Meetups @ The House

Hosting a seminar or meetup in Las Palmas?
We have just the spot.

The large basement area we have at The House is proving a popular venue for developer’s meetups in Las Palmas, with more and more groups booking out rooms for networking events, as well as our own hugely popular weekly series of Ted’s Talks.

Ted’s Talks at The House are hosted by local web guru Ted Stresen-Reuter, CTO at Secret Source, or one of his team, and typically cover various aspects of their work as a UK-facing development company.

Topics so far have included; PHP, Ruby on Rails, REACT, AI, CRAP web design, managing workload and publishing. We’re trying our best to keep a healthy balance of pure development and non-dev subjects.

If you’re in Las Palmas and you’d like to join us one thursday afternoon, you’ll be more than welcome to join us.

Better still, if you know your stuff and you’d like to share your knowledge with our coworkers, get in touch and we’ll book you a slot.

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Likewise, if you’re hosting meetups in Las Palmas, we have plenty of space and a wide choice of rooms available. There’s even a quiet, shady roof terrace with lots of seating, if you’d like to meet outside.

Find out more on all upcoming events at The House on our Facebook page or at the Meetups website here.

If you’d like to book one of our rooms to host your own event give us a call on +34 928359902
or click here to send us an email.

Las Palmas tops list of year round nomad destinations and here’s why

It’s official. Las Palmas is one of the best places in the world to be a digital nomad

Wondering where to work from next or looking for a suitable place to kickstart your new career, as a location independent professional? Quoting a survey of jobbing digital nomads earlier this month, business website Forbes listed the top 11 locations to work in the world.

And our own hometown of Las Palmas, on the island of Gran Canaria, makes the list at number 5, just behind Playa del Carmen in Mexico, Thailand’s Koh Lanta, Taiwan’s Taipei and Czech capital Prague.

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What makes Gran Canaria so appealing, when you have the entire planet to choose from?

With no real winter to speak of and a vibrant expat community in residence, Las Palmas actually topped the Forbes chart when respondents were asked for their year round preference.

High speed internet, reasonable living costs, plenty of affordable accomodation and a distinctly European vibe (without the weather) have seen the city become a melting pot of different nationalities over the last decade. But it’s not just favourable working conditions that make the island so appealing.

Apart from work, what else is there to do on the island?

Gran Canaria is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and culture lovers too, as a couple of online articles reported this month:

With temperatures rarely falling below 20 degrees, a distinct absence of rain and some of Europe’s most dramatic mountain scenery, Cycling Weekly devoted a large part of their 2018 winter cycling guide to the island. Empty roads, superb riding surfaces and plenty of challenging climbs were just some of the attractions mentioned, support what we already knew – that Gran Canaria has some of the best cycling in the world.

If getting out on the bike sounds too much like hard grind, you may prefer the more relaxing pastime of wine-tasting. While they may not be as well-known as those on neighbouring islands, news website Delano visited several of Gran Canaria’s 60+ vineyards (or bodegas), where visitors have the chance to experience a way of life that goes back generations and, more importantly, some of the surprisingly drinkable local plonk.

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Is it really worth ditching your 9-5 and taking up the digital nomad lifestyle?

The short answer is yes apparently, after a study by outsourcing website Upwork and the Freelancers Union found freelancing has a bright future. So bright in fact, that over the last 2 years the number of people choosing to go self-employed in America alone has grown by more than 30%, contributing in excess of $1.4 trillion to the American economy in the process.

Changing attitudes among both employees and employers, mean more companies are opening up to the idea of staff working remotely, outsourcing entire projects to offsite teams and even filling vacant positions with remote workers.

The looming digital skills shortage will make freelancing the norm

That’s the claim made by employment website Lexology, in a report that warns of an impending global talent crunch which could result in as many as 85 million unfilled vacancies before the end of the decade.

One of the areas predicted to suffer hardest is the tech sector, which is music to the ears of remote workers everywhere. Cheap flights and increasingly fast internet speeds make it cheap to travel and possible to work from almost anywhere. In effect, it’s never been easier to take your career with you, rather than being pinned down to a traditional office environment.

