#CMGRHangout presents: Freelance Community Management

In a recent +Forbes post titled Is The Future Of Work All About Freelance And Independent Workers? (http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2014/11/06/is-the-future-of-work-all-about-freelance-and-independent-workers/), Jacob Morgan shares that a recent report from +MBO Partners found that today there are approximately 30 million independent workers and that by 2019 this number will grow to 40 million. According to +Intuit, by 2020 40% of American Workers will be freelancers. To bring this into our industry, when sharing the 2014 Community Manager Salary Survey (http://www.communityroundtable.com/research/community-manager-salary-survey/cmss-2014/), +The Community Roundtable did a great job illustrating the difference in external vs internal community income.

Whether you’re already involved in freelance community management or looking to get started as part of that growing demographic, there are several things you’ll want to take into account including: customer acquisition, invoicing, expectations, consulting and even just learning how to focus in a remote setting vs a company office.

Join us for this week’s #CMGRHangout panel on Friday, January 16th at 2pm EST to discuss freelance community management from those in the trenches!

+Jonathan Brewer, +Dom Garrett and +Sherrie Rohde will be hosting the Hangout with +NoniShaney Cavaliere, +Katie Felten, +Tessa Greenleaf, +Deborah Ng and Milan Rudez as panelists. +Carrie Keenan and +Sarah Nagel will be moderating the Twitter chat using #CMGRHangout.

Discussion Questions

1. How do you obtain new clients?
2. How do you address varying client expectations?
3. What do you do when a client micromanages you?
4. How do you help clients maintain their brand voice and prepare for various situations (playbooks, etc)?
5. What helps you to stay focused while working?
6. What do you use for tracking client relationships and invoices?
7. What other tips do you have for someone looking to freelance?

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If you join us on the hangout, a wired internet connection is preferred and if you have a headset with mic or earbuds, that works best for the audio. You will also need a working webcam.

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