Monday, February 29, 2016

6 Places in Liverpool to Work for Freelancers/Start-Ups

When going freelance the flexibility to work from home seems like a great benefit, but often the loneliness can be a big downside. Co-working spaces and virtual office solutions are building in popularity and are a great option for those who are looking to get out of their spare room, but not wanting a full office or studio just yet.  Here are some of the local places and different options available in Liverpool.

Launch 22



Hot desking is a useful starting point for those in the early stages of business, or for those who are always going to be operating from a laptop on the go.  Launch22 is a charity which provides full service incubation to entrepreneurs from all walks of life. Opening their first branch in Shoreditch in 2014, Launch22 is now available in Liverpool.  Situated on Tithebarn Street, in the commercial district of the city, Launch22 has easy access to transport links and a range of options to suit a freelancer.  Plans start at £60pcm (+VAT) for 10 hours access and increase if you want more time or a more fixed solution, though as a charity 30% of their spaces are available for free if you come from a disadvantaged background.


Siren & 54 St James Street



Free wifi, comfy sofas and access to quality coffee is a great reason to utilise Siren cafĂ© at 54 St James Street to get your work done.  Add to that the virtual office services at 54 St James Street and you have the perfect flexible office.  You can use 54 St James Street’s L1 address for your post from £18pcm, which will also give you 10% discount on meeting rooms which start from £10p/hr.  So having found your cosy corner for the day in Siren to carry out your deskwork you can also pick up your post and upgrade to a private meeting room when you are meeting clients confidentially. On a sunny day there is a garden and roof terrace as additional outdoor working options. If you decide to take us up on this suggestion we definitely recommend that you try the sweet potato fries while you are there.


Jelly



If we say ‘Jelly’ you probably think of the wobbly dessert that appears at many a children’s party. But Jelly in the freelance world is something quite different.  Offering co-working space, Jelly’s have popped up in most major cities across the UK to take the isolation out of freelancing.  In Liverpool Jelly meet regularly upstairs in LEAF on Bold Street.  It is free to pop down with your laptop and enjoy the wifi all day, just plug in and enjoy the opportunity to take the lonely out of freelancing and to find other freelancers to collaborate with.  Liverpool Jelly is particularly aimed at creatives, digital and tech businesses, but open to all.


90 Squared



Creatives looking for shared studio space should have a nosey at 90 squared. Based in Elevator Studios on the edge of Baltic Triangle, this restored warehouse has the perfect relaxed, reworked backdrop for those in need of inspiration.  90 squared is currently home to clothing designers, artists, illustrators, sports developers, writers and event coordinators and offers 24 hour access – great for those who enjoy burning the midnight oil.  Space is in demand, so you may have to wait a while before nabbing your own corner, but worth getting your name on the list if you are looking for a more fixed space to work.


DoES Liverpool


DoES Liverpool is a co-working space located in Gostins Building on the edge of Liveprool One. Desks are available to rent by the month or by the day making it super flexible for freelancers. The great advantage of DoES for creative freelancers is access to their shared workshop where you can use their Laser Cutter on a pay as you go basis. The space is run by DoES CIC and is a basic starter space for those who aren’t ready to invest in their own equipment or overheads of a massive studio.


KeeHub



With no sector specific target audience, KeeHub provides a hot desk come virtual office that any business can try out. There is no long term financial commitment needed as you can pay for an hour, day, week or month depending on what suits you.  Starting at 4p/hr the KeeHub is a good place to pop into in between city meetings to benefit from high speed internet and unlimited tea and coffee.  As a spin off from KeePoint, Keehub users can also take advantage of virtual PA services as an optional add on. Based on Rumford Place KeeHub sits on the edge of the financial district in Liverpool.

http://keehub.co.uk/

If you are thinking about going freelance or setting up a small business and would like some help and advice, Enterprise Hub can help you FREE if you are a Merseyside resident. Contact enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk or 0151 706 8113 to find out more.  Follow @MerseyEntHub on Twitter. 


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