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Quick chat with Grant McCall

You founded Rounded about a decade ago. What do you love about what you do?
I really love building products, from the strategy to the technical execution. Running a software business lets me do that every day and help a community I really believe in.

What have been the highlights of your career so far?
Starting and growing a successful business that not only provides the tools freelancers depend upon, but also one that is held in high regard within the freelancing community has been a very rewarding journey.


During the many years of freelancing myself, I was given the opportunity to work with many amazing people and travel the world for the best part of a decade.

You spent some years as a freelancer too. What did you enjoy about freelancing?
I started freelancing when I was 16 and still in high school, even back then I was drawn to the independence and variety of opportunities that freelancing offered. My interests have always been a blend of both technical and creative and freelancing is still the best way to pursue multiple interests and earn good money along the way.

What skills do you think are the most important for freelancers to acquire?
Perhaps more than a skill, but adopting a mindset of curiosity and a commitment to continued learning is essential to succeeding as a freelancer. What’s relevant today may be valued differently in five years’ time.

Why do you think the Summit is important for freelancers?
To share ideas, learn from the experience of others and prepare for the future is vital for the freelancing community.

The conference theme is all about futureproofing your career. What steps are you taking to futureproof your own?
Complacency is a killer. Similar to my response above, I maintain interests and actively learn skills in adjacent industries and even unrelated ones. In the future, even now, many components of execution phases are automated. Acquiring diverse and deep knowledge with practical skills across adjacent fields will be extremely valuable.

Do you think the future is exciting for freelancers, and if so, why?
Very exciting, high-quality, authentic work is going to be sought-after and valued higher than ever.

What are you hoping to communicate in your session?
That a “business mindset”, i.e growth and profit, is key to running a successful freelance business. Second to that – structure and processes are the best ways to reduce inefficiencies and stress.

What are you most looking forward to at the Summit?
I’m really interested in Bernadette Schwerdt’s keynote on finding high paying clients within a particular niche.


Grant is a Day 2 panelist for The freelance systems and processes you need in place for success.


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