It’s all very well working by yourself at home, or in your favourite local coffee shop. However after a while, you can get bored of your own company, ( no matter how interesting you think you are) and you can yearn for the camaraderie and companionship that working in a regular office brings. That is exactly how two New York based freelancers, Amit Gupta and Luke Crawford felt and was the reason that inspired them to start inviting people to their homes one day a week to work alongside them. Inspired by how successful it was, they decided to make it a regular thing - Jelly was born. The great thing about Jelly though is that anyone can have one. Interested? Well, here’s what you need to know:
Who is Jelly for?
Just like the original meetups organised by Amit and Luke, a Jelly is still a casual co-working event where anyone - freelancer, small business owner or home worker come together to chat, connect and collaborate. It’s not anything like a stuffy networking event though. Far from it in fact. Nobody is there to sell or promote their products or services. It’s all about meeting like minded people in a slightly different environment. Attendees can be writers, developers, designers or artists. There are no limitations on who can attend.
What are the Jelly essentials?
As you’d expect, there are very few rules and regulations about running a Jelly. The only real guidelines are that you need: - a comfortable place with chairs, sofas, tables where people can sit around and work - a good wi-fi connection! - an open mind and a friendly disposition
Where can I find a Jelly?
Jelly came to the UK back in 2009 when Lee Cottier set up some events in the Bristol area and since then they have been springing up everywhere. You can still check the original Jelly wiki page as well as checking out the UK Jelly site for details of upcoming events near you.
How can I start a Jelly?
Well...that’s the thing. If you are interested in starting a Jelly where you are, it’s really pretty easy to do. Find a more detailed overview on doing just that here. You’ve got to promise one thing though - when you start a Jelly of your own, you let us know about it - pictures, stories, gossip - we wanna know!