It can be hard to stay connected right now, which is why we've set up the Freelancers Mutual Aid Circle, a virtual community where freelancers can share resources and build a network of support. Inspired by some of the topics and advice mentioned in the Mutual Aid Group, we started a series of freelancer-hosted virtual Get-Togethers around subjects they feel will help their peers best prepare for the future. In each gathering, attendees will have a chance to share what can offer and what they need during this challenging time, as well as make connections with others in the community.
Here are a few coming up next week (be sure to register as spots are limited!) You can also find other upcoming events here.
Personal Branding Tips for People Who Hate Self-Promotion (But Have to Do It Anyway)
You know you need to promote yourself to get more clients. There’s just one problem: You hate self-promotion. It’s awkward. It feels sleazy. You're scared you'll mess it up and turn off clients forever. In this event, we'll take the fear and mystery out of self-promotion and help you build a personal brand that attracts the clients you want.
About Robin: Robin helps solopreneurs and freelancers promote themselves with confidence and be an “obvious yes” to the clients they want. She also authors the Real Talk newsletter, which covers the unsugarcoated truth about running your own business. She is a former marketing executive, aspiring author and lifelong cat person. Learn more at robincangie.me/yes.
Networking and Job Searching Tips for the COVID-19 Era
How to make sure you’re putting your best foot forward, networking effectively (while social distancing), messaging your professional brand successfully, and continually developing your career in a time of great uncertainty.
About David: Dawid (David) Wiacek is a resume writer, career coach, and personal brand strategist who helps clients interview confidently, network effectively, land fulfilling jobs, earn promotions, and negotiate higher salaries. He has worked with professionals across a wide range of industries and functions, with a focus on mid- and senior-level leaders.Prior to becoming a coach, he held roles spanning HR, Ops, and Technical Training for corporate, non-profit, and startup organizations. He is an avid baker and an aficionado of nature, languages, photography, design, and travel. For more info, visit davidthefixer.com
Overcoming Creative Hurdles
Creative hurdles happen. This creativity workshop is built around helping people create easy, quick experiments to help tackle the block. During this Get-Together, we will ask for a few volunteers to share where they may be stuck and we will brainstorm experiments to move past the block. Some examples could include: apprehension when it comes to an unfamiliar form or medium, promoting your work and connecting in virtual spaces, letting go of "good advice" that may be holding you back.
About Sarah: Sarah is the author of the novel Love Will Tear Us Apart (Three Rivers Press, 2009) which Publishers Weekly called "fun and poignant" and Bookforum praised for its "great comic timing." She's also a freelance book developer, ghostwriter, and editor with nearly two decades of publishing experience and currently owns her own full-service editorial business. She's also an improviser and comedy writer/performer, and has hosted independent storytelling and improv shows throughout New York.
We’re still looking for peer mentors and webinar speakers! If you have a topic you feel freelancers could benefit learning about, or just want to provide mentorship, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.