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“After exhibiting at the Portfolio Showcase in both 2017 and 2018, I received two of my best clients that I’ve had in the last five years!  One is a design firm and the other a well-known Kansas City billion dollar creative company. The exhibitor fee was well worth the initial investment, as I landed one of many creative gigs. My ROI was literally worth thousands of dollars!" --Matt Nichols, Photographer
– Matt Nichols
“We needed an experienced graphic designer for some upcoming projects but couldn't hire one full time, and hiring an agency wasn’t an option either. We heard about The Freelance Exchange’s listings of designers and that it was free for us to use. We searched the work samples posted by a few and found just the right one. We use that designer for all of our design projects now and couldn’t be happier with the results.”
– Greg Burl, Director Product Development
“When I started my company, I had very few connections in the business world. When I joined The Freelance Exchange of KC and exhibited at the Showcase, it gave me an opportunity to expand my network and work with some really great companies that I would not have had the opportunity to get in front of. I also met some amazing vendor partners that I continue to work with to this day, including copywriters, photographers and printers. Back then, I was a small 1-person company, just trying to make the right connections, and the Freelance Exchange plus the Portfolio Showcase helped me to grow my design studio to where it is today.”
– Clifton Alexander, Owner, REACTOR design studio
“The Freelance Exchange Portfolio Showcase was incredibly beneficial. The seminar was particularly helpful because it dealt with real issues faced by the companies that use freelance talent. I strongly recommend you attend to be better equipped to foster a productive working relationship between company and freelancer.”
– Robert Manigold, Partner, Code Koalas
“Today is 8 years from the day I quit a horrible job and took the leap to full time freelance. The Freelance Exchange has been a HUGE positive influence in my life. There is lots of love here!”
– DeEtte Johnson
“The benefits from my membership in The Freelance Exchange are three-fold. As a newly self-employed individual, I’ve learned so much in the monthly professional development programs. I’ve gained more jobs through the FX members than I have from any of my networking groups. And I now know many more talented members in a variety of marketing roles which provides me great resources to handle those aspects of a project that don’t fall into my skillset. Wait, there’s a fourth benefit… I get to have fun with really nice people! Ka-ching!”
– Linda Gourley
“I joined The Freelance Exchange at the end of September. By the end of November, I had three new freelance clients under my belt! The membership fee was paid for with the very first contract. By December I had so much work, I had to hire people to help me. I’m so glad I joined!”
– Cami Travis-Groves
“Thank you, thank you for founding the Freelance Exchange. I’ve learned a lot. For example, the contractor agreement has been very useful, and I’ve shared a sample with many newer members. But the best thing about the organization is all the wonderful new friends I’ve made!”
– Susan Pepperdine