge check



     

    Key Quotes:

    "Teachers understand Instructional Design. They may not be familiar with instructional design or instructional design language, but they will quickly discover they have been using it all along."

    "Instructional designers are CONSTANTLY learning. Teachers are lifelong learners, so they're usually up for this sort of challenge."

      

    Important Links and Mentions:


    Starter Toolkit for Instructional Designers (https://www.eteachonline.com/toolkit)
    The ID PLAN Academy (https://www.eteachonline.com/join)

    Thank You For Listening

    I really appreciate you listening to me and supporting the podcast.

    If you enjoyed today's show, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.

    I would also be eternally grateful if you would consider taking a minute or two to leave an honest review and rating for the show on Apple Podcasts.

    They're extremely helpful in reaching my audience, and I read each and every one personally!

    Finally, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts to make sure that you never miss an episode.

     

    • 14 min
    8 Tips for Achieving Career Success in Freelance Instructional Design

    8 Tips for Achieving Career Success in Freelance Instructional Design

    Most freelance instructional designers fail because they go into it without changing their mindset first.

    Removing the mental limitations that are holding you back from success will help you to overcome all sorts of challenges in your business and career.

    In this week's podcast episode, learn eight tips for adopting a success-driven mindset that will help inspire and prompt you to start seeing opportunities everywhere.

     

    Essential Learning Points:


    How to have a clear understanding of your worth and value and a firm grasp on what others are willing to pay for your services
    Training your mindset not to let challenges deter you from your goals
    The benefits of being part of a network that brings you the resources, inspiration, and connection you need to build a thriving instructional design career and business

     

    Key Quotes:

    "How you perceive and interpret events and process information, your emotions, and the toxic people you bring into your life are all factors that influence your success."

    "Presenting yourself as an employee looking for work makes you feel the need to approach every business or company as an opportunity that you should be grateful for instead of looking at it as a way of finding mutually beneficial gains from the relationship."

     

    Important Links and Mentions:


    Starter Toolkit for Instructional Designers (https://www.eteachonline.com/toolkit)
    The ID PLAN Academy (https://www.eteachonline.com/join)
    Freelance Instructional Designers Mastermind FB Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/eteachonline)
    Why Instructional Designers Need to Niche Down (https://www.eteachonline.com/podcasts/focused-on-freelance-instructional-design/episodes/2147795166)
    How to Plan & Set 90-Day Goals for Your Instructional Design Career & Business (https://www.eteachonline.com/podcasts/focused-on-freelance-instructional-design/episodes/2147774679)

    Thank You For Listening

    I really appreciate you listening to me and supporting the podcast.

    If you enjoyed today's show, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.

    I would also be eternally grateful if you would consider taking a minute or two to leave an honest review and rating for the show on Apple Podcasts.

    They're extremely helpful in reaching my audience, and I read each and every one personally!

    Finally, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts to make sure that you never miss an episode.

    • 10 min
    Why Instructional Designers Need to Niche Down

    Why Instructional Designers Need to Niche Down

    The most successful freelance instructional designers are those that cater to a specific niche.

    Having a niche makes your offering more targeted, which increases the likelihood of someone identifying with the service they're looking for.

    If you want to stand out from the crowd, you can't just blend in with the crowd.

    You need to have a specialty.

    But how do you figure out your niche? And what happens once you've become successful in a specific area?

    Should you stay put, or expand into other areas?

    That's what we'll be talking about in this week's episode.

    Key Quote:

    "Niching down doesn’t limit you – it lets you cut through the noise by putting your unique spin on the tired topics everyone else is trying to talk about."

     

    Important Links and Mentions:


    Starter Toolkit for Instructional Designers (https://www.eteachonline.com/toolkit)
    The ID PLAN Academy (https://www.eteachonline.com/join)
    Starter Toolkit for Instructional Designers (https://www.eteachonline.com/toolkit)
    StayFocusd (https://www.stayfocusd.com/)

    Thank You For Listening

    I really appreciate you listening to me and supporting the podcast.

