Freelance Event & launch of MMO Freelance – insights

It’s been a huge couple of weeks for the movemeon freelance team – breaking our record for placements across a running 1 month period, the final drinks evening of the year on 10th November 2016 & the launch of mmofreelance.com. Here are some of the main insights & recommendations that have come out of the event & the launch of mmofreelance.com.
 
Please sir, can I have some more… information
 
One constant theme during the freelance drinks evening was a request for more information on what it means to be a freelance strategy consultant, encompassing everything from what day rate to charge to how to go about business development. We cover a lot of these topics on our shiny new blog, however, it’s sometimes just nice to chat these things through in person. Artificial Intelligence may have come on leaps and bounds, however, sadly Siri still can’t advise you on how to write a good freelance cover letter (one can only dream). That’s why, in early 2017, we’re hosting an event for anyone in a permanent role considering freelance consulting & wanting to learn more. It should also be really useful for anyone needing a crash course on effective freelance consulting. We’ll have a panel of current freelance consultants who’ll answer any questions & share their tips, hints & tricks on what it takes to be successful in the freelance consulting space. I’ll be chairing the panel to provide an overview of the evolution of freelance strategy consulting, and to provide a sneak peak at some of our exciting plans for freelance world domination in 2017. Bebe (movemeon’s resident marketing guru), will keep you in the loop on details. And if you definitely don’t want to miss you, email her to reserve a spot.
A little party never killed nobody
 
“You guys need to hold more events” was also much repeated – trust me, we’re listening! Our events calendar will be more active in 2017, with the odd ‘freelancer social’ thrown in for good measure. Adam (movemeon’s resident bowling nut) mooted a freelance bowling evening, which is a possibility. If you have any recommendations on what you think could be fun please do drop me a note with suggestions
 
Do you like data? Well, how do you like that data…
There remains a desperate need for a single resource to provide data on what’s actually happening in the freelance strategy consulting market. Yes, there’s been a lot of talk about the explosion of freelance consulting in 2016, however, when trying to do any research on the freelance strategy space, I was astonished at how little data actually exists. Don’t get me wrong, the Cambridge Historian in me loves hunting for data through multiple sources to build a ‘big picture’ perspective, although it seems highly illogical and extremely unhelpful not having a single source to actually find this information – a ‘Freelancer’s Bible’. There seem to be reams and reams of data floating around on how freelancing is disrupting certain industries (tech professionals, creative industries, etc), however, I’ve had to utilize a broad range of sources to come up with any meaningful data/insights on freelance strategy this year. It was fantastic to see mainstream media shining the light on freelance strategy consulting with the FT’s recent article covering the rise of freelance strategy consulting – if you missed it, it’s well worth a read here. It seems I’m not alone, “we need more data –  which sectors are utilizing freelance consultants, what’s the average day rate for someone at my experience level?”  was a major set of grievances during the freelance drinks evening.  We’ve listened and will be putting together more comprehensive data,  hopefully uncovering some useful data points for freelance strategy consultants across a broad range of topics. 
I live my life a project at a time 
 
Finding the next project remains the main concern for the majority of our freelance community. To help build some confidence in the market we’ve made some of our freelance success stories from this year available on the site. Hopefully, this highlights that the market remains in good health with our client break down being split quite nicely between PE, corporate & start-up clients. Since launching movemeon Freelance late last year, we’ve mentioned time & again that transparency above all else is one of our most important founding principles – our clients are not locked away in a database for only recruiters to access. We’re proud of the businesses we partner with – why hide it?
 
Once more unto the breach dear friends…
 
As freelance consulting continues to grow and evolve, the need to educate prospective clients on the many benefits it brings has significantly grown. The most effective discussions I’ve had with prospective clients this year have been when I’ve been able to loop in freelancers I know well to help ‘fill in the gaps’ when clients are scoping projects. This is a combined effort that I genuinely believe will yield some amazing results, with more and more clients waking up to the many benefits hiring freelance can bring – so don’t be surprised if I come knocking on your door sometime soon…  
Say hello to my little friend
The launch of mmofreelance.com is an exciting next chapter in our journey to world domination. It provides a platform for our freelance community to share thoughts & insights on freelancing.  We love user-generated content as unique perspectives carry so much more weight than single-perspective commentary. While I might be able to write a general crash course summary on things like winning new clients, every freelancer has their own methodology and approach. Just last week, I spoke to someone who managed to stabilize her utilization rate by pre-arranging a round of golf every couple of months with a hiring manager (who loves golf) as a way to stay close and check-in (talk about out of the box thinking). She would do this with multiple clients across a range of hobbies / activities. It really is initiatives like this that keep you ahead of the game. So, if you happen to have any unique or interesting insights/perspectives on freelance, feel free to put together some thoughts (400-500 words) and share your wisdom with the community
Hopefully, these insights highlight that the way movemeon Freelance is being built is through a constant dialogue with you, the community, so the more you can interact with us via user-generated content, attending events or finding freelance work, the more you’ll be feeding into how the product and service grows and evolves.
Hasta la Vista
 
By Irfan
p.s kudos if you managed to guess the awful film/literature quotes in the sub-headings (with some minor alterations) – No 4. is particularly tricky. Hats off to Fred who’s the only MMO team member to get all 7. With Christmas fast approaching, I thought it was time to get your Christmas office quiz brain into gear… 
Happy Freelancing! 

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