I write content and provide website consultancy for HUB Inspired, who help to connect freelancers in central London with co-working sessions and workshops. Founder Waseem Abbasi tells us more.
Here’s your elevator pitch: describe HUB Inspired to me and tell me why others should work with you!
HUB Inspired is a small but growing community/club of freelancers, entrepreneurs, remote workers and small businesses. I initially founded HUB with the aim of combating the isolation that can often be felt when working alone from home or in cafés. We organise regular co-working sessions in locations across central London. Those who don’t wish to pay for expensive co-working spaces should work with us to find co-workers, collaborators, co-founders and others with valuable skills. HUB helps to open doors to new opportunities.
How long have you been in your line of work? How did you discover your passion?
I founded HUB in 2017 with just two other people, and it grew from there. It started as an informal social group in a small café – I’d become so bored of working alone and I realised there were many others in a similar situation. They had all complained about isolation, as well as a lack of inspiration and sense of belonging. I was very excited about it from the very first day.
During this journey I learnt that some of our members wanted to learn new skills or enhance their existing ones but found learning/training very expensive in London. That got me thinking and I started working on it straight away. Now I arrange for industry experts and professionals to deliver workshops and bootcamps on various in-demand topics or skills. HUB manages to deliver these workshops for a much lower price than other institutions in London. It makes me very happy to see how HUB is growing and solving these two genuine problems faced by our society.
What’s the biggest challenge facing your industry today?
The biggest challenge is that good trainers are very expensive. It is very hard to source them and convince them to deliver a class or workshop at rates that are accessible to everyone.
How has the industry changed since you first started?
I don’t see any major changes just yet, but the business is still relatively new and I expect there will be in future.
What would you tell your 18-year-old self?
Start before you are ready to go – things will never be perfect, so get going now and learn from your mistakes. Read more books, and remember – failure teaches more than success.
Three guests are coming for dinner: living or dead. Who do you invite and why?
Richard Branson – it would be great to hear his stories about how he started out and the challenges he faced.
Mr Bean – so that we can all enjoy every moment and learn not to take life so seriously!
Leonardo da Vinci – to paint all of us!
What should we be getting excited about for HUB Inspired?
HUB’s members range from creatives such as writers, bloggers, web developers and designers, social media experts, photographers, videographers, music consultants and founders to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Some are new, while others have years of experience to share. It is becoming a diverse club of people who follow their heart and work hard towards their dreams. I’m looking forward to seeing what we’ll create next.