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IPSE has teamed up with The Work Crowd’s #FreelancerFriday to co-host a panel event discussing the power of freelance collaboration.

Collaborating with other freelancers has many benefits, including client referrals, establishing long-term partners to improve quality of projects, but also allows freelancers to free up their time to focus on the ‘bigger picture’ of their self-employment business. And as the pandemic supercharges the freelance economy, it is no surprise to see an uplift in freelance collaborations to cope with the surge in demand.

But where do you start? Join our panel of experts, as they discuss how to find your freelance network and collaborate effectively.

The panellists will discuss:

  • The benefits of freelance networks
  • The growing landscape of freelance collaborations
  • How and where to build your networks
  • The methods behind effective freelance collaborations

There will also be plenty of opportunities to ask questions to the panellists during the event.


Alison Grade, Author, Speaker, Trainer and Entrepreneur

Alison describes her key skill as transforming creative ideas into a business reality.  She accomplishes this with the films she produces, the creative entrepreneurs she mentors, SMEs and freelancers she advises and in her Penguin published book, The Freelance Bible. Alison has a unique skillset in that she has formal academic training (INSEAD MBA); has worked at senior level in many media companies; is an entrepreneur who has established several businesses and is a Nesta accredited Creative Enterprise trainer and mentor.  She brings her passion, knowledge and experience with her in all the work she does.

Rana Rahman, Founder and CEO of Raptor PR

After a long-standing freelance consulting career, Rana had the opportunity to develop a virtual-first model for Raptor PR. Raptor PR has transitioned from single freelancer status to a fully formed PR agency, offering a laser-focussed set of services designed to help emerging tech, games and media companies cut through the noise.

Madeleine Weightman, Co-Founder of The Work Crowd

Madeleine is the Co-founder of The Work Crowd, a global network of over 6000 marketeers, previously having founded a tech recruitment business, as well as being a founding member of Women in technology. Through building The Work Crowd, Madeleine has had the opportunity to work with a talented team of entrepreneurs, freelancers, and marketing professionals, who are all passionate about working together to help others find and create meaningful work. Since its launch, Madeleine has seen how freelancing has evolved and how through connection and collaboration individuals and businesses can work better together and is excited about the part freelancers play in the future of work.

The panel will be chaired by IPSE's Head of Partnerships Victoria Rodwell

Vicks is an accomplished relationship builder who has spent most of her career working within the entrepreneurial and scale up space; helping business owners and senior leaders make valuable connections to aid business growth. Vicks joined IPSE to run the Partnerships team ensuring members have access to beneficial companies, content, products and services. She’s recently taken all of her knowledge of businesses growth and created an Incubator to support anyone within the early stages of their self-employed career so that they thrive working for themselves.