How to Transition from Freelance to Agency

Bret Cohen is a speaker at WordCamp Chicago this talking about How to Transition from Freelance to Agency. Get to know him below!


CEO and Co-Founder of emagine, a 50-person WordPress-based Digital Agency. Brett started with his co-founder in 1996 (the dawn of the Web) as a typical “2 guys in a garage” web firm with no college degree and no money. Over the past 20 years, Brett has driven emagine’s growth to become one of the nation’s leading WordPress agencies focused on Healthcare, High-Tech, B2B and Construction.

WordCamp Mini-Interview

Brett first became interested in WordPress in 2010 after a few of emagine’s clients started asking for an open source CMS platform. It took a few years for emagine to fully transition from their own proprietary CMS to almost exclusively using WordPress. Transitioning to WordPress has been one of the smartest business decisions that emagine has made in its 20-year history.

For Brett, speaking at WordCamp allows him to share his experiences, from sole proprietor to 50-person agency. Plus, speaking at WordCamp is great for his professional development, as he’s always meeting new people and learning from their experiences.

Brett feels that WordPress stands out from other platforms because it combines all the best features in an easy-to-use, scalable, secure CMS. Plus, WordPress has a vast, dedicated and experienced community always willing to help.