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Arlington Entrepreneurs provides a place and a voice for freelance workers. Freelancers have a unique set of needs, since we have no outside employer providing benefits or a regular paycheck. Our ranks are growing. According to a study done by the National Freelancers Union and Upwork, freelance workers will make up the majority of freelance workers by 2027.
Our anual AE Premium membership seeks to meet our freelance members’ needs by offering a number of benefits, including:
- Discounted or free admission to networking events, workshops and seminars
- Discounted or free access to brainstorming sessions and mastermind groups
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Arlington Entrepreneurs realizes the importance of networking, especially given the isolation so many freelance workers experience. Networking is critical to business success. It creates strategic connections, facilitates relationships among compatible businesses and gets you out in front of potential new clients and customers. It’s an indispensable marketing and relationship-building tool.
Freelancers don’t have a community of fellow workers to turn to for company, advice and help. There’s often no chance to test your ideas and consider new perspectives. Isolation is not good for us, mentally or professionally. That’s why Arlington Entrepreneurs offers “isolation buster” events on a monthly basis: two coffee breaks and one happy hour, with more to come. These are often smaller gatherings that combine socialization with networking. They’re fun – and they’re effective.
We also realize the importance of marketing. To that end, we’ve recently introduced a new blog series, Reflections of an Entrepreneur. Reflections of an Entrepreneur interviews you about your business, then writes up an article based on that. Your Reflections article will help your marketing efforts, since it will be featured in our newsletter and will go out to our Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and podcast followers – nearly 1,000 people and growing! Take a look at some examples of our featured entrepreneurs here.
As if that weren’t enough, we’re developing technical resources (for example, self-guided WordPress web hosting, podcasting capability, virtual classrooms, etc.) which we’ll be making available to paying members in the coming months. This has been a multi-year project and is intended to benefit our website development and graphic design community as well as our less technical users.
Finally – and perhaps most important – your membership will help our community by giving it the financial resources it needs to deliver our products and services, ones designed for freelance workers like you.
Join AE Premium! It’ll be the best $60.00 you’ve ever spent!