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We continue the conversation about coworking with a panel of four individuals connected to the coworking industry. In this episode we talk about the relationship between freelancers and coworking spaces. We discuss how freelancers can make the most of their experience at a coworking space to successfully impact their businesses and find a sense of belonging in a world that might be a little bit too flexible. This episode was recorded live at the GCUC Conference in Berkeley, CA, backstage at Freight & Salvage, coffee house and music venue.
Joining me in this episode are the following four lovely individuals:
Paul Searle is a freelance event videographer from Los Angeles, CA. Paul plans to open up a small coworking space for artists in his neighborhood.
Oren Salomon is the Founder of Dallas Fort Work, a coworking space in Fort Worth, TX. Oren is also a part of Open Coworking and manages the Coworking Map project.
Abrahim Nadimi is the Founder and CEO of ReferMe. Abe has been a coworker for a year in Arlington, TX and is building his referral platform to help small businesses.
Amy King is the Founder and CEO of Nested Strategies, a creative consulting studio that brings humanity to brands. Amy is a self-proclaimed coworking junkie in Dallas, TX.
There’s an open discussion on the flexibility of freelancers and coworking spaces in the forum. All are welcome.
On a personal note, I’m excited to announce I’ll be a new member of the leadership team of Open Coworking! More on that as things develop 🙂
A huge thanks to all my guests on this episode as well as everyone who had a hand in planning and producing GCUC, the incredible event that we were at that brought together so many inspirational community leaders from all over the world.
We discuss the following topics/themes in this episode:
- GCUC Coworking Conference
- Searle Video
- Dallas Fort Work
- Open Coworking
- Coworking Visa
- The Coworking Wiki
- The Coworking Map
- Nested Strategies
- Who is coworking good for?
- Coloft in Santa Monica
- Shut up and take my money
- It’s not just an industry, it’s a movement
- Feeling grounded without being trapped
- Finding your community
- The Grove Coworking in Dallas, TX
- Floating freelancers
- Weld Coworking
- Justin Nygren, owner of The Grove
- Coworking doesn’t automatically make you awesome at your job
- How to be a better coworker, how to be a better freelancer
- Creative Mornings
- Swiss Miss Blog
- Friends Work Here
- Steal ideas and make them your own
- Dedicated desks vs flex seating
- Let’s discuss flexibility here!
- Over-helping and setting boundaries with your clients and coworkers
- Being forced to co-mingle will help your growing freelance business
Music: The Naked Freelancer Theme is by Ransom Rath. Listen to the full version here.
All of my podcasts are recorded and edited on my kick-ass Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Visit my tools and equipment page to find out more about what I use for my podcast and my website!
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