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Freelancer? Why not come to the pub on Wednesday night and have a chat with loads of friendly freelancers in Brighton?

We'll be in the Hampton Arms from 8pm-closing. I'll have a big green sign on the table, or ask the bar staff where we are. They give us a discount on some of the drinks, so it's worth saying you're with us before ordering to find out what's on offer.

Here's some notes of what was talked about last week, and this post should also link to a map to the Hampton Arms.

  * How to make cross platform mobile apps
  * Cooking strange things
  * App ideas
  * Slow websites
  * Bad clients and avoiding them
  * The Skiff
  * Cognitive/behavioural research explained - CogLode (a project by Ribot Industries)
  * Non-client projects
  * Buying a home in Brighton vs moving slightly West
  * Top Gear's rider and Netflix
  * Sky's scarf, modelled by Elliot
  * Security on 'smart' appliances
  * PHP frameworks
  * Having your own codebase
  * Java
  * Companies that ignore security warnings
  * Niche selection
  * Easters
  * Chocolate
  * Migraines & rashes - annoying food additives
  * Coworking for sanity
  * Lagrange points and carbon fibre tethers
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Freelancer and fancy meeting other freelancers over a pint? Come to the Hampton Arms tomorrow evening and join us for our regular Wednesday get together.

We'll be there from 8pm until 11ish, there's usually 20-25 people along.

Here's some notes of some of the things talked about, and below should be a map to the Hampton.

  * Bad neighbours getting better
  * Developers making a project more 'interesting' for no reason
  * Being more assertive
  * Reading e-mails the wrong way and getting stressed over nothing
  * Office space
  * Vinyl resurgence
  * Buying and selling - Ebay vs premises
  * Boring networking events (not The Farm, of course)
  * Unprovoked business card exchanges
  * Postgres regexp searching
  * Starting a coworking group
  * Weird semi-hardware projects
  * Worthing Coworking curry night
  * Copywriter's tummy, programmer's moobs - the dangers of working sitting down
  * Thermal camera add on for Android phones (very neat)
  * "I had to break my Monster Munch addiction"
  * New MacBook and Apple Watch
  * Ultra bright LED torches
  * LEDs with graphene heatsinks
  * Moving in to a new area of consultancy
  * Avoiding boom and bust cycles in freelancing
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We're meeting in the Hampton Arms again tomorrow evening. If you're a freelancer or are thinking of becoming one, please do come along for a chat. Usually there's 20-25 freelancers along, including web developers & designers, video people. copywriters, and lots of others.

We'll be there from 8pm-11ish, come along any time you like.

Here's a few of the things talked about last week:

  * DC's Newsium
  * Space Shuttle Discovery
  * Scarlet Fever
  * The return of measles thanks to headline readers
  * New podcasts from Farm members
  * Christmases
  * Why buy a company then break it?
  * Moving out of Brighton (space, property prices)
  * Why is Paypal's documentation so rubbish?
  * Stripe.com as a friendly alternative to Paypal
  * Ebook readers are surprisingly good
  * 3 colour e-ink displays
  * Keeping control of your physical book collection
  * Getting away from technology - boat maintenance, old car fixing, etc
  * Will downloaded entertainment mean flats will feel bigger in the future?
  * Prismic - a CMS of data allowing you to easily separate content from View
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Here's our notes from last week's meet up, and a reminder that our next meeting is tomorrow night in the Hampton Arms pub, from 8pm-11ish.

Generally there are 20-25 freelancers along, talking about things like this:
  * Underquoting - still a problem even with experience
  * Is modern web development getting too complicated? (Grunt, LESS/SASS, Composer, very varied setups)
  * Frameworks or using your own code libraries
  * People on forums / stackoverflow debating 'purity' rather than helping
  * Going freelance
  * UX Camp Brighton
  * Going to other countries to give yourself space to learn
  * New Farm website plans
  * Drupal and member directories
  * Newly freelance
  * Farm history

Below should be a map to the Hampton Arms.
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It's our regular Wednesday freelancers meet up in the Hampton Arms tomorrow. We'll be there from 8pm until closing, and we'll have a big green sign on the table, and the bar staff can point you our way if you can't find us.

