The era of full-time, permanent employment established during the last century has come to an end. With 35% of the workforce engaged in independent work, the norms and standards for finding fulfilling gigs and forging a successful career path are quickly shifting for 55 million people. Technology has made freelancing a more accessible and liberating reality — but it has also created an overwhelming mix of job-find opportunities that are tricky to navigate on your own. At this event, you will learn how to define your marketable skill set as a freelancer and find a continuous stream of work you love. Tune in for real-life tips from professional freelancers and contractors about establishing yourself as an independent worker, enhancing your personal brand, finding your community of like-minded professionals, and mining your network for promising opportunities.
We’ll be sharing ideas and stories around:
Amplifying your personal brand as a freelancer
Defining your marketable skill set — and market value
Finding your community
Leveraging relationships and referrals to find continuous work
Kian Lavi is a product designer, photographer, and developer based in San Francisco. Kian works with startups of all sizes, taking both a hands-on and an advisory role in implementing design into their products and processes. When not face down in a laptop, he's off exploring the fringes of human-computer interaction and interviewing people on the streets.
Stephan Castro is a senior designer who specializes in user interface design. Most recently, Stephan is working to build out new apps as a contractor for startups in the Bay Area. Stephan lives in San Francisco with his wife, Katie, and tweets using @StephanCastro.