Highlights from #imakealiving NYC and Looking Ahead to Toronto!

FreshBooks is on the road! Last week, we hosted #imakealiving in NYC. Next up: Toronto!

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. Last week, we hosted our second #imakealiving event in NYC.

Highlights from #imakealiving NYC

The inspiring panel included Andrea Syrtash (relationship expert and founder of pregnantish.com), Brian Kalma (former Head of Brand & Experience at Zappos), David Feldman (writer for Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, Comedy Central Roasts and The Oscars), Bob Knorpp (host of the popular marketing podcast The BeanCast), Bill Hartnett (former SVP at MSNBC now a creative consultant) and Sara Demenkoff (Director of Program Marketing & Advertising at Showtime Networks).

#imakealiving NYC

We were over the moon that this event sold out… we even moved to a larger venue to accommodate as many eager customers and friends as we could! And of course, there’s no need to tell you how exciting it is to visit The Big Apple. It was absolutely electric to be right there in Times Square with a full room of inspiring small business owners.

As with our L.A. Event, the conversation was lively, inspiring and informative. Bob Knorpp discussed the importance of diversifying your revenue streams so you’re never left in the lurch if one line of income hits a rocky patch.

Misconceptions about freelance life always abound. But the truth is freelancers and corporate workers can learn a lot from each other (to each person’s benefit!) Married couple, Bill Hartnett and Sara Demenkoff discussed what they’ve learned from having a freelancer and corporate person living under the same roof.

Ever wonder how to evaluate a project? Some people say “yes” to everything only to find themselves burned-out, bored or frustrated with the “wrong” clients or projects. David Feldman’s advice: Decide what’s important to you. For him, it’s money, fun and glory. If a project doesn’t offer at least two of those things, he passes on it.

And, finally, if you go through phases of feeling like everything’s going wrong with your business, rest assured: You’re not alone. We heard over and over again how it never rains without pouring for small business owners. A good thing to consider: How you can prepare now for the next deluge.

Looking Ahead to #imakealiving Toronto

For the third city on the #imakealiving tour, we’re staying home! Yes, we’ll be hosting the next event in our very own FreshBooks HQ. We’re excited to see how the conversation evolves in Toronto – the similarities and differences between small business owners as we move city-to-city. No matter what, we know it will be yet another inspiring event!

Event: #imakealiving powered by FreshBooks
When: July 21, 8am–11:30am
Where: FreshBooks HQ- 1655 Dupont St. Unit 250 Toronto, ON M6P 3T1
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, FreshBooks CEO Mike McDerment, 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 New York, so hurry to grab one for Toronto!

RSVP to the #imakealiving event here

Not in Toronto? Don’t Worry, There’s Even More to Come!

This is the second of an ongoing series of events that take place in a different city each month. Starting in L.A. the #imakealiving event will continue on to 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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