Freelance08 Conference

Here is a great little conference (Freelance08) on next Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Auckland. Freelance 08 - May 08 in Auckland, NZ

It offers huge value for members of the freelance nation. Also a chance to hear from Nicky Hager, Brenda Ward, Virginia Larson and John Cranna as well as old favourites David Cohen and Rod Oram.

The scope is wide enough to include useful business tips for all contractors regardless of whether they get paid to write for a living. And at $100 for the whole day it is very good value.

Registration needs to be before close of business tomorrow so don’t delay. I’ve decided to go along to a few sessions myself. So if you make it, be sure to say hi.

As it happens still do some some contract research and writing for various business documents and it is always helpful to understand the best ways to frame up that kind of work since the creative element and the craft often has to be rationed to the budget at hand.

There is also a big difference between a quick note and a research piece or marketing content and that is not always so easy to explain or get paid for.

Breakout sessions: Freelancing nuts and bolts (Some examples only)

  • Hawking your wares overseas
    David Cohen, journalist Tracey Barnett, journalist
  • Negotiating – a way to better pay
    Jenny Ruth, freelance business journalist Julia Thorne, photographer and writer
  • Slicing/dicing your interviews/expertise
    Gill South, freelance writer Rod Oram, journalist and commentator
  • Making your writing a business
    Baubre Murray, director, Dowse Murray Chartered Accountants Simon Penlington, partner, Jones Fee, barristers and solicitors

Hat tip to Kim And Phillipa for nurturing this idea. I believe this is the 3rd conference and it looks like the combination of practical help and actual facetime together has achieved some critical mass.

See you there?

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