Why join this Meetup Community?
Are you an Independent Professional living in the Benelux who wants to make more money in less time? Are you thinking of becoming an Independent Professional? Do you want to do more, achieve more, be more? Do you take your professional development seriously? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Our aim is to build a large community of highly skilled professionals so we can support and learn from each other. We live in a highly networked world where collaboration is becoming a key skill and all the signs are that those who become good at this will be the ones who will have the most success in the future. Through this community we aim to create opportunities for each other to earn a better living.
Whether you’re new to this world of independent work or a seasoned professional you’re welcome to join us.
If you’re someone who believes firmly in scarcity and that it’s dog eat dog out there then this is probably not the community for you to join. However, if you seek out abundance and have a win-win attitude to life and work and want to collaborate and develop yourself professionally then here’s where you’ll find your professional soulmates.
What do we do?
It is estimated that since 2004 the independent professionals sector has grown by 45% within the 27 EU member states. And, by all accounts it’s forecast to continue to grow exponentially as we move from an employment to a deployment model of work.
Many people become independent professionals because they want to do more of what they love doing or because they’ve been made redundant from a salaried position in a larger organisation. Whatever your reason you may have discovered that it’s not as easy as you imagined to make a living in this independent world. It can be quite a lonely existence. It can often also be one of occasional feast and frequent famine!
One thing many independents hate doing is selling and when they do it they often don’t do it very well. You may find that you prefer to be doing what you love and delivering your professional services rather than out knocking on doors hunting for business and trying to convince people to pay you a decent rate. You may even find that you can’t get access to key decision makers or that you only get the scraps from your clients’ tables. Worse still is having to deal with procurement or purchasing people who really don’t “get" the value you create!
Quite a few independent professionals rely on larger organisations to give them work acting as sub-contractors. This also poses problems. For example, in recent years because of price wars amongst the big training consortia to win business at the EU institutions some trainers have seen their rates decrease by as much as 20% - not many people would accept a 20% pay cut in any profession!
Many professionals don't yet know how to turn their skills into a thriving business that pays them what they are worth. Often this leads to frustration and even a compromise by going back to working for a corporation and giving their lives to a system they hate. Or you simply hang in there hoping that it’ll get better one day...
There are some independent professionals who are earning 6 and 7 figure sums every year. They are not necessarily better professionals than you. But there is a difference: They’ve learned how to market themselves, better monetise their professional services and get paid what they are worth. And this is what this Meetup community is all about!
How does this Meetup group work?
We run regular Meetup seminars on key challenges facing independent professionals like you so we can learn together about approaches that work, produce results and lead to financial freedom. We invite leading practitioners to contribute to the community so you can learn what you need to learn and develop and practice the skills you need to have to be more successful. If you have something of value to contribute you can propose a seminar to the leadership team.
Above all, our aim is to also have some fun together so there is a strong social aspect to our Meetups.
What if you decide to join us?
You’ll be exposed to leading ideas and things that work. You’ll meet and learn from other talented professionals. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate on opportunities to earn more income. And, you’ll have fun!
If you don’t join us then you may never know what you’re missing! ;-)