FreelanceCamp Des Moines was run by Freelance Pros, a local advocacy group supporting freelancers throughout the metro through education, networking opportunities and co-working projects. Sponsors included the Iowa Department of Economic Development, Dice.com, Kerber Technology Solutions, Metro Waste Authority and Kum & Go.
This was my first experience with BarCamp-style facilitation and I thought it was perfect for our group. Below are a few choice quotes I took away from the event:
“10 blue links on a white background is your reputation.” Nathan T. Wright, Lava Row on the importance of appearing in a positive light on the first page of search results.
“If you don’t want to grow personally, don’t be a freelancer.” Mike Wagner, White Rabbit Group
“Freelancers don’t succeed in isolation.” and “Freelancing is not a solo sport.” Mike Wagner, White Rabbit Group on the importance of community
“Beta is better than perfect.” Mike Wagner, White Rabbit Group on not waiting for perfection before you launch
“Business plans can’t survive contact with the economy.” Mike Wagner, White Rabbit Group. Business plans in a vacuum, great; business plans in a constantly changing economic environment, for the birds. You need to continuously adapt to your marketplace to succeed
“What are the skills inside the skills?” Mike Wagner, White Rabbit Group. Realizing what you’re good at fundamentally will help you transition your service offering in an ever-changing economy.
Did you attend? What were your takeaways?