Author Archives: ruyoung

kick start 2012!

The new year approaches! You know you’ll make new year’s resolutions, so make one for your business and freelance work that will have a great impact on your entire year. Promise to yourself and your loved ones that you’ll give your business your all, starting right away. Kick start your business in the new year … Continue reading

10 Privacy Principles

How much information about your customers do you store? Businesses need to be mindful of what info is stored, how it is stored, and why it is stored. Just this year we’ve seen incidents with large corporations, including Sony Playstation, with breached security that had privacy protocols called into question. It can happen to smaller businesses as … Continue reading

12 Hot Freelance Productivity Tips from the Pros for that Back to School Feeling

Most of us remember the excitement of starting the first day back to school. The temperatures started to dip, the leaves started to change colour, the summer tans started to fade. New clothes, new supplies, new friends, new teachers, and a whole new school year of work ahead of us. That was the beginning of … Continue reading

new reservation system

This morning we launched a new reservation system to manage our boardroom booking and space rental. We were using Divvy, which unfortuntely shut down at the end of last month, so Wayne built a new system from scratch that suits our needs. It’s something we can build on for future use, and we’ll have the … Continue reading

The Now Revolution – a book review

We asked Erin Bury of to review The Now Revolution. Here’s what she had to say about the book: When you’re a freelancer or entrepreneur, you have to be creative about how you get the word out about your business. That’s why social media tools have been so great for small businesses – they level the … Continue reading

Welcome Scott!

We’ve been looking for a Community Manager for some time, and while we considered some really great candidates, one in particular stood out from the crowd. The person we were looking for would have a combination of membership relations and space management, but also be tech savvy and comfortable with the online community. We’re happy … Continue reading

1yr anniversary

Today is our one year anniversary! We opened our doors on Feb 15, 2010 and welcomed freelancers, entrepreneurs, startups, telecommuters, and those looking for work into our space to share our space and build community. We are thankful for all of our members, drop-ins, neighbours, and partners who have been a part of our space … Continue reading

new year sale and free drop in days

Start the new year off in the right direction. Coworking facilities around the world confidently boast about how their members experience an increase in productivity, and you owe it to yourself to experience that too. We want to help, and here are two ways to consider: Free drop-in days – we will have reduced hours … Continue reading

holiday hours

We’ll have some closures and reduced hours over the holidays. Here’s how it will play out: Dec 24-25 – closed completely (even to keyholders) Dec 27-30 – open reduced hours of 12:00pm to 5:00pm Dec 31-Jan 1 – closed And a last minute plug for a great event: Looking for a way to share some … Continue reading

connectsy to launch at sproutupTO

One of the great things about coworking is seeing the productivity of individuals or teams increase because they have the space and mindset to do so. Facility owners provide the space, but it’s the members who make the magic happen within it. And when the space is located in a city with a vibrant entrepreneurial … Continue reading

member job postings: developers for connectsy

We like to help spread the word about opportunities for our members. Connectsy, the folks in our StartUp Room, have some hot jobs available: Javascript Developer Android Developer iPhone Developer Great guys, awesome product. Contact them for details.


This weekend we’re giving thanks to our members, friends, colleagues, advisors, volunteers, and partners who have helped us in opening and developing this space. Thank you all! We’ll be closed on the holiday Mon to spend time with our friends and families, but will be ready to rock next week starting on Tue.

cooking for geeks – sep 21

Yes, occasionally geeks need food too! Join us on Tue Sep 21 for an intimate talk and demonstration with Jeff Potter, author of Cooking for Geeks. We geeks are fascinated by how things work, and most of us eat, too. If you’re the innovative type who asks why just as often as what , my … Continue reading

announcing freelancecampTO

We’re happy to be part of the stellar planning committee to bring you FreelanceCampTO. Join us on Sun Oct 3 at the Ted Rogers School of Management for a day of learning and sharing from your freelance peers so that you can become a better freelancer. The event is free, but registration is required. We’ll … Continue reading

toronto beer quest

When else can photographic evidence of beer win you great prizes? Camaraderie has teamed up with member Beerology to present Toronto Beer Quest to celebrate Toronto Beer Week. In the spirit of camaraderie and collaboration, this joint effort event will test even the most clever beer fan on Toronto beer history for a chance to … Continue reading

sep book club meetup

Our next bookclub meetup will be on Sep 21 at 6:30pm. Join us to discuss Connect! A Guide to a New Way of Working. Please register so that we know how many people to expect.

sxswi and personal development for freelancers

Thinking of heading to SXSWi? There is quite a bit in store for entrepreneurs and freelancers to learn and absorb from the long list of panels up fro vote until Aug 27. Some of our favourites are: World Wide Working: CoWorking & Collaboration With the rise in Independent Professionals and Freelancers comes the rise of … Continue reading

happy coworking day!

