Ever wondered what Jelly was all about?

Shropshire Jelly Avatar by www.anilamrit.co.ukAnyone who knows me knows I could talk about the joy and benefit of Jelly co-working til I was blue in the face – but here it is from an entirely different angle – and as you’ll see it’s not just homeworkers who can benefit….

Eve from Virgin Balloon Flights came to her first Jelly event at Enterprise HQ in Coalport, Shropshire – and it’s safe to say she liked it! You can read her fabulous write-up from the day here, it’s a must read!

Jelly has changed the way thousands of homeworkers, business owners and office based workers in the UK work, order real adderall online interact and build relationships with other businesses – to be a part of it just go and find your nearest Jelly on the ‘Find a Jelly’ page. If there isn’t one near to you, why not think about starting one – find a venue with free wifi & space and you’re off! There is a plethora of brilliant advice on starting your own Jelly on Judy Heminsley’s website.

If you have written a blog about your Jelly experiences, please do add them to the comments below and I’ll build up a blog roll 🙂


Are you challenging or changing the way you work?

big society, jelly, coworking, changing workAs a small business owner & homeworker, I’ve been amazed at watching and being involved in the sea change in the way people work. From working in a traditional office structure with all your staff around you to now virtual agencies and businesses popping up all over the place – why employ when you can sub-contract out to the plethora of homeworkers/micro businesses taking full advantage of the digital/mobile age in which we now live.

Personally I’m seeing very powerful business relationships coming out of Jelly co-working events (and no, I don’t mean the wobbly stuff) – it’s unnetworking in that you’re not there to sell, you’re there to do your own work for a day, just surrounded by like minded business owners. There is a growing buy generic adderall online support network between the Jelly attendees (locally, nationally and internationally) and is invaluable for signposting business owners to support and advice they may need. It’s also very cheap (no charge for wifi or the venue, usually small cost for drinks/food) and gets you out of your normal work environment into something much more dynamic and motivating.

Could Jelly be the new business support framework small businesses really need in the time-starved world we now live in (very Big Society me thinks)? It’s these kind of issues I’m looking forward to discussing at The BIG Jelly this month in Shropshire.

How do you think they way we work will continue to evolve over the next decade, I’d love to know??

Jelly – what’s not to love – a year on!

So nearly a year on from starting Shropshire Jelly, I wondered if my original blog post on the benefits of attending Jelly after hosting the first Shropshire Jellyin April 2010 still held true and what’s changed.

I would love to hear what your thoughts are as each Jelly has such a different dynamic and will evolve in a different way.

Jelly has been amazing for:

* Beating those isolation blues
* Meeting new people in an informal way
* Getting free advice
* Getting free support
* Reduce distractions of working at home
* The possibility of finding collaboration partners
– see this recent article on one Jelly success story.

What I didn’t foresee a year ago is:

* Being part of a support network – there is a very strong bond & great support being shown between all Jellyers, especially the regular attendees.
* Being part of a referral network – I’ve seen over the last year that people are now getting work as a result of who they know through Jelly as their relationships have been advanced and there is trust building rapidly between them, especially where they use twitter to reinforce relationships formed at Jelly.
* An opportunity for corporate & public sector people to work in a different environment – I think this will be a big growth area for Jelly over the next 12 months, such a powerful way to bring together different people from the same (or different) organisations, it really could be very powerful stuff!

And even ….

* Environmental impact – during the weather particulary you have (say) 20 people using one room & facilties, rather than everyone at home using their heating, lighting, kettle, oven etc. There is car sharing that now happens too so overall I think our carbon footprint is a good one.
* The challenge – who misses being challenged intellectually by people if you used to be in an office environment – you get it in spades at Jelly, can you buy generic adderall online some really lively (and just the odd trivial) conversations and debates take place.
* Finding a supplier for your wedding – I kid not, anything is possible at a Jelly – here’s a story from Ludlow Jelly attendee Charlie Oakham:

“I must hold the record for being the latest person to visit a Jelly! I arrived a full 6 hours late for Ludlow Jelly – three hours after lunch, which Heather Noble of Salt Solutions was kind enough to leave out for me. I had arrived for the last hour and a half and quick met and chatted with everyone in the room. I would not have gone if Heather hadn’t said she’s left out my lunch. In fact it was a long drive to Ludlow from Chester and I could have quite easily left my excuses and headed home.


But I am glad I went, because at the Jelly was Tanith Harvey-Smith of Masque Boutique. Tanith makes amazing Venetian masks – the kind my fiancĂ©e and I were looking for, for our wedding next year! Tanith sat with me and we looked through the collection of masks she had made and the masquerade balls she helped organise. I was very glad I went in the end!”

At a time where there is so much doom and gloom abut the economy and how tough times are, break away from that negativity and get a shot of inspiration and motivation at a Jelly event near you (and if there isn’t, just set one up!). There are ‘virtual agencies’ full of like-minded people springing up all over the UK, and worldwide.

Please share what benefits you have found from Jelly and how you think it could evolve – the main reason for doing ‘The BIG Jelly‘ in March is to continue to raise the profile of Jelly in the UK and bring 300 like-minded people together for one very special day.