Freelancing for a better future: a chat with Elance's Oscar PereyraOscar A. Pereyra runs the freelance mobilizer program at Elance in Mexico City. He offers advice on cashflow, saving and maintaining good relations for freelancers. His tip? Develop a niche of expertise. Pereyra also advises that self-promotion is not about wasting your life away on social media, but about developing an expertise and mastering a specific section. Patience is another must have as well as gaining support from a local community. You can never have enough help, be it mentors, advisors and other strong examples to help light the way. From there, he says, clients will follow.
Coworking Your Way to a Major Freelance Subcontracting NetworkCoworking spaces aren’t just an affordable way to utilize office space, change-up your location, or run client meetings, coworking spaces are a fantastic way to develop a really strong network of freelancers you can work with for years to come. You can build a strong network of contacts, you have every chance that you’re going to either be included in someone else’s project tender, or will be able to bid on a tender yourself given your available resources.
Living Life in the Freelance Lane: Tips & Tricks for ‘lancersCoworking is where freelancing begins, but it isn’t where it ends. You need to know your rights, stay on top of your financial education and keep moving forward with the inspiration to succeed (without falling in to the side ditch of being professionally unemployed). Some say freelancers have the freedom to work any 13 hours of the day they like, but the smarter ones know they could set themselves free to the Four Hour Workweek.
Coworking Programs Like the Visa, but Not QuiteThe Coworking Visa is prized for its flexibility, allowing coworkers to move between coworking spaces around the world with ease. Based on geniality and mutual understanding between spaces, the visa seems like a wonderful way to maximize the mobility that many coworkers treasure. However, can this flexibility and mobility be stretched too far and suddenly a blessing becomes a curse?
Quick Guide To Coworking Space Management SoftwareRunning a coworking space is a business, with overhead to track, revenue to collect, and lots of data to gather, analyze and synthesize. Both personalities of a space affect the other, limiting or revealing possibilities in different ways. For a while some coworking spaces can make it all happen with a lot of sticky notes or a spreadsheet, but at some point those systems fail and it’s time to look for something better. You might find it surprising, but there are software systems out their built specifically for the coworking movement.
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