Meet Your Local Freelance Community

SPARK is our monthly member meetup for freelancers to come together, learn stuff, and build a fantastic local community.
Upcoming Event: February 5

Freelance Tax Workshop

Our annual tax workshop will offer, from an accountant or CPA:

- Advice for filing your returns now

- Best practices for expense deductions

- Discussion of the impact of the changes to the tax code for this year

SPARK meets on the first Wednesday of every month across the country. Join us to network, workshop your business, and build your local freelance community.

Details may vary per event so be sure to click through below to visit your city's RSVP - we'll see you there!

SPARK Locations

None

Online Webinar
Feb. 5, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Atlanta

The Oliver, Chamblee
Dec. 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Birmingham

MAKEbhm
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Brooklyn

Freelancers Union Hub
Feb. 5, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Chicago

None
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Cleveland

Beauty Shoppe
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

DC (Washington)

The Yard: Eastern Market
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

DC (Washington)

The Yard: Eastern Market
Dec. 11, 2019, 6 p.m.

Houston

Station Houston
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Los Angeles

Kleverdog
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Madison

StartingBlock Madison
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Lubar Entrepreneurship Center
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Nashville

Sparkworks Union
Feb. 5, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Berkeley

Berkeley Skydeck
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Orange County (Irvine)

OCMA
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Orange County (Irvine)

OCMA
Dec. 5, 2019, 6 p.m.

Orlando

Venture X Downtown Orlando
Feb. 5, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Mesa

K'e: The Main Street Learning Lab
Feb. 5, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh

Church Brew Works
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Portland

Rogue Eastside (Formerly Green Dragon)
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Richmond (Henrico)

Women's Business Center RVA
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Sacramento

Hacker Lab | Startup Coworking Maker Space
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Seattle

One Piece Work
Dec. 9, 2019, 5:45 p.m.

Seattle

One Piece Work
Feb. 5, 2020, 5:45 p.m.

Berkeley

Berkeley Skydeck
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Tucson

The Historic Y
Feb. 5, 2020, 6 p.m.
I finally have work friends! After years of working solo from home, I finally have a community of other full time professional freelancers to collaborate with... it's like a combination of church, therapy, and business brainstorming every month. Even if you're a part time freelancer, or just exploring your options, this is the place to find your people!
Matt Nelson
Marketing Consultant and SPARK Leader
Madison, WI
Volunteering as a SPARK leader has helped improve my leadership outside of full time work, including presentations and communications, in person and online. I'm always excited for the next meetup to see who we can connect with in our community and how we can improve!
Kelly Lamano
Writer, Editor, Photographer and SPARK leader
Orlando, FL
SPARK events are great for freelancers who are at different stages of their careers. It’s a great way to learn from their guest speakers, and from other attendees. I personally have learned a lot vicariously through the other guests, as I know there is always more to learn. As one of the founding leaders in Brooklyn, I’m very proud of the community we have built with our freelancers. AND IT’S FREE!
Jalen Vasquez
Illustrator & Designer and SPARK Leader
Brooklyn, NY
Being in the SPARK leadership has helped to get our names known in the community and has allowed us to establish ourselves as knowledgeable and trustworthy resources for our members. The contacts we have made both in organizing guest speakers and getting to know our members are invaluable. We have also gained exposure to public speaking — a facet of business that not many get to hone on a regular basis.
Bridget Soden
Creative Director and SPARK Leader
Orange County, CA

Get Involved with SPARK!

Want to start or co-lead a SPARK in your city? We're looking for members interested in building empowered, local freelance communities! SPARK leadership is an opportunity to expand your network, grow your career, and mentor aspiring entrepreneurs.

Our most FAQs

What is SPARK?

SPARK is your local freelancing community, your free (yes, in this economy) place to learn, share, and grow your business all at once!

The first Wednesday of every month, we meet in cities across the country to discuss one of your most pressing freelancing issues. Instead of making every freelancer reinvent the wheel, we tackle common and not so common roadblocks together, strengthening individually and together.

Who should come to SPARK?

Do you freelance? Are you thinking about freelancing? Are you just interested in learning more about freelancing? Then SPARK is for you! From small business owners to graphic designers, from copywriters to musicians, and everything in between, the SPARK community is for all freelancers and interested parties, in all disciplines.

What kind of stuff will I learn about at SPARK?

SPARK is about creating a space for freelancers to learn together on topics relevant to building their business, getting new clients, doing their taxes, and more.

Our monthly workshops offer an amazing opportunity to connect with new and experienced freelancers, and did we mention they’re totally free?!

Can my business sponsor SPARK? What about partnering?

We happily work with freelance-friendly businesses interested in sponsoring our events on a national and local level. Email partnerships@freelancersunion.org to learn more.

I can't attend! Is SPARK recorded?

SPARK is a member-led workshop and thrives on great, thoughtful conversation amongst peers. Currently, we don’t record the series.

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