So, at the time of writing, the countdown clock on the National Freelancers Day website reads 13 hours, 3 minutes and 16 seconds to go.
Just around the corner then.
That’s right. In just a few hours National Freelancers Day 2011 kicks off and the spotlight falls on individual consultants, contractors and sole traders up and down the country.
And rightly so. Research commissioned by the day’s organisers PCG shows a 12% growth in the freelance community. 1 in 20 workers in the UK are now freelancers – a number significant enough to get recognition and endorsement from David Cameron.
The positive contribution to our nation’s faltering economy freelancers make shouldn’t be underestimated. And enormous credit must go to those who take the decision to go solo in these uncertain times.
Be part of it
There’s plenty to get stuck into tomorrow.
The centrepiece of the day is The Freelance Lecture. Get down to St Lukes in Old Street, London at around 6.30 and listen to leading experts (and Sue Lawley!) talk about the various issues and challenges freelancers face. They’ll cover: how to harness freelance talent; how freelancers can engage more effectively; how to position yourself as a business and a freelancer in this changing economy, and more.
Throughout the day, feel free to dip into a variety of webinars covering useful topics such as using social media, getting referrals, winning work, building a strong profile, negotiating rates etc. Essential know-how for any budding or seasoned freelancer for sure.
Win a prize! (No really)
Try our quick survey. It only takes a few minutes and you could win one of three splendid new Kindles for your trouble.
Finally, and as part of our support for the day, we’re running a series of freelancer interviews on our blog. If you fancy a bit of the free publicity that comes with taking part, drop Vicky a line (firstname.lastname@example.org) or tweet us @PolicyBee – make sure you use #freelancefriday.
Whatever you’re planning on doing, enjoy yourself and let us know how you get on. We’d love to hear what you’re up to and what you get from the day.