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Good to Know About: 805 Startups

One of the most overlooked aspects of business, is the community and environment in which it exists.

Whether you’re a soloprenuer or running a team,  it’s easy to get caught up in the small details, and lose the big picture of your business.

That’s where these guys come in…

805 STARTUPS

805 Startups is “focus[ed] in cultivating strong relationships with corporations and local government along the 101 corridor and giving them a platform to establish symbiotic relationships with startups…For startups, they gain industry insights, potential strategic partners to accelerate their growth, mentors & advisors, and a pathway to exiting in their future,” as is detailed in their mission statement.

Basically, 805 Startups takes a wide lens looking at the larger ecology of a business– they see where, why, how, and what purpose a business or organization is serving in the greater community in which it is built, and whether or not there’s a successful, well-functioning relationship.

They’re offering a invaluable resources and a support system for anyone in the 805 who is venturing to manifest their vision of business or high-level organization, and take it to the next level through connecting you with:

  • Mentors
  • Industry Insights
  • Discounted Services From Our Partners/Sponsors
  • Constructive Feedback
  • Consulting Services
  • Warm Introductions

As well as hosting events designed to help you develop:

  • Awareness
  • Networks
  • Knowledge
  • Ecosystems
  • Opportunities

They often hold free events in the local area (some right in here in Downtown Ventura ‘hood)– to welcome and educate peeps on what they’re all about.

The next event is an Investor/Start Up Job Fair coming up November 29th, 2017 at the Agoura Event Center.

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If you decide these guys are on your side, they offer these opportunities on a membership basis, with different levels and options available to fit your business needs.

I figured this is good stuff to know, and wanted to let ya in the loop. I’ll be at that next event, and hope to connect and see you fellow Ventura Connect co-workers there.

Cheers to making sh*t happen!

 

 

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!