March 26-28, 2014
- Inaugural Session
- Portland, Oregon
The world is changing as more people choose to work for themselves. We’re inviting independent entrepreneurs, small business owners, and freelancers to join us for an all-new adventure.
A limited number of Pioneer Tickets are now available
The opportunities are endless. New projects are starting up everywhere you look. Every day in North America alone, an estimated 13,400 people strike out on their own as independent entrepreneurs—not working for the man, and not trying to build a big corporation.
If you’ve read this far, you probably know all about these changes. You’re an independent entrepreneur or worker in the new economy—or you want to be. You don’t want venture capital or angel investors. You don’t want to sell your startup to Google.
This isn’t a trend or passing fad. This is the 21st century version of the Industrial Revolution. It’s a new way of life, and we’re just getting started.
Instead, you want an actual business. You want to serve real customers. You want to make a good living doing something that you love—and you know that such a thing is possible, because you already have the experience.
More than that, you want to live a life of freedom and independence. You want to work for yourself, setting your own schedule and living by your own values.
Until now, there has been no single place for you to learn, improve, and connect with others like you. Now there is, and the adventure begins on March 26, 2014.
As a small business owner, freelancer, or other independent entrepreneur, you understand the opportunities and the pitfalls of forging your own path.
There’s so much you can do… but you have to do the right things. How can you reach more customers? How can you create the right products and services? What’s the best way to launch something and connect with the right people?
Instead of performing administrative tasks all the time, what if you spent two full days zooming back to 50,000 feet, getting re-oriented to your business? What if you took a close look at the big picture, focusing on why you choose to work for yourself in the first place?
Then you honed in on the details—the small actions that achieve big results. What if you invested these two days in meeting other people like you—people who know what it’s like to work for themselves? People who don’t want to work for the man, but don’t want to build a Silicon Valley startup either.
What would that be like?
Chances are, you’d be ready to make some changes. You’d leave feeling empowered and energized, ready to hit the ground running and make some real improvements. You’d go away knowing a new group of people who understood your challenges and were available to help. You’d have a focused list of tasks. Nothing would ever be the same.
It’s time to get serious about your micro-business or solo shop. (It may be small, but it’s powerful.)
You won’t just hear from speakers while sitting in the audience; you’ll have the chance to talk with them in small groups, and in some cases they’ll provide personal coaching.
Over the course of two intensive days, we’ll work together to improve your business, focusing on actions you can take to increase income and create sustainability.
You’ll hear from speakers who operate profitable small businesses. These speakers will share lessons and tips in specific detail, including how much money their different ventures have brought in.
You won’t just absorb.
This is not a conference where you sit passively and listen to speakers. Yes, there are speakers. Yes, sometimes you’ll sit. But that’s not all!
You’ll have worksheets. You’ll have assignments. You’ll go away with lists of action points that you can apply in short order to achieve real results.
You may work on your own, but you’re not alone.
Hundreds of great people who are doing similar things will also be in attendance. They may have answers to your problems—and you may have answers to theirs.
Team members and mentors will be available throughout both days. You may find a new business partner in the coffee line (yes, there will be coffee). Best of all, you’ll forge new friendships that will last for years to come.
Pioneer Nation is not your typical seminar. It’s a work session where work actually gets done.
It’s exclusive. We expect a diverse set of attendees, but for this event they’ll all have something in common: the desire to grow their business by adding value to the world. The World Domination Summit draws thousands of attendees, but Pioneer Nation is designed for a smaller, select group. You won’t get lost in the crowd.
It’s ADD and introvert-friendly. We’ll have lots of breaks. There will be meetups, workshops, and plenty of small gatherings. And if you’re shy, don’t worry—some of us are too. You’ll feel welcomed and comfortable.
It’s fun. We believe in working hard and playing hard. A hang-out lounge will be available during breaks. There may even be a mechanical bull!
You’re a small business owner or independent entrepreneur who wants to grow.
You believe in independence, preferring to work on your own instead of being an employee. You believe in value, in choosing to build something meaningful.
You’re not completely new to the party. You’re earning money–either full-time or a substantial part-time income from your project. You’re ready to embrace the DIY revolution in full.
But like all of us, you have questions and struggles. Every day you have a finite amount of time to work. How should you spend those precious moments? What are the universal principles that will guide your way?
