Ten places in Frankfurt where you are likely to meet a marketing freelancer
Marketing freelancers are stereotyped as home office based misfits who work in their pyjamas with the radio on, set to full volume. Well, every cliché contains a grain of truth, doesn’t it? But once in a while an ambitious individual gets lost in the stuffy air of a subway train that carries a crowd on its pilgrimage to the hallowed halls of corporate work. In Frankfurt’s emerging East a special place awaits the brave traveller: The city’s only coworking location that provides childcare and offers lots of space for unusual encounters – with humans, animals and ideas.
If you are in need of a neat meeting room next to Frankfurt’s main station, this is exactly what you will find at Meet/N/Work. A free extra: Our red-light district with its popular restaurants and cafés is just a few steps away. Planning your lunch break or after-work-drinks will be as easy as pie.
Clubs as such can be quite odd. And one would rather spend 360 Euro on a trip to Paris than pay the yearly fee. But then again. Why not visit one of their regular events to meet fellow marketers and get to know their point of view? In addition, you’ll learn a lot about Germany’s funny marketing journal landscape: read “Absatzwirtschaft” monthly and – unless you are a passionate advertising industry advocate – very quickly turn the pages of “Horizont” week by week – this unique experience is included in your fee.
The many forms of mobility that cross our lives may seem frightening to some people. Yet for the marketing freelancer they open a world of new opportunities – though still fairly rare in Germany, working in a café is a socially accepted activity. Whether you want to have a cappuccino with business partners or are in search of creative distraction: for just a few euros you will most likely meet new ideas in one of Frankfurt’s oldest buildings. Sit by the window to watch how the historic centre changes its face minute by minute.
Subjectively speaking: The Liebighaus, home to a superb collection of sculptures dating from ancient Egypt to Neoclassicism, is one Frankfurt’s most charming places. The adjoining café not only offers life saving cake, but also three fine rooms that can host many a marketing freelancer. Out in the garden, there are only a few tables. But, the warmer it gets outside, the higher the possibility to meet a stranger who will engage you in the most interesting conversation of your life. (The latter statement is non-binding.)
Every marketing freelancer needs a break from time to time. Why not spend it in Lucille’s acoustic interspace? Choose a table next to the little „Memphis Records“ shop and you will hear the sound of vinyl mixing with modern tunes from the restaurant’s loudspeaker. Forget the everyday hustle and bustle. Dive into a reverie. Well, freedom is the reason we bear all of the freelance risks after all. Or isn’t it?
Once a month members of this small network for marketing and communications meet either in Wiesbaden or Frankfurt’s Café Metropol – in order to chat or discuss common projects. Feel free to join – just drop a quick note before you do, so the organisers have a chance to make sure there is enough space at the table.
Welcome to Germany’s bureaucratic side of freelancing! By registering a trade (you don’t have to do that, but there may be reasons you will choose to – ask me if you want to know more), you kindly support the city financially: you pay trade tax and the equally involuntary Chamber of Industry and Commerce membership fee. This frankly doesn’t mean the Chamber is a freelancer’s best friend, they barely notice you exist. At least sometimes they organise interesting events. Oh, and the stock-exchange building they reside in is a feast for the eyes.
Communication is an integral part of the marketing concept. Visit the museum to learn more about the history, present and future of it. There is a permanent exhibition as well as an array of temporary exhibitions focusing on particular themes. Additionally, the museum hosts the annual Future Convention at which you will have the chance to discuss with politicians, scientists or industry experts – in future tense or subjunctive.
Standing still is not an option. As a marketing freelancer, you must keep moving. To help you stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments smart people and wannabe-gurus write plenty of books. At the library, you will get access to both, digital and analogue versions of them – in English too! For 20 euros a year you can even warm yourself up on a cold winter day and use their WiFi connection or desktop computer.
You may have noticed: Most links will lead to the German version of a website. But don’t worry. Even though we are quite ignorant when it comes to delivering information in another language – most people you will meet in Frankfurt do speak English. And even if not, people will give their best to help you find your way.
Do you know any other Frankfurt freelance hot spot? Or would you like to set up a regular international marketing freelancer meet up? Let’s talk.