I'd like to invite you to the next Double Your Freelancing Conference, taking place September 28-30th right in my backyard of Norfolk, Virginia.
Why should you come? After all, as a freelancer you don't have a boss to convince to send you for free. And you'll need to take a few days off... days that could be spent billing clients.
So what's there to gain? What ROI will you get on your time and money for spending a few days in southeastern Virginia?
We've intentionally designed this event to be small and intimate, and to allow for you to learn actionable tactics that you can apply immediately in your business and to build relationships with speakers and other attendees that will turn into lifelong friendships and business partnerships.
This isn't just any industry conference. This is a community of passionate, business-minded freelancers. A few of these community members with deep knowledge about a particular facet of business will be sharing their big takeaways with you on stage. And between all the talks, you'll have meaningful and lasting discussions with some of the brightest minds in the industry.
5 Strategies You Can Use Next Week To Measurably Grow Your Business
Working With Remote Clients
Creating Recurring Revenue
Attracting High Quality Clients
The Double Your Freelancing Conference (#dyfconf) is a single-track conference that's focused on helping freelancers and agencies grow their businesses.
You'll learn from some of the brightest minds in the industry — which includes the all-star speaker lineup we've prepared for you. Each talk will give you a handful of actionable to-do items that you can incorporate immediately into your business.
Building Your Business With Virtual Assistants
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: How to Eliminate Toxic Clients
The Freelancer's Dilemma
When A Consultant Becomes A Client: Seeing Both Sides Of The Table
Sell To Your Existing Clients
Leveraging Your Freelance Skills To Build A Business You Can Sell
Many conferences have speakers who fly in, give a talk, and hang out in a "Speaker's Lounge" or their hotel room throughout the duration of the event.
Our speakers are attendees who just happen to be on stage. After each talk, we have ample time for Q&A with each speaker, and you'll be able to mingle with them at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all of our evening events.
Building Your Client Pipeline
We Can All Be Story Tellers
We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to talk to every person at the event: every attendee, every speaker, and me (Brennan).
This year we've intentionally downsized the conference to help make this happen. We also have a few activities in store that will help even the most introverted of us make the most of every moment of the conference.
Every attendee will also join our year-round Slack account. Before you even get to the conference you'll break the ice and get to know your fellow attendees, what they do, and what they're looking to get from the event.
Interested in getting your company in front of business-minded freelancers and agencies? Email us for more info
Norfolk is home to the largest naval base on the planet, and we want to help bring up to 20 local veterans to the conference. We've partnered with Happy Joe, a 501c3 non-profit that helps veterans start their own businesses, to make this happen.
We break even on our conferences (all revenue is used to cover the costs of hosting the event) so we don't have the budget to give away these tickets for free. Double Your Freelancing will be donating to a pool of funds that Happy Joe has setup to create a scholarship fund for our service men and women, and we'd like to ask you or your business to help. All donations are fully deductible.
Click here to donate to our scholarship fund. Are you active duty or a veteran of the US military? Or do you know someone who is and wants to learn the skills they need to start their own business? Here's a link to the application form.
The conference is in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. The local airport is Norfolk / Virginia Beach International (ORF), and has quite a few airlines flying out of it. You can grab a cab, Uber, or Lyft from the airport. If you're coming from the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast, Amtrak can take you right downtown.
You should probably show up the afternoon of the 28th. Many attendees will choose to stay the weekend for more mingling and libations, but that's totally up to you.
We've reserved a group rate at the Marriott Waterside, which is the "home base" of the conference and where most of the attendees (including all the speakers) will be staying.
Wednesday, September 28th:
7:00pm - Kickoff reception and registration
Thursday, September 29th:
9:00am - Opening Remarks, Brennan Dunn
9:15am - Attracting High Quality Clients With Storytelling, Chris Lema
10:00am - Sell To Your Existing Clients, Matt Inglot
10:45am - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: How to Eliminate Toxic Clients, Austin Church
12:00pm - Group Lunch
1:15pm - Building Your Business With Virtual Assistants, Gina Horkey
2:00pm - When A Consultant Becomes A Client: Seeing Both Sides Of The Table, Glenn Stovall
2:45pm - Working With Remote Clients, Laura Elizabeth
4:00pm - Group hangout and workshopping at the Pagoda
5:00pm - Dinner
7:00pm - Evening reception
Friday, September 30th:
9:00am - Opening Remarks, Brennan Dunn
9:15am - Leveraging Your Freelance Skills To Build A Business You Can Sell, Thomas Smale
10:00am - The Freelancer's Dilemma, Sherry Walling
10:45am - Building Your Client Pipeline, Kai Davis
12:00pm - Group Lunch
1:15pm - We Can All Be Story Tellers, Chad Owen
2:00pm - Creating Recurring Revenue, James Dalman
2:45pm - TBD, Brennan Dunn
4:00pm - Group outing around Norfolk
7:00pm - Closing reception and party
Saturday, October 1st:
10:00am - Beach trip! Bring your bathing suit and a towel, and get ready for some in-ocean networking
We've got you covered with breakfast and lunch each day of the conference. You'll be on your own for dinner (hopefully you'll be dining with some new friends), but downtown Norfolk has lots of delicious eating.
This area boasts some of the best American history you can find. Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, and Williamsburg was the center of political events that led up to the American Revolution. The Norfolk area is also the largest naval base in the world, and you can tour the USS Wisconsin battleship or the General MacArthur Museum while you're here.
September is still warm enough to hit the beaches or the many nature trails we have in the area. We're also about an hour away by car from the Outer Banks in North Carolina.