Improving working conditions for free agents / micros
I found the information in Susanne’s blog entry really interesting – all our efforts to place focus on Lolland Falster as an ideal place for independents/free agents/micros to set up their small businesses – together with other sterling efforts such as that of Erhvervsråd LF – are showing positive results.
By coincidence, on the same day that I read Susanne’s entry, I came across a report by Annabel Colley* of a relevant initiative set up by some libraries in England – they provide free wireless access to the internet and thus a place where freelancers can work if their home broadband wi.fi connection is out of order.
“it would be great if the library could provide other small business services for the growing band of freelancers who work in my local area. Perhaps a dedicated area for small business users, a coffee shop or a business lounge facility, where one could comfortably make business calls without disturbing others. There could be fact sheets and start-up advice…”
I think this is an excellent idea, particularly as I live on West Lolland where there is a definite need for something like that – not quite a fixed ‘office sharing’ arrangement, but somewhere where we small business owners could meet, exchange ideas and be able to work away from home. I think that many working from home, who decide to stop working, are fundamentally too isolated – they need work-place social interaction. Networks are essential, and meeting face to face is a great stimulator of ideas and creativity.
Providing a freely available space for free-lancers to work on an ad-hoc basis will, I feel sure, improve survival and success rates even more, ensuring that LF becomes known as a model place to set up businesses.
So how about it Lolland Falster Kommunes?
* Update 6(4) April 2007, page 10.