NETWORKING EVENTS FOR FREELANCERS

LEARN. NETWORK. GROW.

Hamilton, Ontario

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100% Free. No registration fees.

The Hamilton Freelancers Association (HFA) was founded in November 2013 by local freelancers Chad Fullerton (@chad_fullerton) and Brian Hogg (@brianhogg). Our goal is to connect freelancers in the Hamilton area with each other, while providing valued workshops and attracting expert guest speakers to monthly events.

By providing information on starting your own freelancing business, and connecting with others who are doing the same, we hope to spark collaborations and entrepreneurship within Hamilton’s young professionals and the community at large.

Not yet freelancing but thinking about it?  No problem!  Come out, get inspired, and connect with others at various stages of their career.

THE SCHEDULE

Registration and mingling

6:30pm

Quick introduction, announcements

7pm

Educational Talk / Tools Demo

We either have an expert come in to talk about a business topic to help you grow your business, or we do a quick demonstration of online tools you can use to help with marketing, organizing, or productivity in your business.

7:15pm

Icebreakers / Small Groups

We start things out with facilitated networking as a large group, or in smaller groups so that you have a chance to meet new people in an organized environment

7:30pm

Open Networking

We open things up so everyone can walk around and mingle with people in the room they haven’t chatted with yet. Grab a drink, and stay as long as you’d like!

8pm

WHAT TO EXPECT

Expert advice and tips

We bring in industry experts and speakers to share tips on various business-related topics. Past events have included speakers on personal branding, social media, marketing, FreshBooks, legal contracts, tax tips, and more.

Pitch-free Presentations

We pride ourselves in providing a free event that is “pitch-free”. We don’t have anything to sell, and focus on providing you as much value as possible.

Location

Our base location for our meetups is The Pheasant Plucker, a restaurant and bar located at 20 Augusta Street in Hamilton. We’re up on the 2nd floor lounge.

Food and Drinks

Our venue has a fully licensed bar so you can get a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy throughout the evening. You can also order off their food menu and have the food delivered upstairs to your table during the event.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT OUR MEETUPS

See what our previous attendees had to say!

“An active and engaged group. Supportive and looking to be a resource for the freelancer community.”

Paul Copcutt

“Looking forward to meeting up again!”

Leena

“My hat’s off to you both for an informative and entertaining talk. Lots of energy and enthusiasm from the group. Looking forward to the next event.”

Kevin

Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get to the venue?

Click here to view it on Google Maps.

What about parking?

There is plenty of parking in the IMPARK parking lot next to the venue. Entrance to the parking lot is accessible off James Street S. as well as off Augusta Street beside The Pheasant Plucker (20 Augusta). It is $4 for the evening during weekdays.

I’m shy. Should I come?

Absolutely! No one is put on the spot at our events. If you are a shy type of personality, don’t worry. Come out and we will make sure you feel welcome and make connections.

Is there a cost?

All Freelancer Meetup events are free, no strings attached. Really.

Who is able to come?

Our meetups are open to all professionals, entrepreneurs, and freelancers in the Hamilton area, whether you’re just thinking of starting a freelancing consulting business, you’re new to freelancing, or you’re running a consulting business full-time or part-time. No matter what level you’re at, we’re here to help support you!

What type of freelancers come to these events?

The meetups are open to freelancers of all skills and specialties, including designers, developers, marketers, videographers, photographers, writers, and everyone in between.

Not yet freelancing?  No problem!  Come out and meet others at various stages of their career, ask questions, and get inspired to start your own business.

OUR PARTNERS

We are proud to support entrepreneurship in Hamilton.

SEND US A MESSAGE

If you have any questions about the meetup events, or you would like to be a speaker at one of our next events, get in touch! Email [email protected]

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