There's change in the air. We know that it's hard to tell with all of this unseasonal heat and humidity, but soon enough the air will cool and the leaves will change and the kids will be back in school. Thinking back to childhood, many of us spent these last few days savouring summer while secretly being excited about the start of the new school year. Now as freelancers and entrepreneurs, we can harness that excitement into new projects, new opportunities for collaboration, and turning our focus to getting deep into some serious work for the fall!
Just a few housekeeping things to mention for this month:
freelancecampTO - Oct 3
We have a new phone number! Now you can reach us at (647) 861-4350.
We'll be closed on Mon Sep 6 for the Labour Day holiday. We do usually have reduced hours on holidays because we know that some freelancers just can't take the holidays off, but we've decided to close for this one. Enjoy a safe long weekend!
Camaraderie is proud to be the founders and leaders of freelancecampTO
. It's a one day conference to learn the ins and outs of how to be a better freelancer. In true camp-style, conference participants will deliver the sessions, and we'll have a track for beginners and a track for the well-seasoned freelancer so that there is something for everyone.
Registration is required
Join your fellow freelancers on Sun Oct 3 for learning, sharing, and community. Be in business for yourself, not by yourself.
Toronto Beer Quest - Sep 26
In a well-matched example of the collaboration between two people in a coworking facility, member Mirella Amato of Beerology
and Rachel of Camaraderie have teamed up to present the Toronto Beer Quest.
It's an urban adventure where teams of two solve clues about Toronto's beer history, obtain photographic evidence of themselves at the clue location, and reach the finish line for a chance to win great prizes. Sound familiar? Yeah, Rachel has orchestrated similar events for Camaraderie (the Cowhunt) and for the Proud Hamilton campaign (the Proud Hamilton Hunt).
Registration is required
Think you know about beer? Prove it on Sep 26.
We love to showcase our members and what they're up to so that you can get to know one another. Patti Pokorchak is one of our newer members, and she often brings Sheena, the most docile and adorable dogs, into the office with her.
Here's what she (Patti, not Sheena) had to say:
Company Name and Brief Description
Speakers With Impact! - by recommending the right speaker for the right audience, I help make your event exceptional, educational and entertaining, with results guaranteed!
Future Voices Speakers Bureau - to find the world's leading futurists. This bureau has been designed to deliver what meeting planners tell us they would ideally like: the ability to do a fast and focussed search for resource people and to be able to connect directly with those of interest, with middle person
How does being an entrepreneur fit into your live/work balance?
I've been running my own multiple businesses since 1992 and love the freedom - to make as much money as I want to and have as much time off as I can afford to. Though I sometimes question my sanity as I went from marketing industrial handheld computers to being a hobby farmer with a garden centre. I find the best work/life balance is when I'm just a corporate consultant type and not restricted to retail hours.
Top thing you get out of working from Camaraderie?
Love the people contact and learning from others. Love the downtown buzz though I'm happy to head back to Long Branch and the Lake.
One thing you'd like to see change/start/happen at Camaraderie:
Open up a Toronto-West office perhaps? Don't change, you're doing great!
Until next time
In keeping with the spirit of freelancecampTO, here's a great tip from 1stwebdesigner in a recent blog post Top Tips to Boost your Freelance Efficiency
Learning from your mistakes
Take the time to evaluate your projects. Make a list of what is working in order to hold on to those things, along with listing what doesn't work in order to eliminate those elements in future projects.
How do you ensure your freelance work is efficient?