Joy Batra

Founder of Quartz Consulting and author of The Freelance Mindset.

RADAR THINKER

Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2024.

FAST FACT

A former Bollywood actress.

FAST FACT

Has lived or worked in India, Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, the UAE, and the UK.

Ideas

In her book, The Freelance Mindset, Joy draws on her decade of freelance experience and interviews with 50+ freelancers to show how freelancing can improve our satisfaction and our finances – especially in an uncertain economy. She tackles the main challenges of losing a 9 to 5 identity and argues that by adopting a freelance mindset, we can harness the power to separate our identity from how we earn the money to pay for food, shelter, and everything else. What we do, she asserts, is not who we are.

Bio

Founder of Quartz Consulting, a freelance consulting firm that advises startups, venture capital firms, and Fortune 500 companies, Joy’s career has also included roles at Goldman Sachs, Gunderson Dettmer, and JioSaavn. She is the former head of legal at Syndicate Protocol. Joy holds a JD/MBA from Harvard University. As a freelance artist, she has performed in films including Farewell Amor, which was nominated for the 2020 Sundance Grand Jury Prize.

Content

The Freelance Mindset: Unleashing Your Side Hustles for Better Work, Play, and Life (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2023); ‘When you become a freelancer, your identity changes. Here’s how’ (Fast Company, November 2023); ‘Joy’s Winding Path’ (Washington Post Jobs, 2023); ‘How to find a sense of belonging in freelance world’ (Sparked podcast, February 2023); ‘On pivoting from law, to freelance, to becoming an author’ (Reprogramming with Lindsay Hyatt podcast, June 2023).

NATIONALITY: American

Media picks

Verdict

This book will change how you think about your career. The Freelance Mindset is for you if you want to tap into your creativity, become more resilient, and feel more empowered.” 

Dorie Clark, author of The Long Game and Entrepreneurial You

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