The Nomadic Freelancers Guide to Liverpool – Part 2
Following on from our Nomadic Freelancers Guide to Liverpool – Part 1, where we listed subscription and pay-as-you-go options, this post will cover the free (or nearly free) options. I say nearly free, because I would never condone sitting somewhere to do work without at least contributing to the space in some way. This might just be buying a coffee, but I will leave that decision to what you feel is appropriate in terms of the time you spend there.
Do you have a venue with free WIFI that is open to freelancers using it for anywhere from a few hours, up to a day? Get in touch and we’ll add you to the list!
Close to Lime Street Station, and home of the gorgeous Picton Reading Room. Various spaces all over the library to get some quiet, productive work done. Cafe downstairs too so you don’t even have to go far for a coffee and something to eat. Top tip: if you need to go the loo, don’t feel like you need to pack all your stuff away. I usually just ask a friendly looking stranger to keep an eye on my stuff whilst I nip to the ladies.
The very best co-working freebie there is, bar none. Jelly is a weekly event held at various venues kind enough to open their doors to freelancers. Super friendly bunch, combats the loneliness we sometimes feel when freelancing. Keep an eye on their event listings on Eventbrite and get yourself to one, you won’t regret it.
Choose from the Garden Cafe downstairs or the bar area on the 1st floor. Break up your working day or inject some creative inspiration by visiting their exhibitions. Heck, you could even finish your day with a movie!
With it’s relaxed scandi-vibe, these guys are no strangers to freelancers frequenting their cafe. They also have spaces to hire should you need to hold a meeting. Gorgeous food too, I’ve been known to arrange business meetings here over lunch time… just so I get to eat there.
If it’s summer, and your laptop battery will allow: sit outside. The garden feels like a wonderful haven away form the hustle and bustle of the City Centre. If it’s raining/cold then there’s two spaces to choose from inside: The Espresso Cafe on the ground floor and the Bistro, upstairs. Like the FACT, you could take a little break to have a look around the current exhibitions.
Situated in the Baltic Triangle, this is another cafe who is no stranger to freelancers. Delicious food and drinks and lovely staff. It’s situated next to the Women’s Org, so if you have a meeting there, this place is great to sit and get some work done before/after your meeting.
It gets really busy downstairs in Leaf, but the upstairs space is rarely filled during the day. Making it a great place to sit and get some work done. I can’t go there without getting a butter truffle latte (YUM!), and their breakfast menu is wonderful if you fancy an early start!
I first discovered this place when I went to one of the Developer Breakfasts run by Mashbo. It’s a wonderful place with lovely staff and a relaxed vibe. You’ll probably be in good company, and you have TWO venues to choose from. One on Hardman Street, and one in the Baltic Creative building down on Jamaica Street.