Have you been to a Jelly?

What’s a Jelly



Jelly is a great way to network and meet new people.
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Now this is not the sort of jelly that you have at Kids parties! A Jelly is where a group of people go to a meeting place and work at their businesses with others. You take your work and laptop with you and can enjoy time in the company of others. It could be for just an hour or so or all day. They are free to attend and help those normally isolated to have some time in the company of others.

 

How Jelly Started

This is quoted from The Jelly website:

Jelly started in NYC in February of 2006 when roommates Amit and Luke realized that they loved working from home, but they missed the creative brainstorming, sharing, and camaraderie of a traditional office. (Office politics, not so much.)

So they started inviting friends to come work from their home one day a week. They soon found that working in close proximity to new and interesting people every couple weeks resulted in new ideas and interesting conversations.

Emboldened by their early success, they made it a more regular thing. Jelly was born.

For our UK readers here is the link to Jelly UK.

The Benefits of Jelly

For many small business owners working alone for long periods is quite normal. A Jelly will enable  you to get out and meet like minded people. It gives opportunities to network and find good business contacts as well as possible collaborations. Working on your own can be tough and just having that extra human contact and interaction can make a difference. This may be for just once or twice a month but even with that little amount it can be very beneficial.

Why not search for a Jelly in your area or even start your own? You will soon love Jelly.

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4 thoughts on “Have you been to a Jelly?

  1. Jelly works for me!
    A great atmosphere, it’s good to meet new people, work and chat at the same time…makes a really positive change if a lot of your days are spent on your own.

  2. Hi

    I founded Shropshire Jelly just over a year ago and also started the UK Jelly website that you refer to above to help make it easy to find a Jelly or start your own (many thanks for the plug!). Jelly has been a truly brilliant concept to be involved with and to see businesses come together to work on their own thing but share ideas and advice with others has been hugely heart-warming. Many new relationships have been made and collaborations have abounded.

    Jelly fits in very well with the way we now work in this digital age – in the last year the number of events has quadrupled and is still growing. My dream would be to see Jelly events available throughout the UK. I love that the concept if free, – anyone can go to one, anyone can start one .

    I also particularly like that it’s all done for free, I’ve met some incredibly generous, talented people from all around the globe as a result – very ‘big society’!

    One point I would make thought is that it is NOT networking – in fact it’s unnetworking. There are no pitches, no-one sells anything (anyone who tries gets slapped down!), just casual and informal co-working that produces the benefits of networking without it being a networking event.

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