As is the case when starting anything new, it’s easy to assume that freelancing life is essentially laptop + idea = money. It looks straightforward, but of course it’s not. If you’re transitioning from any kind of team or company environment to freelance life, figuring out exactly how the “other side” works can be difficult. You could spend time searching for answers online or asking a friend of a friend of a friend for advice, or you could tap into a great resource that is likely to be around the corner or down the street from where you are now: coworking spaces. Here are a few tips to help you get off the ground a little faster.
Most coworking spaces are operated as second businesses of small business owners and entrepreneurs who sought shared workspace of their own. Due to the varying different types of spaces out there, all designed and operated in different ways, it appears no two spaces utilize the same exact software tools - except a few. The 20 most popular ones we've summarised into a word cloud. In addition to the data visualization, we’ve sorted the top hundred or so into a list.
Today, the biggest worldwide study of coworking is officially underway, reflecting a better understanding of various facets behind the movement in order to support sustainable growth. In its sixth year, the Global Coworking Survey collects responses from current and former coworking space owners, operators, and members from around the world. Their responses, published into free reports, provide comprehensive results on the coworking movement. You can continue to support the movement by taking part in this year’s survey, and by becoming an official supporter.
Hackathons. What comes to mind is the image of a bunch of sleep deprived programmers huddled over their laptops frantically working for 48 hours to come up with the next big innovation. More often than not, this is an accurate picture. But after a recent Hackathon we attended in Austria, What The Hack?, which brought together participants from 6 different countries and 6 different coworking networks, we saw an incredible potential for utilizing hackathons, or similar events, as a way to enable cross-border collaboration
More and more people are rejecting the 9 to 5 workday and defining themselves as self-employed. Employees all over the world are packing up their cubicles and moving into coworking spaces where they can focus on their passions and interests rather than simply trying to meet weekly targets and sit in meetings. One of the coolest and most enviable professions to emerge from the freelance movement is travel blogging.
The recent years have been a big change for freelance professionals all across Europe. The combination of the financial crisis and advancements in technology has made it easier than ever for professionals to work remotely. In early 2015, independent professionals totalled 9,562,800 in the EU-28, making up 29% of all self-employed people, and 4% of the entire EU-28 workforce, according to the IPSE.
Those who are not familiar with United States geography might have never heard of Rhode Island. The smallest state in the country is often confused with Long Island, which is in New York, or tends to conjure up an image of some sleepy little New England town that you might have seen once on a postcard. Yet in reality, Providence is one of the liveliest creative hubs in the country, and the little city's coworking scene is on the rise!