Freelance Austin meets the second Wednesday of each month to share timely information for solopreneurs. Program topics range from tax tips to effective networking and marketing skills to pricing your services.

Monthly meetings are FREE for first-time guests, WCA (Women Communicators of Austin) members, and Freelance Austin Annual Supporters. Repeat guests pay just $5 per meeting while registering online.



Upcoming events

    • 09 Sep 2015
    • 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Tech Ranch Austin
    • 23

    We’re bringing together an epic panel of local, state and national political and government professionals to dish on what freelance communications opportunities exist and when (campaign time versus non-campaign time) as well as what traps or faux pas to avoid (working for free when you don’t actually want to work for free, for example).

    If you’ve ever wondered whether you should dip your toe into the political/government freelance communication waters, don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn from our own esteemed political insiders.

    Lisa Griffin is President of Griffin Media Management, a 13-year, full-service communications business for local to international clients. She has also worked as a national journalist for U.S. News & World Report where her stories made national headlines and she flew on Air Force One. She worked at the United States Congress as a communications director for a U.S. senator and representative. She has also worked for representatives of the U.S. Supreme Court, The White House, international technology companies, local Austin businesses and more.

    Christine Garrison Rodriguez is an Austin native and University of Texas graduate who worked as a journalist for seven years before stepping into the political world she once covered. From 2005 to 2012 she worked as a freelance consultant, managing communications, media relations, social media and fund-raising for political campaigns, caucuses and advocacy groups in Texas. In early 2005, Christine began publishing a weekly email for friends and acquaintances, listing the best jobs in and around state government. That service project grew into Christine’s List, a subscription-based site with now 5,500 members. Today Christine’s List includes Texas jobs in “Advocacy, Information and Public Administration.” In January 2013, she and two friends from the world of progressive campaigns and causes saw a need to help their peers stay employed and launched Texas Blue Pages, a free online resource for progressive job-seekers.

    A.J. Bingham is a consultant with a leading Austin-based public sector procurement consulting firm. Prior to that, he was legislative director for one of Texas’ top lobbying firms, representing private and public sector clients on a range of state and local policy matters. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor at Concordia University’s MBA program, teaching Business, Society and Public Policy. He also serves on the City of Austin's Urban Transportation Commission (representing District 1). In the community, he serves on the boards of the Long Center, Caritas of Austin, Trail of Lights Foundation, LBJ Future Forum, and Young Men's Business League of Austin. He also serves as the Chair of Advocacy & Government Affairs for the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce. He was a finalist in the 2013 Austin Under 40 Awards Government & Public Affairs category.  

    Jennifer Perkins is a seasoned government and public affairs counselor with more than two decades of private, non-profit and public sector experience. As principal at Cogent Public Affairs, she helps refine strategic communications, marketing, and public affairs efforts on behalf of clients in energy, water, transportation and the non-profit spheres. Throughout her career she’s served as a campaign manager/finance director, chief of staff for the California State Assembly and corporate affairs specialist as well as positions in the nonprofit and communications agency arenas. 


    Find us at Tech Ranch Austin's NEW digs at:

    8920 Business Park Dr. Suite 250, Austin, TX 78759 (Click here for a map)There’s plenty of free parking in the 2nd/lower lot off Business Park Dr.


