Program Schedule

It's all here this year!
Come enjoy a single track program one day and a multi-track interactive program the last day with an additional day of community events with Funch and the kick-off party.
Day 1
07 Sep 2017
Day 2
08 Sep 2017
Day 3
09 Sep 2017

BONUS DAY: Community Events Throughout Austin

If you come in to town early or are already in Austin you can take advantage of even more great talks and workshops at local coworking spaces across town. Separate...
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Welcome to #FREECON17

You haven't kicked off a conference until you've been to a Fappy Hour!
Emily Leach
Elijah May

Get Shit Done and Still Go to Yoga: Holistic Productivity for Freelancers

You already work for yourself, so you’ve got some things figured out. But, you know the goal is not only to power through your to-do list, but also to make...
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Amy Segreti

Embracing Interdependence: Focus on your authentic talent, and collaborate with those who do the same

Don Osmond, the founder and managing partner of OzComm Marketing, shares his insight to the remarkable secret behind his business model. He will explain how building an interdependent creative network...
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Don Osmond

Workshop: Five Ways to Create Profitable Publicity You Can Take to the Bank!

#1 How to save TIME and create PROFIT with SOCIAL MEDIA PUBLICITY! #2 Discover how to get on LOCAL or NATIONAL TELEVISION for FREE! #3 Learn how to build a...
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Starley Murray

INTERVIEW: Starley Murray, The Power of Publicity

Our Founder, Emily Leach will have a candid and inspiring interview with Starley Murray. Starley is a twenty-five-year veteran Celebrity Image Expert that has been requested for high profile clients such as Arnold...
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Starley Murray

Opening Welcome

Emily Leach
Elijah May

If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It. The Rewards We Reap as Freelancers

Anne will take you back to when you started freelancing, or if you haven’t started yet, she will help you start to dream!   She will encourage you and help...
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Anne Fish
10:45 am

Break

Why We Must Build the Interdependent Workforce Together

Traditional work was dependent work: you worked “for” an employer who, in exchange for your freedom, took care of you and told you what to do. Now, we’re in a...
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Tony Bacigalupo

Mastering Upwork Like a Boss: Charge High Rates, Land Great Clients, and Become a Top Rated Freelancer

I started experimenting with Upwork while I was still working full-time at Cisco. For months I researched all the strategies, read all the success and horror stories, and learned enough...
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Alex Cequea

Growth Without Scaling: Traveling an Independent Path

There’s an abundance of advice available about finding success in business (including what you’ll hear at this event!) However, so much of this guidance is focused on a singular path:...
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Michelle Schulp

GIG PITCH

If you’re like most of us, you’ve pitched your services to more people, more times than you can count. Time after gut-wrenching time you’ve put yourself out there, vulnerable to...
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Emily Leach
12:30 pm

Lunch

Interactive Panel Discussion: Fear

Julie Niehoff
Dr. Mary Holsenbeck
Elijah May

Breaking Free from Feast or Famine: 3 Strategies to Increase and Stabilize Your Income

One of the biggest challenges facing freelancers is the inevitable ebb and flow of client work. It seems like all the work comes in at once; life is good and...
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Shawn Hesketh
4:00 pm

Break

Interview: Minette Riordan, The Power of Focus

Our Founder, Emily Leach will have a candid and inspiring interview with Dr. Minette Riordan. Minette has successfully built a 6-figure multi-media publishing company targeting families in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex....
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Dr. Minette Riordan

Introverts, stop selling like an extrovert

You’re an introvert and you dread (even hate) selling because it’s uncomfortable and feels unnatural. Deep down you know your business suffers because you just can’t seem to sell like...
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Luis Vazquez

Workshop: Letting Go of the Lone Wolf Mindset: Why Collaboration is the Key to Expanding Your Freelance Business

As a freelancer, you’ve exited the office politics and forced friendships of the corporate world, so you may be thinking you can Lone Wolf your expertise all the way to...
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Kimberly Culbertson

Workshop: Emotional Intelligence: Top Five Skills for Freelancers©

Freelancers are unique because they are a company of one.  Yet, they experience many of the same challenges as any other company with multiple employees.  Freelancers need to be at...
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Dr. Mary Holsenbeck

Workshop: Path to Profit: Design Your Roadmap to Success

Profit is the lifeblood of every business and creating enough of it is a serious problem that creative women entrepreneurs need to solve … TODAY! First, you’ll make powerful, lasting...
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Dr. Minette Riordan

Workshop: Market Power Podcasting for Freelancers

Podcasting is a powerful marketing tool to create a revenue-generating marketing platform that amplifies your expert brand and business. By prolifically generating high value content to multi-cast and building a...
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Tracy Hazzard

Campfire: How and When to Fire Clients

Grab a bean bag and come join an open conversation around a “campfire” to share your own experience of firing clients and how you made the call, ask questions or...
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Campfire: Tips to Finding More Clients

Grab a bean bag and come join an open conversation around a “campfire” to share your own tricks to finding more clients, ask questions or sit back and take in...
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12:30 pm

Open Lunch

Campfire: Productivity Hacks

Grab a bean bag and come join an open conversation around a “campfire” to share your own productivity hacks, ask questions or sit back and take in the wisdom being...
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Welcome to #FREECON17 Interactive

Kick off the day with breakfast tacos, coffee and a room full of your peers!
Emily Leach
Elijah May

#FREECON17 Awards followed by the #FREECON Cooler After Party

And the winners are … Throughout the conference there will be challenges, games and a scavenger hunt that runs throughout the event starting February 13th … we like to give...
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Emily Leach
Anna Cummins
Elijah May

Workshop: How to Grow your Business Without Cold Calling

You’re not alone if you cringe at the thought of calling a prospect out of the blue. It’s natural to avoid the dreaded cold call sales tactic for fear of...
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Alicia White

Workshop: Contract Jenga: How To Build A Balanced Contract

As entrepreneurs, we grow our businesses through relationships.  Sometimes, building a contract that protects your interests can feel like you are alienating your customers.  You would rather do “business on...
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Jamie Whitney

Roundtable Discussions

Do elements of running your business keep you up at night or make you launch out of a fantastic dream into a cold sweat? Maybe it’s a fear that you...
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Roundtable Discussions

Do elements of running your business keep you up at night or make you launch out of a fantastic dream into a cold sweat? Maybe it’s a fear that you...
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