March 29, 2019
Helping your freelance business thrive
About the conference
A full day event with the mission of helping you run your independent business. This edition will also feature the brand new Wantrepreneur track - specialised sessions for you who are only thinking about starting your own business.
Go home inspired with new ideas
Meet other freelancers just like you
Mentors, Coaches
and Freelance Supporters
09:00 – 09:30
09:30 – 09:50
Failure - a stop or a step?

Katya Rablova, Founder and Creative Director, Space Refinery, Belgium
10 key lessons learned by growing from a freelancer to a six-figure business owner. I'll share insights, resources, and tools your audience can apply to their own business to do things better, faster, easier. We'll cover market fit, outsourcing, setting goals, growth mindset, and more.
09:50 – 10:10
Dealing with uncertainties, embracing the change

Mike Louagie, Freelance Cruise and Ferry photographer, Belgium
Fascinating story of how changes bring new unexpected opportunities.
10:10 – 11:40
PARALLEL SESSIONS: Choose your track
THE GROWTH MINDSET: Freelance business
10:10 – 10:40

How to become an expert in your industry
Philip Verhaeghe, Freelance editor and advisor, Belgium

Many freelancers dream to be broadly recognised as an authority in their particular field of work. What are the most important tactical and strategic steps that you should consider? And what kind of risks and sacrifices does it involve?
10:40 – 11:10
Time management
Speaker will be annonced soon

Time is the most precious resource we have. How to handle it carefully so we can do more without spending more.
11:10 – 11:40
Growing your virtual office
Speaker will be announced soon

Learn how to expand and enlarge your virtual team
10:10 – 10:40
How to deal with common problems that comes on your path as a starter
Frederik Daneels, Freelance support for starting & growing businesses, Extra Paar Handen, Germany
Recognizing the obstacles that come at you as a freelancer is the first step towards overcoming them. Most common challenges are related to 4 simple questions your business will ask when starting up and growing further. In this talk, you will find out what questions and how to answer them.
10:40 – 11:10
From idea to launch
Filip Vanderbeken, Founder and managing partner, PerforMAN and The Next Step, Belgium
11:10 – 11:40
From fed-up to finding your Mojo
Annica Törneryd, CEO & Founder, ACT2exceed, Luxembourg
Do you feel stuck, unfulfilled and dream of becoming your own boss? I'll share my experience of how I transformed frustration and unhappiness to living a life by design. You'll walk away with 3 steps to conquer your limiting beliefs, become the best you and dare to take the leap.
11:40 – 12:00
Supporter pitches
Discover Belgian organisations, products and services available to help you start and grow your businesses in energetic 3 minute pitches. Meet them at the Supporter Hub during the lunch break.
12:00 – 14:00
Dreamer lunch - Mentor and coach lounge - supporter hub
Extra long lunch and networking. Book 1-1 sessions with mentors and coaches.
14:00 – 15:30
PARALLEL SESSIONS: Choose your track
MAXIMISING RESOURCES: Freelance business
14:00 – 14:30
How to build your sales machine
Michael Humblet, Founder Chaomatic and School of sales, Belgium
How to build your sales machine after helping +200 scale-ups. We'll go into the strategy and tactics to build fuel and velocity of your sales engine. This speech is filled with hands-on material and use-cases that you can implement immediately. Next to this you'll get tons of energy and motivation on how to swim that lake of rejection of that sales can be.
14:30 – 15:00
How to promote your business TOMORROW
Thierry De Vynck, Owner and Marketing Consultant, Great Scott!, Belgium
As a freelancer, there is never enough time to market your own business. But you have to, in order to survive in these challenging and highly competitive markets. Thierry shares hands-on advice, tips, tricks and proven routines to promote your business TOMORROW without spending ridiculous amounts of money and time.
15:00 – 15:30
Pricing strategy
Filip Vanderbeken, Founder and managing partner, Performan and The Next Step
How to set the pricing for your services or products, what should be the benchmark? Should you charge per hour or per project? The speaker will discuss all these questions and more.
14:00 – 14:30
Administration and accounting for dummies
Hassan Ayed, Chief Accounting, tax advisor and chartered accountant, Accountable, Belgium
In this session, Hassan will discuss all the tips and tricks to optimise its taxes as self-employed in Belgium.
14:30 – 15:00
Customer discovery and market research
Hans van Gent, Head of Growth, Accountable, Accountable, Belgium
15:00 – 15:30
How to contact your first customer
Shane Breslin, Online Business Specialist, B2B Digital Pro, Ireland
The Internet provides virtually unlimited opportunity, but unlimited opportunity can create the single biggest threat to budding business owners: confusion. This session will help aspiring freelancers get clear on what to do, how to do it, and who to do it for, so that they can start building their own freedom business.
15:30 – 16:00
Ideas worth launching
This is an opportunity for starters and freelancers to present their idea to a jury. Have your idea validated by experiences business people.
16:00 – 16:20
Closing talk: inspirational founder story
Speaker will be announced soon
16:20 - 18:00
Drinks and Networking
Grab your seat today!
55 EUR
Until 31 December
95 EUR
Until 15 February
115 EUR
As of 16 February
Meet our speakers
MIchael Humblet
Founder of Chaomatic and School of Sales
Annica Törneryd
President Advisory Council and Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team, Founder of ACT2exceed
Hans van Gent
Head of Growth, Accountable
Katya Rablova
Workspace Designer & Founder, Space Refinery
Shane Breslin
Online Business Specialist, B2B Digital Pro
Hassan Ayed
Chief Accounting, tax advisor and chartered accountant, Accountable
Thierry De Vynck
Owner and Marketing Consultant, Great Scott!
Frederik Daneels
Freelance support for starting & growing businesses, Extra Paar Handen
Transform ideas
into business
Inspirational stories by real entrepreneurs
Learn from people who have been in the same situation as you are now. They will share how they overcome their obstacles and fears and what steps they took to to become successful as self-employed.
Upgrade your professional or interpersonal skills
Practical workshops
Develop your skills and learn the latest tools to successfully run your freelance business
Make meaningful connections
Meet other freelancers, make connections to create more opportunities
Starter Supporter & Expert Expo
Get to know startup organisations, coworking places, incubators, banks and auxiliary service providers

Last year conference
Our fellow freelancers
Freelancer speaker coach
"A day packed with so much information! And an impressive list of guest speakers; I learned a lot especially in the afternoon. Appreciated that talks on pertinent topics were 20' long, much like TED: no time to drift off! They were to the point''
Freelancer marketing and communication consultant
"Great valuable info and presentations - recommended for all freelancers"
Freelance Photographer
''Since the event still has to happen I can only write about the people who created this day, and I can guarantee you: the ladies in this group are great personalities and terrific organizers. I know them from the creative & entrepreneur scene in Ghent, and can tell you: this new event will be fun and enriching. I am definitely going!''
Freelance Business Day will take place at L42 Business Centre, located on Rue de la Loi 42, 1040 Brussels
Our 2019 partners
If you are interested in becoming a partner or sponsor, please feel free to write us.
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