This group is for Chicago Area Freelancers (be it developers, designers, copywriters, photographers, lawyers, plumbers, whatever). We are all makes and models who get together and have a drink, discuss our work, share tips and techniques, and find full time and contract work opportunities.

We invite group members to submit ideas to talk about.  Bring a laptop or a tablet, a sketchpad or an etch-a-sketch.  We don't care.

We have just a few simple rules:

1) (Starting in 2014) We charge a bar minimum for meetups so that we ensure quality attendance (Really, it's just somewhere between $1-3).

2) It's social, so we expect people to talk. We shouldn't have to remind folks, but if there's a speaker, please have common decency and do not disturb others.

Here's some more resources for our group that keep coming up:

1) Breaking the time barrier. It's a great read and helps people realize how to get beyond just thinking about our skill set as an hourly committment, but thinking about value add: https://breakingthetimebarrier.freshbooks.c...

2) Freelancer's Bible is a great resource for anyone striking out on their own: http://www.amazon.com/The-Freelancers-Bible...

3) Freelancer's Guild (I couldn't find a URL but googling for it brings a bunch of results up).

4) The SBA. It's here to help us. Let's help them help us: http://www.sba.gov/offices/district/il/chic...

That's it!

Welcome and enjoy!

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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