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How to collaborate with freelancers who are your friends

For many business owners, the words “hiring your friends” set off multiple alarms and warning whistles. Working with friends and family members can be a recipe for disaster… unless you know how to do it right. With the proper preparation and foresight, collaborating with fellow coworking members can reduce stress, improve the quality of your product, and enrich your life as a community member. Here are some things to keep in mind when looking for a collaborator.

  • The Art of Hosting

    Interaction and collaboration are the elements that separate a coworking space from a room full of desks. It takes a dedicated “host” to create and maintain a thriving atmosphere of interactivity. Hosting is a skill that can be cultivated, and with a few simple techniques a coworking space manager can turn a dead office into a lively idea space. Today Deskmag talks to Frauke Godat about the “Art of Hosting”, a network that runs workshops to address this exact theme.

  • How to Avoid Social Media Overload

    How much time do you waste every day on the internet? Do you get distracted and lose track of your tasks? Nadja Sayej of ArtStars addressed this issue during Social Media Week Berlin. In a popular workshop, she presented her old school tips for self-organization and self-discipline.

  • Five must-read books about coworking

    Shared learning is what makes coworking unique, so it only makes sense that those with a little bit of expertise would share it with the world! Whether you’ve been coworking for a day or a year, these books familiarize you with the unique benefits, challenges, and opportunities present in this global community.

  • Five tips to brush up on your intercultural competence

    If coworkers travel to other countries, they’ll always find other coworkers willing to help them connect them to the local environment. Still, it doesn’t hurt for coworkers to brush up on a few intercultural communication skills – like how to talk to people who don’t speak English as their first language.

  • Do walls block collaboration?

    The most reviled element of the traditional office was the cubicle. Those tiny walls - just high enough to block eyesight, yet low enough to rob privacy - became the symbol of corporate imprisonment. Today, however, many coworking spaces are finding financial advantage in offering more private workrooms. What impact does this have on the core concept of coworker interaction?

  • Coworking or co-working?

    How do you react if you see your own name spelled incorrectly? You can live with it for a while, and ask for a correction occassionally. But you might get angry if it occurs constantly, and if your correction requests go unheard. The same goes for part of the coworking community, which is quite annoyed about the hyphenation of the name.

  • Five tips for managing international clients

    Sometimes the best paying or most exciting client is located halfway around the world, rather than next door. If you’re thinking about taking on an international client, there are challenges you might not be aware of.

  • Finding community when there’s no coworking space

    A coworking community can be a second home for its members. But what happens when the only coworking space closes or you have to move to a different city? It’s important to have a plan for survival until you can join a new coworking community.

  • How to get motivated after a time off

    Vacation hangover. I need a vacation from my vacation. Whatever you call it, it’s an issue for every freelancer on the planet. Working for yourself takes mountains of motivation. It’s not easy to get up and start your day early, when absolutely no one would yell at you for sleeping until noon.

  • How to optimize your coworking space

    Have you ever typed “I hate my office” into a search engine? Google spits out nearly 6 million results for that query. In contrast, not a single result is returned for “I hate my coworking space”. Space operators must be doing something right. Of course, there are always things that can be improved. As regular visitors to coworking spaces worldwide, we at Deskmag identified some neuralgic points.

  • Ten Mobile Apps for Traveling Freelancers

    One of the reasons freelancers enjoy coworking is that it provides the opportunity to participate in a global community of like-minded professionals without being tied down to one office. Most coworking spaces offer a free or very affordable drop-in option. Although you may feel right at home in coworking spaces around the world, it’s still a little awkward to be working out of your laptop bag.

  • 5 ebooks every freelancer should read

    Two days ago was the first official day of summer on the upper side of the globe, and although that means the kiddos are out of school, freelancers are still hard at work. If you’re planning to take a few days for yourself now that the weather is nice, preparing a summer reading list can help you expand your mind while working on your tan.

  • Capital C - How to build a community

    Coworking is all about building communities anchored around a shared space. These days, some of the fastest growing communities are being built online. There’s a few things offline communities could learn from online ones, which is why today we’re presenting a few tips from David Noël, community manager at SoundCloud.

  • Close enough? - The Amsterdam Incubation Experiment

    How close do individuals need to be physically to exchange inspiration and ideas? Extremely close, according to a study of a shared workspace in Amsterdam. The Dutch capital is home to a new style of low-cost workspace that encourages collaboration - similar in concept to coworking, but with a slight twist. A recent study tested how proximity affects real interaction between individuals working in the space.

  • Coworking: An Easy Way To Green Your Business

    These days, almost everyone is looking for ways to be green, but just like Kermit said, it’s not always easy. By working for yourself, instead of a bloated company full of time and resource-wasting bureaucracy, you’re already pretty lean and mean. But coworking instead of working from home could help you reduce your impact even further. Here’s how:

  • Three useful tools for new coworkers

    These days, many people start to work in a coworking space for the first time. Those new to coworking are often amazed that groups of people sitting together in the same room can really be productive. While it’s true that coworkers often have super-human talents, they also have some tricks up their sleeves.

  • The coworking pyramid of needs

    Do you remember the good old pyramid of human needs by Maslow? According to Maslow, the needs at the base of the pyramid must be satisfied before being able to satisfy higher ones. It turns out this can be effectively applied to coworking. Each coworking space has to focus on providing some basic services before being able to deliver the true value of coworking. In other words, don’t start giving yoga lessons before being sure you’ve got a reliable WiFi connection and a highly functional space.

  • The 1st Global Coworking Survey

    Between January and April 2011, Deskmag analysed the results of the first Global Coworking Survey and published them in a series of twelve themed articles, which are listed here as a summary. Through our analysis we wanted to provide coworking spaces with helpful information to better understand and serve their members.

  • How to create a local group for freelancers to meet-up

    Coworking naturally creates community—it’s the beauty of freelancers and independents working together in a shared office space. No doubt you’ve benefited from this coworking community goodness. But have you ever thought about having a group that is more focused on a niche you’re interested in? Here are eight easy steps for how to create a local meet-up group for other freelancers and small business owners.

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