Freelancers Union had an awesome time in Portland last week!

Dozens of freelancers joined us for a panel discussion on work/life balance at Ecotrust, where expert panelists Mark Powers, Erin Cox, and Tiffany Estes shared their tips for how to balance work and life by outsourcing, finding clients, how/why to get rid of bad clients, and more. Everybody stayed late to network and chat, and we're so glad we got to meet you all.

Missed this event? Have no fear: we're hosting a networking event on 12/10 and a workshop with Erin Cox on 12/11. Go there and RSVP now -- the first 30 people will get a free "Freelance Ain't Free" print by Mikey Burton.

If you're interested in getting involved in future Freelancers Union events in Portland, be sure to reach out to Rebecca Shapiro, our local Portland organizer! You can email her at rshapiro [at] freelancersunion.org.

Some photos from the event:

Full house at Ecotrust and Freelancers Union's first panel event in Portland

Our lovely panelists, Mark Powers, Tiffany Estes, and Erin Cox (from right)

Attendees got a free copy of The Freelancers Bible by Sara Horowitz

Founder of Freelancers Union, Sara Horowitz

The event ended with some questions from the audience.

Some live tweets:

Question of the evening: are there times when you need to fire a client for your own sanity? #freelance360

— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) November 22, 2013

Pro tip from @OneHotMamaGuide : "Only work with the people you really think you can help." #freelance360

— Freelancers Union (@freelancersu) November 22, 2013

@MarkPowers: Finding sources of passive income is a great way to stabilize your finances & have financial predictability. #freelance360

— Copywriter Conclave (@CC_PDX) November 22, 2013

Portlanders, if you didn't make it, we hope you join us next time!