StephMyLife Extended Freelancer Bootcamp – May 2023


Create and launch a high quality, responsive website and learn the skills to embark on a new career.This course is designed to give you a fast track to the knowledge and skills you need to become a freelance WordPress website developer:
  • The course will teach you how to build self-hosted WordPress websites from scratch.
  • It will teach you how to find clients, pitch for work, gather client requirements, and set your pricing.
  • You will be given a basic introduction to four key web development languages: HTML, CSS, JavaScript & PHP, and how these can be used to customise your website.
  • You will get 1:1 hands on coaching from skilled developers
  • You will receive training, templates and coaching on how to get paying clients and work with them
Once you have completed the course, you should be able to find your first client and start your first paid job!

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Start Date & Duration

The bootcamp will start on May 20th 2023 & run for 13 weeks. You will build and launch your website in 9 weeks and we will spend the following 4 weeks pitching to clients and hopefully get your first paid job.

Who Is The Freelancer Bootcamp Course For?

The Freelancer Bootcamp is for someone who wants to become a freelance website developer and make the switch to working online. Someone who wants to learn a new lucrative skill and build their own tech business.

On this course you will learn how to make high quality, responsive, well functioning WordPress websites. I will pass on the skills that I have learned from my university degree, over a decade of professional software development, and in my freelancing career while travelling the world. You will learn how to pitch to clients and get paid freelancing work with the knowledge you gain on the course.

Freelance web development allows you to travel the world and set your own hours, while earning a good income and building your career. You can take projects when you want to work, and travel in between. Working online has given us so many great opportunities, and I want to encourage more people to take the leap.

Are there any extra costs?

On the course you will build your own personal portfolio or client website. There are costs associated with building a site which are not covered in the course fee – as these are variable costs depending on what you build. The costs should be billed to your client if you are building a client website, you can advise your client of this before they agree.

  1. Domain cost: You will need to buy a domain name. These cost anything from €0.99 per year, the cost really just depends on how in-demand the domain name is. To estimate this cost, go to and search for some domain names you are considering for your site ( etc).
  2. Hosting cost: Websites need to be hosted, and there is an annual fee for this. We recommend two options of hosting in the coursework, which we have vetted. These are Hostinger which is €29 per year, and Siteground which is €79 per year.
  3. Theme: You may opt to buy a theme on the course. This cost is optional, and you will be given free and paid options to choose from which we have checked and vetted. If you buy a theme, the cost is between 29 and €60. This is a lifetime cost, not an annual cost.

If you are working with a client, you can let them know in advance that they would need to pay for these costs and the costs are payable in the first 3 weeks of the course starting. You may also choose to charge your client for completing their website on the course. If so, the normal amount would be €500 on the course – payable when the website is delivered at the end of the course.

Is the Course Accredited?

I am very please to say that both the Freelancer and Entrepreneur courses are now accredited by the CPD Certification service. You can view the membership details and certification details in the gallery at the top of the page.

When you complete the course, you will be sent a certificate of completion directly from CPD with your name & optionally your company name in it. If you will be using your web design skills to work for your company, it’s possible that your company will pay in full or part for your place on the course.

What Does The Freelance Bootcamp Cover?

On the bootcamp, you will not only learn the technical skills required to be a freelance web developer, but also the professional skills too. You will learn how to find clients, how to pitch to them, how to get requirements, to manage difficult or slow clients, and how to ensure that you get repeat business from each job. Course materials include templates for pitching / proposals / quotes etc, which you can use during your career.

You can see a list of the modules and lessons on the course page.