On this day 5yrs ago, Brad Neuberg opened the first coworking space geared towards community and collaboration. Today we’re celebrating Coworking Day with our members, friends, and fellow facilities around the world. Have a look at how it all started. Happy Coworking Day!

bursting with colour!

Bursting with colour, connection, and camaraderie, the photos by Alexa Clark gracing our walls are inspiring and fun, and every one of them tells a story. Potential @ Camaraderie highlights the untouchable bond of friends to the detailed texture of found objects. You’ll be able to enjoy the current exhibit until early Sep. Join us … Continue reading

civic holiday – reduced hours

We’ll be open on the Civic Holiday this coming Mon, but with reduced hours. Please sleep in and join us from noon to 5:00pm.

business coach ready and available!

When we can help our members, we do. Here’s a message from one of our members who is looking to establish herself in Canada by helping others: Is there is something in your life you would like to change? Perhaps you are already in the middle of a change and, boy, it´s not easy? Is … Continue reading

when we don’t have walls

Sometimes when people come in to see our space, they are looking for private offices with walls and a door, and are surprised that we have an open concept workspace with only a partial wall (it’s a supporting wall – we’ll leave it there!). We tell them that walls of any kind, cubicle or otherwise, … Continue reading

canada day holiday hours

We know that some freelancers don’t/can’t take holidays, so we’ll be open on the Canada Day holiday tomorrow from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Have a safe holiday, no matter what you’re up to!

camaraderie book club

Announcing the Camaraderie Book Club: We’ll be gathering approximately every two months to talk about some great books that are beneficial to freelancers, showcase great tools and workflow, or books that boost creativity and innovation. Rachel will lead each book club meeting with some insightful questions about the books chosen in advance. And so, the … Continue reading

beat the hst!

…well, at least a little bit. Our drop-in passes and bulk drop-in passes have included the GST thus far, starting Jul 1 when the HST takes affect we’ll be adding the HST on top of our bulk passes. However, you can beat the HST by purchasing bulk passes in Jun with the GST included and … Continue reading

launch love

We had a gathering in our space on Fri night as a private launch party for our members, supporters, sponsors, friends, and family. We are grateful for the sponsorship from Duggan’s Brewery who provided some of the No 9 IPA much to everyone’s delight. Duggan’s is a brewpub in our neighbourhood with an amazing menu … Continue reading

power friending – a book review

Brian Chick of Left Button Solutions reviewed Power Friending, by Amber Mac. He had this to say about the book:

Before I start reviewing Power Friending, I should preface by saying that I had spent the previous several weeks before reading it researching and planning a seminar called “Social Media for Small Business.” Fortunately or unfortunately, that is essentially the exact topic covered in Power Friending. So I probably looked at it more critically than most people would, and that being said, still thought it was thorough, well written, and a very complete resource.

In a nutshell, author Amber Mac (MacArthur), offers a beginners guide to all things Social Media. And I don’t mean “beginner” in a derogatory sense. I mean that it’s the perfect resource for somebody who doesn’t know anything about social media, but wants to take in as much about the topic as possible. It’s a great primer for the basics of making social connections through emerging technologies on the constantly evolving “Web 2.0.” Continue reading

mentors, advisors, and coaches

How do you define a mentor, advisor, or business coach? Are they one in the same to you? I was honoured to be invited to an event last night by Enterprise Toronto, called Lessons from the Trenches. On the panel with me was AJ Jamani of Handsome Clothing, Edie Weiss of Radke Film Group, and … Continue reading


There are a lot of really great camps in this town, but one for freelancers has been missing. So… Announcing freelancecampTO. What is freelancecampTO? It’s already been worded perfectly: Freelance Camp is a place to discuss and explore the different approaches to running a successful freelance business / service company. We have based our events … Continue reading

may newsletter

Here’s our May newsletter. If you’d like to get this straight to your inbox, sign up at

work anywhere panel – nxnei

New this year at Toronto’s successful music and film festival, NxNE, is a highly anticipated interactive component, to take place June 14-16, and Camaraderie will be represented at NxNEi! Rachel will be on the panel for Work Anywhere. The description: New modes of working, innovative technologies and changing concepts of the workplace are all enabling … Continue reading

geek yoga

Join us for Geek Yoga on May 10! Yoga instructor Ailidh Briar will teach us how to stretch and breathe in an office environment to alleviate sedentary strain. Register at before May 8. Thinking of working from our space that day too? Drop-ins will be half price that day if you are participating in … Continue reading

ork poster!

