written by Robbyn McGill
Despite the romantic notion of sipping coffee at a canal-side café while whipping out pages of ad copy for an ever-growing roster of steady, high-paying clients (we’re visualizing the “dream” here, folks), the lived-experience of freelancing in Amsterdam can feel a bit isolating. But it doesn't have to. If you work independently and find yourself craving some like-minded co-workers, and a workspace undisturbed by chatty moms wiping crying kids’ noses, Amsterdam is ripe with affordable alternatives. Here are three picks for creative co-working options that offer networking platforms for freelance entrepreneurs:
1) Impact Hub Amsterdam
The HUB’s diverse global network of over 11,000+ members in 65+ worldwide locations identifies as “a community of impact entrepreneurs, pioneers and change makers” that form an “entrepreneurial ecosystem" where members thrive.
The Hub provides co-working space, meeting space, a community and member- targeted programming for growing your business. You can join as a basic member with limited access for less that €20 a month, and scale up from there.
Seats2meet provides a free co-working space in exchange for shared skills between members, as a "platform for digital bohemians, independent professionals and corporate nomads to unleash their creative powers."
Membership is free, and so is the coffee. And for reasonable rates, you can also rent meeting spaces and private offices.
3) Launchdesk Launchdesk curates a collection of work desks, offices and co-working locations with "good vibes and amenities" then deals directly with landlords on behalf of freelancers, entrepreneurs and startups. Some additional perks can include free registration with Kamer van Koophandel (required for all businesses in the Netherlands) and an actual physical post address. Prices vary according to options, with a shared desk for one day per week starting as low as €50 a month. Launchdesk also hosts casual networking opportunities.
Amsterdam Inbusiness • Living the Freelance Dream in Amsterdam
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