The Way We Work
December 1, 2010 by Tamara Rice

A while back, we gave contractors this list of LinkedIn Groups for Freelancers to Network, but we thought it was time to update things and see which groups are still popular (still around) and which ones have made a mark in the mean time. LinkedIn can be a very useful tool for freelancers hoping to network with peers, collaborate, learn and develop their knowledge. So, with that in mind, we've compiled a new list (ranked in no particular order other than topic) of 20 LinkedIn Groups for Remote Contractors:

GENERAL NETWORKING GROUPS  FOR REMOTE CONTRACTORS
odesk linked in profile ODESK CONTRACTORS
This subgroup of oDesk on LinkedIn, is specifically for active oDesk contractors who want to network and gain valuable insights and information about freelancing/contracting from other oDesk users. (Of course we're on our own list!)
linkedinconsultantsnet CONSULTANTS NETWORK
With nearly 150,000 members, this general freelancing and consultant group claims to be the largest of its kind on LinkedIn. It's worth a look, regardless of your field. (Owned by Larry Zeenny and related to FEACO.)
linkedinoutsourcing OUTSOURCING & OFFSHORING
Dr. Dan Bhide owns this group, which has tripled in size since we last checked in on them. Nearly 10,000 members exchange ideas on everything from call centers to contract manufacturing and BPO. To check them out, find their website here.
Independent Contractor Alliance INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS ALLIANCE
Strategic workforce consultant Dave Rice recently started this group to empower remote contractors with information, opportunities and resources, and we recommend you take a look. (Related website here.)
linkedinworkhome WORK@HOME COMMUNITY
This smaller group is for those who want to share advice and tips from working out of a home office, whether they are self-employed or not, and is owned by Robert Singletary. (Here is their related site.)
freelance for money FREELANCE FOR MONEY
This LinkedIn group (see their website here), is small, but the advice is good and the concepts for finding clients are solid. Founder Chris Green, is an online media expert, working out of the UK.
freelancersdotnet FREELANCERS.NET FORUM
This forum for participants and fans of Freelancers.net is a great place to see job listings and get advice on your work. Though Freelancers.net is UK-based, it is quickly expanding it's borders around the globe.
GROUPS FOR FREELANCE WRITERS
linkedinlinkedswritersj LINK-EDS & WRITERS
This group has more than doubled in size over the last year (over 17,000 members now), and is for anyone who works with words. The group has five subgroups and is owned by Phil Taylor.
freeman THE FREELANCE WRITERS CONNECTION
Freelance writer Lora Freeman Williams owns this group, which has close to 4,000 members focused on furthering their independent contracting careers as freelance writers.
freelance writers inc FREELANCE WRITERS INC.
This group is open to all, and focuses on writing for various Internet publications like Demand Studios, Associated Content, eHow, etc. Network and gather SEO tips in this growing group owned by freelance writer Robin McDaniel.
GROUPS FOR FREELANCE DESIGNERS
linkedindesignertalk DESIGNERS TALK
Since we last caught up with Designers Talk, the group has grown exponentially, more than tripling in size (currently over 23,000 members). It's an open group owned by Nick Carter and has a forum for design and development professionals.
graphic design professionals group GRAPHIC DESIGNERS PROFESSIONAL GROUP
A grouping of over 15,000, the GDPG has ten subgroups according to region and welcomes all LinkedIn professionals with skills in design, desktop publisher, production art, etc., listed on their profile. (Owned by Valerie Guerrero.)
GROUPS FOR FREELANCE SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS
linked net LINKED .NET USERS GROUP (LIDNUG)
Run by Inbar Gazit, what is now known as LIDNUG is home to nearly 40,000 designers and developers using or interested in Microsoft NET. (This is the social network formerly known as C# Professionals Group.)
linkedinnetdev .NET DEVELOPERS
Noah Coad's group has tripled in size over the last year, now boasting 38,000 members who are interested in C#, VB NET, ASP NET, LINQ, etc. (See the related web site here.)
technology outsourcing TECHNOLOGY OUTSOURCING
This networking group of 22,000, has three subgroups: Open Networkers & LION of Tech, Social Media Marketing, and Web Design. It's a networking group run by TechAhead cofounder Saurabh Singh.
GROUPS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETERS & PR PROS
Inbound Marketers INBOUND MARKETERS (FORMERLY PRO MARKETERS GROUP)
SEO, social media and other online marketing techniques dominate the discussions of this group, which is now over 50,000 strong. Owned by Dharmesh Shah of Inbound Marketing.
linkedinemarketing E-MARKETING ASSOC. NETWORK
This group continues to dominate, with more than 285,000 members currently. Owned by Robert Fleming and E-Marketing Assoc., they've even got their own annual conference.
social media mar SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
Over 110,000 members (and 20 subgroups) make up this social media marketing group, owned by Michael Crosson. The group is strict about keeping things productive and collaborative, rather than a tool for self-promoters.
linked-in-marketingandin MARKETING & PR INNOVATORS
This group is all about best practices and buzz-worthy innovations. It's owned by Gerald "Solutionman" Haman and has more than doubled since we last checked in. Now it boasts 113,00 members and 9 subgroups. (Check out their related site.)
thoseinmedia THOSEINMEDIA
This group of media-savvy contracted and non-contracted employees seeks to bring together people with ideas, advice and knowledge about media marketing -- i.e., ThoseInMedia. Currently there are nearly 80,000 members in this group owned byBrent Willen.

Let Us Know: Have we missed your favorite LinkedIn group for contract workers? Add your thoughts -- or corrections -- in the comments below.
 

Tamara Rice

Freelance Writer and Editor

Tamara Rice is one of several freelance writers on the oDesk Blog team. She joined the oDesk marketplace in 2009, after more than six years on staff at an award-winning national magazine.

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    Awesome work your putting in. I am always thankful on how people giving efforts to help others. thanks for the useful info ^_^

  • http://jorgensundberg.net Jorgen Sundberg

    That's a good compliation, will tweet and share now. Thanks for the hard work Tamara!

  • http://www.freemansolutions.org Lora Freeman Williams

    Thanks for featuring The Freelance Writers' Connection Group on your blog! I appreciate your kind words.

  • http://thefreelancepinoy.com Stephanie

    Wow what a list! Thanks Tamara for sharing these groups with us. I've got my eyes set on joining 2 out of the 3 freelance writing groups. ;)