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Coworking and freelancing in Charlotte

Posted on 5 Feb 2009 by Justin Ruckman

Citizen Space, one of the first “official” coworking spaces, photo by Josh Hallett; view this photo on Flickr

Attention all freelancers and work-at-home professionals! You’ve heard of coworking, right? Basically, it’s a community of like-minded freelancers and small agile firms who find mutual benefit in working together, in shared spaces, as opposed to the relative isolation of their homes or small traditional offices. Sometimes these groups meet in coffee houses, sometimes people’s homes — but the ideal is always to solidify the group enough to acquire a space of their own. Like a public gym for working together instead of working out.

For months now, a group has been hosting weekly coworking meetups at Estelle’s Cafe in Southend. They call these meetups Jelly sessions, and their next meeting is this coming Monday, February 9th, from 12-5pm.

But this meeting is different. The conversation has begun to acquire a permanent, physical coworking space, and they’re looking for people to come out, share their ideas, and get involved. If you’re interested, RSVP on their page at the Social Media Charlotte website.

date: Mon, Feb 9th
time: 12-5pm
place: Estelle’s Cafe

Josh McGlinn, one of the coworking organizers, has this to say:

If you can drop by on your lunch hour or even for just 20 minutes, we would love to meet all those interested. If you are too busy, we understand. Feel free to email me any questions you may have and we will get back to you.”

You can reach Josh at [email protected].

He’s also started a new website for freelancers that exists independently of any interest in coworking. The site is called Freelance Giant, and it’s looking to provide a range of services, including a directory of local freelancers and various informational resources. If this sounds like your thing, check it out and sign up.


  1. Neil Cowley 10 Feb 2009 at 3:54 PM

    whoops missed it — oh well! I did see a great office space at the corner of Jonston rd and pineville — divided offices already. — did you see the slideshow presentation? You can post it anywhere with that code — and if you suggest a soundtrack I’ll add one!!