Highlights from #imakealiving L.A. and Looking Ahead to NYC!

FreshBooks is on the road! Yesterday, we kicked off #imakealiving in L.A. Next up: New York!

Small business owners are finding unimagined opportunity in the new economy. But it can also create scary uncertainty – after all, everything is NEW! But one thing is certain, when it comes to small business FreshBooks has your back. Yesterday, we hosted our inaugural #imakealiving event in L.A.

Highlights from #imakealiving L.A.

The inspiring panel included Joshua Hale Fialkov (Harvey, Eisner, and Emmy Award-nominated writer), Bill Morrison (co-founder of Bongo Comics), Jennifer Sullivan (President of Membrain Group), Susan O’Connor (actress), Jackie Lam (cheapsters.org) and Vaughn Dabney (app developer and author).

The event was a blast. We don’t structure these events with themes — instead following the conversation where it goes. After all, it’s about making sure the participants get what they want and need out of the event! One theme we really saw strike a chord was about finding the balance between whimsy and allowing your path to be determined for you. Of course money is always part of the conversation too and there was much discussion about learning to recognize the financial opportunities come from while you are navigating your path.

If you sometimes feel like you’re stumbling along, you’re not alone: Everybody participating confessed to feeling like they had lucked into the thing they were doing and that there were many aspects of running a business that they were learning on-the-go.

Our panel and attendees were candid and warm. This manifested itself in some really honest discussions. Attendees left feeling inspired and reassured they’re not alone — indeed, they’re part of a vibrant and supportive community.

Looking Ahead to #imakealiving NYC

New York is the second city on our eight city #imakealiving tour. We’re excited to see how the conversation evolves in NY – the similarities and differences between small business owners on different coasts. No matter what, we know it will be another inspiring event!

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Event: #imakealiving powered by FreshBooks
When: June 21, 8am-12pm
Where: 447 Broadway (2nd floor) New York, New York. 10013
Details: #imakealiving will host a diverse panel of people from different industries. They’ll share stories about their livelihoods and non-traditional career journeys. Our keynote speaker, Saul Colt, will then show you how to harness that inspiration and apply it to your own career. Our goal is to motivate and empower you to break out of your comfort zone and take some chances with your career and marketing!
Cost: Free – seeing you thrive is all the payment we need!

We’ll be announcing our speakers in the next few days but tickets sold out quickly for LA, so hurry to grab one for New York.

RSVP to the #imakealiving event here

Not in New York? Don’t Worry, There’s More to Come!

This is the first of an ongoing series of events that take place in a different city each month. Starting in L.A. the #imakealiving event will travel to Toronto, Portland, Minneapolis and San Francisco before returning to Los Angeles. Want to see FreshBooks come to your city? Leave a comment below! And don’t forget to follow @freshbookslive on Twitter!

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