National Freelancers Day

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20th June 2024

National Freelancers Day is IPSE’s biggest event of the year – a celebration of all things freelance, and an opportunity for self-employed people across the country to look to the year ahead.

Whether you’re new to self-employment or an experienced freelancer, we have something for everyone.

Freelancing is a journey, not a destination.

Landing your first paying client, securing a dream project, or achieving a consistent income are all victories worth acknowledging. These milestones mark your progress, boost your confidence, and fuel the fire to keep reaching for your goals. After all, every milestone is a stepping stone to an even brighter freelance future.

This year, IPSE is celebrating 25 years as an organisation. In honour of this milestone and all of yours, we’ll be celebrating NFD ’24 all week. 

Read our recap of National Freelancers Day 2022 here.

Programme

National Freelancers Day 2024 includes four key sessions, co-working days and much more! As IPSE turn 25 years old this year, we will celebrate National Freelancers Day across the week of 17th June. Celebrations include:

Monday 17th June

Atomicon Fringe big freelancer community mixer 5.30pm 

Monday 17th - Wednesday 19th June

IPSE will head to Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow, and London during the National Freelancers Day celebrations. We will host events at AndCo venues to bring freelancers together to master new skills, meet other local freelancers and co-work alongside one another for a day.

All venues will have secure, superfast Wi-Fi, tea, and coffee. Separate registration required.

The deadline to book co-working days has been extended, however spaces are limited so book to secure your place today.

Monday 17th June | 10am – 4pm

Bristol coworking at MOXY Hotel Bristol, 55 Newfoundland Circus, St Paul’s, Bristol BS2 9AP

Refocus your efforts: Maximise productivity & business profits in 2024 – 12noon – 12:30pm

Join Jen Maynard, MomBoss Business Strategist & Coach for the Bristol National Freelancers Day lunchtime learning session!

Learn key business strategy techniques to optimise time and prioritise profit activities, so you can propel your business growth increasing monthly profits in 2024!

This session will:

  • Explain how having a sales strategy will transform your business growth
  • Show you how to create your own monthly Sales Calendar
  • How to use your Sales Calendar to prioritise your weekly activities

Tuesday 18th June | 10am – 4pm

Manchester coworking at Clayton Hotel Manchester City Centre, 55 Portland Street, M1 3HP

How to resolve client disputes – 1:00 – 1:30pm

Disagreements are inevitable in business and some of these can give rise to disputes, no matter what you do to reduce the risk of this happening. Resolving these can be stressful, time-consuming and expensive.

In this lunch and learn session, Aaron Marshall – Markel Law Partner and Head of Legal Expenses Insurance, explains how to effectively manage and resolve business disputes including:

  • How to limit your exposure ahead of time
  • How building a robust contract and having insurance can help
  • When and how to seek legal advice

 

Business insurance 1-2-1 sessions: 

Get confidential guidance from Husain Masoud from Markel’s Customer Service team, who will provide free business insurance sessions. To book a 1-2-1 session, please select this option when registering.

CV & LinkedIn appraisals:

CV & Interview Advisors are offering a complimentary CV & LinkedIn profile appraisal specifically for contractors and freelancers. Get detailed and confidential 1-2-1 feedback on your CV and/or LinkedIn profile with a personal branding / CV expert who will evaluate your objectives and constructively appraise the relevance and quality of your CV and/or LinkedIn profile for your target roles.

To book a 1-2-1 session, please select this option when registering.

Wednesday 19th June | 10am – 4pm

Zedwell, Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, London W1D 7DH

Pension consolidation for the self-employed – 1:00 – 1:30pm

Are you self-employed with multiple pension plans? Join Matt Beck, an independent financial adviser from Chase de Vere. Matt will discuss the pros and cons of consolidating your pensions into one plan. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and ask your questions!

Financial 1-2-1 consultation sessions:

Chase de Vere, IPSE’s partner for independent financial advice and mortgages, will be joining us in London on 19 June to celebrate National Freelancers Day and are offering complimentary 30-minute 1-2-1 consultations. This is your chance to speak to an expert on a range of financial topics, including pensions, retirement, income protection, savings and investing. Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to get professional financial insights tailored to your needs. We look forward to celebrating National Freelancers Day with you!