3 reasons you should be coworking in Gran Canaria, the best tools and gadgets for digital nomads and a whole lot more…

In this month’s round-up we have 3 excellent reasons to consider coworking in Gran Canaria next month, a look at how big business is poaching the habits of freelance workers and reviews of the best tools and gadgets for digital nomads.

Coworking @ the local mall? Really?

Heard the one about the New York restaurant doubling up as a coworking space between sittings? Hot in their tracks come a bunch of startups looking to establish pop-up coworking spaces in empty shops and even shopping malls, according to the BusinessInsider website.

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Companies like Spacious and IndustriousOffice target restaurants in upmarket neighbourhoods looking to turn a profit from dead time, empty store spaces, functioning stores in search of a side hustle and even shopping malls, desperate for some respite from the retail apocalypse.

Big business tapping the cowork ethos

Local shopping centres aren’t the only ones out to profit from demand for coworking space and the huge numbers of us now working freelance. The Harvard Business Review recently published a study revealing several large companies are now running their own coworking spaces, where staff work side by side with independent contractors.

Authors Gabor Nagy and Greg Lidsay highlight a Paris coworking space owned and managed by telecoms giant Orange. Described by the company as “corpoworking”, the VBN centre is home to around 60 coworkers, half are Orange employees while the rest are made up of jobbing freelancers.

The results make a fascinating read, not just for freelance workers and coworking space owners, but also for big business looking to poach agile methodologies, high productivity levels and – let’s be honest – inject a little hipness into their lives.

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Live free or die trying

Reality check time. News website BBNTimes has a sobering article asking whether you should give up the dream of becoming a digital nomad and go back to a life more normal. Author Kristen O’Connell asks some tough questions about the mindset, drive and confidence needed to really make a success of combining work and travel as a career.

On a more positive note, she includes lots of smart tips and advice for actually succeeding, embracing the lifestyle and building a profitable remote business. Read the full article here.

Tools & gadgets for digital nomads

What tools help you manage your workload, speak with clients, share files or communicate with colleagues around the world? The rather unfortunately named, but award-winning AmateurTraveler website has a distinctly professional list of 7 essential tools for digital nomads right here.

Meanwhile, travel blogger and serial nomad Julia – at the Jey Jetter website – has compiled a useful list of gadgets that make life and work on the road easier and more productive. These go way beyond the usual powerbank and USB stick fluff with some really useful and imaginative ideas. Check out her full list of the best digital nomad gadgets here.

While we’re on the subject of buying stuff, if you’re looking for luggage the Travel & Leisure blogger Rena Behar has reviewed a bunch of the best laptop rucksacks for heavy travellers here.

Stand & Deliver

New research published on the BBC News website suggests using a standing desk, which allows users to adjust their position through the day, can boost performance and output. Tests were carried out on a group of 146 health professionals, with half using new sit/stand desks and the rest using traditional office furniture for a year.

Among those with the new style desks researchers found employees reported feeling engaged for longer, more productive and less likely to experience fatigue and the dreaded post-lunch dip. One unexpected finding was that the control group increased the amount of time they stood each day, from around 50 minutes at the beginning of the experiment, to almost an hour and a half over the course of the one year study.

What do you think? Do you use stand up desks to work? After introducing a few at The House we’ve had a great response and are considering many more. But we’d love to know what you think. Feel free to add your comments at the end of this post. Or, better still, drop by and give one a try.

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November is an excellent month to be coworking in Gran Canaria and here are 3 good reasons why.

1. Las Palmas hosts its third annual Nomad City conference, from the 7-9 November. Network with other location independent professionals, meet startups who want to employ you or just party and celebrate the digital nomad lifestyle with other like-minded folk.

More than 40 industry vets are booked to speak on the usual range of subjects, plus there are workshops, beach activities and plenty of social activities to get to know your fellow nomads. Full details or all this year’s Nomad City here.

