The event is designed for Portland freelancers and business owners, helping to untangle the “money knots” we find ourselves in. Some examples would include what to charge prospects (or even regular clients), how to negotiate more effectively, and how to avoid the feast/famine work cycle.
Below is a brief Q&A with CCPDX President Amber James on why Shell Tain’s event is sponsored by CCPDX.
What led to requesting Shell Tain as the presenter for CCPDX’s first event of 2015?
A while back I asked our members to share ideas for event speakers. Member Sheila Ashdown knew of Shell Tain and recommended her. Considering the work Shell does (helping people live better lives by unpacking and overcoming their hang-ups around money), she’s a perfect speaker for the Conclave and for all the self-employed professionals in Portland.
What “money knots” do you notice freelancers running into?
There are only a few, but they’re biggies: the ability to set competitive rates and stick to them, giving yourself a well-deserved raise, and negotiating contracts with confidence. For the most part, we’ve been trained to be very polite and accommodating, to not fight over money or push back too hard when someone want to pay us less. That’s a bad habit for a self-employed professional because if you don’t get paid, [your business] can’t thrive.
How do you think this event can help the freelance community in Portland?
This event will do two primary things:
1) Give freelancers permission to question their money habits and thoughts around money; and
2) Make them aware of Shell, and the services and advice she has to offer the community. Portland has a wealth of freelance resources and educational professionals ready to assist. Shell is one of them, and I’m extremely excited to learn from her.
Want to meet Shell Tain, The Untangler?
Register here for the event
5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 5th
Free food and libations
Easy access to bike racks and nearby parking lots and garages