Although it might feel daunting at first, networking online is a great way to meet like-minded people, especially for freelancers. Whether you’re looking for prospective clients or simply to meet a few new faces and have a laugh, socialising and expanding your network is an important factor to success. So the Othership community have put together 10 events that every Freelancer should join.
Fortunately for you, there’s plenty of professional networking events out there—as well as some more casual ones—that make for great places to meet new people. In this post, we’ve listed the best
Network & Coffee
We bring Othership members together every week for an online networking event to chat, share ideas and drink coffee!
This isn’t your standard business to business networking. Forget the suits and meaningless small-talk, at the Othership Network & Coffee events what you’re wearing doesn’t matter as much as your mindset.
This is among the best events for networking as you’ll meet people from all sorts of different backgrounds. You might meet someone that can help you with a problem you’re facing, or may even be looking to hire someone with your skillset!
Cowork & Brunch
First Wednesday of every month
When you’re a self-employed one-man-band, the office can be a lonely place. This is especially true for new freelancers that are used to working alongside colleagues. Whilst you might not miss the office politics, it’s easy to miss the background bustle, the coffee breaks and team meetings – even the ones that could have just been an email!
To solve this, we host weekly Cowork & Brunch events for freelancers, which is the place to meet and chat with fellow entrepreneurs, or just work in the background. We run this event every month in three different locations: London, Bristol and Manchester.
General Assembly Events
Our partnership with General Assembly (GA) means we’re able to offer Othership members various educational events to help them thrive in their career as a freelancer or founder.
Whether you want to learn how to Create a Community or Be Your Best Self, with our joint GA events you’ll learn some of the best methods and techniques to reach your goals. That’s what makes these some of the best events for digital entrepreneurs.
Other Events We Love
Freelancers Week is a 10-day event dedicated to bringing together independent professionals and coworking spaces from around the world to help each other improve their careers through learning, skill-sharing, networking and political action.
Freelancers Week is for people of all backgrounds and aims to tackle the biggest problem we all face: isolation. Whether you’ve just taken the leap in making your side-hustle your full-time job or you’re a veteran of selling your skills.
Because we work independently, freelancers are restricted by how often we get to share knowledge and ideas with other specialists. Freelancers Week allows anyone to organise a virtual networking event with the aim of uniting freelancers and communities around the world – so you’ll certainly find networking events for you.
The Freelance Conference FREECON
This conference is for all freelancers and those that consider making the step into the freelance world. Talks, fireside chats and workshops let everyone dive deep into independent work at FREECON. Sessions are available from Start, to Grow and Run – depending on where your business is at.
Day 2 of the conference will focus on technology and communications. Participants will discover tools and strategies to make workflows more efficient and to build stronger relationships.
What started as a way to bring New York’s creative community together has snowballed into what is now known as CreativeMornings – a worldwide amalgamation of coffee-morning freelancer events. Their events now take place in 223 cities in 67 different countries. Almost every day a CreativeMorning is taking place somewhere in the world.
Thanks to corporate sponsors such as MailChimp and Skillshare, CreativeMornings are free and accessible to anyone. Each event is hosted by volunteers in an effort to bring creatives together and celebrate their talent.
Sanctus Mental Health Gym
Running your own business, no matter how big, is stressful. It’s important that freelancers take time to look after their wellbeing – for the sake of their health and their business.
The Sanctus Mental Health Gym is a daily event that takes place every morning between 8:30–9:00 to bring together a wellbeing-conscious community for group journaling sessions. This free event offers coaching questions to prompt the journaling and members are given access to the community forum.
Digital Training with Google
The sessions with Digital Garage aim to help freelancers, founders, entrepreneurs and small businesses find new business opportunities by optimising their online presence.
Don’t worry if you’re completely new to social media and online marketing as the events are for beginners. You’ll even get the chance to ask questions. These are some of the topics you could sign up for:
- Digital Marketing Strategy
- Find your Balance with Technology
- Build your personal brand online