Early Bird Deadline: Feb 11 for HOWLive/CFBC

Ilise Benun on your online marketing planI know it seems early, because it is! But now is the time to commit to taking more control over your business. To help with that decision, I want to share with you what I consider to be the best reason to join us at HOW Design Live. But first….the details:

This Tuesday, February 11, is the Early Bird Deadline for HOWLive (and The Creative Freelancer Business Conference) — May 12-16, 2014 in Boston. So I hope you will take advantage of my special HOW Design Live promo code for an additional $50 off: ILISE14.

Back to what I was about to say….If you’re on the fence about whether it’s worth your time (and your money) to attend this year, consider this: there’s no where else you can learn “best practices” from other freelancers.

You know how protective most freelancers are with their “secrets,” right? Maybe you even feel that way about the hard-won lessons you’ve learned. But that’s a very tiny way to see things and definitely not helpful to anyone!

I hear every day from freelancers who don’t understand why they should go to a networking event or workshop or conference where they’re going to meet their nemesis: other freelancers!

To me, that is absurd. Not only are “other freelancers” most likely not your competition.  Even if they do offer the same services as you do, they aren’t your competitors unless:

  • They’re targeting  the same market
  • They’re in the same geographical area
  • And, most important, your prospects are also considering hiring them for an actual project.

That is a lot of “ifs.”

And CFBC especially brings creative professionals from all over the country and the world who are eager to share what they’ve learned (on stage and off) and to learn from their peers.

Doesn’t that sound like what you need? In my opening session every year, I strongly suggest to everyone that they take down their defenses and  join in the spirit of sharing which is the hallmark of the Creative Freelancer Business Conference. And they do!

So come for the networking and for the program but especially come for what you’ll learn (and what you’ll share). You’ll be surprised how energized you will be when you leave. Sign up here…