There is so much to tell about the 42 hours we all spent last week at the Creative Freelancer Conference, but one of the things that surprised me the most was the wide range of experience of the creative freelancers who made the trek to Chicago for the first-ever CFC.
Several creatives had been in business for more than 15 years and were there to take their business to the next level. Some had been in business as long as 20 years, one for over 30 years. She started right out of college and has never had a day job — she received one of our fancy awards for "Longest Time Freelancing" at the end of the conference.
Many attendees were freelancers on the side, playing hooky from their day job. They wanted to see if they could/should take the leap from "in-house" to "independent." (For a lot of them, the answer seemed to be a resounding "YES!")
And when I asked some of them how long they’d been freelancing, more than a few said, "Three days." These newly-minted solopreneurs had essentially used the conference as a diving board to start their own business! We asked them all to stand up so we could recognize and congratulate them.
But no matter how long anyone had been in business, it was a motivating and inspiring kick in the pants for everyone, one that many creatives needed to take their business to the next level.
How do you get that kick in the pants we all need?