Internet is full of online resources and communities.
You may think it's allow you to stay home. You are wrong.
It's true for independent but also for startups.
Independent need social work environment and
You need to get out of the building whatever you build a product or working for clients.
I give you an non exhaustive list of events and places you may know.
Coworking space allow you first to change your environment.
It's totally crucial for freelancers and can be a great opportunities for startups and small business to get extra feedbacks, meet potential future employes and so on ...
Couple of places I've been:
Talks and Conferences
A place to work is cool, but you may also just want to meet people, learn things right ?
And it works also in the other way, you can go there, propose a talk.
It's a really convenient way to share your knowledge and make you visible toward the community.
- Meetups are meeting organised around the world on various topics and communities
- Paris.rb is specific to ruby language for instance, running monthly
- Polyconf is a two-day, single track, multi-disciplinary conference on advanced technologies, happening every year.
If you are more into startups, there are bunch of camps/incubators/events/contests organised for you.
If you join it, you can get communication boost, network access, mentorship and so on ...
I also discover recently another kind of approach, that I would say less business oriented and more teaching sharing. Those places often offer tools and organised workshops. For instance, Budapest Fablab have 3D printers and organise 3D design workshops.
- Fablab meaning fabrication laboratory is a collaborative and global network of places to build things.
- Maker space is similar but focus on general creativity rather than mechanic and electronic.
- Hacker space is a sub set of Makerspace, focus on ... hacking :)
What else ?
If you don't find anything you can always work time to time from your favorite coffee place ?
Internet does not replace human relations. It give us opportunity to gather unusual communities and the mobility to work from everywhere.
Whatever our tastes and needs, get out of the building!
If you have any other tips to share, please comment below.