Self-employed professionals from around the country joined us, at our flagship event to celebrate National Freelancers Day (NFD) with a series of inspirational talks, workshops and drop-in sessions.
Now in its eleventh year, the day started with an exciting keynote from Pip Jamieson, founder of the networking platform The Dots, at Kings Place, London last Thursday (20 June). Her talk opened all our eyes to the endless possibilities and strength that freelancers have – she spoke about why she set up The Dots and what really drove her to be the successful entrepreneur she is today.
The talks and workshops at this year’s NFD were centered around four key themes: winning work, finance, health & wellbeing and digital.
For the first time ever, NFD had its own app meaning attendees were able to tailor their day exactly how they wanted. As all freelancers vary in their professions, we wanted to make the day as valuable as possible and the app enabled guests curate their agenda for the day, communicate with other participants and win prizes through our unique interactive competition.
The sessions on the day varied from panel discussions on whether technology would help or hinder freelancing to setting rates and upping rates.
We also had some great insight from some of our sponsors on the day, as Aon led the session ‘Professional Indemnity, insurance demystified’, Fiverr hosted the session ‘From offline to online: how to succeed as a freelancer’, John Charcol shed light in ‘Fact or fiction: it is difficult to get mortgage as a freelancer’ and CashPlus spoke on ‘Finance for business: the essentials’. These were only a handful of the fantastic talks that took place on the day!
Award-winning doctor-turned-author and comedian, Adam Kay, rounded the day off with a lighthearted and hilarious stand-up routine, which included highlights from his book This is Going to Hurt: Secret diaries of a Junior Doctor. He also spoke about his transition from a full-time doctor into the self-employed world.
This year’s NFD was the biggest celebration of freelancing we’ve had yet, and we can’t wait for next year to see how it will continue to grow. If you were unable to join us this year, we look forward to seeing you at our next event.