2. From Nomad to WOMAD. One week later – on the 15-18 November – our beautiful island plays host to another major international event, in the form of World Music festival WOMAD. Short for World of Music Arts & Dance, expect 3 days of truly international rhythms, workshops, global gastronomy and cabaret, plus plenty of stuff for the kids.

Admission is completely free over the entire 3 days. For more information and this year’s line up, click here.

3. Now that we’ve just about finished the refit of our new premises, you’d be crazy to leave the island without dropping by The House and booking your free one-day trial. We’ve spent a lot of time designing a creative and productive environment, that takes the best elements of coworking and managed office practicality, mixes in a huge dash of private members club chic and keeps plenty of original features.

We’d love the chance to give you a tour and the chance to experience what coworking in Gran Canaria is all about.

 

The growth of managed office spaces, busting the myths of freelance work and a travel visa for Digital Nomads, (Really!)

As they begin to attract scaleups and big business, coworking spaces are becoming more sophisticated, which could be a good thing as we bust a few digital nomad myths. Plus the best places to stay in Las Palmas.

Coworking comes of age

If you still think of co-working as a bunch of millenials loafing around on second-hand office furniture, think again. Today’s co-working spaces are attracting a diverse range of startups and scaleups as well as individuals, by offering private managed offices, meeting and event facilities, ergonomic furnishings and honor cafes.

As the demands of freelancers and small companies have matured, so have the spaces they want to work in. And these more organised working environments have begun to attract the attention of big business, according to a recent post on business website entrepreneur.com, which claims corporations are turning to co-working spaces and more particularly small managed offices, to house employees.

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Not just for freelancers

It’s certainly something we’ve noticed at The (all new) House and it makes total sense. Co-working and shared office spaces can – by the very nature of their business model – be a lot more flexible than regular commercial rental procedures, which involve multi-year leases, long contracts, utility bills etc.

The demand for managed office spaces

Even large companies can benefit from using coworking or managed office spaces, to house off-shore teams, outsourced projects or simply reward top performers with a workation by the beach. And as property website Commercial Observer points out; for many startups, having the flexibility to scale up as needed and avoid the need for long term contracts is becoming a must-have option.

The hidden costs of life as a digital nomad

Just as the physical environments of coworking are evolving, so are the people using them. A bunch of blog posts over the last month, written by seasoned vets of the coworking world, look a deeper look at some of the less attractive aspects of life on the road.

Busting a few myths

In a sometimes hilarious piece on her blog – The Remote Nomad – Katelyn Smith gets well and truly ‘stuck-in’ to a few of the stereotypical nomad types we’ve all met on our travels. She’s pulls no punches discussing the ‘better than you’ attitudes of some nomads and her attempts to avoid them.

Writing for the website Medium.com, Productivity Coach Liz Huber talks of her failure to find personal satisfaction living on the road, despite having few of the problems most of us think prevent true happiness. For Liz, true freedom comes not from having the ability to work from anywhere, but rather by removing the external dependencies that prevent us feeling free.

Kicking off a new series, entitled #NomadTruths, the very excellent Digital Nomad Girls blog begins by explaining that there’s no right or wrong way to living life as a nomad and calling on readers to be truthful when describing their experiences, rather than glossing over factors like loneliness, rough travel and the never-ending search for a good wifi connection.

A visa for digital nomads? Really?

Estonia is to become the first country in the world to issue travel documents specifically for digital nomads. The country is rightly proud of its reputation, as a leader in the tech field, but only issues long-term working visas to people with a job offer or contract. However, as a test of its potential, from the beginning of 2019 Estonian authorities will be making around 1400 of the new visas available – on a first come, first served basis.

Planning a trip to Las Palmas? Looking for somewhere to stay?

If you like the sound of working in year round sunshine with a distinctly European way of life, you probably have Las Palmas on your list of must-see destinations. The administrative centre of The Canary Islands has plenty to offer digital nomads. Picture postcard beaches, breathtaking mountain ranges, a cosmopolitan city combined with an engaging mish-mash of cultures make the archipelago popular with entrepreneurial travellers from all over the world.

