By the time I’m writing this reflection, two months would have passed since my internship with Garage Cadet. This was actually my first real internship, and my time with Lattis has been a special experience.
The first notable thing is the working space. Before stepping into Garage Society, I had never heard of co-working spaces. With this internship, I had the chance to work in one and experience it in first-hand. My boss, Will, and I worked side-by-side people from other start-ups and freelancers. While the space overlooked a city view of Sheung Wan, the most memorable thing was the beer tap. I never expected to see a beer tap in an office! The second is the atmosphere. Everyone works hard, but the atmosphere at Garage is also cozy and warm. Every morning, I would hear people from different backgrounds greeting each other, asking each other how yesterday or the past weekend has been for them. It was easy to bond with like-minded people, and the communal workspace allowed you to get to know people very quickly. I feel that there is certainly more than work in a co-working space. From the beginning of my internship, I worked approximately 10 hours a week or 2 hours a day, which is already quite unusual. Will would try his best to accommodate my schedule, as I still have school during the day. We would work from 5 to 7 pm on some days and 9 or 11 am on others. With Will travelling throughout the month of July, I was able to work according to my own schedule. I never imagined something I’d have so much flexibility. For the whole of July, I had my first freelance experience. Through this, I learned the importance of communication and time management. Even with difficulties in communication, messages have to be delivered clearly in order to get things moving. Even if it is simple, it’s important to always keep the other person updated. I also learned to stay level headed and organised, and never let tasks overwhelm you. What a great Summer!
Today’s entrepreneurs do not like getting tied down and are inherently drawn towards options that let them progress at their own growth-plan. Personalisation and a sense of creative freedom has picked up the pace and is here to not only rule but also dominate the work culture.
As part of Garage Society’s Well-Being Month, we sat down with Dutch entrepreneur Madelon van de Ven, to learn more about her flourishing plant subscription startup and her mission to get more urbanites to experience the health and well-being benefits of plants.