I’ve written before about FinCon, aka the Financial Blogger Conference, which I’ve been attending (and speaking at) since 2011. It’s full of programs that can help personal finance writers get better at what they do, and take their websites (and the earnings) to the next level.
However, it isn’t strictly limited to PF writers. Scribblers from other genres can also learn from programs that tackle topics of general writing, blogging and social media interest. Networking is huge, as is the opportunity to meet companies looking for freelance writers.
(Not sure you can write PF topics? If you’re a good researcher, you can. Personally, I backed into this kind of writing after 18 years in newspaper journalism – without any particular emphasis on money.)
FinCon takes place from Sept. 26-29 in Orlando, Florida. This year there are two opportunities to attend for free or on the cheap. Here’s how.
First up is the FinCon18 scholarship. Anyone who’s new to PF blogging, podcasting or vlogging is eligible (as long as s/he hasn’t already registered to attend the conference).
“New” means you started your blog/podcast/website/YouTube channel after January 2017. Apply for the scholarship at the FinCon page – and don’t delay. The deadline to submit your application is midnight Central Time Friday, June 15.
The winners will be announced the week of June 18. Good luck!
Here’s your Plan B
Suppose you don’t win one of the scholarships. Bummer! But allow me to suggest the next best thing: the “Community Pass” for this year’s conference.
The idea is to bring in members of the general public who’d be interested in meeting their favorite writers and podcasters. Since this is a full-access pass, you can also take any of the classes you want, and hear speakers like Mr. Money Mustache, Rachel Cruze, Talaat and Tai McNeely, Jean Chatzky and Chris Hogan.
And, ahem, me: I’ve been chosen to present once more. You’ll also have a chance to hear from speakers (200 in all) who can talk about everything from side hustles to early retirement. (I don’t have the full list of programs yet or I’d post it for you.)
And writing, of course. Definitely writing.
For $99, you get access to the entire conference – unless, that is, you’re already a PF blogger or working for a company that markets to that group. If you’re a writer or planning to become one, apply here for the $99 Community Pass.
Not sure yet? Bookmark the FinCon18 page and check back later on, to see a full list of programs and speakers. Again, some of the conference presentations are not limited to personal finance writing.
I hope to see you there. If you win a scholarship, or sign up for the Community Pass (or the entire conference), e-mail me at SurvivingAndThriving (at) live (dot) com and let me know you’ll be attending. It would be great fun to say hello in person.