June 4th, 2007
If you already are or long to be self-employed and live in the greater Seattle area, you’ll want to know about BizJam, an indie business conference/party happening all day and night this coming Saturday, June 9th. The event is put on by the fine folks at Biznik, an online/offline business networking group that rocks the tagline “business networking that doesn’t suck.” (Here’s some press on Biznik in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.)
I’ll be leading a one-hour workshop on how to ditch your day gig at BizJam. But that’s only one fiftieth of what’s happening at the event. There are a 20+ other workshops and panels for bootstrapping business owners scheduled too, on topics like radical accounting, raising your rates, lining up your own benefits, writing a killer business plan, blogging, raising your Google rank, guerilla marketing, creating an accountability group, and the ever-popular more. BizJam also features a swanky catered lunch, a fashion show, 300 other local indie pros to rub elbows with, and an evening bash — complete with booze, DJs, and an aerialist.
As an added bonus, BizJam has given me one half-price registration coupon for both the daytime conference and evening bash ($65 value, which means instead of paying $130 for the whole shebang, you pay just $65!). And I’d like to give it to one of you! So we’re going to have ourselves a little online raffle-slash-storytelling contest. The ground rules:
- Email me your best 100-word-or-less story about the absolute worst job or worst boss you’ve ever had by 6 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday, June 6th.
- Entries that look excessively long (obviously several thousand words, despite my request for just 100) won’t be read.
- If you have questions about the assignment, please post them in the comments below so others can benefit from them.
- Remember, your (short) workplace tales of woe in my inbox by 6 p.m. PST this Wednesday, June 6th. Late entries won’t be read.
- All ages and genders and job situations welcome, of course. You don’t have to be a business owner to enter — or to attend the conference and/or evening shindig.
- I’ll notify the winner by email on Thursday, June 7th and post the winner’s name — and story — to this here blog that same day.
Good luck, people!
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