Meetup’s mission is “to
revitalize local community and help people around the world
self-organize.” Classed as a social networking portal, Meetup provides a
platform for people to organize offline group meetings.
how it works: someone thinks of a topic or has an interest (it can be
anything!) and sets up a Meetup group in their hometown. Existing Meetup
members are notified of the new group if it pertains to their
interests, and are able to join for free. Usually the organizer then
sets up events – sometimes free, sometimes not and an invitation goes
out to members of the Meetup group. The organizer pays a monthly or
annual fee, which is how Meetup makes money as a digital platform.
in 2002, Meetup’s founder says his aim has always been to make it
easier for people to connect with strangers in their community. They
publicize the following numbers:
: 27.19 million
- Meetup Groups
- Monthly Meetups:
we first came across Meetup, we thought it might be a good way to bring
freelancers in Toronto together. Although our group – Toronto Freelance Meetup – didn’t exist at that time, there were a few others in Toronto with a similar purpose.
We took a look at Meetup groups around the country and found a few examples of similar groups designed to support freelancers.
- Toronto Freelancers:
This is a group for all types of freelancers – those who are just
starting out, seasoned pros, and everyone in-between. Anyone interested
in sharing knowledge, from how to run a good freelance business to
finding clients, or is just looking to hangout with other freelancers,
should consider joining this meetup!
- Toronto Designers and Coders Unite:
TO Web Developers, Web Designers, Graphic Designers UNITE! is an
opportunity to network with and learn from these three inter-related
disciplines. This will be a monthly presentation and cocktail mingling
meetup with a chance for YOU the member to talk about what you do, your
business, freelancing tips, or anything related to coding or design.
- Freelance Creatives: This
is a social and networking group for freelancers in the creative field.
Our goal is to provide you with helpful resources and fun, engaging
networking opportunities. Join the group to meet fellow professionals
and learn about potential business opportunities.
- Vancouver Freelance Meetup: This
group is for anyone thinking about freelancing, seasoned freelancers
and everyone in between. This is a place to share your experiences as a
freelancer, offer advice, seek advice, share ideas, network and most
importantly, socialize! Because let’s face it, it’s easy to get in the
groove of work and stay in your home office for days at a time. Whether
you’re a graphic designer, web developer, writer, artist, social media
expert, SEO guru, consultant, blogger, youtuber or whatever!
- Kits Work from Home Office – Coffee Break: Do
you work from a home office and would like to take a coffee break once
in a while with interesting fellow home office preneurs? Want to kick
around ideas or problems in an informal coffee break setting? Want to
gain a peer mentorship circle with the local community? Come socialize
with the Work from Home Office Meetup for stimulating
conversation and help remove the cobwebs from your head. This informal
group may be particularly stimulating for solo health practitioners,
creative designers, marketers, and writers.
- St. John’s Coffee and Networking Meetup: This
group is being started because, like many of you, I am looking to meet
new friends and to also share information about our businesses, careers,
interests and new ventures. I hope to make this a laid back meeting and
to meet new friends throughout the process!
- For writers and authors | Pour les écrivains et les auteurs: We
offer support for everything from – fiction TO non-fiction TO academic
TO literary TO being published TO so many other things as well.
- Teaching people how to write (in groups or one-on-one individual sessions).
- Critiquing any member’s individual written work to provide advice and guidance.
- Clearing up procrastination and blockages to the creative process.
- Screen and scriptwriting.
- Graphic Novel and Bandes Dessinées creation.
- Short Story creation and writing.
- Guided exercises.
feedback events for writers – by “social” we mean sessions where
writers of all levels can meet, share their writing, listen and critique
others works, read their own excerpts for feedback, and socialize if
they so choose.
If you want to try your hand at networking
or just meet some new people, you should check out the Meetups in your
community or consider setting something up yourself. Although our
experience with the platform is still limited, we’ve found that it’s
been interesting and rewarding meeting everyone who has come out and
shared their experiences and insights.