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How to organize your #EFWeek event

Learning, skill sharing, networking and action

#EFWeek is a chance for independents to come together and improve their freelance careers and life. As It is a crowdsourced week of events anyone can organise and submit an event. Here's a little bit of help how to do it.

Pick a topic: It can be very general ("Tips to improve your freelance career") or specific ("How to deal with taxes and social security"). It can be skills-focused ("Learn how to use X") or simply a meet-up ("Get to know other freelancers").

Pick a format: This will help you decide what you will do and how. There's a list of formats below.

Find a venue: Ask your local coworking space to host. If you can't find a location, contact us and we'll try to help.

Invite participants: Ask someone to moderate the event. Invite a speaker (perhaps from a freelancers' association). Or keep it casual without a formal agenda.

Promote it: Create a Facebook event (or similar) and invite your peers. Put up a poster in your coworking space. Share the information in Facebook groups and Slack channels. And of course, don't forget to submit it to www.freelancersweek.org so we can add it to our map and promote it.

Make it fun: Provide some drinks, or ask participants to bring their own. Put on some music to create some atmosphere. Greet each participant and introduce them to someone else.

Document it: Take photos and videos and share them widely! You can event try Facebook live, Periscope or Instagram stories. Always use our official hashtag #EFWeek and mention @FreelancersEU so that we can amplify your reach.

Interact: Follow our Facebook , Twitter and Instagram channels to find out what others are doing and to join or start discussions.

Event format ideas

  • Meetup - to meet other experts in your field, learn and exchange knowledge
  • Speed Date, Matchmaking Session or Fair - to connect freelancers to clients or each other
  • Networking Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner - eat, drink and meet some interesting people
  • P2P, DIY or DIWO Workshop or Webinar - to share skills, tips&tricks and insights or to co-create
  • Consultation - in a group or one-on-one
  • Support or Solution Session - to discuss problems and to brainstorm how to fix or improve something
  • Hackathon - to ideate and produce concrete solutions
  • Round table, Discussion Panel or Debate - share your views, exchange ideas, make conclusions and recommendations
  • Hacktavist Action, Rally or Protest - to make a political stand or fight for a cause
  • Live Interview - with freelancers, organisations or clients
  • Portfolio or Case Study Reviews - to promote your work and get feedback
  • Online Hangouts - forget physical borders and reach out to international community
  • Open Doors or Open Studio - to share your everyday routine and environment
  • Jam session, Artistic Performance or Exhibition - to experience unique ways of expressing thoughts or emotions
  • Pop Up Store or Makers Market - to promote your work, sell your products and meet other food, drink, art and craft producers
  • Fundraiser Party - to benefit your local freelance organisation, community or fellow freelancer in need
  • Festival or Conference - one theme, multiple formats
  • Or any other - do tell us what we forgot
Thanks for co-creating European Freelancers Week!

#EFWeek

European Freelancers Week
European Freelancers Week
#EFWeek is the world’s largest annual celebration of independent work aimed at empowering self-organizing of the self-employed. It is carried out as a series of independent local events held under a common branding in different European countries in mid-October. It has an inclusive, crowdsourced and decentralized format so anyone can participate.

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