Officrèche Blog

A guide to Brighton’s best coworking spaces

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Brighton is full of amazing services for freelancers. Support programs, MeetUp groups, wifi cafes, conferences, accountants specialising in small business, and much more to bring your self-employed journey to the next level. There are so many reasons why we reckon Brighton is the best city in the UK for freelancers. One of those reasons is […]


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Brighton’s best accountants for freelancers

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Brighton freelancers – is it time to hire an accountant? Hiring an accountant when you’re a freelancer or self-employed can be a big decision. We can’t make the choice for you, but there’s an interplay of three important factors here: time, money, and mindset. First, you need to decide whether it’s even necessary–many freelancers manage […]


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How to turn conflict into connection – learn nonviolent communication

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The following was written by Max St John, founder of The Needs Work and an Officrèche parent. As a parent, life seems to become all about managing difficulty. From terse conversations with your partner after a crap nights’ sleep or negotiating with small children on simply getting their f**king clothes on to crashing through your day […]


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The scientific approach to time management

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Time management is a challenge at the best of times, but as a freelancer it becomes a vital skill to master. You are beholden to yourself to get work done on time, both to meet client deadlines and to stop your work life creeping into your personal life – a common struggle for freelancers. If […]


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Talking to Leo Wood about her new project: PlayPen

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PlayPen launched recently in East London – a pop-up Ofsted registered crèche with attached coworking facilities operating out of St Paul’s Way Community Centre (run by the wonderful folks at Poplar Harca, who are also providing financial support to PlayPen) in Mile End every Thursday morning. Set up by Leo Wood, who has previously founded […]


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A guide to Brighton’s Best Wifi Cafes

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Brighton’s packed with cafés, and has developed a bit of a reputation for its coffee culture. In fact, with the average Brightonian spending £177 on coffee annually (more than anywhere else in the UK), you could say we’re a bit obsessed with the stuff. Brighton’s also the best city for freelancing in the UK, and […]


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7 Awesome Events for Freelancers at Brighton Digital Festival 2016

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Brighton Digital Festival is taking over the city in September, and it’s another line-up of fantastic grassroots organised events. There’s a huge range of things to attend, from the arty to the sciencey, and those aimed at kids to those aimed at adults (such as the occasional boozy open studio… not naming any names). We’ve […]


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Is it time for small businesses to abandon Twitter?

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Twitter is one of the mainstays of the social media world. Even those who’ve never heard of immensely popular networks like Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit and many many more have taken on Facebook and Twitter as household names: a puzzling phenomenon as whilst Facebook has achieved incredible penetration across a huge variety of demographics, Twitter […]


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Flexible workspace and crèche coming to Dalston

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UPDATE: V22 Dalston have achieved their crowdfunding targets, and the project will be going ahead! Stay tuned for more soon… We caught up with V22 in Dalston, who are currently raising funding to provide a flexible workspace with a crèche. That’s an idea we’re a little bit keen on here at Officrèche, in case you hadn’t […]


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Develop a better freelance strategy with Porter’s Five Forces

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Michael Porter is one of the granddaddies of modern business strategic thinking. A lecturer with Harvard Business School, and business consultant, his models of thinking about strategy are timeless, and help us to better understand the marketplace and industry that we’re operating in, and thereby helping us make better business decisions. His models are always […]


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