Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is SPARK?
We are the community aspect of Freelancers Union. Spark is an opportunity for freelancers and independent workers to come together to connect with one another and help cultivate a strong freelancer community in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We are independents united to build a network for referrals, support, learning, and fun. SPARK groups are currently in 20+ cities.
We connect our community through meetings, workshops, and social events; and via social media through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. We are run by freelancers, for freelancers. Read more on the about us page.
+ What is Freelancers Union?
Freelancers Union is the largest and fast-growing organization representing the 57 million independent workers across the country. We give our 375,000+ members a powerful voice through policy advocacy, benefits, and community. Membership is free and open to freelancers of all kinds, from graphic designers to contractors to entrepreneurs to moonlighters.
+ What should I expect to learn at the monthly meetings?
We keep our meetings fun and interactive. Past and upcoming topics include: · Freelance Tax Workshop · Negotiate – Get Paid What You’re Worth · Diversifying Your Freelance Income · Content Marketing Strategies · Freelancing Policy 101 · Freelancing Best Practices · When and How to Form an LLC Freelancers Union plans out programming for the calendar year based on subjects that are popular amongst freelancers and of course, the topics that are necessary for freelancers to thrive in their career.
+ What does it cost?
SPARK events are always free to the public. We try to provide complimentary drinks and food at our monthly meetings for members to enjoy.
Keep in mind, there may be paid parking around an event. Using DART or LYFT is a great solution to this. Some of our social events may take place at restaurants and other places with food and drinks for purchase.
+ How often do meetings occur?
They take place on the first Wednesday of every month. In addition to our monthly meetings, we often hold workshops and other social events. You can stay tuned in to our latest events via social media and signing up for our newsletter.
+ How can I learn more about Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK??
The best way to learn about SPARK is to come to a meeting or event. By talking to other freelancers and building important connections, you will realize that Spark is a one-of-a-kind group that is here to support you. If you have specific questions about Spark, not answered here, you can visit Freelancers Union for more information or get in touch with one of our Spark leaders.
+ How can I get involved with your organization?
If you would like to get involved with Dallas Freelancers Union SPARK, contact our fearless leader, Shawnee Leonard through our inquiry form.
+ Can I be promoted through Spark?
Yes. There are several ways to promote yourself through the Spark network. Socializing during our networking hour at the monthly meetings is a great way to build freelancer-to-freelancer connections. You can also sign up for a skills demonstration at one of our workshops (coming soon!). Sponsors also get a chance to address our members during meetings to promote skills and services. Click here for more information.
+ Is Spark just for freelancers?
No. Spark is for everyone. While we are aimed at the freelance community, we also welcome independent artists, side hustlers, entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, and those just interested in learning about freelancing.