Did you know that you could play a significant role in starting, building, and supporting the recovery of businesses this year, and beyond too?
With the need to be ‘local’ gone, freelancers have increasingly been in the shop window since the pandemic began and all indications point to this continuing. This means the door has well and truly opened for all freelancers as well as the businesses who need their skills.
Freelancers undoubtedly need a strong online presence and trusted support more than ever.
The future of work is here, and it’s the theme of this year’s Freelance Heroes Day.
In honour of our 5th birthday, this year’s Freelance Heroes Day is a three-day event! As well as the annual Twitter chat on Sunday 16th May, we’ve got a fantastic two-day lineup of workshops, talks, panel discussions, and networking sessions for freelancers and small business owners across the UK.
This Freelance Heroes Day, join us to get the tools and contacts you need to face the demands that lie ahead and take your business where you want it to go.
Having honed our virtual event skills at Freelance Heroes Day last 2020, and with the generous support of Coconut, we’re taking this year’s event to the next level, with practical workshops on marketing, pitching, collaborating, growing your business, and much more.
With plenty of breaks and break-out networking sessions, we’ve designed it to flex around freelancing life.
Join us live for the sessions you can and catch up on the recordings of the ones you can’t.
And, to top it all off, the Freelance Heroes’ Day 5th Birthday After-Party!
Having started as a Facebook group in 2016, Freelance Heroes is now a UK-wide 11,500-strong community. Last year, we launched the Freelance Heroes Portal (freelance-heroes.com) to provide UK freelancers with a gateway to an even greater presence and support.
The ticket price for Freelance Heroes Day is just £44 for the whole two-day conference or FREE when you sign up to ’12 months for the price of 10’ Freelance Heroes Portal Membership.
Day 1: Monday 17th May
|0900 – 0945: Networking tables||1315 – 1400: Finding Your Voice – How to Show Your Freelancing Personality – Dave Harland, The Wordman|
|0945 – 1000: Welcome||1400 – 1415: Break|
|1000 – 1045: Regain Confidence and Gain More Clients Post Lockdown – Jenna Davies, The IAM Hub||1415 – 1500: How Being a Delightful Human is the Best Way to Market Your Freelance Business in 2021- Sophie Cross, Thoughtfully|
|1100 – 1215: The Future of Work – Panel Discussion – Merlie Calvert, Farillio – Sam O’Connor, Coconut – Alex Hughes, Shifties and Shift Momentum||1500 – 15:15: Close|
|1215 – 1315: Networking and hosted lunch||1515 – 1600: Networking tables|
Day 2: Tuesday 18th May
|0900 – 0945: Networking tables||1315 – 1400: The Future of Freelancing: How us freelancing rebels are re-writing what it means to work – Matthew Motolla, Venture L|
|0945 – 1000: Welcome||1415 – 1500: Growing a Freelance Business – Robin Waite, Fearless Business|
|1000 – 1045: Motivation Mindset – Let’s Get S*** Done! – Louise Harman, LouiseHarman.com||1500 – 15:15: Close|
|1045 – 1100: Break||1515 – 1600: Networking tables|
|1100 – 1215: Taking Care of Ourselves – Panel Discussion – Ed Goodman, EdGoodman.com – Ella Orr, Much More Social – Danielle Bridge, ABC Life Support|
|1215 – 1315: Networking and lunch||19:30-21:00: Afterparty|
The Earlybird rate for Freelance Heroes Day is just £28.99* for the whole two-day conference or FREE when you sign up for ’12 months for the price of 10’ Freelance Heroes Portal Membership. Sign up before 22nd April and we’ll throw in a special Welcome Pack with your very own Freelance Heroes Mug and notebook ready for the event.
Freelance Heroes Day Speakers
As the travel and hospitality industry shut down in 2020, a lot of my freelance marketing and copywriting client work went with it. After more than a couple of very long, thoughtful walks, I knew this was the time to start doing my very best marketing – to stand out, stay positive and support others. I decided to put all my experience into creating marketing and mindset courses for ambitious freelancers and small businesses which would also put me at the forefront for clients. But as the client work started to pick up again, I was already getting really good feedback and sales for the courses, not to mention loving doing them.
My priority now is to lift other freelancers and business owners with online courses that give them the confidence to market themselves and grow businesses they truly love. Find free marketing courses and resources at Thoughtfully.co.uk.And I’m hopefully soon to be Editor-in-Chief of FreelancerMagazine.co.uk. Make sure you connect with me on LinkedIn or Twitter if we’re not already in touch. And excuse the fact that for some inexplicable reason I’ve started using more emojis than my mum. 👋😎
Jenna is a highly experienced training professional with a flair for public speaking. Since starting her career as a broadcast journalist, she has successfully navigated an exciting and varied career
path that has led her to become a specialist in empowering others to up their game with their communication skills, through her business, The IAM Hub.
