In an attempt to break this sense of isolation, Languedoc Jelly has been launched to let people work together and share ideas.
Expat entrepreneur and freelance marketing consultant Annette Morris, who lives in Hérault, is hoping that the get-togethers help people with their work and projects.
"Jelly is a co-working event, not a business. I was encouraged to start Languedoc Jelly following an enthusiastic response to the idea from many freelancers and home-workers in this area," Annette said.
"What’s particularly exciting about Languedoc Jelly is the blend of Anglophone and French business owners that would like to work alongside each other, exchange advice, pick-up new skills or contacts, maybe even cultivate business ideas and work together on new projects.
"For potential participants the ideal Jelly question is not 'what do you do?' but 'what are you working on?', it puts a whole new slant on your activity and your focus."
The Jelly concept started in New York when a couple of freelancers felt they needed to get out of the house and mix with other home-workers for a change of scene.
Jelly has since developed into a casual working event where home-workers simply meet together to work for the day.
Attending a Jelly is free, with perhaps a small charge for food or drink at the venue, and participants are advised to bring a laptop, a phone or even a sketchbook – and an open state of mind.
Annette is hoping to launch the first Jelly event in Montpellier in April 2011 with further information published via the Languedoc Jelly website.
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