Learn how to get out of your own way on International Women’s Day!

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Learn how to get out of your own way on International Women’s Day!

8th March @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

International Women’s Day: Freelancers and small business owners – get out of your own way!

Want to feel inspired and motivated to move your freelance career or small business to the next level? Then join us for this special meet up on International Women’s Day.

Following on from last year’s International Women’s Day freelancer and small business event, the Northern Creative Collective is hosting a meetup and workshop for both women and men self-employed people with guest speaker Gemma Rolstone, MD of Delphinium, who will host an interactive workshop: ‘Get out of your own way’.

#BalanceforBetter: Why we need to balance the gender pay gap for freelancers and business owners

There are two million freelancers in the UK – 43 per cent of whom are women, according to IPSE.

The number of self-employed women has grown significantly over the last few years – and there’s a rapid increase in particular of the number of self-employed mothers. Between 2008 and 2017, the number of mothers working as freelancers doubled and now around one in seven people working for themselves are working mums.

Yet despite women representing a large and growing proportion of the freelancing and self-employed community, statistics suggest they’re getting paid less than men.

The ProCopywriters Survey 2018 showed a 21% pay gap between men and women freelance copywriters. As a comparison, the gender pay gap across UK businesses with 250 employees or more is 18.4%.

A report from FreshBooks found self-employed women earn 28% less than their male counterparts. Another study from YunoJuno shows it’s a similar story for creative freelancers – for example, art directors and creative directors – with women earning an average of £308 a day, compared to men who make £350 a day on average.

But if freelancers and small business owners can supposedly set their own rates, what’s going on?

This International Women’s Day theme is #BalanceforBetter, and to mark the occasion, we’ll be looking at how we can address the balance when it comes to valuing and charging your worth as a business owner.

Both women and men will take away a number of actionable points following Gemma Rolstone’s interactive workshop.

Get out of your own way

Do you want to be more successful? Would you like more clients? How about making your business more profitable? Then it’s time to get out of your own way.

During this interactive session, we’re going to examine the different ways that you are preventing yourself from achieving what you want and what you can do about it.

About Gemma Rolstone

Gemma is the managing director of Delphinium and an accredited coach with over 11 years’ experience of improving people’s performance in business.

Gemma originally started her professional career as a Solicitor before moving into management in 2007, where she discovered her passion for people. Since then she has worked with hundreds of people and business owners, helping them achieve their ultimate ambitions.

Event details

Refreshments from 9:30am with the discussion and workshops starting shortly after 10:00am. The talk and workshop will go on until about 11am, and we have the room until midday so lots of time for catching up and meeting the other attendees. You’re also welcome to use the communal office/living room area space in the main part of Ziferblat after the event if you wish.

The event is open to all freelancers and small business owners, regardless of sex or gender.

It’s free to register for the event, but please log in and out of Ziferblat’s reception when arriving and leaving and pay for your time spent in the venue, as per Ziferblat’s usual payment terms (8p a minute). All your food and drink is included in this price.

As we are limited with the number of places, if you register and then are unable to come for any reason please cancel your place or contact Claire Gamble as soon as possible so someone else can get your place (claire@weareunhooked.com).

While there will be plenty of time for networking and chatting with guests, please note this is not a suitable event for any hard selling of your products or services.