HOW Design Live Chicago June 22-27
 
June 23-24, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions

Creative Freelancer Conference


Conference details
1. When is the 2011 Creative Freelancer Conference?
2. Where is the 2011 Creative Freelancer Conference taking place?
3. Who is the Conference for?
Registration questions
1. How do I register?
2. How much will it cost to attend?
3. Can I register on-site at the Conference?
4. Do I have to choose my sessions when I register?
5. What registration options do I have, and what does each include?
6. Can I get a receipt/invoice for my registration?
7. Is a discounted rate available for groups?
8. Can I make my hotel reservation when I register?
9. When is the Early-Bird registration deadline?
10. How do I use a coupon I've received to save on registration?
11. Is a discounted registration rate available for students?
12. What is your Federal Tax ID number?
13. What is your cancellation policy?
14. What if I have a registration question that isn't answered here?
Travel and lodging
1. Where can I find information about official hotels, rental cars, or airlines?
Using this site
1. Is it safe for me to register using my credit card on the Creative Freelancer Conference site?
2. What if I'm having problems with the online registration process?
3. I'm having some difficulty just viewing the pages on your Web site. Can you help?
Other questions
1. How can I recommend a speaker, or let you know I am interested in speaking myself?
2. I have a session idea for the Conference—how can I tell you about it?
3. Can I receive printed materials about the Conference?
4. How do I subscribe or unsubscribe to the Creative Freelancer Conference e-newsletter?
5. Can my company sponsor or exhibit at the Creative Freelancer Conference?
6. Do you accommodate special needs?
7. What if I have a question about the Conference that isn't answered on this site?

When is the 2011 Creative Freelancer Conference?
Thursday, June 23 through Friday, June 24. The HOW Design and InHOWse Managers Conferences will take place June 24-27 and The Dieline Package Design Conference will take place June 22-24. All conferences will take place in Chicago.
 
Where is the 2011 Creative Freelancer Conference taking place?
The Conference is being held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in downtown Chicago. The address is 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60601.

Who is the Conference for?
The Creative Freelancer Conference is the only business conference for solopreneurs who want to develop the business skills they need to maximize their freelance income. If you’re a designer, copywriter, photographer, illustrator and other creative professional who works as a creative solopreneur, the Creative Freelancer Conference is for you!

HOW is also hosting HOW Design Live, which includes the HOW Design Conference, the InHOWse Managers Conference and The Dieline Package Design Conference in Chicago along with the Creative Freelancer Conference. HOW is geared toward graphic designers at all levels, while InHOWse is geared toward in-house design and creative-service managers. The Dieline Package Design Conference, new for 2011, is for package designers looking to expand their skills and career opportunities.  

How do I register?
Registration for the 2011 Creative Freelancer Conference is now open. Click here to register online. Registrations can be faxed to (513) 531-0798 or mailed to:

Creative Freelancer Conference
Registration Dept.
4700 East Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236

How much will it cost to attend?
Please visit the registration page for a complete price list.

Can I register on-site at the Conference?
Yes, on-site registrations will be accepted, unless the conference sells out. Some workshops and other optional events may sell out in advance, so if you plan to register for The BIG Ticket (full access to all 4 conference), we recommend you do so as early as possible. There are a limited number of that registration option.

Do I have to choose my sessions when I register?
Yes. This not only speeds up the registration process but also helps ensure you'll get into the sessions you want, should a session sell out. 

What registration options do I have, and what does each include?
HOW Design Live attendees can choose from several full-Conference registration options (one of these is the Creative Freelancer Conference). Several optional items are also available for an additional fee. You'll find complete registration details here and more on optional events here.

Can I get a receipt/invoice for my registration?
If you register online and pay by credit card, you will be presented with a printable receipt at the end of the registration process (the screen that appears after you click the Make Payment button). If you did not print your online receipt at that time, you can use the link and confirmation number in your original confirmation email (received upon completion of your registration) to access your registration record. Click on receipt/invoice button at the bottom of the email. If you registered via postal mail or fax and would like a receipt, please contact us.

Is a discounted rate available for groups?
There is no group rate available.

Can I make my hotel reservation when I register?
No, but you can make your reservations via Web, phone or fax. You'll find complete information on the travel page. Please be sure to make your reservations early, as our room blocks fill quickly.

When is the Early-Bird registration deadline?
The Early-Bird registration deadline has passed.

