Speakers

Ed Gandia

A recognized expert and thought leader in the world of freelancing and solopreneurship, Ed Gandia is the man behind International Freelancers Day. He's a founding partner of International Freelancers Academy and co-author of the bestselling and award-winning book, The Wealthy Freelancer (Penguin/Alpha). His advice and insights have been featured on CNN Radio, CBS Radio, Inc. magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AirTran Airways’ Go magazine, The Writer and other leading publications.

Jason Womack

Jason Womack is a performance psychologist, author and triathlete, and he lives each day to the absolute fullest. In this session, he shares his keys to a highly effective and incredibly productive day. If you're someone who could work a few hours on a Saturday and take a spontaneous day off with friends and family on a Tuesday, you'll appreciate these high-impact ideas to make your best work/life experience even better.

Shane Pearlman

I am the Chief Executive Officer at Modern Tribe Inc. We are an agency that coordinates freelance talent on project for some of the worlds biggest companies. I personally leads indie teams in UX/UI, Web & Mobile Design.

In 2008, I help start Freelance Camp, which has spread throughout the world. I've spoken at SXSW, GigaOm’s Future of Work, Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, eBay and numerous barcamps & smaller events. I like to write and am a contributor on the topic of remote work & freelancing to Mashable, A List Apart, GigaOm, Elance, FreelanceSwitch & Copyblogger. On my own time, I am heavily involved in Gov 2.0, shaping how local government uses technology, resulting in both a Gov 2.0 Award and a mayoral commendation. I am also an active participant in both the WordPress and RoR Redmine / Chili open source projects.

James Clear

James Clear founded Passive Panda in 2011, where he shares methods and tools for developing a comprehensive earning strategy that fits your lifestyle. He often talks about spreading your message and getting others to believe in your ideas. James has delivered speeches on business strategy and entrepreneurship in the United States, the UK, and Switzerland. His work has been featured by respected media outlets like US News and World Report, American Express, The Huffington Post, Lifehacker, and dozens of others. He holds a degree in Biomechanics from Denison University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was an ESPN Academic All–American as a pitcher on the baseball team. He also has an MBA from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University. James does a fair bit of traveling (16 countries and counting), which helps feed his passion for travel photography.

Charley Gilkey

Charlie's the go-to guy for creative changemakers and entrepreneurs for figuring out how to get the right things done. His blog, Productive Flourishing, is one of the top productivity and business blogs on the web.

Charlie is a mashup of a former military logistics officer, a philosopher, and a business advisor. That background makes a unique synthesis of theory, action, and no-BS counsel that focuses people on what matters and how to take action on it. His work is routinely cited, showcased, and shared in places like Inc.com, BNET, Project Domino, Lifehacker, Copyblogger, Problogger, Zenhabits, and others.

Charlie's forthcoming book, Beyond Bootstrapping, helps entrepreneurs and small business owners become better executives and build better businesses from the business they've already built.

Charlie is also the creator of the Unconventional Guide to Freelancing (in partnership with Chris Guillebeau). If you're a freelancer who's wanting to build a thriving business that serves you rather than a struggling business that you serve, you should check out the Unconventional Guide to Freelancing.

Tyler Tervooren

A self proclaimed “scaredy cat” for most of his life, Tyler Tervooren is a writer, adventurer, and “professor of riskology” who occasionally writes about himself in the third person. After getting fired from the job he hated in 2010, Tyler took the step he’d only dreamed of before by shredded his resume and turning his passion for writing into a business by founding Advanced Riskology, the Internet’s first site dedicated to better living through uncertainty.

Nowadays, Tyler runs his small but profitable business from some of the most remote locations on earth, and he attributes any success he’s had to finding the will to try the things that scared him the most.

The idea has caught on, and Tyler’s thoughts about life and entrepreneurship have now been featured on outlets like MSN.com, CNN Living, Yahoo Finance, and Lifehacker.

In his own words, “May the risks you take reward you in more ways than you can understand.”

Tyler’s newest project is The Bootstrapper Guild, a community for do-it-yourself entrepreneurs building highly profitable businesses the smart way.

Mike McDerment

Mike McDerment is CEO of Freshbooks, an online billing andbookeeping service for freelancers. An entrepreneur with two successful start-ups to his name, Mike talks faster than he writes and can deftly juggle and keep his eye on hundreds of balls at one time. Mike is a founder of the mesh conference, lecturer at Humber College and a frequent speaker at Internet conferences. Mike loves his work, and would rather be outdoors than inside.

Peleg Top

Peleg Top has developed a unique, creative and revolutionary approach to the business development process, which has transformed businesses around the world. He is a speaker, author and a professional mentor.

Born in Israel and now based in Los Angeles, Peleg coaches creative entrepreneurs and helps them create a thriving business, achieve wealth and design a well-balanced life.