Jenna has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs and business owners to pitch with confidence and impact, while supporting teams of all sizes to present, network and speak up with influence, reaping the career and business development rewards that come with it. She is a speaker, event host and pitch coach and her expertise has supported a wealth of organisations from start-ups to large corporates, alongside ambitious founders, to engage and inspire their audiences.
Most 6-year-olds in September 1988 were still playing with their own snot. Not me. I’d just put together a ten-game unbeaten Scrabble run against my dad, and began trouncing him regularly. Over 30 years later, I’m still messing with words, but for brands, not points.
As a freelance copywriter, I work with everyone from solopreneurs (I’m so, so sorry for using that word) and cool startups to massive companies, helping them speak to their clients and customers with clarity, authenticity, and a dash of humour. My main focus now is on writing ultra-engaging stories that help you get your personality across and sell without feeling salesy. I can’t wait to show you how.
Lou runs an online business support service for small businesses and entrepreneurs who are struggling to get things done due to lack of time or simple overwhelm. Lou has a team of VAs, each with their specialist area ranging from admin to digital design, marketing, content creation, and copywriting. Lou provides strategy sessions with clients and considers herself a pro sh*t sorter-outer.
Lou’s been through her own VA journey, from generalist to specialist, growing her ideal client base and taking on associates. Lou now specialises in strategy, helping clients identify where they are in their business journey, where they want to be, and how they’re going to get there. She loves untangling the minds of others, making way for a clear course of action, providing much needed clarity, focus, and motivation.
Lou has several feathers in her cap, having worked in marketing, customer service, sales, and client services at a managerial level. Self-professed crazy cat lady, Lou is happily single and child-free. She loves going to loud gigs, Barbados holidays, aggressive workouts, and hanging out with her amazing friends and family. Lou’s no BS approach means her clients trust her easily and her authenticity is what draws people to her door. She loves helping people figure it all out and get cracking on whatever it is they’re putting off. She’ll force you to get out of your own way and get sh*t done, so be sure to contact her if you need some tough love and a helping hand.
Matthew is the Co-Founder and CEO of Venture L, the leading platform for freelancers to run their business, author of #1 New Release The Human Cloud, published by HarperCollins Leadership in 2021, and Forbes contributor on leadership in the freelance economy.
Matthew has led and transformed today’s leading companies. At Microsoft, in joint partnership with Upwork, he led the Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit – the unlock for enterprises to embrace the human cloud at scale – bringing Microsoft from nascent to an industry leader in under two years. At Gigster, he built Ideation – a service that used freelance developers, data scientists, and product managers to consistently generate what should be built in the software development lifecycle. At Georgia Tech, he helped develop the entrepreneurship curriculum and guest lectures.
Matthew is a recognized voice for leadership teams, public investors, and media. He’s been ranked one of the top 50 remote experts to follow, and has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, and industry leading publications like Tech Republic, SHRM, and Recruiting Daily. He is an international keynote speaker, speaking at Remote Work Summit, YPO’s Innovation Week, and Work Rebooted to name a few.
Robin is the Founder of Fearless Business, regular speaker at various business events and bestselling author of several books, including Online Business Startup, Marketing Machine and the recent popular release Take Your Shot.
He puts his 2 decades of business experience to work, coaching clients to reach their goals, create more time and increase their revenue.
From the age of 18, Robin spent four years as a systems analyst for a medical devices company, increasing their turnover by 50 per cent, from £1m to £1.5m.
From 2004 to 2016 Robin led a successful marketing agency serving over 250 clients. During this time delivering workshops and masterclasses that helped over 1,000 business owners improve their marketing, product architecture, pricing, websites and digital advertising.
Behind the scenes Robin is a husband and father to two young girls, a surfer and Sunday warrior (road cyclist). He hates going up the hills but is well known at his local cycling club for his descending at speeds more than 50mph down said hills.
Robin holds a Guinness World Record for participating in the largest ever speed networking event, has raised over £5k for a local Children’s charity in the last 4 years and has a goal to help remove 100kg of plastic from the World’s Oceans within the next 12 months via another charity he supports – 4Ocean.
This event is proudly sponsored by GetCoconut.com
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Existing members can book for free by logging into the Freelance Heroes Portal.
Date17th - 18th May 2021, 16:00