eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp

THE online learning program for eLearning and instructional design freelancers who want to build a meaningful, profitable business.


All the tools you need to build a successful eLearning business

Getting your business up and running requires clarity, vision and the ability to execute consistently on the right strategies. Without a roadmap or guidance, the process can be overwhelming.

The bootcamp can fast-track your growth and save you years of expensive trial and error. Your instructors have already made the errors and we'd be honored to share what we've learned and work with you.

What is the eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp?

The eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp is a program created by Dr. Robin Sargent, Christy Tucker, & Dr. Nicole Papaioannou. They are three successful practitioners and owners of eLearning businesses. You've seen them featured on Off-the-cuff with Alexander Salas, at ATD conferences, chatting with Clint Clarkson on the eLearning Alchemy Podcast, Dear Instructional Designer Podcast, Lounge Podcast, TLDCast, and more.

Their mission is to help you realize your greatest potential as an eLearning freelancer and use your gifts to start and grow your own business.

Whether you're brand new to freelancing or established and ready to grow, the eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp will challenge you to execute at your highest level. It's designed to be the business school for the learning and development industry. Turn your business into a force for good that fuels higher profits and your higher purpose.


Here's What Some of Our Students Say:

"Do it! For the money you pay, you get such an amazing return. I have a masters degree in instructional design and had no idea I could work for myself until I enrolled in this course. The tools we are given to help run the business are invaluable. And the community I've become a part of full of experts is so helpful."

-Deborah Rivera

"Before the eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp I didn't know how to run a business or be systematic about getting freelance work. Now I'm serious about building a business plan, filing an LLC, and I'm working on my website to attract specific clients! The bootcamp is the nuts and bolts you need to successfully run an instructional design business."


Meet Your eLearning Freelancer Guides:

Christy Tucker

Christy Tucker is a learning experience design consultant and CEO of Syniad Learning with over fifteen years of experience helping people learn. She specializes in using scenario-based learning to engage audiences and promote skill transfer to real-world environments. She has created courses for clients including the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, Cisco, FIRST, and The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Christy has been blogging about instructional design and elearning for over ten years. 

Dr. Nicole Papaioannou Lugara

Dr. Nicole Papaioannou Lugara is the owner of Your Instructional Designer LLC and its learning network, The Upskill Experience, which hosts live online workshops on topics in instructional design, freelancing, and performance. As an instructional design consultant, Nicole creates custom learning solutions that drive business, most notably for companies such as Allegiant Travel Company, Netflix, and Stitch Fix. She received her PhD in English from St. John's University, Queens, NY, and her research focuses on student engagement, transfer of learning, and writing across contexts.

Dr. Robin Sargent

Dr. Robin Sargent is an entrepreneur, instructional designer, and professor recognized as a mentor and teacher in the instructional design community. She is the CEO of IDOL courses, IDOL Talent Pool, and VITAL courses. IDOL courses is the instructional design and online learning creative agency that creates interactive, engaging, and visually appealing courses for individuals (coaches and experts), organizations, and universities. Some of IDOL courses’ clients include the Boston Consulting Group, iHeart Media, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Southern New Hampshire University, National PTA, Darden School of Business (University of Virginia), and Cox Enterprise. In addition, she started the IDOL Academy which is the only implementation program of its kind that not only shows you exactly how to create your job application assets and build a portfolio from scratch but also includes mentorship and experience opportunities in instructional design and online learning.  Dr. Robin earned her Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in instructional design and eLearning. Her dissertation was on gamification of corporate training and she is obsessed with designing courses that deliver a learning experience from the graphic branding of the course and platform to the interactions and activities for learners. 

How does the eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp work?

Bootcamp training consists of easy-to-follow videos, done-for-you templates, swipe files, resource lists, and Fun Sheets.  All of the training is online, contained in the private eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp members only site. Students can view the training videos, connect with others and compare notes with classmates.

Plus, you're a member for life. You can retake the program as many times as you want, for as long as the program exists.

