My Pertuity entry
I like the idea of Pertuity Directâ€™s fuelmyblog competition â€“ what kind of online business would you open up if you had $25,000? Itâ€™s always nice to dream, but on this occasion, you actually win something for your efforts – a Kindle no less. Cool. Just wonder if the surrounding publicity would actually ensure the funding arrived too?!
My idea? Nothing revolutionary in concept to be honest but something which in these hard times would be a big help to a lot of people:
I would use the money to open up a co-working office in my home town of Manchester (UK).
Manchester has a thriving, talented digital industry, made up of lots of mid-small sized agencies who rely on the services of an ever-growing army of digital nomads/freelancers to get by. Such is the size and skill-set of these freelancers, they inevitably end up working with all or some of the aforementioned small agencies at some point.
Currently there are a few meet-ups occasionally put on by those who want more contact, but I donâ€™t think these occasional meet-ups are necessarily conducive to idea inspiration, development or problem-solving â€“ innovation basically.
A Low-Cost Creative and Technical Community Centre
My goal would be to create the much-used US idea of creating a drop-in shop for these people. Create a â€œcreative community centreâ€ so to speak. Give them the kind of low-cost working environment in which they and their ideas could thrive â€“ spare bedrooms and shoebox offices only appeal for a small amount of time!
Members (of whatever level) could come to the space to work and, at a turn of a chair ask for a coding problem to be solved, an idea to be sense-checked and an API to be recommended.
The space could also be used for community events â€“ geek-ups, social media cafeâ€™s, etc etc. giving the various local communities somewhere they can call and make their own.
Peer-to-Peer technical/creative help aside, the community can help itself too. It is frequently the case that freelancers take on or are involved in a project that requires more skills/time than they alone can handle. Mates can help (sometimes), but what if the community could recommend or commission work to the people at the co-working space? Capacity, skills and awareness of work out there is in abundance.
A Talent Pool
Unless agencies are very well connected, they frequently find it difficult to find the right freelancer available at the right time for the right price. Having an ongoing, growing â€œregisterâ€ of freelancers, free from recruitment fees ensures the agencies can have a wider pool of talent from which to draw.
So there you have it $25,000 to create a creative and technical communities drop-in centre! Could it work? Would you be interested? Would it work? If not, why not?