If you’re planning to visit us any time soon, check out this useful list of the best places to stay in Las Palmas, produced by our good friend Vikto Vincej, writing on the Traveling Lifestyle blog. And of course, if you need somewhere to work, be sure to stop by The House, say hello and book your free one-day trial.

It’s August. It’s hot. Most of us are on the beach. But here’s the latest from the world of coworking in Las Palmas.

What to expect from life as a digital nomad, bringing up children on the road and how the boom in coworking spaces are changing the landscape of our cities.

You do know that being a digital nomad will change you as a person? Right?

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Leading the digital nomad lifestyle is a great way to see the world. We all know that. But besides getting to explore new places, what will a life of travel and work teach us as human beings?

Writing on the Digital Nomad Soul website, longtime travellers Carla and Oliver have listed 30 – yes 30 – positive personal changes they’ve experienced since deciding to pack up their laptops and hit the road.  (Be warned, once you read 26 and 27 you may never want to go home!)

Freelancer lifestyle no longer a first world privilege

One criticism often levelled at the ‘location independent’ work model is that for the most part, it’s a privilege enjoyed only by holders of certain passports – most notably European or North American. But a recent Entrepeneur.com article suggests the nomad trend is beginning to take off worldwide.

Having watched the comings and goings of jobbing travellers for more than a decade, talented web professionals in countries like India and Thailand are taking their skills to the co-working spaces of the world, combining a life of travel and work.

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That’s a relatively simple step if you’re single, or part of a like-minded couple. But what about when you have kids to think about as well? Alyson Long – one half of the team behind the World Travel Family website – has taken that one step further. Having been on the road since 2012 her two sons have grown up in dozens of countries.

Alyson’s eldest is now a teenager and – for any digital nomads with young children considering the future – the journey she, and her family, have taken over the last 6 years makes a fascinating read. In her latest post, she explores aspects such as self-schooling, medical needs, language barriers and the need for friends as her kids become young adults.

It’s official, coworking spaces have a positive effect on local communities

The global shift to independent or freelance work, continued growth of startup companies and the consolidation of many into ‘scaleups’ is placing a big strain on commercial landlords and constructors in the world’s most popular cities. Demand for coworking spaces is at an all-time high and a recent report on news site Realty Biz News claims the move toward shared offices could be permanent.

Their report claims coworking is ‘upping the game’ and creating a new level of service or amenity, which can often have a very positive effect on individual properties, the areas where they are located and the people living closeby. The challenge for property developers is to deliver both leases and properties to meet shifting demand.

What should you consider when choosing a coworking space?

Not much, according to this recent blog on Indian coworking site Hub & Oak, which lists the 4 most important things to look for in a productive shared office environment. It may be short, but the checklist is well worth making a copy of.

Planning a trip to Gran Canaria?

If you are August is a great month to be here. Despite being very warm, we’re an island, so temperatures are a bit cooler than mainland Spain (where it’s hitting the high forties as I write this) and there’s always a cooling breeze off the sea. The sun is out, so every day’s a beach day and there’s absolutely zero rain forecast for a couple of months.Best coworking spaces in Las Palmas

Plus, you’ll get the chance to come and visit us in our new bigger and better coworking space – right in the heart of downtown Las Palmas. We have a large coworking area, private offices, meeting rooms, recording facilities (coming soon) and 2 awesome terraces.

Superfast broadband, free coffee / water and – if you want to come and give us a try – your first day is completely free.

Drop us an email, or give us a call and we’ll book you a spot.

June’s round up of the latest news from the co-working world.

