Christian Cordes

We got to sit down with Christian Cordes, the project manager of Shiller40, a co-working space in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Why are freelancers good for co-working spaces and why are co-working areas good for freelancers?

I think freelancers are good for co-working spaces because they have different kinds of views and perspectives about work, working culture, and about the unique things they are working on such as designing or creative ideas, which adds a whole new perspective.

It allows you to have a multi-function collaborative space with people of different backgrounds working together in one area, helping each other out and learning from one another.

Co-working spaces are suitable for freelancers because it allows them to interact with people in different fields. You aren’t stuck working in just one department.

You can get help and feedback from people in other areas. It also allows them to be more productive. Working from home all day can will enable a freelancer to get bored.

A co-working space will allow them to socialise, network and work off the energy that is created in a co-working space.

So you’ve known about Freelancers Week since it first started. What do you think would be the best thing for freelancers or what would you hope personally for freelancers to get out of freelancers week?

What my dream is to make some great freelancers movement in Europe and get more in touch with them. Not only in a digital way through Facebook groups or chats but let’s get together and talk about the freelancer’s movement.

Talk about problems that all freelancers have and see those situations from different perspectives. I also want to know what kind of issues freelancers are having regarding laws and taxes and see if we need to get in touch with politicians to address those concerns.

It is about a more natural way to collaborate.

What have you heard people talk about so far that has made you either very happy or very angry?

I can only take into account my perspective from my city when I talk about things like this.

When I ask how people stay in touch with one another to collaborate they say it is hard, you have your micro-cosmos in your city or your countryside, but you know each other and getting in contact, making pitches together, it can be hard because you are not in touch with other freelancers in the next town over.

I’ve also heard that some freelancers feel they don’t get a lot of time because they have too many projects, so their work-life balance is out of balance.

Because they are so busy, they aren’t able to venture out and connect with freelancers in other areas.

What do you think the biggest challenge is that freelancers face in Europe at the moment?

Many of the freelancers I’ve spoken to express problems with the different taxes in Europe and how to handle that, as well as the various laws in regards to contracts and pitching.

When a German freelancer’s team pitches for an English company, they have so many different laws to think about and many times there are things they didn’t know about.

I want someone who can help freelancers in this position to be able to pitch better and understand the laws.

Bernie Mitchell
Bernie Mitchell
#EFWeek Team

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