    If you enjoyed today's show, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.

    I would also be eternally grateful if you would consider taking a minute or two to leave an honest review and rating for the show on Apple Podcasts.

    They're extremely helpful in reaching my audience, and I read each and every one personally!

    Finally, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts to make sure that you never miss an episode.

    • 10 min
    8 Ways to Land Instructional Design Jobs and Attract Clients

    8 Ways to Land Instructional Design Jobs and Attract Clients

    Finding clients and landing jobs for eLearning design work can be a challenge…

    Not only are there a lot of options on the market when it comes to freelance work for instructional designers…

    But there are also many conflicting recommendations on where you should look that can quickly become an overwhelming decision to make.

    And while we all want to find the best contract work for our instructional design business, it can be easy to get derailed and make some bad decisions.

    Well, I'm here to make sure you don't do that! In this episode, you'll learn 8 tips to keep in mind when searching for freelance instructional design work.

    • 14 min
    10 Tips to Making Your Instructional Designer Website Stand Out

    10 Tips to Making Your Instructional Designer Website Stand Out

    Whether you are a freelance instructional designer or have any type of eLearning design small business, a great website is essential for your company’s success. 

    If you are looking to build a new freelance website or make your current site more effective, in today's episode, you'll learn 10 key steps to getting started and helping your instructional design business website compete effectively in the online marketplace.

     

    Essential Learning Points:

    Techniques to adding unique content to your freelance instructional design website
    How to communicate value and attract high-paying clients to your freelance instructional design website

     

    Key Quotes:
    "Building a freelance instructional design website that stands out amongst your competitors can be a trickier and lengthier process than many think."

    "If you instantly communicate your main products or services in your navigation bar, what you do will be apparent at a glance, so potential clients know they’re in the right place."

    "The key to attracting high-paying clients is to remember that their needs come first, and your website must provide a solution to all their needs."

     

    Important Links and Mentions:


    Starter Toolkit for Instructional Designers (https://www.eteachonline.com/toolkit)
    The ID PLAN Academy (https://www.eteachonline.com/join)
    Freelance Instructional Designers Mastermind FB Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/eteachonline)
    Toby (https://www.gettoby.com/)

     

    Thank You For Listening
    I really appreciate you listening to me and supporting the podcast. If you enjoyed today's show, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.

    I would also be eternally grateful if you would consider taking a minute or two to leave an honest review and rating for the show on Apple Podcasts. They're extremely helpful in reaching my audience, and I read each and every one personally!

    Finally, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts to make sure that you never miss an episode.

    • 9 min
    4 Typical Instructional Designer Job Roles and Descriptions

    4 Typical Instructional Designer Job Roles and Descriptions

    Are you aware of the various instructional designer job roles and specialties that are growing in demand?

    When looking for freelance or contract instructional design positions, it's crucial that you have a clear understanding of the defined job roles that are out there.

    And as you dive deeper into your career, you'll probably discover even more positions that you didn't even know existed.

    In this week's podcast episode, you'll learn about four typical instructional designer job roles and their descriptions; as well as a list of other role titles that you might be interested in researching!

     

    Important Links and Mentions:


    Starter Toolkit for Instructional Designers (https://www.eteachonline.com/toolkit)
    The ID PLAN Academy (https://www.eteachonline.com/join)
    Freelance Instructional Designers Mastermind FB Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/eteachonline)
    Camtasia (https://techsmith.z6rjha.net/15Nr4g)

     

    Thank You For Listening
    I really appreciate you listening to me and supporting the podcast. If you enjoyed today's show, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.

    I would also be eternally grateful if you would consider taking a minute or two to leave an honest review and rating for the show on Apple Podcasts. They're extremely helpful in reaching my audience, and I read each and every one personally!

    Finally, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts to make sure that you never miss an episode.

    • 11 min

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