Aged 18-30, live in London and fancy a free office space to freelance from in the middle of the capital? Hello, Creative Space.
Set up by online arts community IdeasTap, Creative Space are after freelance writers for their London Bridge offices- not only will you benefit from expert mentoring, office facilities and access to IdeasTap-run Q&A’s with a variety of entrepreneurial and creative experts, but also there’s a canteen, breakout spaces and the hours are flexible.
In return, you pay back the rent for your desk by taking IdeasTap on as a freelance client, pitching and creating content (features, interviews, arts-specific articles) relevant to IdeasTap members.
Apply here but read the criteria carefully- they’re looking for those with a bit of editorial experience and a proven track record. If you’ve written for websites or been published in magazines and are looking to take your career to the next stage, this is the perfect opportunity. If you’re not quite at that level yet, keep the programme in mind- it’s ongoing so could be something to store away for the future! Or why not create your own office space with our top tips below?
3 ways to create your own Creative Space:
Approach a company where you’ve got a contact (maybe you did work experience, maybe a friend works there…) and offer to do menial tasks such as call screening, filing, organisational stuff or even blogging for free in return for a desk. Explain you just need somewhere to plug in your laptop and a chair: “The key is to find a business you can benefit,” Evan Carmichael from Youngentrepreneur.com advises, “offer a win-win situation, and get that office space you are looking for!”
Download the WorkSnug app- it pinpoints laptop friendly areas, wherever you are. Quiet cafes, libraries and bars open throughout the day are ideal spots to get some work done provided they have wifi and some well-placed plug sockets (the bane of many a freelancer). They also won’t mind you nursing a coffee for a few hours, compared to the price of office rent, the odd latte is money well spent!
Co-work with friends, even if you’re not working on the same project. Having a regular routine is crucial and, when it comes to self motivation, you’ll work better when there’s someone to let down in the event of you not turning up. Also, motivation breeds motivation- remember the effect seeing hardworking fellow students in the uni library had on you? Time to emulate that…