Is the eLearning Bootcamp right for me?

If you want to learn how to price your services, use smart online marketing to reach more clients, convert prospects into clients, and align your business with your values, the eLearning Bootcamp is for you. Our ideal members fall into one of these categories:

Action-Oriented, Ambitious Beginners

Is your dream to sell eLearning or instructional design services? Whether you're an eLearning developer or an instructional designer, the eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp will make sure you get started the right way.

Successful eLearning Freelancers who want to Grow their Client Base & Revenue

Already running a (mostly) successful eLearning or instructional design business? Ready to take things to the next level? eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp with help bridge the gap.  This training will teach you timeless business principles so you can authentically scale your business.

"Before the Bootcamp I didn't know where to start.  I now have a clear idea what needs to be done from getting setup to submitting a client a final bill. The roadmaps in this course are very clear. The Bootcamp gives you more than what is needed to get started freelancing."

-Yusuf S.

"As a full-time employee I wasn't feeling confident or ready to start taking action to start my business. After the bootcamp my confidence skyrocketed and I felt my knowledge grow and I feel like I have a support system to back me (thanks to the FB group). I also have mapped out my goals and a timeline to hold me accountable in taking key steps to get my business up and running. 

This is an investment in yourself that you won't regret. The knowledge, experience, and tools and resources shared are infinitely valuable. If you're asking yourself where do I start or where do I go from here? This bootcamp is the answer."

-Britt Khol

Learn At Your Own Pace

You have lifetime access to the training, so you can binge it all in a marathon session, or you can slow things down and work on your own schedule.

So if you're working a full-time job, several part-time jobs, getting married, having a baby, traveling around the world, or dealing with any big life events during the program, don't worry about falling behind.

You can revisit and review the training materials any time. Remember, building a business that matters is not an 8 week, linear event.


The eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp is intensive and challenging.

There are no silver bullets, simple formulas or guaranteed results.

Running an eLearning business you can be proud of requires enormous focus, courage and tenacity. Most of all, it requires consistent action and a willingness to play the long game.

Our primary goal is to train you to think behave and make smart decisions like an entrepreneur -- so you have skills that serve you for life.

The eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp is for doers and learning & development professionals who want to use their gifts to run a modern business that matters.


Timing of the Program

There are 8 core modules in the eLearning Freelancer Bootcamp. We quote one week's time spent on each module.  Each module will also include a  recorded workshop session with your instructors plus corresponding Fun Sheets (handouts) to help you integrate and apply what you learn to your business.

Module One: Getting Started

You know what they say: getting started is half the battle. The days before you put “Freelancer” on your LinkedIn profile can be the scariest. We’ll prepare you with a go-to-market strategy that allows you to more confidently launch your freelance career or side gig surplus. 

In the first module, you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop a growth mindset focused on business success
  • Identify your target market
  • Create a unique brand that sets you apart from competitors
  • Establish successful business and marketing plans that address both short- and long-term goals

Module Two: Pricing

Clients pay you money. And money will keep your business running...if you charge enough. We'll give you a few easy formulas so you can price projects, win proposals, and grow your business.

In the second module, you'll learn how to:

  • Create a revenue plan
  • Price your services so you hit your revenue goals
  • Create a quote and work out what you charge
  • Talk about your price, overcome objections, and close the sale

Module Three: Business Growth

One of the biggest challenges as a freelancer is finding work. How do you find clients--especially the right clients? We’ll help you identify multiple strategies for finding work and navigating the ups and downs of project work.

In this module, you’ll learn how to:

  • Find clients
  • Make yourself “findable” by prospective clients
  • Screen prospective clients
  • Shield yourself from the “feast or famine” cycle

Module Four: Business Systems

Warren Buffett said, "If you have too many goals all of your productivity declines." In order to get your business organized and systematized you have to get very clear where you are and where you want to be. Right now. 