Here's a map to the Hampton, and a list of a little of what was talked about last week:

  * Laravel and Vagrant
  * Project set ups
  * Replacing overly complex code
  * Finding full time work depressing
  * Problems with using Wordpress over the long term
  * How to find contract work
  * Re-starting freelancing
  * Data visualisation
  * Mobile powerpack charging your cigarette
  * Scottish independence
  * The freedom to travel
  * Finding the right idea for your business
  * Starting Drupal
  * Information locked in the Farm
  * Collaborative projects
  * Will the Oculus Rift make Second Life more popular?
  * Artist meet ups?
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Hi, it's our weekly freelancers meet up in the Hampton Arms tomorrow. Please join us there between 8pm and 11 if you're a freelancer, are looking for one, or want to become one.

Here's some of the things that were talked about last week, and a map to the pub:

  * Fixed footer issues with CSS
  * Digital x-rays at dentists - amazing!
  * Removing wisdom teeth (or not)
  * Ali's Barebone.js e-commerce store
  * Giving up smoking
  * Accepting Bitcoin
  * Going freelance
  * Working out your skill level
  * Finding hosting
  * Port Talbot - you can smell it before you see it
  * Personal projects and how to keep going through the hard bits
  * Ecwid, Mals and WooCommerce - e-commerce plugin for Wordpress
  * Pros and cons of using Wordpress and plugins over time
  * Gaming obsessions
  * Steam and buying games you don't play
  * Brighton Fuse freelancers survey
  * Multiplayer Doom over serial cable - working out people's age by game technology
  * Watching people play games as entertainment - why Twitch's success is not surprising (but still welcome)
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Freelancer and fancy meeting other freelancers over a pint? Come to the Hampton Arms tomorrow evening and join us for our regular Wednesday get together.

We'll be there from 8pm until 11ish, there's usually 20-25 people along.

Here are some notes of some of the things talked about, and below should be a map to the Hampton.

  * Side projects - self publishing children's books
  * Failing at April Fools jokes
  * Ideologues in politics and everywhere
  * Extremists
  * Write Club (Brighton & London represented)
  * Cult of Apple and other idols
  * Brother Orange
  * Why are people so defensive of the OS of their computer?
  * Contingency plans
  * Still looking for more PHP freelancers
  * New Worthing Coworking member
  * Newly freelance
  * Networking events in Worthing and Chichester
  * Soundproofing
  * Sleep and productivity
  * Advanced side projects (volumetric shading)
  * Building your pool of freelancers
  * Selfie sticks exist because cameras are no longer a separate device
  * Al has a book coming out!
  * Freelancing and writing
  * Why go the traditional publishing route?
  * How payments work in traditional publishing
  * Sleep, I remember it
  * "I've been served a pint of Halfway to Heaven by a girl named Joy."
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Freelancer? Fancy having a chat with other freelancers over a pint or soft drink? Come to the Hampton Arms tomorrow evening and do just that. There's usually 20-25 of us along, all very friendly.

A map to the Hampton should be linked below. Here's some of the things we talked about last week:

  * Lack of sleep
  * Getting work through LinkedIn
  * VAT MOSS
  * Twitter themed # chats - are they any use:
  * Showing someone else how to do your job (we are not your competition)
  * Freelancing and parenthood
  * Videos filmed using drones/UAVs
  * Making commercial videos
  * iPhone 6+ perfect for demoing to clients
  * Old American cars in Scandinavia
  * Roadkill (YouTube series)
  * Why is Brighton property crap?
  * Making publicity from a bad situation - what is staged? (Charlie Sheen / The Interview)
  * Networking events
  * Putting previously banned videos on YouTube
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Notes from last week's meet up:
  * Internationalising numbers is surprisingly hard
  * Making APIs
  * SQL Server Express security in Win 8 (is a nightmare)
  * Bitcoin is made up numbers
  * Brighton and damp
  * Carbon monoxide and why you should get a detector
  * Colds
  * Secondary double glazing
  * This tech is wrong (because I don't use it)
  * Laravel
  * The hassle of running Rails sites
  * UX for charity shops
  * Oxfam's scale allowing for targeted regional sales
  * The Skiff's (potential) expansion
  * A long overdue catch up is missed
  * The problems and potential of building your own product
  * 30x500
  * Finding niches for products
  * Warcraft
  * Oculus Rift

