Three things freelancers can learn from visual artist Wayne WhiteWe often feel pressure to stick with one thing, do it well, and not take too many risks. Yet, that mentality is quickly dissolving, and the former constraints once heavily placed on the idea of success are now becoming lifted. In fact, we see examples of risk takers in every in every shape and form, and we’ve found one great example in the creative life of visual artist Wayne White who also worked as puppeteer, cartoonist, animator, illustrator, sculptor and art director. We see the ultimate career freedom. His positive outlook on work and his common sense advice does hold some practical insights for today’s freelancers.
How to get the most out of your coworking membershipA coworking membership is one of the best investments you can make in your freelance career. On top of a professional working space, you get a full social calendar, a lot of networking opportunities, and the chance to swap ideas with likeminded people. But none of these benefits come without trying. Real coworking – not just sharing an office – takes a bit of effort. So how do you join the community and make the most out of your membership? Deskmag got some tips, from a variety of people who run coworking spaces, that can help you take full advantage of your coworking membership.
Crowdfund your coworking space!Good news! Your coworking space has started to become profitable and the community is growing. Perhaps it is time to invest in new projects. The task is daunting, unless you have already considered looking for outside funding for your project. Deskmag offers an overview of successful crowdfunding campaigns that helped these coworking spaces become a reality.
Pecha Kucha: the art of pitching with a punchEntrepreneurs are always in the position of having to convince people that their idea is unique and ultimately worth an investment. It can happen during a lunch, a networking event, in an elevator, or during casual conversation. It is often hard to explain to non-experts how beneficial your idea could be to the world, and it is even harder to pitch without rambling on and quickly loosing the attention of your audience. Originating in Japan, Pecha Cucha is the art of presenting your big idea and making an impact in a small amount of time.
How to get your community rollingWhen you talk about coworking you have to include community as well. It is one of the first things that come up when explaining coworking to your clueless friends. Yet, community doesn’t just happen because you sit people down in an open space and let them work next to each other every day. It takes some work to get your community rolling, but in the end it will pay off. Freelancers initially join coworking spaces for the comparatively low cost, but they stay for the community and the network.
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