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FOUNDER - SHEETCNC.

Ian has just launched SheetCNC, an affordable alternative to commercial CNC routers. SheetCNC.co.uk operates from a small machine shop in rural Pembrokeshire. They offer bespoke engineering solutions and consultancy as well as manufacturing SheetCNC kits. Their self build CNC kit retails at a fraction of the cost of a standard commercial CNC machine. Ian also runs workshops for makers and product designers at the FABLAB in Pembroke BIC home to IC Pembroke Dock

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Hats Off To Sustainable Fashion: MAYKHER's Autumn/Winter range

Welsh sustainable fashion brand MAYKHER® strides forward with the launch of their follow up accessories range and continue leading the charge on slow fashion.

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Coworking and The Voluntary Sector: a Chat with IC Member Gareth Coles

Gareth Coles works for Voluntary Arts Wales and is based in indycube St Mary Street, our space in the heart of Cardiff City.


Voluntary Arts UK have 20 employees across the UK, all of whom are considered ‘flexible workers.’ Voluntary Arts promotes participation in creative cultural activities across the UK and Ireland.

Gareth’s role involves supporting amateur art forms across Wales. ‘Amateur,’ he says, comes from the French for ‘love.’ Although many think of an ‘amateur’ as someone unskilled or new to a pursuit, the real definition is someone who engages in a pursuit without monetary gain - or, as Gareth describes it, someone who does something purely for the love of it. Voluntary Arts Wales supports Community Choirs, Brass Bands, and other performance art.

Gareth joined indycube coworking in order to have the professional appearance of a registered office, as well as for the benefit of being able to work from any of our network of spaces across the country. Having previously worked for bigger charities in office buildings surrounded by colleagues, then renting a single office for only himself, Gareth feels he has found the sweet spot with coworking. Sharing a workspace with others has given him, like many others, a balance - he is able to work in his own time but is also surrounded by activity and company. “I think it’s a great balance for other people in the same position as myself,” he said.

Renting an office comes with hidden costs beyond just paying the rent - there’s the photocopier, line rental, broadband, utilities and the likelihood of being tied into a contract. “IC is just one single monthly payment,” Gareth said. “It’s not easy to secure core funding as a charity, so anything we can do to save money!”

“For charities in particular - and there are a lot of small charities, particularly in Wales - there’s so many opportunities for conversation and serendipity with other small organisations.”

VAW host sessions on inclusivity and accessibility, and are particularly interested in the effects of creative participation on mental wellbeing. “I love working directly with groups, there’s a real tangible purpose and we don’t need to start up anything new, these groups already exist and we can offer them guidance, advice and training,” Gareth said. In this sense, he felt VAW was aligned with IC - whether they’re creative groups or empty spaces, both organisations see the benefit of working with assets that already exist, of taking something with potential and building something bigger and better.

AIbEiAIAAABECOa7v8DMiLqP7QEiC3ZjYXJkX3Bob3RvKihlOTE5ZGQwN2M4ZDZjZDA3ZGNlNzkwNTBkMDQ4ODMyM2NiMWZiNmJjMAF6h9dwpH0AhRJ55v0DrAa13fj9UA Gareth is the Director of Voluntary Arts Wales. You can keep up with his activities and projects on Twitter at @volartswales.

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The Importance of Mental Health Awareness for the Indie Employer

It’s Mental Health Awareness Day (10th October 2017) and we’re bringing you some concerning statistics about mental health in the workplace.

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Working from the comfort of your own home is not all it's cracked up to be...

Working from home can come with multiple benefits, from taking calls in your pjs to listening to your favourite station on the radio, but there are also many hidden pitfalls to the quickly growing trend for freelancing and remote working. Although working from the comfort of your own home seems great on paper, the downsides will quickly become apparent in practice.

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Get the help and extra services that you don't get with your car insurance

indycube.community will provide access to Total Motor Assist, a multi-car, multi-driver membership package of accident management services that sits alongside your car insurance.

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Know your rights, get supported

We know that seeking legal advice can be daunting, and for many small businesses or individuals, legal aid will often go unsought due to fear of not being heard, falling under the radar or receiving large unpredictable costs. That's why our membership benefits package includes Legal Support. Our legal support team can advise on a broad range of legal issues, including, but not limited to: Best Practice, Legal Advice and Personal Injury.

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Which tech tools do the people at InMyBag think indy workers need to know about?

