Spark Chicago Freelancers Meetup: Living a 4-Hour Work Week

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Serendipity Labs Chicago

1 South Wacker

Suite 200

Chicago, Illinois 60606

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Welcome to Freelancers Union SPARK!

We host meetups for freelancers by freelancers: we invite you to bring your expertise, questions, and your challenges - we're here to help!

Join us on the first Wednesday of every month to meet other entrepreneurs in the area, get inspired, and talk about stuff like...


It’s back to school time, and what better month to launch our first ever Freelancers Book Club!

Our September SPARK will feature interactive exercises from The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris on maximizing your time and creative powers through cutting out the nonessentials.

Together, we’ll focus on:

  • Understanding how we actually spend our time - and what’s really important

  • Factoring value into our work decisions

  • Developing a list of action items to maximize our results in minimal time

The 4-Hour Workweek has been heralded as “the long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle,” offering valuable (and practical!) advice on creativity, economic success, and building a life to include both.

No time to read? Don’t worry! We’ll distill a few valuable lessons from the book during SPARK on how to prioritize productivity and finding daily satisfaction in what you accomplish.

BUY THE BOOK at Unabridged Bookstore - support your local independent bookstore!!

Tim’s blog (including links to his podcast) can be found here.

There will also be time to network with other freelancers who may be able to offer tips you hadn’t considered before. We'll also do some brainstorming around other great books for freelancers.

Regardless of industry, we all share similar experiences as independent business owners! We try to ensure everyone leaves with insights and connections that will help their business thrive.

SPARK is built on the premise that we’re stronger together than we are on our own.

Attendees will be invited to join our Facebook group to swap jobs, resources, and meet other people who love their "boss!"

The national conversation is also live at #FreelanceSPARK. Join us in a whole bunch of cities across the country!

Quick tips:

Yes, this event is for freelancers of all industries. We're all connected by our efforts to succeed in the gig economy.

No, this event will not be taped- it's a meetup! However, we occasionally will have someone taking photos, and will have consent forms available when photos will be taken. However, if you opt to not be photographed, please let us know - we're more than happy to oblige.

Sometimes we do bring in an expert speaker- we'll announce that above.

TIM FERRISS has been listed as one of Fast Company's "Most Innovative Business People," one of Forbes's "Names You Need to Know," and one of Fortune's "40 under 40." He is an early-stage technology investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ others) and the author of four #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek and his latest, Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. The Observer and other media have called Tim "the Oprah of audio" due to the influence of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, which has exceeded 100 million downloads and has been selected for "Best of iTunes" three years running.

SPARK is sponsored by:

Qapital is the money saving app that lets you save for the things you want just by doing the things you do. Set up savings Goals (like a vacation or paying down debt). Then set up Rules to automatically save for them. There’s even a Freelancer Rule to set aside a certain % for taxes when you get paid. Download the app or go to

SPARK Chicago is brought to you by:

About Freelancers Union

Freelancers Union is a membership organization that provides benefits, resources, and advocacy for 350,000 independent workers nationwide. To learn more or join, visit Membership is free.

About Serendipity Labs

Serendipity Labs Chicago is located in the West Loop at the corner of Madison Street and South Wacker Drive. The premier Chicago coworking location is only one block from the Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and CTA stop.

Our vibrant, upscale coworking experience offers private offices, team rooms, workstations, and coworking memberships. Members have access to our lab-café, work lounge and meeting and event venue for accommodations up to 100 attendees. It is designed for mobile workers, independent professionals and project teams who need flexible terms in an inspiring workplace. Whether you need an occasional escape from a home office, primary office or just a great place to meet, we have a membership plan that will be perfect for you


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Serendipity Labs Chicago is located near the Washington/Wells Green/Pink/Orange/Purple Line stop and is a short walk from the Blue and Red Lines. For more detailed transit information, please visit

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact Gordon via e-mail at

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