Past Year's Events

12 Aug 2015 Ask the Geek: Your Burning Tech Questions Answered
10 Jun 2015 Picture This on Social
13 May 2015 Social Media Trends: Q&A with ACVB's Katie Cook
08 Apr 2015 Editorial Calendar - How To??
10 Mar 2015 Freelance Austin Happy Hour at The Park at The Domain
11 Feb 2015 2015 Freelance Pricing Survey Results Are In!
14 Jan 2015 Tax Season Is Here, Time to Prepare
05 Dec 2014 Lights of Love 5K
12 Nov 2014 Breakout & Breakthrough Member Meeting
08 Oct 2014 Top Freelancing Tips from Battle-Hardened Pros
10 Sep 2014 Getting More Out of LinkedIn for Freelance Communicators
13 Aug 2014 Get Some Help, Part 2 - Online Outsourcing
09 Jul 2014 Productivity Hack-a-thon: Share Your Favorite Apps + Tools
11 Jun 2014 Get Some Help, Part 1. The Art of Subcontracting
14 May 2014 Writing Proposals that Get the Job
06 May 2014 Freelance Austin Happy Hour
09 Apr 2014 Infographics: A Picture's Worth 1,000 Words
12 Mar 2014 No March meeting; Enjoy SXSW!
12 Feb 2014 Learn to Brand: Helping Clients Realize their Visions
08 Jan 2014 To Your Health! What You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act
11 Dec 2013 No December Meeting: Have a wonderful holiday!
13 Nov 2013 Top Freelancing Tips from Battle-Hardened Pros
09 Oct 2013 Video Marketing: Big Opportunity and Best Practices
11 Sep 2013 Expand Your Marketing Channels with the City of Austin's Small & Minority/Women-Owned Business Program
14 Aug 2013 Going Global: Opportunities in the International Market with Natalie Betts
10 Jul 2013 Working With Entrepreneurs: Practical Advice for Freelancers, Free Agents and Solopreneurs
12 Jun 2013 Transform Your Business With Meditation
08 May 2013 Publishing and Self Publishing in Today's Market
10 Apr 2013 Pricing Your Services Correctly
13 Mar 2013 No Freelance Austin Meeting in March
13 Feb 2013 2013 Social Media Predictions
09 Jan 2013 January 2013: You and Your Business - Organized for Success
12 Dec 2012 December 2012: No Event--We'll Post January's Soon
07 Nov 2012 November 2012: Help! My Creativity is Hiding!
10 Oct 2012 October 2012: Ignite Your Brand Through Online Video
12 Sep 2012 September 2012: This is Not Your Mother's Social Media!
08 Aug 2012 August 2012: Poised, Polished, Prepared: Communicating Your Personal Brand Effectively
11 Jul 2012 July 2012: Power Pointless, Interactive Presentations Strategies
13 Jun 2012 June 2012: How to Connect with Clients and Prospects to Stay Top of Mind
12 Jun 2012 Freelance Austin/AWC Joint Happy Hour at Black Sheep Lodge
09 May 2012 May 2012: How To Use Video to Market Your Business
11 Apr 2012 April 2012: Intellectual Property Rights & Your Business
08 Feb 2012 February 2012: Build your business with a new approach to networking
11 Jan 2012 January 2012: Personal Branding Anchors: Your New Competitive Advantage
09 Nov 2011 November 2011: Create the Unforgettable Elevator Pitch - An Interactive Workshop
25 Oct 2011 Freelance Austin Happy Hour at Paggi House
12 Oct 2011 October 2011: Navigating the City of Austin's Certification Programs
14 Sep 2011 September 2011: Connecting to the Latino Market
10 Aug 2011 August 2011: How to Turn Around a Troubled Business
13 Jul 2011 July 2011: Why You Need a Business Plan Now!
29 Jun 2011 June Happy Hour at Pourhouse Pub
08 Jun 2011 June 2011: Standing Out in the Social Media Crowd
11 May 2011 May 2011: Are you LinkedIn?
13 Apr 2011 April 2011: How much are YOU worth?
09 Mar 2011 March 2011: How to Make Your Taxes Less Taxing
16 Feb 2011 February Happy Hour at Simplicity Wine Bar
09 Feb 2011 February 2011: Standing Out in the Social Media Crowd
12 Jan 2011 January 2011: Creating a Ripple with Clients
03 Dec 2010 Join our Lights of Love 5k Team!
10 Nov 2010 November 2010: Why Print Ain’t Dead
13 Oct 2010 October 2010 Meeting - Being a Margaret Mead for Your Freelance Business
06 Oct 2010 October Happy Hour at Malverde
08 Sep 2010 September 2010 Meeting - On your mark, get set...trademark
11 Aug 2010 August 2010 Meeting - Being Creative and Creating Cash Flow
14 Jul 2010 July 2010 Meeting - No You May Not Pick My Brain: Drawing the Line Between Free and Paid
09 Jun 2010 June 2010 Meeting - Social Security and the Sole Proprietor
12 May 2010 May 2010 Meeting - Freelancing in a Cross-Generational World: Tips from the Inside
14 Apr 2010 April 2010 Meeting - Austin Business Journal Tips for Freelancers
10 Mar 2010 Unofficial SXSW Freelancers Happy Hour Celebration
10 Feb 2010 February 2010 Meeting - Tax Tips for Freelancers and Small Businesses
13 Jan 2010 January 2010 Meeting - Top Ten Tips for the Home Office
09 Dec 2009 December 2009 Meeting - How volunteering can bring you business
11 Nov 2009 November 2009 Meeting - How to catch bad guys & win clients through “thought leadership”
14 Oct 2009 October 2009 Meeting - Entrepreneurs Can Make Money in Any Economy
09 Sep 2009 September 2009 Meeting - How to Get More Freelance Work
12 Aug 2009 August 2009 Meeting - How the Rules of Money Work
08 Jul 2009 July 2009 Meeting - The Magic Email That Will Grow Your Practice or Find You a Job
10 Jun 2009 FREELANCE AUSTIN JUNE EVENT: Beat the Heat at the Bar!
13 May 2009 May 2009 Meeting - Networking
08 Apr 2009 April 2009 Meeting - Tax Time Doesn't Have to Mean Panic Time
11 Mar 2009 March 2009 Meeting - "Social Media Business Edge"
11 Feb 2009 February 2009 Meeting - "Taking Websites to the Next Level"

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