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The Number of Independent Workers is Growing

Some are calling it the Great Realization, others are calling it an Independent Wave. Whatever you call it, the numbers don’t lie. According to MBO Partners’ State of Independence Report, the overall number of independent workers grew sharply in 2021: up 34% to 51.1 million from 38.2 million in 2020.

“The pandemic accelerated an inevitable tipping point for the modernization of work, as evidenced by the 51 million independent workers in America,” said Miles Everson, CEO of MBO Partners. “In the new work landscape, independence is not only mainstream, but a vital part of the American economy and workforce.”  

As a result, independent workers are here to stay and are vastly increasing in numbers. Have you recently taken the plunge to become an independent worker? Perhaps you consider yourself a freelancer, consultant, solopreneur, or contractor instead. Whatever you call yourself, if you are an independent worker in the advertising/marketing industry, join others in your community to share ideas, get education and mentorship, network, and connect via The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City. The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City (commonly referred to as FX or FX of KC) has been a part of the Kansas City community since 2003. FX brings together freelancers/consultants, etc., from the advertising/marketing industry to share best practices, become savvier business owners, and expand their networks. FX also serves as a free resource for local ad agencies and businesses to find quality talent easily and quickly.

Interested in learning more?

We’ve got you covered. Here are a few of the perks that come with being a member of FX of KC:

  • Portfolio Showcase – advertise your business and show your work. An easy way to sell your services and get hired!
  • Monthly Luncheons – hear from speakers to educate and inform on professional development topics or join in on roundtable discussions.
  • Networking Happy Hours and Coffee Meetups – connect with others for support and possible referrals and partnerships.
  • Access to our private Facebook group for open discussions, questions, and more.
  • Include your portfolio and contact information on your portfolio page of our website.

Want to get involved?

FX July Virtual Luncheon

July 29 @ 11:30 am 1:00 pm

Optimize Your Productivity with Google Chrome

About this event:
Google Chrome has become one of the most popular internet browsers, accounting for just over 50% of overall browser usage in the U.S. Given the amount of time many freelancers spend on the web doing client work and building their business, optimizing your productivity while using Chrome could represent significant time savings! In this hands-on workshop, we’ll walk through a number of time-saving features like: Setting up Chrome Profiles to help you better organize your browsing experience and client work Organizing your open tabs in Groups (like folders for your browser! 🤯) Searching your open tabs to more quickly find what you need Sharing links to a specific place on a webpage (no more “second sentence on the third paragraph” moments for you!) Kristen’s favorite Chrome Extensions, including one that will enable you to shut down your computer every day without losing your open tabs! Please come to the workshop with Google Chrome downloaded onto your computer so you can optimize it as we walk through the features.

Members: Free / Guests: $10. Be sure to register in advance on Eventbrite in order to gain access to the Zoom link.

Questions? Contact [email protected].

About the speaker:

Kristen Lux is a fractional Director of Operations and Systems Coach who helps service-based businesses organize and streamline their operations. Obsessed with the client experience, her work centers around the client/customer journey and using cloud-based software solutions to streamline it. 

As a systems thinker and highly detail-oriented person, Kristen has an innate ability to see both the big picture and all of the minute details. She leverages these opposite abilities in her work, providing clients with an in-depth evaluation of their client/customer journey and a framework for how to manage it. 

When she’s not nerding out over systems and processes, you can find Kristen outdoors walking, hiking, biking, and kayaking, going on road trips, petting dogs, and hanging out with her husband Greg and corgi-mix Bullet. 


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FX July In-Person Coffee Meetup

July 14 @ 8:30 am 10:00 am

July In-Person Coffee Meetup

Join us in person at The Market at Meadowbrook for a coffee meetup to connect with freelancers in the community. Members and nonmembers are welcome.

The Market is located at 4901 Meadowbrook Parkway, Prairie Village, Kansas. Weather permitting, we will gather in the patio area outdoors. Look for the FX of KC banner when you arrive. Free to attend.

Have questions? Contact [email protected].

Thursday, July 16, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

FX June Virtual Luncheon

June 24 @ 11:30 am 1:00 pm

How to Leverage Google Analytics for Your Business

About this event:
Google Analytics is a gold mine of information about how your users and customers are interacting with your website and site content. In this presentation, you’ll learn the fundamental screens we use and why we use them to discover how we can improve our customer experience and better serve our audience.

Members: Free / Guests: $10. Be sure to register in advance on Eventbrite in order to gain access to the Zoom link.

Questions? Contact [email protected].

About the speaker:

Larissa Uredi has been in the digital marketing industry for 15 years. In that time, she’s worn a lot of hats, but all of them have been informed by data. She is the owner of No-Where Consultants, a B-Corp digital and technology strategy company based in Kansas City. When she’s not working with clients or leading her growing team, you can find her on the mountain bike trails or camping in the mountains of Colorado or Arkansas.


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FX June In-Person Happy Hour

June 16 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

June In-Person Happy Hour

Join us in person at Char Bar for a happy hour to connect with freelancers in the community. Members and nonmembers are welcome.

Char Bar is located at 4050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64111. Weather permitting, we will try to gather in an area outdoors. Parking is available at the Manor Square Parking Garage located on Pennsylvania Avenue. Look for the FX of KC banner when you arrive.

Have questions? Contact [email protected]

Thursday, June 16, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.