September 2014 Program meeting_flipSD/PEN conducts Program Meetings on the third Thursday of every other month at 6:30  pm. Program Meetings feature special guest speakers or panelists who discuss a variety of topics pertinent to editors, writers, and freelancers.

SD/PEN also periodically hosts special Networking Events, including our annual holiday party.

In addition, SD/PEN presents one or two Workshops each year that offer in-depth and often hands-on instruction in different topics, from grammar to web technology.

Click on the event listings below for more information.

Note: program topics and presenters are subject to change.

Choosing the Right Legal Entity for Your Freelance Editing Business @ SD County Health Services Complex
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

AlexBennettFor every freelancer, making the right choice of legal form is an important component of managing business risk. Operating a business without a legal entity — that is, as a sole proprietorship — is a common choice for many freelancers. A sole proprietorship is simple, cheap, and flexible. But it also leaves the freelancer personally liable for the debts of the business. Some freelancers might benefit from forming a legal entity that offers limited liability to its owners, such as a limited liability company or corporation.

Business attorney Alex Bennett will cover the legal basics of legal entities to help participants decide whether one is right for their business. He'll discuss the kinds of risk that a legal entity can help freelancers manage, and he'll go over the basic differences between sole proprietorships, LLCs, and corporations in California, including how they are formed and managed. Bennett will also talk briefly about other important topics, such as taxes, branding, and contracts, that factor into the decision of whether to form a legal entity.

Alex Bennett is a business attorney with over ten years of experience in the legal industry. He is also a freelance editor and writer and an SD/PEN member. Prior to starting his editing career, Alex formed and administered legal entities for a major Silicon Valley law firm and a renewable energy company in San Francisco. Today his legal practice is focused on working with small businesses, including freelancers.

Networking Event @ SD County Health Services Complex
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

March 2016 Meeting_NetoworkingJoin us for a fun-filled evening of mingling, conversation, and noshing.

Networking events present an ideal opportunity to get to know your fellow editors and writers, learn about potential work opportunities, build your referral network, exchange tips and tricks of the trade, discuss your challenges, and celebrate your successes.

The evening will include food, games, and door prizes.

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