The New York start-up that’s opening up Manhattan’s top dining spots, an end to the office as we know it (yes again) and some useful resources for digital nomads planning a visit to The Canary Islands.

las palmas co-working spacesThe Entrepreneur website features an article on KettleSpace founder Daniel Rosenzweig, who discusses the eureka moment that led him to launch the restaurant co-working app. Now occupying six sites in uptown New York, with plans to launch in other 50+ US cities during 2018, Rosenzweig had the idea for KettleSpace while sitting in an empty Manhattan diner.

With daily and monthly subscriptions available, users are under no obligation to buy food and drink on site and are free to use the space as they wish, outside regular opening times. Some venues even have private areas for remote workers to use during busy periods.

We all know remote workers are happy, right?

But how do you create a team from highly skilled workers who could be in different regions, countries or even continents and have little in common?

cowork las palmasNever engage in important conversations by text, respects your team’s personal time and build trust through occasional shared activities / office time, are the 3 golden rules of remote team management, according to business consultant Ryan Peck.

With a recent report claiming as many as 45% of Americans are now remote working, at least some of the time, Peck looks at the managerial challenges of nurturing strong team bonds between staff who may rarely, if ever, be in the same place at the same time.

Is this the end of the traditional office?

BMMagazine’s online edition picks up on the benefits of remote working for start ups and scale ups, where the costs of regular office space – especially in big cities – can be prohibitively expensive. Back in the mainstream, remote working is something 28% of British workers say they would consider swapping jobs for, while 65% of UK bosses interviewed by website londonlovesbusiness.com say the are happy to offer their workforce the option to work from home.

Demand for co-working office space outstripping availability?

Which could be a good thing as a report by property firm Cushman & Wakefield claims as much as 20% of office space in London is now occupied by ‘flexible office suppliers’. The real estate specialists note that industry stakeholders are desperately seeking to provide new spaces for the rapidly expanding co-working sector.

Big cities not your thing? Come and co-work in The Canaries

co working in gran canariaIf you prefer fantastic beaches, superb watersports, dramatic mountain scenery, a distinctly Mediterranean vibe and near tropical weather, Gran Canaria is an island paradise that has it all. And it’s awesome location, at the southern tip of Europe, makes it a favourite spot for over-wintering digital nomads and remote workers.

If you haven’t considered the island yet, take a look at Top5.com’s reasons to come and work in Las Palmas.

If that doesn’t convince you then the beaches and prices just might. Airbnb’s best places to stay in Gran Canaria has a great choice of good value accommodation. Once you’ve found somewhere to dump your laptop take your pick from the MirrorOnline’s selection of the best 5 beaches on Gran Canaria.

Our round up of the month’s digital nomad news

Meet the premium digital nomads doing it in style.

It had to happen. The inevitable emergence of what lifestyle website Quartzy describe as the premium digital nomad and new ‘high-end’ coworking spaces popping up to house them. Rather than fleeing urban life, in favour of low-cost, great view locations, these high rolling travellers are heading back to the major cities original digital nomads sought to escape. New York, London and Tokyo top the list of hotspots for remote workers not interested in roughing it. Rosie Spinks offers inspiration on the best places to live and work once that startup you’re working on secures it’s first round of funding. Read the full article here.

Is it possible to learn the digital nomad lifestyle?

The Guardian think it is and are even offering a one day masterclass on acquiring the ‘freedom to work from the road and explore the world while earning a living’. Practical insights and advice on working options are promised for aspiring nomads. If you’re new to the world of remote working and want to get a ground up idea of what it entails, this could be the perfect introduction. 17th July is the date, London the place and more info can be found on The Guardian website here.

7 tips for female digital nomads

Women’s lifestyle website Bustle has published loads of useful articles for female digital nomads and travellers. This recent post, by Suzannah Weiss, offers up a reality checklist – and a handy free worksheet – tailored to the specific issues women should consider when they hit the road. Honest, truthful and funny, Weiss sums it all up perfectly, with the line; ‘’live someplace with a low cost of living, and get a remote job from a company someplace with a higher cost of living, which will probably pay you more than you actually need where you are.’’ Read 7 tips for female digital nomads here. While you’re there, check out another of Suzannah’s posts, 9 Digital Nomads Share Their Advice For Working Remotely & Traveling The World – which pretty much does exactly what it says on the label.

