January 14, 2013 Jason

#FreelanceForum – Jan 22, 2013

Local Freelance Community Finds Support from Local Businesses

Evening event bringing Victoria’s talented freelancers together

For many businesses, the idea of outsourcing means going overseas, but the local pool of talented freelancers in Victoria is hoping to change that through an evening of discussion and solution-finding taking place at VIATeC on January 22. The goal is to help create an awareness about the talent available locally, bringing value to the region’s small to medium sized businesses.


Freelancers, also known as contractors or solopreneurs, offer professional expertise and guidance to local and global businesses, provide an effective alternative to hiring an employee or external agency. Freelancing spans many categories, including copywriting, content creation, public relations, graphic design, web building, market research, IT consulting, social media guidance, photography, SEO, virtual assistants, and many more. Unless there’s a physical need to have someone on site, there’s a freelancer available. The meetup is free and open to experienced freelancers and anyone interested in learning more about freelancing.

Contently.com, a writing resource based out of New York City, proposed a global meetup event to take place during the week of January 21 – 28. To date there are 20 cities in four countries participating, with Victoria in 3rd place for the largest committed community.

The Victoria Advanced Technology Council (VIATeC) stepped up to volunteer the use of their lounge in their new offices on Douglas Street. VIATeC is the conduit that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow a successful technology sector in Greater Victoria. The organization was founded in 1989 to promote and enhance the development of the local advanced technology industry.

In addition to VIATeC, two other local businesses have shown their support for the growing freelance community. Hemlock Printers started as a one-man shop in 1968 and has grown to one of the largest commercial printers in the Pacific Northwest, with over 170 craftspeople employed, and 5381 Studios is another local success story. Their flagship product, Defender Pro Antivirus, has sold millions of copies around the world. 5381 Studios manages several strong retail brands on behalf of their clients, including Defender Pro Antivirus, 123 Copy DVD, and others, employing a network of experienced channel partners to help their clients deliver products to the market on time and on budget.

January 22, 2013 6:00pm – 9:00pm

VIATeC Lounge

2nd Floor, 2659 Douglas Street

(corner of Hillside and Douglas)

Cost – Free

RSVP – Meetup.com


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