Where to find your freelance community

The online groups offering support and connection for the self-employed

Freelancing can be a lonely business. Working alone at home all day, only interacting with clients via email, it can feel like being stuck on a remote island.

The idea that other freelancers are the competition is, simply, bullshit. My freelance friends and work wives always been my lifeline, celebrating my highs and commiserating my lows. 

These last few months, however, have shown me just how vital it is to be part of a community when you work alone. I’ve been leaning heavily on my own community, both here in the newsletter and also in the many other groups I’m in.

I wanted to share some of the best freelancing communities on the internet. In these digital spaces, you can find support, community and connection. If you’re part of a great freelance community not mentioned in this list, comment below with a link to it ✌️

Leapers

The Leapers Slack group is open to anyone who works for themselves. Run by Matthew Knight, the community is focused on supporting the mental health of independent workers and freelancers 

Bureau Local

The Bureau Local is a collaborative, investigative journalism network in the UK. Its Slack group is open to freelance journalists, where they hold regular digital events and story clinics. 

Freelance Heroes

One of the largest freelancing communities on Facebook is Freelance Heros. The group is open to all freelancers and is all about empathy and support where members can ask for help and offer it to others. 

Doing It For The Kids 

Frankie Tortora’s DIFTK Facebook group is dedicated to helping self-employed parents connect with each other.

London Writers’ Salon

The London Writers’ Salon hosts the writers' hour, a virtual writing sprint held each weekday morning (London and NYC times).

Society of Freelance Journalists

Set up in response to coronavirus, SFJ is a Slack-based support group for freelance journalists.

The Freelance Lifestylers

The Freelance Lifestylers is a Facebook group for freelancers and freelancers-to-be who want to chat with other self-employed types

No 1 Freelance Media Women

Formerly the 'No.1 Freelance Ladies Buddy Agency', the rebranded Facebook group welcomes female freelancers across the media from designers and photographers to copywriters and PRs. They have weekly pitching and PR hours, and regularly celebrate their members’ wins 

The Freelance Lifestylers

The Freelance Lifestylers is a Facebook group for freelancers and freelancers-to-be who want to chat with other self-employed types

r/freelance

Reddit’s freelancing subreddit is a huge repository of interesting articles for freelancers. It’s also a great place for venting or asking questions you might otherwise be too shy to ask.  


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