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Pro For Hire > Freelancer

The idea to not call yourself a “Freelancer” when you work as one is weird.

But according to this 5-minute read on fastcompany.com

Why I Stopped Calling Myself A “Freelancer”

…the last thing you want to professionally label yourself is exactly that.

I’m not sure about you, but personally it’s a struggle to always hold myself in that truly professional regard, maintain the confidence it takes to get the top paying gigs, awesome projects, and earn the kind of rates I want to rake in from freelance work.

Here’s a snippet from the article on what I mean:

It’s easy to fall victim… to feeling like an impostor—someone who’s just pretending to be a business owner. So while “freelancer” may be more akin to how you see what you do, it might be selling you short. After all, your livelihood doesn’t depend on your own self-perception, but on how potential clients see you and your work.

Following the simple advice of not calling yourself a “Freelancer”–but rather, “A Professional [insert specialty skill here] for Hire– could prevent that lurking bit of doubt to transmit from you to a potential client.

Apart from what you call yourself, something else that makes anyone who works for themselves feel more like a pro is getting busy in a coworking office.

Connect Ventura is legit, and that’s how you’ll feel when you join as a member.

Find out more about us, our office space, how we co-work like champs, and call ourselves “Pros for Hire”.

A Priceless Freelancing Course for $45

Right, the contradictory title… here’s what I mean– Udemy put a $45 price tag on Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course.

If you’re not in the loop about Seth Godin, who’s been dubbed “the Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age” (Business Week), and “a demigod on the Web [for his] unique respected understanding of the Internet” (Forbes.com)– then check out his legendary TED talk below.

Being a third of the way into the online course, I’m realizing that every cent is waaay beyond worth it.

Because should you follow through, you’ll discover how to produce remarkable, meaningful, unmistakable work– and of course, how to earn more as a freelancer (two things I’m sure you’re willing to invest $45 in learning).

As mentioned, I’m not even half way through, and I’m compelled to throw you a fellow freelancer’s bone by sharing the invaluable awesomeness that is this course.

So here’s the link again:

Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course

And even more juicy digital tidbits:

Sethgodin.com: official site

Seth’s Main Blog

Reading his blog is amongst my daily rituals, ranking it with eating food, brushing teeth, and sleeping (no, I don’t shower every day– don’t judge).

With that, I’ll gracefully bow out before I reveal more ultra glamorous facts about my so-called freelance life.

However, if I’ve peaked your interest in how coworkers keep it real (and real productive) in Ventura, California, check out more on our site.

Get the scoop on becoming part of our coworking tribe, our sweet office space, and the artsy community ‘hood where we’re located.

‘Til then, happy freelance hustling!

Home Sweet Coworking Home

We’re settled into our new home at the Bell Arts Factory, and couldn’t feel more cozy and happy.

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In true co-working spirit, we maximized our collective resources. By doing so, the turn out of our office is fabulous. Previouslythe space served as an art studio for abstract painter Beatrix Rohlsen. It’s rudimentary form was industrial and raw with a cement floor and exposed studs.

The seemingly daunting task of transforming the naked space into a functional office, turned into a great opportunity for us to work as a team and strengthen our bond as a community.

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The combined manifestation powers of CV Founder Josh Addison, and our dynamo office Manager, Katrina Maksimuk helped quickly source ground level materials, and some good old-fashioned elbow grease to kickstart the project.

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Noah Greer, fellow co-worker, architectural designer extraordinaire, and founding partner of Manual Labor, provided the blue-prints needed to maximize the use of existing furnishings, and flow of space within the studio.

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With all available hands on deck to transport desks, chairs, various equipment, and most importantly–the coffee maker–we created an inspired, reinvented space to call our new co-working home.

To celebrate, we’re having an open invite house-warming shindig on the First Friday of June!

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Please join us, and the fun art festivities going on throughout Bell Arts on the evening of Friday, June 5th. We’ll be welcoming all between the loose hours of 6pm-9pm.

To honor creative connections coming full circle, we’ll be featuring the colorful art work of Beatrix Rohlsen on our freshly painted, but painfully blank walls. More juicy details to come.

We truly hope to see you there!