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: August 7

Authentic Content Marketing

As freelancers, we know the internet should be a powerful tool for finding clients. But where do you even start, and how do you get it to work for you? This month, SPARK is all about content marketing strategies that connect you to clients while still fitting into your schedule. We'll cover:

Your online presence — streamlined and branded for instant storytelling

Validating yourself — proving your value to potential clients before they even ask

Social media marketing — how to make it work for your needs, on your time

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 to visit your city's RSVP! 

SPARK Locations

Madison

StartingBlock
Sept. 4, 2019, noon

Mesa

K'e:Main Street Learning Lab
Sept. 4, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

San Francisco

COVO
Sept. 4, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Portland

Rogue Eastside (Formerly Green Dragon)
Sept. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Cleveland

Beauty Shoppe
Sept. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Berkeley

Berkeley SkyDeck
Sept. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Richmond (Henrico)

Women's Business Center RVA
Sept. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Lubar Entrepreneurship Center
Sept. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Pittsburgh

Church Brew Works
Sept. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Sacramento

Hacker Lab | Startup Coworking Maker Space
Sept. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Birmingham

MAKEbhm
Sept. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Los Angeles

Kleverdog
Sept. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Houston

Station Houston
Sept. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

DC (Washington)

The Yard: Eastern Market
Sept. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Seattle

Impact Hub
Sept. 4, 2019, 6 p.m.

Upstate NY (Oneida)

Oneida Freelance Co-op
Sept. 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Nashville

Sparkworks Union
Sept. 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Atlanta

The Oliver Chamblee
Sept. 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Tucson

Untitled Collective Gallery
Sept. 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Orlando

Pipeline Orlando
Sept. 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Brooklyn

Freelancers Union Hub
Sept. 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Orange County (Irvine)

Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce
Sept. 5, 2019, 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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