Freelance Weekend 2017

A 3 day unconference in the mountains, excellent connections and the best way to learn from others.

When

9th to 11th June 2017
the whole weekend

Tickets are still available, but be quick before they are gone!

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For three days,
we cover all aspects to be more successful at freelancing

Regardless if you just getting started or already freelance for a long time, most freelancers deal with the same topics again and again like: How do I find new customers? How can I be more effective and productive? How can I work with others to get involved in bigger projects? How can I balance shifting workloads? Which tools should I use? And many other topics.

At the Freelance Weekend unconference we help you to discuss these and other topics with other freelancers and learn from them how they deal with the ever changing demans of the freelance business.


Our event is a mix of formal and informal sessions that are driven by participants and best practice examples. Of course there will also be plenty of time to connect with the participants on a personal level and have fun together in the inspiring mountain resort of Bansko.

How to get started

Leaving a safe job to start your own freelance business can be daunting. Learn from others that already did the first step on how they overcame the initial challenges. Freelancing is not so hard when you follow some best practices

Increase your income

Finding well paying customers and retaining them for follow up projects is probably the most important aspect of a successful freelancing business. We will share ideas and experiences to help you grow your business.

Tools and technologies

Are you using the right tools and processes to increase your productivity and make your customers happy? You will learn about the best solutions for promotion, time management, invoicing, issue tracking, prototyping and many more.

Topics

We cover all aspects of freelancing

Design
& Creatives

Ideas into products

Promote your portfolio, use prototyping and collaboration tools to discuss your work and scale your services

Software
Development

The highest rates

Working in remote teams and on ever changing requirements to build scalable solutions.

Content
Creation

PR, Writing and Journalism

Helping customers to communicate their message to customers.

Virtual
Assistants

The hero in the background

Supporting a huge range of tasks and a master of all trades.

Sales
& Marketing

Bringing home the money

Help companies to position and promote their products to increase revenue

Customer
Service

Dealing with questions

Ensuring a positive customer experience even when things go wrong.

Teaching
& Consulting

Sharing your knowledge

helping others to learn a new skill or to improve their knwoledge

Location
Independence

Working from anywhere

Built your business in a way that allows you to work remote.

Event Schedule

packed with high quality and lots of fun

09:00

Registration opens


Coffee and small snacks available.

09:00 - 18:00

Coworking Jelly

get to know early arrivals and enjoy the coworking space

After 11:00

Checkin for your accomodation

Baba Reina's & Ani's Guesthouse
Drop off your bags at the guesthouse and maybe have a quick shower after your travels

13:00 - 14:00

Optional: Lunch Break

13:00 - 18:00

Fun: Explore Rila Monastery

Additional charge: €30
See the most famous monastery in Bulgaria and World Heritage site: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/216

18:00

BBQ with Chef Uwe

We will prepare a delious BBQ for you on our patio. Lots of meat, but of course also healthy vegetarian choices.

08:30

Coffee & Snacks

09:00 - 09:30

Welcome and introductions

Matthias, Uwe and Irina
Why we built Coworking Bansko and how you can be part of the growing location independence trend

10:00 - 10:30

Session Planning

10:45 - 13:00

Unconference Sessions

Share and learn. Exact session schedule to be confirmed during session planning

The unconference format creates space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.

At the start, the whole group will gather together and be guided through creating an agenda using open space technology. The exact process is not important to understand in advance – the process will become clear as it happens. The important part is that all those gathered will have the opportunity to put conference sessions on the agenda. No session will be voted off or ‘won’t happen’ for some other reason. All sessions are welcome.

The sessions convened will range from the formal to the informal:

From the well thought out pre-prepared talk reflecting years of research and practice to the spur of the moment ‘new idea’ that would be fun to talk about.
From the demonstration of a working tool to the whiteboarding of something completely new.

19:00

Traditional Dinner & Night Out

We will share an amazing meal in traditional Bansko mechana (restaurant) and dance the night away afterwards in one of Bansko's best night clubs.

09:30

Coffee & Snacks

10:00 - 13:00

Workshop 1

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Evangelist

Details soon

10:00 - 13:00

Workshop 2

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Evangelist

Details soon

13:00

Lunch

14:00 - 17:00

(Optional) Mountain Hike


Bansko is surrounded by three massive mountain ranges: Rila, Rhodope and Pirin. We will take you up one of these mountains for an easy hike and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Please bring suitable hiking shoes.

18:00 - 20:00

(Optional) Relax in the natural hot springs of Banya

If you are still in Bansko at the end of the weekend, then we will invite you to join the organizer team to soak in the nearby hot springs. A great way to recover some energy.

Why is this conference for you?

Stay Ahead of the curve

What do other freelancers do to be successful? Often it is not only about the skills in your profession, but also about how to run a growing freelance business. Marketing your skills, using the best tools and having the right processes in place often make a big difference.

Find new ways of thinking and problem-solving

Freelaning is great, but one of the disadvantages is that you are often workign alone. Together we will be able to gain new perspectives and insights.

Networking opportunities

To be able to win bigger projects, you need partners with complementary skills. At Freelance weekend you will be able to meet them.

Strengthen Your Skills

Attend one of the workshops on Sunday to get introduced to new tools, learn new skills and broaden your protfolio.

Pricing & Registration

Only 30 available seats Get your Conference Tickets early.

We <3 freelancers and entrepreneurs, this is why we invite you to meet other freelancers to network and share experiences to our home in Bansko. We like to make meaningful connections during our events and this gets harder if there are to many people, so please register early to ensure that you have a ticket before all seats are taken.

Amazing experience guaranteed! If you feel for any reason that this event didn't live up to your expectations, we will refund your ticket - no questions asked.

Everyone is welcome - if money is tight please message us and we will find a way to make it easier to attend!

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€125

Late Bird before May 25th

This is our best deal. It includes the unconference, tasty food (3x morning snacks, 2xlunch, 2x dinner), one workshop and 2 nights shared accomodation in a local guesthouse. Single room upgrade €25.

€150

Regular Ticket

A good value for everyone. It includes the unconference, tasty food (3x morning snacks, 2xlunch, 2x dinner), one workshop and 2 nights shared accomodation in a local guesthouse. Single room upgrade €25.

€50

Locals ticket (no hotel)

If you live around Bansko or want to use a different accomodation, then this is the right choice: It includes the unconference, tasty food (3x morning snacks, 2xlunch, 2x dinner) but no accomodation

Sponsors & Partners

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Get in touch

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Location and Venue

area full of great hotels and restaurants.

Spend three inspiring days in the Bansko, the mountain capital of the Balkans. This cozy village is full of history, large mountains and a growing community of location independent freelancers and entrepreneurs.

Venue

Coworking Bansko

Toma Vishanov 2 & 6

Bansko, 2770 - Bulgaria

Accomodation

We will book a (shared) room for you in two nearby local guest houses

Baba Reina

Ani's Guesthouse

Additional details

We will be in touch with you after registration to coordinate your arrival, deal with any room preferences or upgrades and answer any questions you might have. There is also a private Facebook group for everyone that you will get access to.

Also if you want to stay longer, either before or after the conference, we can recommend suitable accomodation.

To get to Bansko, please check Ryanair and Wizzair for cheap flight to Sofia. Hoppa offers shared airport transfers and there is also a public bus from Sofia

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