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    MedComms Networking - 03 October 2017


    The Freelancer's meeting in London last week was great fun. Thanks to everyone who joined in. The feedback was very positive as always, though several participants felt we focused too much on the financial and business aspects of freelancing when we could have covered so more. Maybe. But time is always short and if you are a freelancer and don't appreciate those basics then you're missing a big point of what it's all about. The increasing, and variable, administrative - and associated cost - burden being put upon freelancers is real and has consequences. For instance, the apparent trends in some clients requiring freelancers to be a limited company, or VAT registered (why?) or to have Professional Indemnity all add complications to everyone's lives. If all you want is a proof-reader for a few hours next week do you need such complications? There again, everyone - client or freelancer - can work in whatever way they choose. So long as they've thought about the options and understand and are happy to live with the consequences.

    That, I guess, is at the heart of the freelancers' workshops. It's an opportunity to at least think about options.

    I learnt a long time ago I can't keep everyone happy all the time but by mixing up the topics and formats each time, and as much as possible being led by the room on the day, we seem to do OK. As always, though, much of the real value for the freelancers simply comes having the opportunity to chat with each other and to share experiences. Our next Freelancer's workshop will be back in Oxford on 21 March 2018. Meanwhile I'd be delighted to have more freelancers subscribing to the MedComms Workbook service and more of you who need freelance medcomms support using the free messaging service. It's stupidly simple but it works!

    I'm also still keen to encourage more informal gatherings led by individual freelancers. Next up, this week, will be a group gathering for dinner in Harrow-on-the-Hill in North-West London on Thursday, 5 October. If you want to join them contact Corinne Swainger directly. It's always good to talk.

    Meanwhile our next Brunch meeting is tomorrow here in Oxford. Once again, we've got some great speakers and we'd welcome anyone who wants to join us. It's surely much more useful to meet and chat with the experts face-to-face, but for those who can't make it then the webcasts at provide an increasingly invaluable service.

    And don't forget we have our first event in Cambridge, 'Measuring success with event tech analytics', on 13 November. I'm keen to know if there's the appetite for bigger meetings there next year so let me know. We'll run similar Lunch and Learns in November in San Francisco on 9 November and (hopefully) New York, all supported by Concise. Like I say it's good to talk. Please join us if you can. Details about everything we're doing are kept bang up-to-date at

    Have a great week.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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