Jelly Working

The concept of writers and other home-workers pulling out laptops and working in coffee shops is familiar. It lets us escape those same boring four walls of home and all the domestic distractions. And it makes us feel part of society, even if the only person we speak to is the barista.

UK Jelly takes this a step further. Their aim is to ‘to bring home workers, freelancers, small business owners and entrepreneurs together in a relaxed, informal, working environment to maximise creativity and minimise the isolation that being your own boss can bring.’ It is not networking to sell yourself or your business. It’s about having some company whilst you work and maybe exchanging help and advice. At Jelly events the venue, wi-fi and parking are free, the only charge is for refreshments.

I went along to my first Jelly event last week. There were only a few of us and we had introductions and a bit of a chat before getting our laptops out to work. I deliberately didn’t connect to the free wi-fi because I wanted to do some distraction free editing. By the end of the session I’d done two hours solid work and met some new people. It beat coffee shop working because I didn’t feel guilty about taking up space for a long time with only one drink and I liked that I was part of a group. My local Jelly only meets monthly but I’ll definitely be going back in February.

Why not find out if there’s a Jelly near you?

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  1. #1 by Anne Harvey on January 16, 2018 - 10:41 am

    I quite like the sound of this, Sally! And I’ve found one in a nearby town so might venture there at some point. Thanks for sharing.

  2. #3 by Q G S Publishing on January 16, 2018 - 12:25 pm

    What a good idea! Wonder if they’ll come to Spain? Thanks. x

    • #4 by Sally Jenkins on January 16, 2018 - 12:27 pm

      Or perhaps you could start your own?! I think there’s a page on the Jelly website about how to start a group.

  3. #5 by Julia Thorley on January 16, 2018 - 1:11 pm

    What an interesting idea. The nearest one to me is about half an hour’s drive away, which is perhaps too far, but I’ll keep it in mind.

  4. #6 by hilarycustancegreen on January 17, 2018 - 9:27 pm

    Fascinating, I found one in the nearby city straight away. Thanks for telling us about this.

    • #7 by Sally Jenkins on January 18, 2018 - 7:42 am

      Looks like there’s quite a few around, Hilary!

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