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A freelancer’s guild?

Posted on | November 3, 2007 | 3 Comments

I’ve been looking at lengths for an organization of freelance I.T. professionals who combine efforts and forces to help each other. I’ve found some rather informal groups, none that looked like they were likely to stay operational for long.

There are writer’s guilds, programmers guilds, various scientific and research guilds, however I could not find one that was setup specifically to serve the needs of freelance I.T. people.

Some examples of what I’m hoping to get (after paying dues of course) would be:

  • Discount / group health insurance rates
  • Legal resources
  • Overflow help (being able to pull in people quickly to large projects)
  • General networking / chit chat
  • Escrow services

There are many things that such a group could offer its members, listed above are just a few simple examples.

Maybe I’m not searching for the correct things, or perhaps such a group has not been founded. I’m not talking about freelance job sites (though they do offer a few of those features), I’m talking more along the lines of a professional group.

I’ve often thought about starting such a group myself, however it would require a chunk of cash to seed, my chunks tend to vanish quickly to all of those wonderful folks who send me monthly bills.

If anyone knows of a group such as this, please leave a link and some info in the comment form. If you happen to be a venture capitalist, this type of group is sorely needed and would be rather lucrative once marketed.

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3 Responses to “A freelancer’s guild?”

  1. How will I.T. contractors retire? : Echoreply
    December 10th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    [...] while back, I was wishing for some kind of I.T. contract workers and freelancer association, I really hope that something like that pops up. I’m not angry with the industry, companies [...]

  2. Mary T
    December 27th, 2007 @ 3:24 am

    Some of what you’re looking for can be found at http://www.pacepros.com/.

  3. tinkertim
    December 27th, 2007 @ 10:44 am

    @Mary – Hotgigs looks rather interesting too, I noticed that they have a pretty good grasp of what companies spend money on in IT.

    At least the domain has been around since 1998 and a few searches show them to be pretty well established, this might be just what I was looking for :)

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