Yesterday we interviewed one of our best coworkers in Bee Lab. Do you wanna know more about her? Keep reading!
Hello! This is Borja speaking, Bee Lab´s coworking manager here in Madrid.
Today we are going to interview our coworker Jennyfer Murray.
Good afternoon Jennyfer, I hope you are doing well today.
Hi! Thank you.
B: First of all, tell us about your job, do you work for a Company or on your own?
J: A bit of both, I am a freelancer (autónoma) but I mainly work for a large client at the moment who is a publisher based in Austria and Italy.
B: Is it easy to be a freelancer here in Spain?
J: It´s expensive (laughs) it´s a lot more expensive than being a freelancer in the UK for example. I think it´s quite complicated so I have a «gestor«, I think that is the easiest way.
B: It´s easier to have a gestor here, because of the Spanish bureaucracy. (laughs)
So, what´s your role in the Company?
J: I´m called a Publishing Manager so within the publishing Company we publish different tittles for children, adults, secondary schools, teachers, and I organise all the publishing process, the planning, the budget, the resources, the schedule, liaise with people in the different markets that we sell.
B: That´s cool!
J: Yes! it´s interesting.
B: So, you are from Scotland.
J: I am from Scotland.
B: Why are you working and living here in Spain?
J: It´s a long story, I came to Spain a long time ago when I was much younger to teach English. And I was teaching English, teaching at the university, doing teaching training. Then I started to do some work for different publishers, for Santillana to start with. And just gradually did more and more publishing work and was less and less keen to go back to the UK. And now I think of a lot of people who lived away from the UK for a long time have a different attitude. Since Brexit basically things have changed a lot.
In the coworking there is a lot of space, different people working, different people working on different projects, but it´s not the same as working for a Company in an office, because everyone is doing different things, it´s much more creative.
B: It´s your first time in a coworking space?
J: Yes, although the Company I work for uses coworking spaces quite a lot, but my first time working in one, yes.
B: What´s the main difference between working at home and working in a coworking space?
J: Oh! Working at home is horrible! It´s lonely…
B: Yes, that´s the main thing.
J: It´s very lonely and it´s very difficult to discipline yourself to get dressed, to eat properly. And also space, in the coworking there is a lot of space, different people working, different people working on different projects, but it´s not the same as working for a Company in an office, because everyone is doing different things, it´s much more creative.
B: And productive, Do you think it is productive to work from a shared workspace?
J: Yes, Yes. I usually at the end of the week tick things off my list. People work very hard.
B: I know the answer to the next question,
J: Already? (laughs)
B: I´m sure you´ll say: «the wonderful Bee Lab Staff». But what do you value most about Bee Lab?
J: Lots of things, I mean, when I decided to look for a coworking space I visited lots of different places. This place has the most light to start with, it´s a mix of informal but productive… so people are relaxed but hardworking so there is a nice atmosphear.
B: That´s what you think, but they are all watching Youtube. (laughs).
J: And there is a nice mix of nationalities here, Spanish people, Irish people, I heard someone speaking German today.
B: Yes, today we have a Swiss coworker.
This place has the most light to start with, it´s a mix of informal but productive… so people are relaxed but hardworking so there is a nice atmosphear.
J: I think the location for me is great as well: it´s near the metro, near the bus, near the market so you can do some shopping. It´s a nice spacy environment as well.
B: The last question: How often do you use the meeting room?
J: Yes, the meeting room is so important for me because although I work at distance, I work with some people based in Spain, but we often have visitors like yesterday: Mathias from Austria, Luccia from the Italian office comes sometimes as well, so its very useful to have a meeting space that you don´t need to pay additionally.
B: Were they comfortable here?
J: Yes! Yes! All the visitors I´ve had, everyone said «oh that´s a nice friendly place», they felt welcome.
B: Thank you so much for your time Jen, I´ll see you around in the coworking 😉
J: You are welcome! Anytime.