If you know how to write complex queries, build statistical models, or crunch big datasets into useful visualizations, you already know that data professionals are in demand -- big time. Many of us are taking advantage of this demand by leaving the traditional job market and becoming independent contractors instead. The upsides are many: good money (often), flexible schedules, freedom to travel, and the ability to choose projects and clients that really excite you. But freelancing also means more risk, and not everyone enjoys the hustle. This meet up brings together data nerds from across sectors, including those who are currently freelancing and those who are interested in making the leap.