How do I use a coupon I've received to save on registration?
If you would like to use a coupon that you've received, you are welcome to do so. You can input the code (found on the coupon) on the first page of the registration process, just under your email address. The site will automatically calculate your registration fees and subtract the coupon's value on the next registration page.

If you are sending in your registration by fax, please also fax the coupon.

If you are a member of the HOW, Print or Design Insider Programs, please enter your discount code in the box on the first page of the registration process under your mail to receive your 10% discount.

If you're not a HOW Insider member, but would like to join, you'll have that option during your HOW Conference registration. The fee is $79.99 for all registrations except The BIG Ticket (included).

Is a discounted registration rate available for students?
There is no discounted student rate for this conference. 

What is your Federal Tax ID number?
Our Federal Tax ID is 20-2955953.

What is your cancellation policy?
If you must cancel for any reason, please notify us via email at creativefreelancerconference@fwmedia.com by April 15, 2011. Your registration fee will be refunded, less a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made after this date for any reason. Substitutions may be made by fax or email until June 3, 2011. After this date, all substitutions must be made on-site.

What if I have a registration question that isn't answered here?
If you have further questions, please contact us. We'll promptly answer any questions you have about registering for the Creative Freelancer Conference, the HOW Design Conference, the InHOWse Managers Conference, or The Dieline Package Design Conference.

Where can I find information about official hotels, rental cars, or airlines?
Please visit our travel page for complete information on our official airline, hotel reservations, rental car opportunities and more.

Is it safe for me to register using my credit card on the Creative Freelancer Conference site?
Absolutely. This website uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to encrypt your personal information when you place your order. This means your order cannot be read as it travels over the Internet, so your name, address and credit card information are secure.

What if I'm having problems with the online registration process?
If your problems are technical in nature (your browser is reporting errors or pages are failing to load correctly), please first try quitting and re-launching your browser, and/or restarting your computer. Also, be sure you are not blocking cookies in your browser's preferences (cookies are required for the registration form to work). If the issue persists, contact us and explain your problem in as much detail as you can.

I'm having some difficulty just viewing the pages on your website. Can you help?
The Creative Freelancer Conference website uses several web technologies, including JavaScript and Cascading Style Sheets, which depend upon the browser to interpret correctly. Our site is optimized for version 6.x browsers and higher (e.g., Netscape 7.0+, Mozilla 1.4+, Firefox 1.0+, Safari 1.0, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 7+ for PCs or 5.2+ for Macs), and a video resolution of at least 800x600.
If you are using an older browser, or a browser that does not support these technologies, but want to learn more about the Conference, please feel free to call us at (800) 436-8700 (outside the U.S., call (513) 531-2690 ext. 11450). We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Conference, and we can send you a Conference brochure via postal mail if you have yet to receive one.

If you want to upgrade your browser, you can download the latest free versions of one of the following popular browsers:

• Firefox
• Safari
• Internet Explorer

If you have technical questions about the website itself, please contact us.

How can I recommend a speaker, or let you know I am interested in speaking myself?
Please contact us to recommend a speaker or complete and submit the speaker application form. Please email completed forms to creativefreelancerconference@fwmedia.com or fax to (513) 531-0798 Attn: Creative Freelancer Conference Planner.

I have a session idea for the Conference—how can I tell you about it?
Please contact us to send us session ideas.

Can I receive printed materials about the Conference?
Please contact us if you'd like to receive a brochure or be added to our mailing list. Be sure to provide complete postal information with your request.

How do I subscribe or unsubscribe to the Creative Freelancer Conference e-newsletter?
To subscribe to the Freelancer Conference, HOW Design Conference, InHOWse Managers Conference, Creative and The Dieline Package Design Conference Email Update(s), just enter your email address in the box on the right-hand side of the respective conference’s home page. To unsubscribe, follow the instructions at the bottom of the newsletter, or contact us.

Can my company sponsor or exhibit at the Creative Freelancer Conference?
Please contact us for information on sponsoring or exhibiting.

Do you accommodate special needs?
Yes. We make sure our facility has total accessibility, and we do whatever is needed to make attending the Conference as convenient as possible for all attendees. If you have a special need, please contact us after you have registered and we'll make special arrangements, if necessary.

What if I have a question about the Conference that isn't answered on this site?
Contact us or phone us at (800) 436-8700 with further questions. Outside the U.S., call us at (513) 531-2690 ext. 11450.