Webinar: Freelance Success in 2022

Webinar: Freelance Success in 2022

Skills After Service and Lili are pleased to offer this free webinar titled: How To Set Yourself Up for Freelance Success in 2022 on Friday, Jan 21 from noon to 1pm CST. Learn simple strategies for small business invoicing and money management using Lili, the banking app that helps freelancers get paid faster.

Date and Time:
Fri, January 21, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
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2021 has been described as the “Great Resignation” as more and more people quit their job to start freelancing and consider it for a long-term career. 60% of new freelancers say no amount of money would make them go back to a traditional job. And 86% of freelancers think the best days of freelancing are ahead. So, let’s start the year on this hopeful note and set you up for success in 2022.


This presentation will tackle the top financial concerns that every freelancer has, from taxes to budgeting, from savings to pricing strategies. Plus, we’ll share valuable strategies for getting paid faster with actionable tactics to enable you to smoothly launch or build your freelance business or side-hustle.

Wherever you fit into the freelancing landscape, we hope this webinar will give you answers to the questions we know you’re asking yourself and help you find your space and financial freedom today and, in the year, ahead.

This 60-minute webinar will include time for Q&A.

All registrants will receive a free copy of the Skills After Service /Lili Freelance Playbook following the event.

Who Should Attend?

All are welcome. Small business owners, veteran-owned businesses, veteran-spouses looking to start or grow a small business, freelancers, gig-economy workers, creatives, makers, consultants, designers, writers – anyone with a small business who is managing invoices, accepting payments for goods and services, etc.

About Lili

Lili’s mission is to educate, inform and empower freelancers of trades and walks of life to control their finances. Launched in July 2019 in the US, they now service over 400K Freelancers with the ability to invoice, track expenses, prep for taxes, and save!

Click here to try Lili

Two New Webinars in December

Two New Webinars in December

Skills After Service is partnering with Transition Skills Training and Lili to host two new Google webinars in early December. Details below. There is no charge to attend, must register to participate. Hope you can join us!

Skills After Service Advisor, Maria Duron, will facilitate these Google webinars for veteran entrepreneurs.

Make Your Website Work for You
Tuesday, Dec 7th. |. 2-3pm CST
Participants will discover how to create a search-friendly website that drives user action and supports their goals whether launching a new website or sprucing up an old one, this workshop will help.
Learn more and RSVP

Make Better Decisions with Analytics
Thursday Dec 9th. |. 2-3pm CST
Learn best practices and analyze trends about how customers engage with your business online, then turn these insights into well-informed, actionable decisions. 
Learn more and RSVP


Lili is a great money management tool for entrepreneurs, freelancers, gig economy workers, musicians, artists, makers – anyone who is their own boss. Side gigs count. We work hard to provide low-cost, truly helpful resources that make the balancing act of work and life easier to manage and enjoy. Lili is a great new addition to our mission to improve the quality of life for anyone that is self-employed.

Skills After Service Partners with Lili

Skills After Service Partners with Lili

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Lili, the all-in-one banking app designed for small businesses, freelancers & side-hustlers.

Lili combines helpful business tools with a checking account that has no minimum balance and free overdraft coverage. 

Lili is such a good fit for our work with small business owners and especially for veterans and their families who decide to start or grow a business. The app includes invoicing software, tax planning tools and an expense management feature to optimize tax refunds.

We appreciate Lili’s support in our effort to help simplify the challenges associated with work-life balance for all small businesses and especially for veterans and their families. Just takes 3 minutes to get started.
Click here to try Lili


Lili is a great money management tool for entrepreneurs, freelancers, gig economy workers, musicians, artists, makers – anyone who is their own boss. Side gigs count. We work hard to provide low-cost, truly helpful resources that make the balancing act of work and life easier to manage and enjoy. Lili is a great new addition to our mission to improve the quality of life for anyone that is self-employed.

SXSWEDU 2022 Panel Selected

SXSWEDU 2022 Panel Selected

Our team is headed back to SXSW in March with another successful submission for the EDU stage. Our panel session “Adapting SoftSkills Training for Today’s Workforce” will be facilitated by Skills After Service Director, CJ Niehoff. Guests on stage with CJ will include Aaron Demerson, Jay Burcham and Starr Corbin. See below for additional speaker information.