Please register for the co-working day and then secure your 1-2-1 spot by clicking the link below:

Matt Beck

CV & LinkedIn appraisals:

CV & Interview Advisors are offering a complimentary CV & LinkedIn profile appraisal specifically for contractors and freelancers. Get detailed and confidential 1-2-1 feedback on your CV and/or LinkedIn profile with a personal branding / CV expert who will evaluate your objectives and constructively appraise the relevance and quality of your CV and/or LinkedIn profile for your target roles.

To book a 1-2-1 session, please select this option when registering.

Wednesday 19th June | 10am – 4pm

Glasgow coworking at The Studio, 67 Hope St, Glasgow G2 6AE

Future of freelancing – 1:00 – 1:30pm

Harvey Rose, Community Manager at Gigged AI, will discuss freelance platforms and how to get the most out of them, the best ways to further your freelance business covering things like communities and AI tools followed by a Q&A.

Thursday 20th June

On National Freelancers Day, IPSE will host four online sessions throughout the day.

9.30am-10.30am 

Panel: What should the next government do for freelancers?

With an election set for 4th July, the parties are setting out their plans for government should they win enough seats to enter Downing Street. Jobs and business are major talking points in this campaign – so what should the next government do to harness the full potential of our freelance sector?
 
Two weeks before the polls open, IPSE’s Policy Director Andy Chamberlain hosts panel of experts to discuss what the next government could, should and might actually do to boost freelancing.

Hosted by:

Andy Chamberlain, Director of Policy

Andy is responsible for IPSE’s policy work and has a special interest in labour market changes, employment status, IR35, Making Tax Digital and fair commercial terms for the self-employed. At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic Andy campaigned for financial support for the self-employed. IPSE was instrumental in setting up the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and then went on to lobby for the inclusion of all self-employed in that scheme.

Kaye Adams

Kaye is one of the country’s most experienced live TV and radio broadcasters. She is a beloved regular anchor on ITV’s award winning, daytime chat show Loose Women and hosts her own three hour morning show, The Kaye Adams Show on BBC Radio Scotland each week.

Kaye has co-authored three books: Disasterchef and Parent Alert with Nadia Sawalha and Still Hot: 42 Brilliantly Honest Menopause Stories with Vicky Allan. She is also the host of the hit podcast, How To Be 60, in which she explores (and comes to terms with!) life at 60 with the help of her co-host Karen Mackenzie and a different familiar face each week.

 

Lizzie Penny

Lizzie is an entrepreneur and a campaigner for ‘workstyle’ – the freedom to choose when and where you work. She is fascinated by how new working practices can fundamentally redefine inclusion at work, whilst also improving wellbeing and step-changing productivity. With her business partner Alex Hirst, she co-authored a book called Workstyle in 2022 which was a No.1 Sunday Times bestseller. Following the success of the book she and Alex set up Workstyle Revolution which is focussed on closing employment gaps and partners with Scope, Autistica and Astriid.

She co-founded Hoxby in early 2015 – a global working community set up to test and prove the success of working in a workstyle way. The organisation is a social enterprise and B Corp and specifically looks to include groups who are excluded from work through traditional 9-to-5, five-day-a-week working structures, such as older workers, carers, those with mental health problems, people living with disabilities, neurodiverse individuals, and working parents. Along with her business partner Alex, she has grown Hoxby to be a multi-million-pound business and works with clients including Unilever, Amazon, Sony, AIA and Merck. Last year Hoxby provided workstyle work for more than 100 Hoxbies and looks to support other organisations in adopting individualised and autonomous working practices.

Lizzie’s book ‘Workstyle; a revolution for wellbeing, productivity and society’ is available from Amazon and all good bookshops. You can find out more about Hoxby at Hoxby.com and you can join the free Workstyle Revolution community at WorkstyleRevolution.com/join

Nathan Long

Nathan is a research analyst working on pensions, savings, investments and wider public affairs.

He is the architect of HL’s Savings & Resilience Barometer and leads the work on using behavioural science to improve client decision making. He’s been instrumental in developing analysis of engagement among workplace pension members.

He joined Hargreaves Lansdown in 2003 and has worked in several areas of the business including as a financial adviser to individuals, and as a pension and benefits consultant to employers across the UK.

Claer Barrett

Claer is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who aims to help everyone make the most of their money.  

