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The freedom to follow your passion. The ability to chart your own course for success in a changing world. The chance to use your unique skills to make a difference.

That’s why you started your own business -- or why you’re thinking of starting one now.

The good news is that all of that is possible. The better news is that for the first time, all of the guidance and insight and know-how you need to thrive as a self-employed business owner is in one place.

Dates have not yet been announced for 2023


The Self-Employed Summit 2022 Presenters:

Through expert talks and interactive Q&A sessions, our speakers will help you:

  • Gain marketing ideas to make your business stand out

  • Expand your opportunities and discover new customers right in front of you

  • Discover ways to create an experience your customers are eager to share

  • Breakthrough your barriers to bring out your creative and problem-solving best

  • Learn how to be the biggest and boldest version of yourself every day

  • Develop the skills and mindsets you need to build a thriving self-employed business

The Self-Employed Summit / February 7th and 8th / 10am-4pm ET

2 days. 10 top-notch speakers. 1 rare opportunity.


The Self-Employed Summit is a one-of-a-kind event specifically for self-employed business owners designed to give you the resources and tools you need to build your business successfully without having to run in a million different directions to look for answers. With ten world-class speakers presenting over the course of two days, the Self-Employed Summit is a single destination point for self-employed business owners and those who are considering starting their own business.

It’s also designed to cut through the popular misconceptions and address what it’s really like to be self-employed. For example, do you know the popular phrase, "It's business, don't take it personally"?

Well, that doesn’t work for us.

If you’re self-employed, this is something you know in your bones. You know it when you’re in the middle of moving to a new home, surrounded by boxes, and still taking a client phone call. You know it when you’re reading emails at the dinner table, or e-signing contracts on the beach.

You know it, but when was the last time someone acknowledged it, let alone gave you practical tools on how to navigate this unique way of life in a world shaped to fit the needs of those who are employed by others?

Unprecedented access to world-class speakers.


The Self-Employed Summit has brought together ten carefully curated world-class speakers who are luminaries in their fields to address the three main areas that make up the interconnected formula for self-employed success:

Personal development: When you're self-employed, your success is proportionate to your personal development. To your "self." That's why you need to get limited thinking out of the way and step fully into the biggest, boldest version of yourself.

Business strategies: Self-employed business owners need the knowledge and skillset to establish your business model and perfect your branding, marketing, and sales, but the one-size-fits-all approach tailored to corporations doesn’t work for us. To really thrive, you need strategies that are designed specifically for YOUR sized businesses and your particular needs.

Daily habits: Success is not a one-and-done event. The key to living a consistently successful life as a self-employed business owner is to develop efficient, effective, easy-to-do in-not-a-lot-of-time daily habits that improve your mindset, create stability, and ensure the actions you are taking are supported and sustainable.


It’s our time to thrive as  self-employed business owners


They say there’s nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. For self-employed business owners, that time is now, and here’s why:

  • Self-employed businesses are gaining recognition as a major driver of world economies and never has the opportunity--and the importance of seizing it--been greater.

  • In the U.S. and in many countries, people are leaving traditional jobs at a record rate to create lives of freedom and autonomy. As more and more people start their own business as a way to shape their future, we need to assure their success.

  • For the first time, everything needed by the growing number of existing and emerging self-employed business owners is presented in one comprehensive experience over the course of a two-day summit that is tailor-made for your unique needs.


How to tell if the Self-Employed Summit is for you:


The Self-Employed Summit is for you if you are established as a self-employed business owner or aspire to be and:

You want to find a way to gain more control over your life and business--and to better manage the things that can’t be controlled.

You find that you spend a huge amount of energy working hard but hardly get ahead.

You are ready to step off the hamster wheel and start experiencing the freedom and joy you envisioned when you started your business.

You are wondering if starting your own business could be a good path forward for you and your family.

You are ready to do more purposeful work and make a difference in the world.


How to attend:

The Self-Employed Summit and access to the entire two days of presentations is complimentary with the purchase of the book The Self-Employed Life ($17.95) by Jeffrey Shaw, the nation’s leading authority for self-employed business owners. The Self-Employed Life is available as a paperback, audiobook, and e-book! If you have one, get another or GIVE AS A GIFT!

Access to top-notch speakers, amazing content, and a book that will change your business and life! See you in the summit!


Do I have to read the book to participate in the Self-Employed Summit?

No. The summit is not a pitch for the book, and the information and tools that will be presented over the course of the two-day event are designed to stand on their own as a comprehensive resource for self-employed business owners. 


Do I need to do anything to prepare for the Self-Employed Summit?

No. Just come with your questions, your experiences, your dreams, and an open mind ready to learn how to thrive as a self-employed business owner.


Do I have to be established as a self-employed business owner to benefit from the Self-Employed Summit?

No. This summit is equally beneficial for established self-employed business owners and for people who are considering starting their own business. It is designed to offer practical hope, support, and tools for individuals at every stage of the self-employed journey.


About Jeffrey Shaw:

Jeffrey Shaw is the nation’s leading authority for self-employed business owners. As a speaker and small business coach, Jeffrey helps self-employed and small business owners gain control of their business in what seems like otherwise uncontrollable circumstances.

Drawing on his experience as a renowned portrait photographer, Jeffrey shows business owners how to see business through a different lens and strategies to compose the often-chaotic pieces of life and business into sustainable success.

A sought-after keynote speaker whose TEDxLincolnSquare talk is featured on, Jeffrey brings his message to audiences through live and virtual presentations as well as through his books, The Self-Employed Life: Business and Personal Development Strategies That Create Sustainable Success and LINGO: Discover Your Ideal Customer’s Secret Language and Make Your Business Irresistible.

Jeffrey is the founder of the Self-Employed Business Institute and the creator of The Self-Employed Summit.

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