A trained spiritual director, a designer at heart and a yogi in spirit, Peleg brings over twenty years of intuitive business sense and personal experience to his work. He is the co-founder of the Creative Freelancer Conference and the author of the soon to be released book Designing Abundance: A Creative Guide to High Growth.

Peter Bowerman

Peter Bowerman, a veteran freelancer and business coach, is the self-published author of the award-winning 2000 Book-of-the-Month Club selection, The Well-Fed Writer, its 2005 companion, TWFW: Back For Seconds, and the quadruple-award-winning 2010 updated compilation of both (www.wellfedwriter.com).

Joseph D’Agnese &
Denise Kiernan

Joseph D’Agnese & Denise Kiernan are the authors of The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers and the Self-Employed, a personal finance guide for independent workers published by Random House. They are journalists, authors and producers whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other major publications. For more than 20 years they have experienced in the world of freelance writing and publishing from the POV of in-the-trenches authors. They connect with freelancers via www.feed-the-monkey.com

Steve Slaunwhite

Ever since he started a neighborhood detective agency at the age of eight (and actually got a client), Steve knew he was destined to be self-employed. He dabbled in traditional employment as an adult, hated it, and went on to become a highly successful freelancer for more than 17 years and counting.

These days – as a marketing coach and freelancing expert -- Steve focuses on helping freelancers and self-employed professionals get the clients and income they want, while building the lifestyle of their dreams.

He is the author of several books including Start & Run a Copywriting Business, The Everything Guide to Writing Copy, and Pricing Your Writing Services. He is the co-author of the bestselling and award-winning book, The Wealthy Freelancer.

You can learn more about Steve's coaching and books at www.SteveSlaunwhite.com.

By the way, he solved his first (and only) detective case. He found the lost cat.

Rebecca Matter

Rebecca Matter is a Co-Managing Partner of American Writers & Artists Inc (AWAI), the world’s leading trainer of direct-response copywriters and graphic designers. A marketer with 15 years of experience in publishing and direct-marketing, Rebecca has spearheaded successful million-dollar campaigns for countless products, both online and off, and has spoken and written on topics ranging from getting and working with clients to successful web marketing strategies.

Rebecca recognizes the tremendous opportunities available to people who know how to write and market effectively on the web. She’s dedicated herself to keeping writers and publishers ahead of the curve … and in demand … by creating cutting-edge programs on the most marketable web skills today.

Her latest venture, Wealthy Web Writer, gives readers the tools, tips and techniques they need to write effective web copy, identify new revenue streams for their businesses, find and work with new clients, and make money online.

Learn more about Rebecca Matter: www.rebeccamatter.com

Sean Hodge

Sean Hodge is an experienced blog editor and online community manager, having run sites for Envato since 2007. Prior to that he was a full time freelance designer. You can follow him on Twitter:@seanHodge, where he posts tidbits about creativity and business. He works from a tiny office in the suburbs of Orlando. He currently manages popular Envato blogs: FreelanceSwitch and Vectortuts+.

FreelanceSwitch is a community of expert freelancers from around the world, which covers a vast array of topics about life as a freelancer, such as: tip on how to grow as a professional freelancer, manage your taxes, build your income, work with clients, and more.

If you’re new to FreelanceSwitch, a great place to begin is with our Explore FreelanceSwitch page, which has lots of jump points to get you into the material, or hop over to our freelance forum and pose a question.

Michael Stelzner

Michael Stelzner is the founder of Social Media Examiner—a popular online magazine that helps businesses answer social media questions with useful 'how to' articles, in-depth case studies, expert interviews, and original research. He's author of the new book Launch: How to Quickly Propel Your Business Beyond the Competition. He also authored the book Writing White Papers: How to Capture Readers and Keep Them Engaged and the Social Media Marketing Industry Report.

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Chris Garret

Chris Garrett is an online business and blogging coach, internet
marketing consultant and all-round web geek. With a career spanning
IT, programming, advertising and direct marketing and two startups,
Chris went solo in 2005. He now specialises in making small
businesses, coaches, speakers, authors and consultants more money by
helping them build real businesses around their knowledge, experience
and expertise. He has written for some of the world's best loved
blogs, countless magazines, and contributed to 5 books including the
Problogger book with Darren Rowse.

Dyana Valentine

Dyana Valentine is not for the faint of heart. She’s spent the past 12 years instigating entrepreneurs and teams to complete seemingly impossible projects—we’re talking major brand overhauls, six-figure product launches, full-fledged manuscripts. She serves up straight-from-the-hip advice in online magazines and columns all over the ‘net…in a past life, she was an idiot-savant microsurgery tech, worked for the Olympic Games organizing committee, and was personally approached by the FBI with a recruitment invitation—for classified reasons – on two separate occasions.

Michael Martine

Michael Martine, Founder of Remarkablogger.com, has been making websites and exploring online since 1997. He helps people get more sales and more customers with blogging, social media, and Blog SEO (search engine optimization) through a variety of blog consulting services, home study courses and ebooks on blogging.