The Freelancer Bootcamp covers a variety of subjects:

  • WordPress website development
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • Website Security (SSL)
  • Handling payments on a website
  • Responsive Design
  • Setting up an Ecommerce store
  • Setting up bookings, memberships & contact forms on a website
  • Pitching to clients
  • Finding clients
  • Writing client proposals
  • Pricing your services
  • Communicating effectively with clients
  • Other tools & techniques to start a career in freelance web development
The course will have two streams in order to best prepare you to navigate the world of freelance development work: Technical and Business. On the Technical stream we’ll learn how to build, customise, test, and launch a full-featured WordPress website from scratch. The Business stream will run alongside the Technical stream each week and teach you how to find clients, pitch to and communicate with them, set pricing and prepare a quote, and how to present yourself as a professional WordPress website developer.
Throughout the course you will be creating a website for yourself or your client. Each week you will be sent a personalised task list for the week, which you will be required to complete before you can move on to the next week’s tasks. These tasks take you through each step of developing and launching your website and developing your freelancing skills.
The tasks should be completed in your own time during the week, and are designed to be around 1-2 days work per week. There will also be optional extra reading and tasks for anyone with more time, who wants more in-depth training.

On this course you will get:

  • Access to the private Slack group chat with direct access to me for the duration of the course
  • Mini group huddles of 3-4 people max for more intensive coaching with me or Kristina.
  • 1:1 coaching calls with myself or Kristina
  • Guest lectures from experts in:
    • Social Media Strategy to help you develop your Instagram strategy.
    • Setting up your business and paying tax


What Website Will I Create On This Course?

You have two options for the website you will create on the course.

  • You can create a personal website, to advertise your freelance development skills to potential clients. If you have other skills & experience you can market these on the website too.
  • You can create a website for a client. Some previous students posted on their social media looking for clients, and others created websites for their partner or family members businesses.

If you create a website for yourself, you will be able to use that as a way to market yourself. If you create a website for a client, you will gain experience of working with a client which will be very helpful.

The most important thing is that you have a website idea when you join the course. The first week will be drafting up the project plan, so you don’t need to have a fully laid out plan – but if you start the course with no idea of what to build then you will be behind.

What you’ll get from the course

The course is designed to give you a fast track to the knowledge and skills you need to build and launch a professional WordPress website and use it create revenue and promote your business:
  • The course will teach you how to build self-hosted WordPress websites from scratch.
  • It will teach you how to find clients, pitch for work, gather client requirements, and set your pricing.
  • You will be given a basic introduction to four key web development languages: HTML, CSS, JavaScript & PHP and how these can be used to customise your website.

What you won’t get from the course

This course won’t give you in-depth knowledge of programming languages, or teach you how to create a website from scratch without the WordPress framework. It would be impossible to teach these languages in-depth in 3 months – and you don’t need them to become a freelance WordPress developer.
Instead, I will be focusing on the skills and knowledge that you need in order to develop and customise WordPress websites.


What is the Time Commitment?

The tasks are designed to be achievable for those who work full time or lead a busy life. The time commitment increases as the course progresses, with the first 5 weeks being pretty calm. The final 4 weeks of development will require more time. When you switch to Freelancer Coaching for the last 4 weeks of the course, you will slow down again and be more strategic.
Each student on the course will have a weekly mini group huddle or 1:1 coaching call with Steph or Kristina. This call will allow you to have personal technical and business coaching in areas you are finding challenging. 1:1 coaching calls allow us to remote into your computer and work on your site with you, leveling up your skills and making sure your website is perfect.
You will also have a 1 hour group call each week.
We will also have a group chat room for any questions and discussions that crop up throughout the week.


What I am looking for

I am looking for people who are enthusiastic, keen to learn, and happy to commit the required time to this course. Web development experience is not required, but an aptitude for technology will help you do well on this course.
You will need a laptop or desktop computer running Windows, MacOS or Linux, with Visual Studio Code installed – you can download that for free here. A tablet, phone or netbook will not allow you to complete all the tasks on the course.


You can pay in full for the course when you book your spot, or you can choose to sign up for a payment plan and split your payments out into equal monthly installments. You can opt for a payment plan by selecting “Pay Deposit” when checking out – you will pay a 20% deposit immediately and you can select your preferred payment plan duration.


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