Galaxy Unite connects freelancers with work, spaces, events
The ability to freelance is a blessing to many people, but connecting with fellow freelancers, finding reasonably priced office space or coworking, locating relevant events, and finding work can be a curse, particularly because these functions (which are all important to an independent contractor) were previously scattered across the web and not connected. Enter Galaxy Unite, a site designed to bring these core functions into one location with an easy to browse format.
Below, Galaxy Unite Founder, Ashley Johnson tells AGBeat how did this massive national project come together and where is it going:
Q: What inspired you to launch Galaxy Unite?
I’ve been a freelancer for 10 years doing branding, user interface design and film video production work. I saw there was a hole in the market for contract based work websites. Through my experience of working from coffee shop to coffee shop, I also wanted to start a coworking space years ago in San Francisco.
Instead of starting a coworking space, I ended up working in one when I moved to Denver – Green Spaces. My experience over the years has led me to create a network surrounded around connecting freelancers to job opportunities and coworking spaces. I decided to call it Galaxy Unite because I’m a space geek and love the intersection between tech, design and that which is unknown in space!
What is the company’s mission?
Galaxy Unite is the innovative freelance community giving local professionals the platform to showcase their skills and connect to jobs, workspaces, and events. Our mission is to provide professionals with the resources to excel in an ever changing transient work environment.
What were the challenges of launching Galaxy Unite?
The challenge I have now is focusing my time between running Galaxy Unite, managing my own freelance clients, and raising money for the business. If I could, I would just do the creative product development and leave the revenue generating to someone else. Like many freelancer entrepreneurs, my revenue fluctuates and this is hard when I am largely self funding the project.
I have so many ideas for ways of improving our network but haven’t been able to do them YET either because I don’t have the funding on hand or the time to dedicate fully to my business as I get side tracked with taking on work that will pay the bills. I believe I would be more effective with some good funding and a business minded partner that can continually focus on revenue making initiatives.
What have been some unexpected rewards for you?
Regarding the rewards… they are immense! I’ve met so many innovative talented people through this process. I am always excited to see new talent on our site and connect them with opportunities. I am doing what I love and what I want to do for our community and ultimately that is the greatest reward!
What is the long term vision?
I ultimately want to have a strong network that is more interconnected between our different sectors: professionals, jobs, events, and spaces. I plan to build out our coworking spaces section of the site so that all freelancers can associate themselves with a space. The coworking spaces section would showcase their associated professionals, jobs, and events.
All of the sections on our site would be more strongly interconnected and unified – hence Galaxy Unite! I also want to do some fun creative space based marketing including hand drawn animated videos and interactive games! Basically, I want Galaxy Unite to be an innovative creative hub!