Going Solo Leeds: Being a Freelancer in a Connected World


Back in April, my first post for WWD introduced Going Solo, a one-day conference for freelancers that took places in mid-May, right on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland’s Lausanne. (Disclosure: I’ve been advising Going Solo as an unpaid volunteer helping with strategy & logistics)

Conference organizer Stephanie Booth has recently announced that she’ll be touring the conference globally, with the next event landing in the UK on 12th September in the city of Leeds.

Like the Lausanne event, Going Solo Leeds will focus on practical and theoretical sessions for freelancing professionals, independent workers, the self-employed, remote workers and those who are considering ‘going solo’.

Though there’s a bias towards internet and media professionals, most of the sessions are appropriate for traditional independent workers too. Here’s a taster of the planned programme…

  • Laura Fitton: You Only Get What You Give (Marketing and taking care of one’s social capital)
  • Suw Charman: When Passion Becomes Profession (Balancing Work and Life)
  • Martin Roell: Self-Organisation for Effectiveness: Tools and Methods to Get Things Done
  • Panel moderated by Stephanie Booth: Solo in a Networked World (Laura Fitton, Linda Broughton)
  • Stowe Boyd: From The Far Side To The Dark Side: A Crash Course In Business Realities For Soloists

The Lausanne sessions are available online at DailyMotion and registrations for Going Solo Leeds are currently about halfway through the ‘early bird’ discount phase of £150 ($300/€190) with only a few such passes now available…so hurry!

Going Solo will be taking place at Leeds’ Old Broadcasting House on Friday 12th September, so it’s a great excuse to spend the weekend exploring one of the UK’s most exciting cities as well as skilling up on best practices in freelancing.

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