Networking for nomads

Everyone needs a break right? And – as most jobbing travellers will tell you – it’s not always as easy as those guys and girls with sweet remote contracts from companies back home make it look. Most of us can expect times when the work dries up and we have to go looking for our next project. Connecting with other nomads can be a useful way of finding new opportunities. Could be they run a startup in need of your services, or that the company employing them are looking for new people. Either way, if finding new work is important for your lifestyle, the Outsite blog has 5 excellent tips for leveraging the power of networking as a digital nomad.

And finally…

Like every good news page, we end with a heart-warming story from The Irish Times about a couple in their fifties who ‘packed it all in’ and took up the digital nomad lifestyle, funding their travel by working as translators and blogging about their experiences . This is your not your average gap year story and the couple share some really useful tips about finding the best places to stay, cheap travel and earning money from their travels. If doing something similar means a reconsideration of responsibilities and changing your mindset or you just enjoy exploring some of the Europe’s less glamorous destinations, this is a must read. Meet the Irish couple who became digital nomads in their 50s.

WordCamp 2018 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Book early if you need a co-working space between now and the end of February, as our hometown is playing host to WordCamp 2018 Las Palmas. Our friends at Secret Source are just one of the dozens of companies, open sourcers and WordPress gurus who’ll be speaking at the 3 day event.

Check out the following post from their blog which has all the info you need.

WordCamp 2018 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. 23rd-25th February

wordcamp 2018 las palmas de gran canariaFebruary sees our hometown of Las Palmas host the latest European WordCamp meetup – 3 days of talks, presentations and workshops dedicated to all things WordPress.

What is WordCamp?

Built around a largely informal community of WordPress users from all over the world, WordCamps are organised and run by local volunteers, with the goal of sharing ideas and experience. While there’s a clear structure and program of events, there’s also an emphasis on coming together as a community, networking and sharing ideas with each other.

When is it?

WordCamp 2018 Las Palmas will take place at the impressive Elder Museum of Science & Technology here in Las Palmas and runs from the 23rd to the 25th of February – it’s open to anyone with an interest in WordPress. From part-time bloggers and newbies to professional developers and consultants, WordPress is the web platform of choice for almost a third of online businesses – more than 75 million websites – making it by far the most popular content management system in the world.

What’s happening?

2018 wordpress wordcamp las palmasWordCamp Las Palmas will host a variety of guest speakers – including our own developer Inma González who’ll be leading a session on developing WordPress plugins, from original concept through to finished article.

Other speakers and workshops will cover a wide selection of WordPress related topics ranging from launching a new business with online to complex debugging strategies.

For a full program of workshops and speakers, ticket prices and venue details check out the WordCamp Las Palmas 2018 website here.

Alternatively, for up to the minute news on WordCamp 2018 Las Palmas try the hashtag #WCGranCanaria on your favourite social media.

(This post first appeared on the Secret Source blog. Read the original here.)

5 Incredible Facts About Coworking

Facts About CoworkingCoworking is on a mind-blowing growth trajectory, as more of us turn our backs on traditional employment models and become digital nomads.

A recent worldwide study – The 2017 Global Coworking Survey – threw up some very interesting facts about growth within the sector, that blew us away.

5 almost unbelievable stats about the state of coworking in 2018

1. In 2011 there were just 1,139 coworking spaces around the world. As we head into the new year there are almost 14,000!

2. A staggering 71% of coworkers have collaborated on new projects with other users – 11% have gone on to form a new company or business.

3. More than a quarter of coworkers have their rental fees paid by an employer. The implications of this are huge and give us an idea just how many companies now allow their staff to work off-site.

4. 44% of coworkers describe themselves as a digital nomad and will use multiple spaces over the next year.

5. 67% of coworking spaces plan to expand in 2018 and 42% will be opening an additional location.

Read the full 2017 Global Coworking Survey here.