An associate editor at the Financial Times, she presents the FT’s weekly Money Clinic podcast, talking to listeners about their real-life financial dilemmas, and writes the Serious Money column in FT Weekend newspaper. 

A consumer and personal finance journalist for over 15 years, Claer’s frank, no-frills approach to talking about money ensures she is a regular guest on TV and radio, including ITV’s Lorraine, finance phone-ins on LBC and guest spots on BBC programmes including Watchdog, Rip Off Britain and You & Yours.

Her short videos about money on social media @Claerb have won her an army of fans on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.

11.00am-12.00noon 

Freelance FAQs – Your common questions answered

Frankie Tortora and Steve Folland — freelancers, friends and co-hosts of the Doing It For The Kids podcast for self-employed parents — take time out from herding their kids to answer your questions. In this informal Q&A they’ll be chatting through your most common freelance queries on finding work and marketing yourself, pricing and getting paid, that all elusive work-life ‘balance’ and more. Expect a bucketload of practical advice, actionable tips and one too many ‘dad/mum jokes’.

Frankie Tortora is a freelance graphic designer, mum of two and founder of Doing It For The Kids — a community by and for parents who work freelance. She also makes a podcast with Steve Folland of the same name about freelance life with kids in the mix which was awarded *GOLD* Best Business Podcast at the British Podcast Awards. Find out more at doingitforthekids.net or search ‘DIFTK’ wherever you get your podcasts. 

Steve Folland is the happy-shoe wearing podcast and video creator behind the long-running ‘Being Freelance’. That podcast has spawned a must-join community, course, co-working sessions, freelance book club and lots more besides. In 2023 he won ‘Community Champion’ at the IPSE Awards for his work cheerleading others, which was nice of them. You’re not alone being freelance, come say hi: beingfreelance.com.

1.00pm-2.00pm  

Keynote speaker – Marverine Cole  

Join Marverine Cole, winner of the IPSE Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award 2023, as she discusses the leap of faith she took in pivoting to a career in journalism in her 30s, and the challenges she has faced throughout her 15 years of being a freelance broadcaster.

Marverine will also speak about the potential benefits of becoming more visible & outspoken in the changing media landscape, and she’ll detail her experience of using podcasting as a tool for powerful self-driven communications.
    

Marverine Cole is a multi-award-winning broadcaster and journalist. She is best known as a newsreader on ITV1’s flagship news & current affairs breakfast programme, Good Morning Britain (GMB).

A highly experienced journalist, who has recently celebrated twenty years in the industry, Marverine has worked as a Reporter, Documentary Producer and Presenter for many of the UK’s other leading broadcasters, including Sky News, BBC 5 Live, Classic FM and BBC Radio 4.

When Marverine is not on presenting on TV or radio, she is tasting and reviewing real ales! She just happens to be an accredited beer sommelier (aka an expert on all things concerning beer), writing a column for Britain’s most popular food & drink magazine, BBC Good Food.

Marverine Cole

3.00pm-4.00pm  

AI panel: How will AI impact the future of freelancing?   

Join this session where panel members will discuss the benefits and challenges of an AI world and how this might impact freelancers.

  • AI in Freelancing Overview: Insights on AI’s impact on freelancing from each panellist. 
  • Discuss AI for process improvement, enhancing creativity, and recommendations for starting tools. 
  • Focus on safety, transparency with clients, choosing tools amidst vast options, and handling data and intellectual property concerns. 
  • Audience questions 

Rada Deleva embraced AI early in her career utilizing it daily, leveraging its capabilities both in her professional and academic pursuits. 

Currently working as a Project Lead at Studio Tim Fu- an Architecture studio at the forefront of innovation in the industry using AI for architectural design proposals.

Rada developed a pioneering brand DalevaDesign, where she uses AI to design luxury biomorphic furniture and collaborates with artisans to produce the products.

Previously Rada worked at Ridge and Partners as an Architectural Assistant.  

Rada graduated with a First in Architecture from Oxford Brookes University. Currently completing her Master of Architecture (MArch, RIBA Pt 2) degree at the University of Westminster.

Rada-Dalvea

Robin Lewis – Robin’s career covers human resources leadership and consulting roles in the UK and globally. He has worked at executive and Board level across sectors including Healthcare, Financial Services Insurance and Retail.  

