Welcome to Freelancers Union SPARK!
We host meetups for freelancers by freelancers: we invite you to bring your expertise, questions, and elevator pitches to the table to workshop and discuss.
Join us on the first Wednesday of every month (and our Facebook group for in-between events) to meet other entrepreneurs in the area, get inspired, and talk about stuff like...
“While waiting in line for a coffee at Starbucks I handed the person behind me in line a business card. Can I claim the coffee?”
You’ll have to come to our Freelance Tax Workshop to find out! Join your local 1099er community on Wednesday, March 1 for our third annual tax-focused SPARK event.
At this in-person event, we’ll answer important tax-related questions, like:
How can I proactively manage my business’s cash flow?
What are the tax changes in effect for the 2017 tax year?
Can I really deduct expenses like coffee, gas, and my home office space?
There will also be time to network with other freelancers who may be able to offer tips and tricks you hadn’t considered before.
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.
This month, we are thrilled to be joined by Scott Rawitscher of Collaborative Business Solutions.
SPARK is built on the premise that we’re stronger together than we are on our own.
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!
Sometimes we do bring in an expert speaker- we'll announce that above.
FINDING US AT ROGUE EASTSIDE PUB & PILOT BREWERY (Previously The Green Dragon): Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery has been very generous in giving us access to the Barrel Room for our meetup every month. It is a private event space within the bar and can be a bit tricky to find. Walk toward the back of the restaurant past the bar. Go through the glass doors on the right-hand side, through the brewery area, and you will see a room with a sign that says "Barrel Room" over the door. We'll be in there! Servers and other Rogue workers might not know about the Freelancer's Union, but should be able to direct you to the Barrel Room if you ask. We'll also be sure to put up signs!
SPARK is sponsored by:
Painless1099 automatically separates money for taxes every time you get paid by a client and then sends what's safe to spend directly to your personal checking account. Painless1099 works just like W2 tax withholding, but it’s designed with your self-employment income in mind!
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SPARK Portland is brought to you by:
About Freelancers Union
Freelancers Union is a membership organization that provides benefits, resources, and advocacy for 300,000 independent workers nationwide. To learn more or join, visit freelancersunion.org. Membership is free.
About the Organizers
SPARK Portland is organized by a dedicated team of volunteers:
Chloe Steinhoff-Smith and Wyatt Benoit are dedicated to empowering creative freelancers by providing structure and support to the freelance community and making it easier to form strong, positive relationships with clients. To that end, they have created Scopic, an online network where Portland creatives can establish their value to clients based on their work ethic, skills, and passions.
The Creative Roundtable was founded in late 2014 by Jehn Glynn and Jena Nesbitt, two creative entrepreneurs living in Portland, Oregon. They started tCR to help their peers overcome the numerous obstacles faced by designers, makers, artists, and musicians as they profit from their passions. Come to one of their events and sign up for their emails to recieve a FREE make it happen workbook!
About Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery (Previously The Green Dragon)
Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery is a bar dedicated to the education & appreciation of craft beer. They have been a fabulous supporter of Freelancers Union in Portland. We meet monthly in the Barrel Room. For instructions on how to find the Barrel Room look above, under "Quick Tips: Finding Us at Rouge Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery".