An increasing number of entrepreneurs are running small businesses in France. Whilst there are many benefits to ‘being your own boss’, working from home can be a lonely business. One of the biggest challenges to self-employment can be isolation. The launch of “Jelly” brings a new coworking initiative to Languedoc-Roussillon and France.
The Jelly concept started in New York when a couple of freelancers felt they needed to get out of the house and mix with other home-workers for a change of scene. Jelly has since developed into a casual working event where home-workers simply meet together to work for the day.
Unlike traditional business networking, Jelly is not an event for self-promotion and business-to-business selling. Jelly is quite relaxed and can be held in a wide variety of public and easily accessible locations. You don't even have to turn up for the whole day, just a short while.
Jelly is a coworking event, not a business.
I was encouraged to start Languedoc Jelly following an enthusiastic response to the idea from many freelancers and home-workers in this area. What’s particularly exciting about Languedoc Jelly is the blend of Anglophone and French business owners that would like to work alongside each other, exchange advice, pick-up new skills or contacts, maybe even cultivate business ideas and work together on new projects.
The first Languedoc Jelly event will take place in Montpellier in April 2011. The date and further information will be published via the Jelly website with details of how to book.
Attending a Jelly is free, with perhaps a small charge for food or drink at the venue. Participants are advised to bring a laptop, a phone or even a sketchbook – and most importantly an open state of mind.
I would really like to hear from anyone else that is already running coworking events or would like to set-up Jelly in their area.