Calgary Association of Freelance Editors

A professional organization for freelance editors and writers.


CAFE Roundtable Discussion:  Finally Freelancing!

Getting Started as a Freelance Editor or Writer

November 1, 2017

Calgary Regency Hyatt Hotel

Getting started as a freelance editor or writer is an incredibly daunting experience for most of us. Where do I start? What do I have to do to set up a business? How do I find work? How much do I charge?

For this roundtable event, the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors invites editors at all stages of their careers, from veterans to beginners, to share knowledge, tricks of the trade, and network.

We focus on getting answers to some of the tough issues that frustrate editors of all levels:

•    Getting started without going broke – Finances for (freelancing) beginners
•    Testing the waters – Freelancing part-time
•    Setting your fees for success – Earning enough to live as a full-time freelancer
•    Finding your best clients – Tips and strategies
•    Employers past and present as potential clients and referrals
•    You are your brand – Representing yourself to your clients
•    Developing your unique selling point through marketable expertise
•    Building a great portfolio
•    Effectively meeting deadlines
•    Freelancing versus free time? – How to achieve a work-life balance as a freelancer
•    Developing flexibility for rush assignments – strategies and techniques
•    Conversations with the cat – Maintaining your social life while working alone
•    The Zen of Freelancing – Cultivating discipline for successful freelancing

Join your fellow freelancers at the Hyatt Regency Calgary to discuss these questions and more on November 1st.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Time: 7 pm to 9 pm. Discussion to begin at 7:30 pm
Venue: Sandstone Lounge in the Calgary Regency Hyatt (Map: 700 Centre St. SE)
Parking: $2 at Bankers Hall or $1.50/hr up to $4.25 at the Convention Centre. CTrain access and street parking.
Refreshments: You will be able to order off the Sandstone Lounge menu. CAFE will provide some light-fare pub-style appetizers for the tables and 1 drink ticket for a house wine or beer selection.

The event will be live-Tweeted by our CAFE Twitter account (@CalgaryEditors) using the hashtag #CAFEevents and #FinallyFreelancing.  Feel free to join in on the conversation!

RSVP by sending an email to no later than Monday, October 30th.