And a reminder that as usual we'll be in the Hampton Arms pub tomorrow (Wednesday) from 8pm-11ish. Usually 20-25 freelancers along, including web developers, designers, copywriters, mobile specialists, and all sorts of others. Please do join us!

Map: https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=114401691445654847857.00043e2ca38c7ec444b3e&ll=50.825755,-0.149925&spn=0.009122,0.019248&z=16&om=1&dg=feature
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Freelancer at a loose end? Come along to our meet up on Wednesday night and meet lots of friendly freelancers and have a chat over a pint[1].

We'll be in the Hampton Arms from 8pm-11ish tomorrow evening, come along any time and say hello.

Here's a few of the things we talked about last week:

  * Startup idea: mini elephants
  * Making money from non-freelance activities - selling your own stuff
  * Amazing bounce rates
  * Explaining what you do effectively
  * Managing others
  * Writing a good CV
  * Star Trek ambient noises
  * Fans of different SF shows
  * The Zombie Test
  * Conventions
  * Buying houses
  * Awkward recruiters
  * Professional Indemnity Insurance

[1] Note not all of us drink beer as several people usually drive. It's a casual meet up, not a drink-yourself-silly contest so if you don't want to drink that's fine, you're not going to get any flak about that.
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Here's our notes from last week's meet up, and a reminder that our next one is tomorrow evening in the Hampton Arms, 8pm-11ish. All freelancers very welcome!

  * Name badges or name tiaras
  * Personal projects
  * Scala
  * Finding new work
  * Replacing/adjusting Drupal's admin area
  * Dealing (clashing) with sales people
  * Vagrant and VirtualBox
  * Dodgy Brighton property
  * Why does buying a flat take so long?
  * Getting dents out of wood
  * Pubs
  * Clients with no visual/interactive imagination
  * Agile and Scrum - what is it?
  * NaNoWriMo
  * Writing and pace
  * Practical PHP
  * Japanese cultural differences
  * Full time job war stories
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Our next freelancers meet up is in the Hampton Arms tomorrow evening from 8pm-11ish. If you're a freelancer, please come along!

Below should be a link to a map to the pub, here's our notes from last week:

  * Infinite Monkey Cage Show (podcast) - recommended by Elliot
  * Plex media server (was crap, now great)
  * Feedback on Sky's new app
  * Timelapse photography
  * Is it OK to come to the Farm to find freelancers (answer: Yes)
  * Investing in your financial future - business growth or invest in shares/property?
  * Getting motivated / avoiding burnout
  * Holidays
  * Accountants are human
  * Flat rate VAT scheme
  * Strange ciders
  * Minecraft magazine
  * PHP's flexibility
  * WebVR
  * Mailing lists on digest
  * Australian humour
  * Eating rotten shark
  * Industries that will love Oculus Rift and VR
  * Salad ingredients
  * Pints before next day regret
  * Diets and weight loss
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The Farm is a group which helps freelancers in the Brighton area.

We get together once a week, on Wednesday evening, and have a chat and get to know each other. This helps people build up the number of local people they know, find work, and find people they might want to do some work for them.

We also have a private mailing list where people can ask questions about their tax, have a moan about their current projects, and find out about work opportunities.

It's all very casual, if you'd like to come along to the meetings all you have to do is turn up. It's not the sort of networking event where you have to give a speech about what you do, it's the sort of one where you get a drink and sit down and chat to people.

Usually, we get about 25-30 people along to the pub. Currently we're meeting in the Hampton Arms, on Upper North Street. The meeting always starts at 8pm on Wednesday, and goes through until about closing time.

If you're a freelancer, want to find one, or are interested in going freelance and want to ask questions, please come along. You'll be most welcome.