Session Title: Adapting Soft Skills Training for Today’s Workforce

Overview: Today more than ever, common sense soft skills are essential to any productive workplace or team. They are hard to define but we all know it when they are lacking. Soft skills can make or break our collective ability to work together effectively. We’ll explore the post-covid need for innovations in soft skills training for workers and employers, for veterans transitioning to civilian life, for working adults navigating career changes and for young people out of school, now new to the workforce.

Takeaways will include:

  1. We’ll establish soft skills as tangible, teachable tools that can be measured, reinforced & leveraged for better paying jobs and personal development.
  2. We’ll discuss research and methodology for teaching working adults how to recognize & improve soft skill deficits in their own behavior & with others.
  3. We’ll look at this post-pandemic opportunity to reset expectations for common sense, dependability, initiative, and respect for self & others at work

About Our Submission

We are very excited to feature some of the top voices in leadership, innovation and tech to take on this challenging topic. Below is our video submission for the conference.
You can find us in the SXSWEDU 2022 Schedule here:  https://schedule.sxswedu.com/2020/events/PP103583


We’re partnering with the Local Business Institute

We’re partnering with the Local Business Institute

We are excited to share news of a growing partnership with the Local Business Institute to bring our soft skills courses to more veterans and their families across the country.

For the past two years, the SAS team has been developing a comprehensive skills training course for veterans and their families who are making the shift from military service to civilian life. But the changes affecting many households because of the COVID pandemic, more people – not just veterans – are experiencing the woes of transition stress. Soft skills are one way out of the struggle and we’re excited to have the chance to bring our training curriculum to many more people in coming months.

Today we are announcing that we have a partnership in place to provide our soft skills training content for two pilot programs, one in central Texas and another in Cincinnati, Ohio. We’ll have thousands of veterans, small business owners, job seekers and people experiencing difficulties with any kind of transition taking our classes in coming months.  Our work with the Local Business Institute is bringing us into a whole different set of conversations. Our content has now been accepted by the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions, The Texas Governor’s Office of Economic Development & Tourism, and the American Independent Business Alliance. We’ll start in the two pilot regions, expand across the state of Texas and move across the country with the course over the next 12-18 months.

It’s an ambitious plan for production and development but our team is ready and we’re coordinating with an amazing group of organizations to help carry some of the load. We will be providing updates over coming weeks and months, it’s been a long year for everyone and we have just kept our heads down, feet moving forward and trying to keep things going in the right direction in spite of the crazy times.
Today we are a lot closer to having the kind of impact we’ve been working toward, with so many people gaining access to these helpful, practical tools.

Soft Skills Training Curriculum Update

Soft Skills Training Curriculum Update

From the beginning, the Skills After Service team has been creating and curating content for a comprehensive soft skills training program that would deliver real-world, practical advice and insight for veterans and their family members who are transitioning out of military service and into the civilian workforce. This shift is not a simple change of address and some paperwork. There is so much more to it – and if you know, then you know. Leaving the military affects every aspect of family life. Getting some training that explains not just what working in a civilian office is like (are you working from home now?) but what the interoffice dynamics look like, what is appropriate conversation, language differences, tone, everything can seem like a foreign language.

We are putting the finishing touches on our Soft Skills program and it’s not anything like what we thought we were setting out to build. It’s bigger and better. We’re using an online portal that makes it easy to participate from anywhere, any time of day, even from a cell phone. It’s all on demand, flexible to adapt to your own schedule and the content is first rate.

There are five different learning tracks to choose from, based on your persona preference or need. There is a track for young people, new to the workforce so that veterans with teens can invite their son or daughter to take the course and get a jump on job readiness before they’re earning a paycheck. Can’t hurt. There is a leadership track, tracks for career growth, shifting to management and for those with a small business who employ others, you can send your team to class as well.

For veterans, this training is more about translation that learning new information. Veterans don’t need to relearn the importance of punctuality, respect, decision-making. It’s really more about understanding the language of work for civilians, differences in communication and knowing what to expect from others. Likewise, we’re also taking the chance to teach civilians more about how to communicate with veterans at work – it’s not just vets that need to make a shift.

We’re almost ready to roll out the curriculum. Stay tuned for updates in coming weeks!