Wednesday, March 26: Arrival and Reception
Arrive in Portland by Wednesday at 5pm. Starting at 6pm, we’ll have a welcome reception and an opportunity to tour the workspace we’ll be using the next two days.
Thursday, March 27: 8am-6pm
We’ll gather at PNCA for two days of action. Short talks by main-stage speakers will be followed by your choice of dozens of workshops and breakout sessions. You’ll choose what to attend based on your personal experience and specific needs. We’ll regroup at the end of each day to wrap-up and share lessons with one another.
Friday, March 28: 8am-6pm & Farewell Party
Continue workshops at PNCA. Concluding the conference, you may dance the night away, enjoy a craft cocktail, or continue the conversation at an off-site farewell party.
Weekend in Portland
We’ll end our official activities on Friday night, so if you need to hitch up your wagon and head home, you can. But feel free to stick around if you want! Many attendees will remain in Portland to hang over the weekend, and our hotel discounts are valid through Monday night.
The inaugural session of Pioneer Nation will be held in Portland, Oregon: world capital of creative people who embrace the DIY ethic.
We’ll be meeting at Pacific Northwest College of Art for most of our time on Thursday and Friday, and a closing party on Friday night will be held nearby.When our meeting of the minds isn’t in session, you’ll be close to Powell’s City of Books, a legion of food carts, and a whole city for you to explore.
We’ve also arranged special rates from two major hotels, conveniently located within walking distance of the event. (You don’t have to stay at a partner hotel if you don’t want to, but most attendees will.)
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Note: These great speakers and workshop leaders will be joined by many more as we get closer to the event. Stay tuned for new additions!
About 30% of our time will be spent together for main-stage keynotes and case studies. The rest of the week, your time is yours.
Workshops will focus on specific skills you can develop and actions you can take straight away. A few workshops (from more than 40 in total!) are listed here:
- Idea Generation Machine You have several ideas for new businesses or projects. Here’s a bulletproof process to use to figure out where to start.
- How to Not Do Everything Yourself You’re busy… like all of us. But to truly grow, you’ll need to stop doing it all on your own. Here’s how to adapt.
- Create Your First Auto-Responder Walkthrough of the technical side of creating an email autoresponder. (An advanced version will also be available for those who are more experienced.)
- Pricing Strategies for Your Products $97, $197, $997? Not sure how to price your product or service? This is the workshop for you.
- Discover What an Audience Wants Before You Create it Don’t waste months of your life creating something no one will buy. Learn how to discover what your audience wants in advance—and how to get them to pay for it.
We’ve designed the entire experience to be highly interactive. For much of the day, you’ll follow a Choose Your Own Adventure format where you can determine how best to spend your time.
Meet with a group of experts available for FREE powerful 8-minute consultations.
Set up shop with your laptop and immediately implement the things you’ve been learning.
Take advantage of a select presentation of offers from invitation-only partners
- The TeamPioneer Nation was founded by Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup. Our inaugural event will be hosted by Chris and select members of the World Domination Summit action team. Along with hundreds of independent business owners, Chris and the team will be on site for the entire event.
We don’t believe most conferences serve independent entrepreneurs well. We want to bring together like-minded people and help them excel at their businesses, learning new skills and applying what they learn.
Who else will be attending?
A select group of amazing people from all over North America and beyond. Most of them will have successful businesses or otherwise be well underway to working for themselves.
Is this only for people with online businesses?
No. We plan to have many different kinds of small businesses represented at Pioneer Nation, including those that are more focused on crafting, retail, and manufacturing. The common factor is: small and independent businesses.
What if I don’t yet have a business?
Pioneer Nation is designed for people who already have some experience with independent work. If you’re just getting started, that’s OK. (But if you’re not interested in entrepreneurship at all, this isn’t for you.)
What will we do?
We’ll dramatically improve your business and help you connect with mentors, partners, and new friends. We’ll also have fun.
Will I get time with Chris and other speakers?
Yes. Everyone will be on site the entire time.
Can I promote my product or service?
We’ll have a special “Self-Promo Zone” available to make offers to other attendees. However, our focus is on community and action—we want to help your business grow long after you leave.
Ticket price includes admission to all main-stage sessions, work space, opening reception, and closing party. Registration for specific workshops is also included on a first-come, first-served basis.
If so, join us!