Freelance Academy

Starting Thursday, April 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

This intensive course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to become a freelancer in the creative industry.

8-Week Sessions:
April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th May 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
6:00-8:00 pm
Create Appalachia
Johnson City Center 714 W Walnut Street
Johnson City, TN 37604

Introducing Freelance Academy: An 8-Week Program for Local Creatives

As the gig economy continues to grow, more and more people are turning to freelance work as a means of earning a living. But for those new to the world of freelancing, it can be overwhelming to navigate the ins and outs of the industry. That’s where Freelance Academy comes in – an 8-week program designed to teach new creative professionals how to thrive in the world of freelance work.

Led by local industry experts with years of experience, Freelance Academy offers comprehensive training in everything from finding clients and managing projects to setting rates and building a sustainable business. Participants will receive hands-on instruction, practical tools, and invaluable guidance from seasoned professionals who have succeeded in the world of freelance work. This program has come together through the partnerships of Create Appalachia, Sync Space Entrepreneur Center, and Push The Pixels, a local design firm.

“We believe that anyone can succeed as a single-person business or as a contract entrepreneur if they have the right knowledge and support,” said Heath Guinn, President of Sync Space. “The Freelance Academy program is designed to give new freelancers the business tools and resources they need to support their skillsets and build a successful career in the growing digital economy.”

The 8-week program covers a range of topics, including:

  • Building Your Portfolio
  • Project Management and Communication
  • Creating a Personal Brand
  • Developing a Marketing Plan
  • Time Management and Productivity

Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with fellow freelancers and build a supportive community of peers who are going through the same challenges and triumphs of freelancing.

Freelance Academy is now accepting applications for its next program, which begins on April 6th. Participants will meet weekly on Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm. There is a fee of $50, but applicants may request scholarships to cover the fee of the class. The program is open to anyone who is new to freelance work or looking to take their freelance career to the next level. 


It’s $50/person, but we have several scholarships available! If you have more questions email

April 6th – May 25th. Once a week every Thursday from 6:00-8:00pm.

The class will be held at the Johnson City Create Appalachia Center for Arts and Technology: 714 W Walnut Street, Johnson City, TN 37604

This class will be in-person only. We believe getting to meet and interact with your instructors and classmates will give all participants the best results. We may consider doing an all-online option in the future if the demand is high enough.

The Freelance Academy course is ideal for creatives who are looking to start their careers as freelancers. Whether you’re a graphic designer, web designer, or creative professional in a related field, or if you’re a recent graduate or a professional looking to make the transition to freelance work, this course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the industry.

In order to get the most out of the course, it’s important that you have a foundation in design or a creative field such as web design or photography, and a passion for creating high-quality work. While the course is geared towards beginners, some prior experience in the design industry is recommended.

If you’re driven, ambitious, and ready to take control of your career, this course is perfect for you.

There will be 8 class sessions held on Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00.

For the Freelance Academy, students will need to bring a laptop or note-taking device. It is recommended that students bring a portfolio of their work if they have one, as well as any business documents they may already have (e.g. contracts, invoices). Students should also come prepared with any questions they may have about starting their own freelance business. A positive attitude and a willingness to learn and work hard are also essential!



Sync Space Entrepreneur Center is a 501(c)3 and the Launch Tennessee partner for northeast Tennessee. Sync Space programs range from early idea validation and workshops to accelerator programs uniquely focused on support for local and recruited startups considering northeast Tennessee as a place to grow or expand their business. Sync Space programming aligns startups with key partners and industries that offer mentorship, opportunities for investment, and pilot program opportunities. To learn more about Sync Space Entrepreneur Center, visit:


Create Appalachia is a 501(c)3 whose goal is to make the Appalachian Highlands a better place to live and work through innovation and entrepreneurship centered around the arts. We work to support an environment that will generate new businesses that provide jobs in the arts, and encourage graduates from our colleges and universities to stay in our community. We want to help grow a strong, 21st-century creative industry in Northeast Tennessee. To learn more visit:

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Kingsport Entrepreneur Center

227 E Sullivan St, Kingsport, TN 37660

Inventor Center

118 Shelby St, Kingsport, TN 37660

Create Appalachia Digital Media Centers

225 W. Center St., Suite 115, Kingsport, TN 37660

714 W Walnut Street
Johnson City, TN 37604

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