About the Founders

Ed Gandia

Ed Gandia is a founding partner of International Freelancers Academy and co-author of the bestselling and award-winning book, The Wealthy Freelancer (Penguin/Alpha). He is also a co-founder of International Freelancers Day, the world's biggest online educational conference for solo professionals.

An expert on the topic of successfully transitioning from employee to self-employed, Ed took his part-time freelance business from zero to a six-figure income in only 27 months. And he made the transition to self-employment without sacrificing his income or putting his young family's financial future at risk.

Today Ed is a successful freelance copywriter, speaker and trainer. He founded International Freelancers Academy because much of the freelancing advice he was coming across was misguided and based on limiting beliefs. He knew there was a better way to run and grow a solo business. And he wanted to show both new and seasoned self-employed service professionals how to earn more in less time. That way they can create the freedom, flexibility and lifestyle that enables them to live more fully.

His advice and insights have been featured on CNN Radio, CBS Radio, Inc. magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AirTran AirwaysGo magazine, The Writer and other leading publications.

Ed is a proud and active father of two children. He loves backpacking, great wine and great food, and will regularly post pictures of his grilled masterpieces on Facebook.

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Pete Savage

Pete Savage is a founding partner of International Freelancers Academy and co-founder of International Freelancers Day, the world's biggest online educational conference for solo professionals.

Pete is a bestselling author, award-winning copywriter, marketing consultant, speaker and trainer. His client portfolio includes a variety of work for RIM (makers of the BlackBerry), NCR, 3M, Motorola, Delta and dozens of small- and medium-sized businesses throughout North America.

Pete is a leading expert on business-building strategies for the independent entrepreneur and is co-author of the bestselling book The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle (Penguin/Alpha Books). His insights and advice have been published by MarketingProfs.com, EarlyToRise.com the Canadian Professional Sales Association, AllBusines.com, SixFigureJobs.com, TheRiseToTheTop.com, and dozens of other media outlets.

Pete lives in Peterborough, Ontario with his wife, two children and Ringo, the family weimaraner.

Follow Pete Twitter: @petesavage