Ready steady... Jelly!

Yesterday was the first Jelly event in Languedoc.

A group of a dozen strangers of at least 4 different nationalities 'went to work' in a coffee shop in Montpellier.

It was a very enjoyable and interesting day and I’d recommend Jelly to anyone that likes meeting people face-to-face and usually works from a home office.

Anyone can set-up a Jelly and it’s not as much work as you think!

Now, having had the real-life experience of organising and attending a Jelly in France - here’s my brief guide to getting started if anyone else on SFN would like to arrange their own…

  1. Find a venue. You can use anywhere that offers enough space (at no cost) and has free wifi available. You need tables and chairs & enough space to work. Jelly venues may be hotels, coffee shops, restaurants, colleges, B&Bs, community rooms or even your own kitchen table. Availability of coffee/water is advisable but let’s remember this is France and a café/bar is rarely far away (or people could bring their own).

  2. Decide a date and time. Plan your event at a time that does not inconvenience the venue and far enough in advance for you to spread the word. About 6-8 weeks ahead should be fine unless you already have a list of people you know are ready to Jelly at short notice.

  3. Start small. Co-working can be for 2 or more people so aim for 6-8 places and a half day Jelly and see how it goes.

  4. Go to to register yourself and add your own Jelly details to the homepage and how to contact you.

  5. Get in touch with other Jelly organisers and let them know about your event. You will find Jelly people all share a great enthusiasm for supporting home-workers and promoting the co-working ethos. Every Jelly is different but you can still ask for advice and other useful hints and tips.

  6. Register with Eventbrite and add details of your event and how to contact you. Eventbrite lets you choose your URL (ie. so you have an instant (and free) Jelly ‘web site’ within minutes! (Tempting as it may be, don’t release tickets for your Jelly more than 10-14 days before the event takes place).

  7. Let people know. Many Jelly organisers use Twitter, Facebook and other online media to promote their Jelly events but you can also send a notification to your local paper, put a flyer in your boulangerie, send emails to your friends etc.

  8. Count the cost. OK it does take a bit of time to arrange the venue and let people know, but to organise your Jelly you should have spent approximately 0€.

I hope this is useful to anyone that might be interested in planning an event - there's a bit more about 'making the most of Jelly' here.

People in various regions of France are looking for new co-working spaces to hold a Jelly. If you have a place (or know of one) that can provide a good working environment and a free wifi connection, please post some details here.