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: October 2

Maximize Your Time

As a freelancer, your time is your most valuable asset and it often feels like there's never enough. This month, we'll cover:

Workshopping how to set schedules that balance work, business building and time off

Identifying your type of productivity and what that means for your ideal work environment

Tips and tools for taking your schedule to the next level

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 - we'll see you there!

SPARK Locations

Seattle

Impact Hub
Sept. 25, 2019, 6 p.m.

Phoenix (Mesa)

K'e:Main Street Learning Lab
Oct. 2, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

San Francisco

COVO - San Francisco
Oct. 2, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Houston

Station Houston
Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

Los Angeles

Kleverdog
Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

Madison

StartingBlock
Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Lubar Entrepreneurship Center
Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

Pittsburgh

Church Brew Works
Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

Portland

Rogue Eastside (Formerly Green Dragon)
Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

Sacramento

Hacker Lab | Startup Coworking Maker Space
Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

Richmond (Henrico)

Women's Business Center RVA
Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

Seattle

Impact Hub
Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

Birmingham

MAKEbhm
Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

Tucson

Woods Memorial Library (Large Meeting Room)
Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

Cleveland

Beauty Shoppe
Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

DC (Washington)

The Yard: Eastern Market
Oct. 2, 2019, 6 p.m.

Atlanta

The Oliver
Oct. 2, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Nashville

Sparkworks Union
Oct. 2, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Berkeley

Berkeley SkyDeck
Oct. 2, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Brooklyn

Freelancers Union Hub
Oct. 2, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Upstate NY (Oneida)

Oneida Freelance Co-op
Oct. 2, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Orange County (Irvine)

Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA)
Oct. 3, 2019, 6 p.m.

Orlando

Industrious Orlando
Oct. 3, 2019, 6:30 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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