In this module we'll take you behind the scenes in our business so you'll be able to:

  • Determine your business drivers
  • Plan for the next six months
  • Organize your week
  • Create habits and rituals that serve you and your business
  • Manage your calendar
  • Organize your finances
  • Track specific financials on a regular basis
  • Hire and manage contractors
  • Get your legal toolbox together to protect yourself and your business

Module Five: Customer Service

Great customer service can improve client satisfaction and get you the referrals you need to build your business.

In this module, you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop a positive relationship with potential, present, and past clients
  • Manage client expectations
  • Establish a communication plan for project success
  • Address common issues, like review process snags and challenging personalities

Module Six: Invest in Yourself

Many freelancers make the mistake of spending all their time working in their business without spending time working on their business. If you aren’t working on growing your own skills and worth, you’re at risk. During this week, you’ll learn about strategies and resources for continuously improving your own skills, both related to business and eLearning.

In this module, you’ll learn how to:

  • Improve the core skills you need as a freelance instructional & eLearning designer
  • Identify resources for improving your skills
  • Make time for learning and growing your value

Module Seven: Create Products

If you want to scale, then the goal for a service-based business is to look and operate more like a product company. The more you can package and define your services as products, the easier it will be to scale. Not only that, you can create course products to sell to both individuals and companies.

In this module, you'll get:

  • A primer on how to create course products to sell to companies and individuals
    • Validate your course topic
    • Host your online course
    • How to sell a white label course product for companies
    • Steps required to sell an online course to individuals

Module Eight: Tools and Tech

In the last week of the course your instructors and coach mentors will be there to answer your questions as you work on implementing what you have learned in the course.

We will also be sharing the tools we use in our business to help keep us sane. Tools for project management, accounting, sharing files, signing contracts, video calls, etc.

It’s our intention that this time together will bring you incredible clarity, inspiration and motivation. Not to mention some as-close-to-in-person-as-possible fun! We know it’s a virtual program but we feel so connected to this community and we are passionately committed to helping you have the best business and life possible.

eLearning Consultant: Project Management Credential

After you complete all the modules you'll qualify earn the Project Management digital badge. You'll submit a project plan that meets specified requirements in any format or tool that you're familiar with. When your project plan is approved you'll be issued a  verifiable credential from IDOL courses.  IDOL courses partners with Credly to verify your accomplishments and your open badge is hosted on the Acclaim platform.  This credential will never expire.  You'll also be able to share your credential under certifications on LinkedIn and across all other platforms like Facebook, your website, and your email signature. 

Future clients will appreciate your ability to manage their learning and development project. 


Here's What Some of Our Students Say:

"Although I have an MBA, the Bootcamp gave me the information I needed to understand the ID freelance world. If you want to make the transition to freelancing or want to understand the ID business world the eLearning Bootcamp will connect the dots."


-Tabatha Dragonberry

"If you are already freelancing and want to grow (or even maintain) your business, this course is necessary. If you are considering taking the leap, this course could be the tool you need to actually go for it. 

The templates for proposals and estimating projects have saved me so much time!"

-Angie Shertzer

Enroll today and get the limited Time Project Proposal Template!

We share raw versions of project proposals and Statements of Work in the bootcamp.  This bonus that expires is for a  full Canva Project Proposal template. All the design elements and text holders are included.  All you'll have to do is make it your own with your colors, logo, and images. 

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  • 8 Modules 
  • Private eLearning Freelancer Community
  • 3 Expert & Experienced Instructors
  • Worksheets, templates, guides, and swipe files for everything freelancing.
  • Coach/Mentors 
  • BONUS: Get the Project Proposal Canva Template

"Before the Bootcamp I had a fear of not knowing enough to do freelance work. Now I have a better idea of the business of freelancing and how to find work. This course is great for someone with experience as an instructional designer and wanting to expand!"


"The bootcamp is an invaluable business exercise run by three people enormously generous with their experience and knowledge."

-Joy Rosario

Frequently Asked Questions

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