Freelance Surfing: Free Desk Sharing at Workether

Posted by | diciembre 16, 2013 | Blog | No Comments

If you’re a freelancer and you’re travelling to Valencia soon, we’d like to share one of our desks with you during your stay.

At Workether, we all enjoy travelling so we know how frustrating it can be when you’re in a new city, you want a good place to get some work done but the only place you know of is the coffee shop – and that just isn’t going to cut it.

It’s a constant struggle for us to visit a new city without falling behind on work, when a big chunk of our schedule is dedicated to hunting for a place with wifi and a socket to plug in our laptops. Then, we realized that people visiting Valencia must be having this same struggle when they visit our city, so we decided to change that. The solution came to us almost instantly.

The inspiration came from the online CouchSurfing community which many of us use, where people offer a free place in their home for travellers to sleep. We thought, ‘people offer their homes for free to travellers… why don’t we offer desk space for free to freelancers visiting our city?’

So, now we do! Our coworking space isn’t a good place to sleep in, but it’s the perfect place to work in.

We created the Freelance Surfing program which is designed to bring together freelancers from all over the world to work in a creative environment. All you have to do to apply is to fill out the form, let us know when you’re coming and tell us a little bit about yourself.

We are always looking for new talent, innovative ideas, and inspiration, so if you’re coming to Valencia, we want to meet you.

This past week we had two Freelance Surfers with us; Per Sandström from Sweden, and Joakim Stai from Norway, who both work for a web development agency called Kollegorna. Here’s what they had to say about their experience.


Per Sandström (Sweden) & Joakim Stai (Norway)

What do you think about the Freelance Surfing program?

Per: I think it’s great! When I decided to come to Valencia, this is something that I really wanted to find. I like to work from coffee shops as well as from home but I prefer going to an office.

I think if you have space then why not invite people to use it? We have a pretty small office in Stockholm, but we always keep one desk free, so if someone wants to sit with us they’re free to do so.

This is a great thing, I hope more coworking spaces will do this because there’s nothing to lose, you just gain experience and get to meet new people.

Joakim: Yeah, I really, really like it and I think more people should take advantage of this.

What are your thoughts on the creative environment at Workether?

Per: The space is pretty cool. I didn’t really know what to expect, but you’ve put a lot of effort to make it a nice place and it really feels like a great hub. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but you know, you come here and there are nice sofas and you can sit and read in the corner, or just sit and chat with some guys somewhere and just to meet new people.

Joakim: It’s a good environment to work in because there are a lot of different people who work on a lot of different things so there’s a lot of inspiration and motivation.

I love the atmosphere; there’s a good balance at Workether and it’s a good place to work, so I couldn’t be happier.

Did you get the chance to meet some of the other community members?

Per: Yeah, I spoke to some of the guys here. I’ve only been here two days, but it seems like a decent group of people, a mixed group of people and not just designers and developers like myself.

Joakim: Yeah we talked to some of the other guys and it’s interesting to hear what the other people are doing. There’s a lot of variation of what people are working on, so it’s a good mix of people.

Can you offer some tips for people visiting Valencia?

Per: I’ve been here for a month and I’ve been doing a lot of tourist stuff like the Oceanographic – and the city center is really beautiful. This is the fall season so there isn’t much time to spend at the beach, but when I come back here in a couple of months that’s what I’ll be doing.

Joakim: Yeah, there’s so much to do here so I don’t know where to begin. You can find so many things to do in Valencia, so just go out in the city and explore.

What do you think about Valencia as a place to work and live?

Per: It’s a great place to stay, and a great city.

I’ve been in Barcelona and Malaga before, but I really like Valencia because of the size of the city; it’s not too small or too big.

Per has since returned to Sweden but will be visiting again, and Joakim is currently living in Valencia and has chosen Workether as his full-time workspace. 

If you’re visiting Valencia, you’re a freelancer, and you want a free place to work and to meet new people, take advantage of our Freelance Surfing program. We’d love to meet you!

Find out more about Freelance Surfing!

What do you think about our Freelance Surfing program? Would you be interested? Let us know below!

Magdalena Draus
Project Manager

 Magdalena Draus

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