There are many advantages to being self-employed, although working alone from a home office can be isolating. I talk to and meet with clients regularly, still I also feel the need to connect with other Web Design Professionals. Through the web I am able to have virtual conversations but I really value face-to-face interactions. What I enjoy most about attending local “Unconferences” such as WordCamp, PodCamp or Freelance Camp are the f2f networking opportunities.
At WordCamp 2010 I heard about a WordPress Toronto Meetup Group (#wpto) and I was quick to join. What I enjoy most about these Meetups aren’t the presentations, not to knock them – they are informative and interesting – but the one-on-one discussions. At the Meetup, I’ve met great people who are open and generous with their knowledge. We’ve discussed great WordPress themes and plugins, we’ve also talked about non-WordPress specific tools. The group is a mix of WordPress Newbies and WordPress Professionals: WordPress Plugin Developers and Programmers, WordPress Designers and WordPress end users. I’ve been able to send some work to my #wpto friends and some work has come my way too.
Feel free to check out the WordPress Toronto Meetup Group.