Welcome, creative solopreneurs & small biz folk!

I think it’s the law now: every conference MUST have its own blog. For news. For getting a taste of the people and programs behind the conference. And, hopefully, for meeting each other before we get there—it’s so nice to show up at an unfamiliar hotel and be greeted by a whole bunch of familiar faces.

So please, dive right in. Comment. Kibbitz. If you have a question or something you want to tell the CFC community or want to take a stab at a post yourself, by all means, email me.

I’m Colleen Wainwright, aka the communicatrix, and I’ll be your fearless blogmistress, as well as an attendee/speaker at the event itself. On behalf of the whole CFC team, welcome! We look forward to meeting you here on the blog, and in Chicago this August!

8 thoughts on “Welcome, creative solopreneurs & small biz folk!

  1. ElementK

    One thing I’d like to learn more about is how to find a mentor. How do you initiate a mentor-mentee relationship? Sometimes I hesitate to ask because I feel like I’d be burdening the potential mentor. I know I need one, but … how do I get one? Let’s talk about that 🙂
    Colleen, do you have any mentors? Anyone that YOU mentor?

  2. Ilise Benun

    For ElementK, there are all kinds of mentors and mentoring relationships. We (Marketing Mentor) offer a mentoring program which you can find out more about here:
    And we offer a free half hour phone consult, if you want to get a taste of it, which you can sign up for here:
    Also, if you’re in NYC, I’ll be on a panel on June 24th all about how to find and best use a mentor. It’s hosted by The Thypin Oltchick Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship @ FEGS.
    Details here:

  3. communicatrix

    I’m currently mentoring a young woman in my Toastmasters club. It’s mainly speaking-related, but we’ve certainly talked about other stuff as well.
    Obviously, I’m a big fan of Marketing Mentor, too. It’s mentoring in a coaching model, so you pay a fee, which actually makes me feel better about the process. I’ve never been particularly good about asking for help!
    If I did decide I wanted a different kind of (“free”) mentor, I’d probably first sit down and think about what I wanted to be mentored for–i.e., what my goals were. Then I’d look around at who I knew and admired whose wisdom might help me get there.
    And finally, I’d put together an approach that made it attractive to them: here’s how much time I was hoping to get from you per week/month/whatever, here’s the type of contact I’d like to have, here’s what I’m going to do with all this great knowledge and growth you’re going to help me with.
    In other words, I would come up with a really compelling reason why it would be worth it for that person to help me out before I approached anyone.

  4. Natalia

    I think this conference is great. I just recently left my full time job to get into full time freelancing. While I’m still not completely full time, as I am finishing a masters in multimedia, I will be finishing my website and my stationery to get really going next month.
    I have a couple of questions, though.
    1.- I am living in Toronto, Canada, will this conference help me too?
    2.- Are all the events and special events going to take place at the Hyatt? Just wondering if I might be able to find a more affordable place somewhere near the hotel without compromising my assistance to the conference and events.
    Thanks for doing this!

  5. Ilise Benun

    Natalia, the material we will be covering in this conference is borderless and the ideas are pretty timeless, so in short, the answer to your first question is yes, this conference will help any creative solopreneur in Canada and beyond.
    RE: question #2, everything will take place at the Hyatt but you are welcome to stay somewhere else. I’ll see if I can get some specifics about other nearby places to stay.

  6. Natalia

    Hi Ilise,
    Thank you. I had actually registered before I got your reply. I am so excited about this conference!
    Any information you can pass along would be great. Thanks so much!

  7. Ivette

    Hi Ilise,
    I am a freelance print graphic designer. I’m originally from New York but moved 41/2 years ago to the Deerfield (45 min from Chicago). I’ve had on steady NY client since moving here, but unfortunately, this NY firm is more web and corporate events heavy and is getting less print work. Needless to say, It’s time to make some new contacts here in Illinois. I have the same issue as all freelances like, pricing and time management, but I have never marketed myself. I also find it a little intimidating since I lack the net work of friends I had in NY. Given my situation any, recommendations as to whom I should talk to and how I can get the most out of the conference?
    Thanks and see you there!