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Independent Internet-age freelancers

A lot of people who are thinking of giving up their full time job to work at home are doing just that! “Thinking about it”. Many people from different backgrounds and locations have taken the plunge and committed themselves to earning a full time salary from home. I can understand why a lot of people are reluctant to go ahead what with all the economic uncertainties, pretty much every day you hear of another big company who has cut the working week. Being innovative and flexible are qualities that you need in this ever changing landscape. Who knows where we’ll be this time next month or next year, the time to act is right now to protect yourself and your family.

A New Solution, Co-Working

Some people just don’t like the idea of working on their own, so why not introduce a collective workshop, kind of like renting out an office space for software developers, entrepreneurs and freelancers working their own projects, this is part of a trend called “co-working.” There are some innovative people who have caught on to this trend and offer shared offices to these individuals. A lot of self employed people are tired of working on their own from home so they see it as a way of reintegrating their old workplace ethic but retain the independence of working for themselves.

QuoteCo-working is part of this trend, “I still love working at home, but I really benefit having casual conversation, spontaneous dialogue with new acquaintances” this could be the way to go. There are countless opportunities available for the motivated individual. Independent workers can network, share ideas and build camaraderie. Groups are typically small and based in welcoming coffee shops; some can have a more formal structure and can be based in community centers’.

If you want to find out more then check out this Google search to get the ball rolling. The trend of co-working is now quite widespread with communities in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Groups tend to be more concentrated in urban areas and include the more popular creative industries from IT like graphic designers and software developers.

Some more Resources

Wurkspaces

Co-Worker Wiki: A huge list of links for co-workers from all over the world. Top Resource

Co-working Google Group

If you have started your own co-working group or have joined one then why not share your experience and leave your thoughts.

Bill Masson @ Web-Work At Home

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2 comments to Independent Internet-age freelancers

  • You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

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    Bill MassonNo Gravatar Reply:

    Hi,
    It’s amazing what you can achieve isn’t it? I like the idea of meeting up with likeminded people and getting out of the house.

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