Philipp Hentschel, Co-founder of welance
Philipp Hentschel is the co-founder of welance, one of Berlin’s well-known coworking spaces located in the heart of the Kreuzberg neighbourhood. Having freelanced himself for over 12 years, Philipp has always understood the benefits of working alongside others in the same space. However, it wasn’t until four years ago when he teamed up with four other freelancers, that welance was born.
“Welance stands for we, the collective, and freelancers. We believe that when competence, confidence and the belief in common goals come together, the combined forces can unfold their knowledge and expertise.”
Welance recently expanded to Barcelona where the collective is running a remote-work-flat, aiming to provide the best space for Barcelona freelancers to work and hoping to be influenced by the creative capital that exists there. With an emphasis on supporting freelancers, welance not only offers space but also services such as design and web development. Philipp believes that it’s not always about the size of the space, and more about creating a unique community. He is selective with the professionals he welcomes into the space and strives to create a platform for exchange with like-minded people.
After recently returning from the Coworking Europe Conference in Lisbon, where he spoke on a panel titled “Independent workers and nomadic employees: Will coworking spaces be the “exoskeleton” of the new workforce generation?”, Philipp shared with us his thoughts on the future of work.
“There were two concepts that stood out for me. One being that coworking is the future of work and as the market continues to grow, we will see the rise of different types of coworkers, one of them being the “proworker” or the so-called office nomads, who are regularly changing workplaces based on their needs and locations.
Second, established coworking spaces should focus on adding value to their communities and ensuring that they are supporting alternative ways of work for young professionals. That’s what makes us unique and it can’t be copied by any corporate.”
Welance has been a part of the ShareDesk community since 2012. Philipp shared his experience with us, on what is has been like being a ShareDesk venue partner.
“ShareDesk is the number one source for looking for flexible office space. I have met many international clients through ShareDesk, individuals with different backgrounds, ideas and ways of working. The platform gives me exposure to an international audience, and it’s important for them to get access. “
Interested in collaborating with the freelancers at welance? Book a work or meeting space at welance
About the ShareDesk Blog Series ‘The Future of Work With…’
‘The Future of Work With…’ is a blog series profiling members of the ShareDesk community. We are speaking with our diverse network of entrepreneurs, business travellers, industry thought leaders, freelancers, and flexible workplace operators, and sharing their stories and experiences on how they dream up a more flexible future for work.
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