The freedom and flexibility that come with freelancing are usually the two most important factors when deciding to go solo. You can set your own schedule, choose your projects, and work when and how you want. Gone are the days of long commutes, overpacked trains, and office politics.
However, if you are a freelancer and love the freedom, but still also love the interaction, then it may be lonely working on your own and losing the dynamic of engaging with colleagues on a regular basis. Simple things like after-work drinks, tea making gossip sessions team lunches and Christmas parties can be sorely missed when working on your own.
That's why it's so important to really build and grow your network as a freelancer. You can work on your own terms, so build your work lifestyle on your own terms too. We've mapped out some great ways to build your network and achieve freedom, flexibility AND connection working for yourself:
FIND A NETWORKING GROUP
There are so many out there, but go on Meetup and find a group in your area for freelancers or entrepreneurs that you connect with and regularly attend meetings. Make it part of your working routine - put the dates in your calendar and stick to it. Connecting with other people in your industry who are going through what you are going through as a business owner helps you get through the tough times. Plus you'll have group of people to celebrate your successes with too.
THINK ABOUT A CO-WORKING SPACE
We LOVE co-working spaces. If you are based in London, there are so many inspiring spaces where you can drop in to work for a day a week, or everyday if you wish. The atmosphere in co-working spaces is usually really buzzy, positive and productive, simply because everyone that's there has chosen to be there.
Oftentimes in co-working spaces, there are great events and networking opportunities for members - so this is the perfect option for you if you want your freedom and flexibility, but also want the social aspects of being connected to a community.
We usually spend at least 1 day a week at a co-working space for a change of scenery and to meet other freelancers. Here are some of our favourites in London:
- WeWork - This is the big daddy of co-working spaces. They have locations worldwide, with several in London. They have a massive network and different membership levels to suit your budget and workstyle.
- Gazelli House - Although not strictly a co-working space, this intimate, gorgeous member's club is an absolute well-being haven in South Kensington. Think of it has the living room of your dreams. If you happen to be in the area and need a space to do some work and hang out with other like minded women, this is the place for you. The staff are incredibly friendly and there is always someone to have a conversation with. Did I mention that membership is complimentary and they just opened an outdoor terrace as well? We love this space!
- The Collective - This space is funky and is full of young aspiring entrepreneurs. Their space on Bedford Square in London is a beautiful Georgian townhouse with loads of outdoor space. The people here are very driven, social and friendly. They have great events and really encourage members to network with each other.
- The Hospital Club - This member's club in Covent Garden is one of our favourite places to work. It's a hip member's club for professionals in the creative industries - so no pretentious stuffy people! With a restaurant, several bars, lots of different work spaces a calendar of amazing events and opportunities to showcase your work, this is a fantastic place to be a part of. Plus once you're done working for the day, you can grab a drink and socialise with other members until the wee hours of the night.
If you want a comprehensive list of our favourite co-working spaces in London, let us know in the comments below (We know a bunch of amazing spots in the city)!
JOIN THE MODERNA COLLECTIVE
Yes that's right! The Moderna is launching a new membership platform for freelancers to connect, network and learn from each other. With lifestyle events, socials, business workshops and even a Christmas party at the end of the year this is the perfect way to interact with other freelancers, and build your network around your freelance lifestyle. London will be launching first with other cites to follow.
Interested? Get on the list to be notified of when we launch!