CFC: Making the Most of the Experience

Brenda Stine, of Process 39, in San Rafael CA, writes:

I am not a freelancer per se. For the past 13 years I have run a small design firm (now consisting of just 2 persons) that is a corporation. However, the freelancers in your promo video shared concerns/desires that I can relate to, specifically wearing many (many!) hats and always striving to do the work we like to do with the right kind of clients. If you have any thoughts or advice on how I can make the most of the conference, I would greatly appreciate it.

Brenda is absolutely right. The issues we’ll be addressing — how to woo the best clients, how to price your services, how to balance all your roles, keep your priorities top of mind and spend your time accordingly — are universal and apply to all size businesses. It’s just that freelancers don’t have many places to get answers to these questions. That’s why we are launching the Creative Freelancer Conference. But anyone who comes to the conference will benefit from what the slate of experts have learned from their own experiences as both freelancers and more.

As for getting the most out of the conference experience, whether you’re a solopreneur or you have employees working with you, the best thing you can do is participate! Attend all sessions, including the optional ones (that means getting up early for Breakfast Roundtables on both mornings).

Also, make a point early on (you can start this at the Networking Reception on Wednesday evening) to find others like you so you can share ideas. In fact, on the first morning, we’ll have some roundtables organized by type and size of business. So look for yours.

From the Creative Freelancer Blog, here are a few more excellent ideas from Dyana Valentine about how to make the most of the experience.

Also, join in the CFC conversations on Facebook and Ning.