The folks behind International Freelancers Day are Ed Gandia and Crystal Coleman. Ed is the co-author of the bestselling book, The Wealthy Freelancer, and a recognized thought leader in the world of freelancing and solopreneurship. Crystal is a sought-after online business manager, operational whiz and president of The Northern Edge Business Solutions.

About Ed Gandia

Ed Gandia is a successful freelance copywriter, author, speaker and coach, and co-author of the bestselling and award-winning book The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle  (Penguin/Alpha).

He is a founding partner of International Freelancers Academy and the man behind International Freelancers Day, the world's biggest free online conference for solo professionals. He's also the author of the popular Freelance Industry Report, which you can download free here.

Ed's advice and insights have been featured on CNN Radio and CBS Radio News, and in Inc. magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, DM News, AirTran's Go magazine and The Writer, among others.

Ed is a proud and active father of two children. He loves backpacking, great wine and great food, and will regularly post pictures of his grilled masterpieces on Facebook.

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About Crystal Coleman

Based in Alberta Canada, Crystal Coleman has been working in the virtual support industry since 2009, starting as a virtual assistant and transitioning into an online business manager in 2010. In March 2011, Crystal completed training in the Online Business Manager (OBM) Certification Program, which is the top achievement level in the OBM industry.

As the operations manager at International Freelancers Academy, Crystal is the lead project manager for programs and online events, in addition to the "behind-the-scenes" coordination of the day to day business at the Academy.

In her spare time, Crystal can be found spending time outdoors on her acreage working with her horses or hiking with her husband and two children.

Learn more about Crystal here.

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