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.

Bringing up kids on the roadLas Palmas coworking spaces

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.

Our monthly round up of the latest remote and co-working news from around the web.
Manhattan start-up opens out of hours restaurants to remote workers

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.

Working together in The House – TVMucho

One of the great advantages of working in a shared workspace such as The House are the synergies that evolve and the working opportunities that arise from working together. We are such a close knit group that sometimes up to 50% of our work is from other members of The House.

Vince moved into the House in October when we opened and presented his project to us all. An IP TV box that will allow expats to watch their own TV when abroad but he needed good web programmers for his website, an industrial designer to design the packaging, designers to work on the corporate identity and someone to help building the business here in Las Palmas.

The House – designed to maximise your network

Did you know that most work interactions happen with the person sitting next to you? But what if your next super-contact is just 2 rooms away and you never meet them? Here at The House we’ve thought about this very problem very, very carefully. We know that networking and meeting new people can make or break a new business so we’ve designed our co-working space to maximise the chance of random interactions.

Where you sit matters

According to entrepreneur.com who you sit next to has a direct link to the amount of work interactions you have, with 60% of all work interactions happening with those in your close proximity. Therefore designing an office to maximise the chance of interacting with others is essential if you want to make those connections that could make your business. Continue reading “The House – designed to maximise your network”

Cycle to work at The House and be more productive

Here at The House in Las Palmas we’re always looking at making our coworking office the best possible place to work on the island. This month we’re doing all we can to make it easier for our coworkers to cycle to work. A new bike rack, cycle path map and a guide to getting a free bike.

The benefits of cycling to work at The House

We all know that exercising is good for you. It makes you happier, sleep better and healthier. You’ll be ill less and you’ll look better but did you know it also makes you more productive? Did you know that if you exercise you’ll not only look like an adonis you’ll also rule your workplace? Continue reading “Cycle to work at The House and be more productive”

23 reasons why digital nomads come to Gran Canaria

During the last month The House has hosted digital nomads from the Czech Republic, Poland, Finland, UK, USA, The Cape Verde Islands and even Spain. We’ve had programmers, SEO experts, data visualisation people and translators. But why have they come to Gran Canaria? Why is Las Palmas considered the second best place in the world to be a digital nomad?

We know why 🙂 Continue reading “23 reasons why digital nomads come to Gran Canaria”