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Hi, Saeid Halvaeian here, founder of The Freelance Creatives.

I spend my time freelancing full-time. I run a graphic design studio in Houston, TX — assisting local small businesses and startups with their design needs. In addition to that, I also freelance as a member of the videoboard crews for all four of Houston’s professional sports teams: the Astros, Texans, Rockets, and Dynamo. I also freelance for the University of Houston Athletics, Rice University Athletics, and Houston Rodeo in March, as well as TSU Football, the Houston Dash, and other third-party sport events in Houston. At these games, I am one of many crew members that assist in producing the in-stadium show that attending fans see on the big screens.

The Beginning

 In 2013 I quit my job and jumped into freelancing full-time as a graphic designer. I learned quickly that even though I knew the graphic design side of my business – I didn’t know much about the actual business side. I had really basic questions about finding clients, working with them, writing contracts, sending invoicing, and paying taxes. Every month of business, every new situation I found myself — brought with it a dozen new questions. While I did a ton of research online, I really wanted to connect with real people in my city. That’s how Houston Freelance Graphic Designers started.

Five people showed up to our very first Meetup. We had casual coffee and conversation. Every question I had was answered – and I got to answer some questions, too. We all had a great time, so I decided to keep hosting it every month– and that’s what I’ve done ever since. Today, we’re called Houston Freelance Creatives and have almost 700 members on Meetup and over 600 in a private Facebook group. We are approaching four years together — and we’ve met every single month since starting.

The Present

 Since starting the Meetup in Houston, I’ve discovered a desire to help freelancers with three things.

  1. Find freelance gigs
  2. Improve skills
  3. Connect with local freelancers

I’m committed to helping freelancers with all three, and I’m going to do it both online and in-person. Our network of local Meetup,s much like the original I started in Houston – are just one of the six ways I’ll help freelancers. Currently, my main focus is running successful monthly Meetups that provide incredible value to attendees.

The Future

 Expanding to other cities is a big deal, something I never thought I’d ever do, but now it’s become a small part of larger picture. I have plans for the other five ways to help freelancers.  If you’re a freelancer reading this, I have plans to help you find more work, get better skills, and to have a community, both online and in-person. Be sure to subscribe if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest.

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