I was tired of events where people told me that, with enough self-confidence, I could run a successful business. I was craving actionable advice. How can I do my taxes like a pro? Negotiate a contract? Raise my rates? I couldn't find that space–– so Hustle Fest was born. It's pretty much my brain baby.

The first Hustle Fest–– co-presented with New Women Space–– sold out with 95 attendees. You can read all about it here. The second sold out at 115... plus a marketplace of vendors that cater to freelancers. (Peep the pictures.)

Wish you were there? No FOMO for you! Hustle Fest 3.0 is happening on April 14th at Rise. We're going to have a bigger space, more opportunities for collaboration, and even better snacks. Tickets are being sold here.

In case you think I'm totally making this event up, check out feedback from past attendees:

"This was a truly wonderful event for someone looking to break into freelancing. The information and advice given by the speakers was practical and immediately actionable. I've attended many events where the key takeaway is "chase your passion" or "believe in yourself". I told one of the speakers this and her response was gold: "That's total bullshit". Not only was all the information practical, but the speakers were highly engaging and at the perfect junctures in their careers to be relatable in their success."

"The community was just amazing! There was a feeling amongst all the attendees that we were in a supportive environment and building a lasting network of people who are compassionate and empathetic. There wasn't the typical feeling of "what can you do for me". Thank you, Jillian and Melissa!"


Kickstarting your freelance career

Workshop description:

The world of freelancing can be intimidating and confusing. It doesn’t matter if you’re an established writer or a newbie– starting your independent writing career is complicated. That is, unless you sign up for this course.

Whether your goal is to become a full-time freelancer, or simply want some extra money on the side, this course is for you. Why? It’s taught by me, a woman who covered rent and all of her expenses from freelancing.... within her first month on the job.

Do you have questions? I have answers. This class will cover a lot of the roadblocks that you’ll face when starting out: How do I think of ideas? Where can I find a writing community? Is it bad that I just threw my laptop out the window?

You deserve to be your own boss. Get your typing fingers ready!

Workshop details:

I've taught this class to over 300 students on the Interwebs, and have a 95% rating. That's pretty darn good. I've also run the class as a workshop at New Women Space in Brooklyn. You can check out my Skillshare course on this topic here.

"Kickstarting Your Freelance Career" is available for conferences, writing schools, and one-on-one instruction.

The Reviews Are In!

"Thank you for creating this course, because before taking it I had neither courage, inspiration, nor direction to pursue a career in writing. I love the simplistic and positive way you described pitching, social media, and establishing credibility. Everything was really informative." Enente Ajayi

“Every minute is full of practical, clearly explained, helpful info! The best freelance writing course I've taken.” Aisha Burns

"Great class, Jillian – thanks! I've always wondered how to get into freelance writing, especially without a portfolio. Lots of great tips here, and I'm looking forward to getting started." Bonjour Basia

"This is a great overview of what you need to start a freelancer career. Jillian is great about giving feedback and advice!" Leanna Johnson

"Although I'm an established (yet still new) freelancer, I benefited from Jillian. Many tips served as reminders of what I should be doing and others reassured me that what I'm already doing is good." Danielle Corcione

"I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your class. Resources like these are so helpful as I try to be both the mother bird pushing the baby bird out of the nest... and the baby bird. Okay, that's a 2:30 AM metaphor, but you get the idea." Claudia Morales

Previous Events

gender bias in the media

I'm passionate about eliminating sexism, both in and out of the workplace. That's why I frequently cover gender bias, especially in the media. If you're hosting an event and are on the hunt for a panelist who can speak on these topics, I'm your woman!

I recently hosted a webinar with VoteRunLead about sexism, journalism, and politics. You can see a recording of the event here.

Some articles about gender that I've written include: