Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Sole Proprietorship or LLC: What's Best For Your Business?

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) to meet other entrepreneurs in the area, get inspired, and share tips on freelance issues.

November SPARK: Sole proprietorship or LLC–what’s best for your business?

When is the right time to incorporate? What are the tax implications of sole proprietorship? And what about liability?

For many freelancers, incorporation is a key step on the path to a full-time freelance career. This workshop will walk you through the basics of forming an LLC and what incorporation means for your business.

We’ll cover:

  • The benefits of forming an LLC

  • How your business structure affects your taxes

  • The right time to incorporate for your business

Please note this event is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal advice. If you have specific business or contract questions, please consult your legal advisor.


Guest Speakers

Katherine Britton

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Katherine Elvira Britton is an attorney with a broad range of experience in regulatory compliance, corporate training and presentation and focuses her law practice on privacy and data security law, complex civil litigation, employment and human resources counseling, and consumer protection. Katherine advises clients and trains management and employees on compliance with federal and state privacy and data security laws, best practices, and self-regulatory programs, specifically focusing on issues involving emerging technologies. She evaluates clients’ compliance with federal, state, and self-regulatory requirements relating to the storage, transfer, sharing, and disposal of customer personal information. Katherine reviews, drafts, and negotiates vendor/supplier contracts, technology transactions, services and consulting agreements, and licensing agreements. Additionally, she drafts privacy policies, social media policies, and terms of use agreements for websites and applications tailored to clients’ business practices and implements changes to existing policies to address current and future data collection and use. Katherine earned her J.D. in 2007 from The John Marshall Law School, where she was an editor for The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, and her B.A. in 2004 from Tulane University. Katherine is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, Certified Privacy Manager, and is admitted to the bars in Illinois, the District of Columbia, and Texas.



$$ The event is FREE $$

There will also be time to network with other freelancers who may be able to offer tips 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.

Our meeting will be taking place at Capital Factory + The DEC facility located in the Centrum building on the corner of Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Rd. (3102 Oak Lawn Dallas, TX 75219).

CENTRUM VISITOR PARKING

Enter through Welborn St labeled as VISITOR.

Visitors must enter their phone number to access parking, a phone number will be used to exit. Parking is $3 per hour ($12 maximum). DART bus routes 31, 39, and 409 will put you off right in front or near the Centrum depending on the route.


SCHEDULE:

6:30-7 -- Networking & Happy Hour

7-7:15 -- Introductions & Icebreakers

7:15-8 -- Group Event

8-8:30 -- Closing Remarks & Networking


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

Check out our Facebook group to swap jobs, resources, and meet other people who love their "boss!"  

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

Find us on social media.

Facebook Page: Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK
Facebook Group: Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK
Instagram: @sparkdtx
Twitter: @sparkdtx
LinkedIn: Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK

Contact our event organizer Shawnee Leonard -- sparkdallastexas@gmail.com







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Oct
3
6:30 PM18:30

Project Scoping + Setting Your Rates

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) to meet other entrepreneurs in the area, get inspired, and share tips on freelance issues.

October SPARK: Setting client expectations: Project scoping for freelancers


Are you just starting out and have no idea what to charge for your work? An experienced freelancer curious how to prevent client issues from arising mid-project?

This interactive workshop will walk you through best practices for scoping projects, from setting rates to setting boundaries. You don’t have to figure it all out alone!


We’ll cover:

  • How to clearly scope your project--and why it matters

  • Guidelines for setting rates

  • Avoiding issues with clients

$$ The event is FREE $$

There will also be time to network with other freelancers who may be able to offer tips 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.

Our meeting will be taking place at Capital Factory + The DEC facility located in the Centrum building on the corner of Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Rd. (3102 Oak Lawn Dallas, TX 75219).

CENTRUM VISITOR PARKING
Enter through Welborn St labeled as VISITOR.

Visitors must enter their phone number to access parking, a phone number will be used to exit. Parking is $3 per hour ($12 maximum). DART bus routes 31, 39, and 409 will put you off right in front or near the Centrum depending on the route.


SCHEDULE:

6:30-7 -- Networking & Happy Hour

7-7:15 -- Introductions & Icebreakers

7:15-8 -- Group Event

8-8:30 -- Closing Remarks & Networking

 

All attendees who check in the day of will be entered into a drawing to win a brunch for 2 gift card to Mattito's! You must be present to claim your prize.

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

Check out our Facebook group to swap jobs, resources, and meet other people who love their "boss!"  

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

Find us on social media.

Facebook Page: Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK
Facebook Group: Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK
Instagram: @sparkdtx
Twitter: @sparkdtx
LinkedIn: Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK

 

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The Future of Freelancing
Sep
5
6:30 PM18:30

The Future of Freelancing

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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 elevator pitches to the table to workshop and discuss.

Join us on the first Wednesday of every month (and our Facebook group) to meet other entrepreneurs in the area, get inspired, and share tips on freelance issues.

September SPARK: The Future of Freelancing

Client nonpayment. Healthcare. Time management. Wellness. The challenges freelancers face are unique--and so are the solutions. What matters most to the future of freelancing?

Our September SPARK meetup will tackle the freelance issues you think are most pressing and the insights you’ve already gained as a community. Freelancers Union is here to support you, and we’ll build our future agenda around what you need.

Our conversation will cover:

  • The most serious challenges freelancers face

  • Your strategies for surviving--and thriving

  • Building an advocacy-based agenda for a better freelance future


$$ The event is FREE $$

There will also be time to network with other freelancers who may be able to offer tips 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.

Our meeting will be taking place at Capital Factory + The DEC facility located in the Centrum building on the corner of Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Rd. (3102 Oak Lawn Dallas, TX 75219).


CENTRUM VISITOR PARKING
Enter through Welborn St labeled as VISITOR.
Visitors must enter their phone number to access parking, a phone number will be used to exit. Parking is $3 per hour ($12 maximum). DART bus routes 31, 39, and 409 will put you off right in front or near the Centrum depending on the route.

SCHEDULE:
6:30-7 -- Networking & Happy Hour
7-7:15 -- Introductions & Icebreakers
7:15-8 -- Group Event
8-8:30 -- Closing Remarks & Networking

All attendees who check in the day of will be entered into a drawing to win a brunch for 2 gift card to Mattito’s! You must be present to claim your prize.


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

Check out our Facebook group to swap jobs, resources, and meet other people who love their "boss!"  

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

Find us on social media.

Facebook Page: Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK
Facebook Group: Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK
Instagram: @sparkdtx
Twitter: @sparkdtx
LinkedIn: Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK

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Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

August Happy Hour

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You’re Invited to Our Playdate!

We here at SPARK believe that all work and no play makes Jack a pretty dull freelancer. Take a quick recess from your work and join our fantastic group of solo and entrepreneurs at the Playground Bar in Uptown.

No networking pressure.

No program to sit through.

Just food, drinks, games, and good conversation.

Get to know your SPARK leaders by challenging them to a game of giant Jenga, corn hole, or putt putt skeeball. Strike up a conversation with a new person as you swing together or bounce on the adult-sized seesaw.

The Playground offers a full-service bar with alcoholic twists on your favorite childhood drinks like Tang and Capri Sun. The menu includes Mexican mainstays such as nachos, elotes, and tacos. Don’t worry about making it in time for happy hour; their good pricing runs all day and night.

We will be meeting on Thursday, August 23rd at 5:30. Come when you can and stay as long as you want. This is a great chance to meet fellow local freelancers in a casual atmosphere to make friends, talk shop (or not!), and make our union stronger.

SPARK is an open community. Whether you have been freelancing for decades or are simply curious what freelancers do (hint: we go to events like these and make friends), we encourage you to join us for our August happy hour.

What are you waiting for? Hit the RSVP button!

Did I mention there were tacos?

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Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

Reach New Clients: Creative Content Marketing Strategies with Lee Prescott

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Welcome to Dallas 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) to meet other entrepreneurs in the area, get inspired, and share tips on freelance issues.

August SPARK: Reach new clients with effective creative content marketing strategies with Lee Prescott: Writer, Research Consultant, Content Marketer, and Pattern Designer

Content marketing is one of the best ways to find new clients--and it doesn’t have to be a drag.

Our August SPARK meetup will cover tried-and-true social strategies to increase your business, build your brand, and create a community with your fellow freelancers--no matter what your business is.

You'll learn to:

  • Develop fresh, creative content targeted to your dream client base
  • Elevate your profile and strengthen your relationships within the freelance community

  • Tailor a social strategy to your own needs and strengths

Whether you've been marketing yourself online for years or are just getting started, you'll walk away with a whole new bag of tricks. Lee will be sharing creative content marketing strategies and non-traditional approaches based on her corporate experience with traditional approaches.

 

$$ The event is FREE $$

There will also be time to network with other freelancers who may be able to offer tips 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.

Our meeting will be taking place at Capital Factory x The DEC facility located in the Centrum building on the corner of Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Rd. (3102 Oak Lawn Dallas, TX 75219).

CENTRUM VISITOR PARKING
Enter through Welborn St labeled as VISITOR.
Visitors must enter their phone number to access parking, a phone number will be used to exit. Parking is $3 per hour ($12 maximum). DART bus routes 31, 39, and 409 will put you off right in front or near the Centrum depending on the route.

SCHEDULE:
6:30-7 -- Networking & Happy Hour
7-7:15 -- Introductions & Icebreakers
7:15-8 -- Creative Content Marketing Strategies Workshop with Lee Prescott
8-8:30 -- Closing Remarks & Networking

All attendees who check in the day of will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card from Taqueria La Ventana! You must be present to claim your prize.

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

Check out our Facebook group to swap jobs, resources, and meet other people who love their "boss!"  

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

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.

Find us on social media.
Facebook Page: Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK
Facebook Group: Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK
Instagram: @sparkdtx
Twitter: @sparkdtx

LinkedIn: Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK

SPARK Dallas is brought to you by:

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About Freelancers Union
Freelancers Union is a membership organization that provides benefits, resources, and advocacy for 375,000 independent workers nationwide. To learn more or join, visit freelancersunion.org. Membership is free.

 

Thanks to our following partners & sponsors for supporting Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK!

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Negotiate: Get Paid What You're Worth!
Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

Negotiate: Get Paid What You're Worth!

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Dallas Freelancers Union Spark: Meet Your Freelance Community

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 the workshop and discuss.

Join us on the first Wednesday of every month (and our Facebook group) to meet other entrepreneurs in the area, get inspired, and share tips on freelance issues. 

JULY'S SPARK:

An interactive workshop for freelancers to improve their negotiating skills. Learn strategies to reduce the stress and uncertainty - and get paid! 

  • Calculate Rates
  • Pitch Services
  • Share Best Practices and Market Info
  • Get Paid What You're Worth!

$$ The event is FREE $$

There will also be time to network with other freelancers who may be able to offer tips 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'S MEETING IS THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE DALLAS FREELANCERS UNION SPARK GROUP! Our meeting will be taking place at Capital Factory x The DEC facility located in the Centrum building on the corner of Oak Lawn Avenue and Cedar Springs Rd. (3102 Oak Lawn Dallas, TX 75219). 

DART bus routes 31, 39, and 409 will put you off right near the Centrum. 

CENTRUM VISITOR PARKING
Enter through Welborn St labeled as VISITOR.
Visitors must enter their phone number to access parking, a phone number will be used to exit. Parking will be validated courtesy of Capital Factory, so please provide your phone number as you arrive at the venue. 

SCHEDULE:
6:30-7 -- Networking & Happy Hour
7-7:15 -- Introductions & Icebreakers
7:15-8 -- Negotiating Workshop
8-8:30 -- Networking

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

Check out our Facebook group to swap jobs, resources, and meet other people who love their "boss!"  

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

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 Dallas is brought to you by:

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About Freelancers Union
Freelancers Union is a membership organization that provides benefits, resources, and advocacy for 375,000 independent workers nationwide. To learn more or join, visit freelancersunion.org. Membership is free.


Thanks to our following partners & sponsors for supporting Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK!

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Jun
6
6:30 PM18:30

Meet Your Freelance Community

We are in the process of launching a local SPARK group for beginner and established freelancers to connect with other local freelancers, have access to resources, help freelancers find gigs, and more! Let's all get acquainted with one another before our official July 11th launch!

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