In addition to his work as an executive coach, he is currently supporting business leaders on Future of Work strategies, optimising generative AI to transform operating models and accelerate value.  

He has over 25 years’ experience of leading strategic organisational transformation and change, underpinning commercial results and enabling growth. In the M&A field, Robin has managed the people strategy for multiple acquisitions, integrations, and divestments, ranging in scale from large corporate acquisitions to integrating and growing early-stage entrepreneurial startups.  

 

Jeremy Mason is an award-winning UK broadcast TV professional and seasoned digital marketer with over 26 years of experience in the industry. He’s been at the forefront of major UK events like Royal weddings and King Charles III’s coronation, co-producing and shooting concert films with renowned artists at iconic venues. 

Alongside his TV career, Jeremy successfully ran a six-figure photography business for a decade, giving him a unique understanding of small business challenges. 

Today, Jeremy is on a mission to empower entrepreneurs and business owners with the transformative power of video marketing. He believes in sharing his expertise to help others connect with their audiences, build trust, foster relationships, and ultimately grow their businesses and impact. 

Jeremy specialises in integrating video creation into existing marketing strategies, enabling businesses to expand their reach, establish expertise, and create communities around their brands. His passion lies in helping purpose-driven entrepreneurs harness video’s potential to have the impact they’ve always dreamed of.

 

Michelle Veasey brings over a quarter-century of sales expertise, steering organisations through the transformative landscape of AI.

Navigating sales since the internet’s early days, she now champions AI integration into sales, offering strategic solutions for lasting success.

Recently spearheading AI Sales Assistants and implementing them into businesses to automatically overcome objections, answer frequently asked questions, and qualify leads, which unlock sales opportunities around the clock, showcases her innovative approach to rejuvenating dormant leads and refining sales strategies.

As an AI Strategist, Michelle empowers companies to adopt AI technology with a unique pay-on-performance model, ensuring measurable outcomes and sustained growth. 

 

To help celebrate National Freelancers Day, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Freelance Mums, so you can have a coffee on us. Book your space and we’ll buy the coffee!

The NFD fringe event Freelance Mum netwalks are child-friendly events, designed for you and your business, to make connections, grow your business, with fresh air and fresh thinking! It is a gentle walk, at the pace of the slowest toddler!

On the 20th June there will be two netwalks.

Thursday 20th June – 10.00am-11.30am BST  

Dartington Estate: Welcome Centre, Dartington Estate, Dartington, TQ9 6EE United Kingdom

Thursday 20th June – 10.00am-11.30am BST  

The Ardagh Centre, Kellaway Avenue, Bristol, BS6 7YL United Kingdom + Google Map

Registration

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National Freelancers Day - 20th June 2024

Member rate – FREE

As an IPSE member your ticket to National Freelancers Day is free, however registration is essential to access the event recordings

Non-Member rate – £30

Price includes VAT and booking fees.

For more information, please contact events@ipse.co.uk.

Coworking days - 17th-19th June

Member and Non-members – FREE

Registration is essential to attend one or more of the coworking days. 

For more information, please contact events@ipse.co.uk.

Your ticket includes

National Freelancers Day – 20th June 2024 

  • Access to four online events including keynote speeches 
  • The event recordings sent out post event

Sponsors

Media Partner

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Interested in becoming a sponsor at NFD 2024?

Be part of IPSE’s flagship event National Freelancers Day, the event for the self-employed.  As a National Freelancers Day sponsor, you will be positioned as a thought leader for the freelance community across the UK – and have full exposure to the NFD audience.

Contact partnerships@ipse.co.uk for more information.

Testimonials

This was the first time I had attended the conference and it has left me feeling really fired up about my next steps. It’s refreshing to have spent a day on my business, rather than in it. I have a notebook full of ideas as a result. Thank you.

Happy to have been able to participate in the National Freelancers Day for the first time! So much learning from different experts and opportunities to network and connect with professionals from different industries. Definitely will be there again!

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, is the voice of the UK’s self-employed population who make up one in seven people working today. 

We make sure freelancers, interim managers, consultants and contractors are represented to Government. By producing insightful, hard-hitting research and effective policy campaigns, we fight to create a better environment for the self-employed to run their businesses and ultimately, ensure our economy remains one of the most flexible in the world.

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