Last Friday I spent the day in Old Broadcasting House, Leeds with a group of like-minded people interested in starting, or already on their freelance journey.
The event, organised by Stephanie Booth was originally intended to be a larger conference but due to disappointing numbers it was cancelled. The attendees were instead invited to a smaller, less formal gathering called SoloCamp.
The twenty-or-so of us who attended spent the day talking about a variety of issues: Finance, Confidence, Growth and Clients. The full overview of the day can be found on the SoloCamp wiki.
This was my first “BarCamp” style event, and I took the opportunity to get some presentational confidence by moderating the Growth session. I had a bit of a stumble with the session as my ad-hoc material quickly ran out, but thankfully the session turned into a rather interesting discussion about Hype Cycles towards the end (thanks to Dennis!).
All in all, a very interesting and educational experience. It gave me renewed enthusiasm about getting my company up and properly running. It also had me thinking about charging policies, marketing and finance, all of which are very important to a vulnerable technology start-up. More generally, it has been a great pleasure meeting a variety of individuals, from various backgrounds who I hope to keep in touch with.
Good news. Going Solo – the “one-day educational conference for freelancers and small business owners” is open for registration. First 25 registrations get the special early-bird discount and pay just Â£150 (which by all accounts is going fast…).
I’ve been freelancing for about a year now, and running a small business for over six months. It’s moving fast, and I’m enjoying learning a great deal from first-hand experience and others’ stories. Going Solo looks like a great opportunity to get first-hand feedback from like-minded people. I’m hoping to get a lot from this event.
After a successful Going Solo conference in Lausanne, Switzerland this month, organiser Stephanie Booth is preparing to hold a second event in Leeds, UK later this year.
Going Solo is a one-day event for “the little people” – freelancers and small business owners, and features a series of talks from experienced speakers on a whole variety of topics: finance, organisation, tax, etc. – all very relevant stuff for those of us who’ve decided to run a business.
Unfortunately I couldn’t justify the costs of travelling to Switzerland for a one-day conference, so wasn’t able to go despite there being a great line-up. However, with the announcement of a follow-up in Leeds on September 12, 2008 I’m already making arrangements. It should be an interesting and inspiring day.
With the Leeds event having the same speakers and agendas, I’m guessing that Stephanie is responding to people like myself who’ve found the cost too high, or the dates inconvenient. Maybe there should be a tour bus? 😉