When you work for yourself, you often find yourself performing several roles as well as your particular area of specialisation; during any given month you may find yourself doing your own PR, accounting, networking, admin and negotiating, to name a few!

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What exactly is the gig economy and why should you care? 

The gig economy is sometimes referred to as the ‘sharing’, ‘collaborative’ or ‘platform’ economy, and means that a worker will be paid for each ‘gig’, rather than by the hour. Gig workers are self-employed, freelancers and contractors, and therefore are not entitled to a guaranteed minimum wage, sick pay, annual leave, maternity/paternity leave, pensions or any of the other benefits and protections that employees might take for granted. Couriers and drivers are the most often cited type of gig worker, and there has been a rise in gig workers in recent years, accelerated by the development of apps and platforms, but musicians, producers and construction workers can fall into the category too.

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Combat loneliness as an indie worker with these coping mechanisms

Working independently brings freedom, ownership, and autonomy, but it can also bring isolation and loneliness. Long hours working alone, dealing with problem clients or cashflow issues by yourself and struggling to maintain that tricky work/life balance can all contribute to loneliness. Here we explore a few ways to avoid and manage loneliness and keep you happy and healthy, though it’s worth mentioning that if you are worried about the way you are feeling, you should see your GP.

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Believe you can and you're half way there

We all have good days and bad days, but often we can’t afford to waste valuable time in a rut or going around in circles. How do we stay upbeat, motivated and productive, especially when we have more responsibility on our shoulders than company around us? Here are a few tips that we find effective...

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An unexpected journey to infinity (well, Walthamstow...) and beyond...

For me, it all started in Swansea back in 2012. I'd been banging the drum locally about shared workspace and had played with the idea of a multi-use work studio for years. The truth is, I couldn’t see a way forward. Rent and rates were prohibitive, there seemed to be space everywhere, but no way to access it. I'd been working with a business mentor called Jules Mallory Skinner, as well as Huw Williams who had started Swansea Creative Hub and was now freelancing for Coastal Housing.

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Our pick of indycube's top 6 idyllic Welsh coworking spots perfect for travelers.

Freelancing can take you up and down the country on various expeditions. While some independent workers travel for business, others may choose to spend a day of their holiday time wrapping up some pressing last-minute tasks. Others still may seek out exciting and interesting places to work, and where better when rambling than the Celtic landscape of Wales?

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Beginner’s Guide to Coworking

It’s a huge part of what Indycube is about, and something that has become increasingly popular over the past few years, but what exactly is coworking?

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Are you ready for this jelly?

Some of our members and coworkers are already very familiar with Jelly coworking events but, for those of you that haven't had the pleasure, we thought we’d put together some info.

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Free tools and apps for indie workers, freelancers and small businesses

A catalogue of handy tools, sites and apps is essential for any indie worker or small business - and if they’re free, even better! We’ve summarised some of the best free tools for you here, from invoicing to time management and design (including some lesser known gems).

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From coworker to community member

2011 was an interesting time. It was my first attempt at freelancing, following an interesting year in London. I worked closely with another developer on a few projects, though remotely. Neither of our homes were suitable for a group workspace due to modern definitions of double rooms and the other requirements of such a space.

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Ice Cream Parlours and Coasteering: Wiard Sterk's guide to coworking

The first few months in my Connector role have been a revelation. As a (former) freelancer I thought I knew the make-up of the freelance community. However, travelling far and wide and meeting indycubers in a variety of locations has shown me that there’s much more to independent working than meets the eye...

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Why I love indycubing, and just what is it anyway?
Member Post by Anne Collis

Yes, I know indycube is a proper noun not a verb. But indycube is much more than that. It really is more of a verb than a static noun! It starts with two nouns – the network of physical co-working spaces and membership of Indycube CBS Ltd.

But it certainly doesn’t stop there.

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Get paid on time, every time.

Did you know the word 'freelancer' originated from medieval knights who would kill evildoers for the King and then not get paid for eight months!? When we set up indycube.community, we stopped and asked ourselves, what's changed for freelancers since then?

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Welcome to Indycube Community, supporting freelancers, contractors, homeworkers and the self-employed

Indycube is a Community Benefit Society that offers a membership package to address the precarious nature of self-employment, freelance working and the gig economy. We started in Wales in 2010 and now operate across the UK connecting people and places, having developed a network of coworking spaces that supports freelancers and micro businesses. Coworking helps our users to stay within their local communities, preserving their money, talent, and enthusiasm for use in the local economy.

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