We received a really fabulous gift from our friend Megan, it is a poster from Ork Posters. Have a look: We love the gift, and we love Meg for sending it to us. We’re probably going to get it properly framed, so it won’t be up on our walls just yet. Ork Posters is pretty … Continue reading

gigpark love

We’re honoured to receive such great recommendations through GigPark from people who have plugged in to our community and used our space for events and meetings. Thank you! Here’s a sample:

newsletter announcement

There are several ways you can get information about what’s happening at Camaraderie: twitter, our facebook page, our google group, the bulletin boards in our office, and of course this blog. However, while those are great ways to get information on the fly and as they happen, we will also be curating a newsletter with … Continue reading

Lessons from the Trenches: Toronto Success Stories

I’m honoured to have been asked to participate in a panel for Lessons From The Trenches: Toronto Success Stories with Enterprise Toronto the evening of Wed May 19. Entrepreneurs and freelancers are encouraged to attend, and I’d love to see many of you there. Register to attend: –ruyoung

cowhunt #2 video

Want to see just how fun the Cowhunt really was? Thanks again to all of our sponsors (Crumpler, Under the Weather, and Hair by Miranda), as well as to Biketree Productions for this video. And of course we thank the Cowhunters for participating and making it such a great day. We hope to see you … Continue reading

upcoming events at camaraderie

Our event calendar is filling up! Have a look at some great events that will be happening in our space in the next little while: * E-mail That Sets You Apart (workshop in the boardroom), Thu Apr 15, 10:30am to 11:30am * LinkedIn: Beyond the Basics (webcast in the boardroom), Tue Apr 20, 1:00pm-2:00pm * … Continue reading

cowhunt #2 wrap up

The annual Cowhunt is now complete. On Sat Apr 10 we had gorgeous weather and 20 awesomely eager participants who ran around the city solving clues, obtaining photographic evidence of themselves at the clue location, and racing back to the finish line. We’re looking forward to the videos from My City Lives and Biketree and … Continue reading

long weekend reduced hours

- photo by Wendy Piersall under a Creative Commons licence We’re still open on Fri because we know that not all freelancers get to take off the holidays, but will have reduced hours. Fri Apr 2: 12:00pm to 5:00pm Sat Apr 3: closed Sun Apr 4 closed Mon Apr 5: back to normal business hours, … Continue reading

camaraderie as your business address

- photo by Alexander Savin Great news for full and part time members: we can now accepting mail delivery for your letters and parcels. Your business can have a downtown address, which means no more fretting about having your home address on your business correspondence. Full time members will have this included in their membership, … Continue reading

coworking and small business taxes

A necessary part of being a small business owner is taxes. Small business owners already wear so many hats – sales, graphic designer, research and development, janitor, marketing – and accountant isn’t always one of the hats one would want to put on because it can be so daunting. We asked Rita Zelikman, Chartered Accountant, … Continue reading

new part time membership level

Some community members have expressed interest in an intermediate membership level, and we are happy to announce our new Part time membership level. For $175/mo, you can use the space for up to 10days/mo and Part time memberships include everything from the full time membership level. Meanwhile we will be limiting Daily Drop-ins to 4 … Continue reading

cowhunt #2

Who’s up for a city adventure? Last year we held our first annual Cowhunt, an urban adventure where participants solve clues, obtain proof, and get to the finish line. It was loads of fun and we are very excited to do it again. Join the #cowhunt on Sat Apr 10 for a day of fun … Continue reading

the pi(e) days of march

It’s March and do you know what’s coming up? Pi Day! And since Pi Day (Mar 14) falls on a Sun this year, we thought we’d broaden our appreciation for Pi (and pie) by offering two forms of free drop-in days. 1. Within the first two weeks of Mar, bring in a pie for a … Continue reading

week two – adding more and more

It’s our second week of operations, and so far it has been awesome. Last week we had a graphic designer, a sales rep, a writer, a corporate coach, an iPhone developer, an editor, an operations consultant, a web developer, a job seeker, and a few others come through our door. The diversity has been great, … Continue reading

Crush It: why now is the time to cash in on your passion – a book review

K Sawyer Paul of Gredunza Press reviewed Crush It: why now is the time to cash in on your passion. He had this to say about it: First things first: If you’re going to be swayed by this review of Crush It, buy the ebook, or the pdf, or however it’s being sold digitally. The … Continue reading

we are open!

We are open! Sure, it’s Family Day here in Ontario, but lonely freelancers are our family, and are welcome to come by today. We did a dry run on Sat to host CrisisCampTO, and all went well, so we are open today. Drop in for a coffee or tea and to see the space, and … Continue reading

Crowdsourcing: Why the power of the crowd is driving the future of business – a book review

K Sawyer Paul of Gredunza Press reviewed Crowdsourcing: Why the power of the crowd is driving the future of business. He had this to say about it: The cynical viewpoint of the modern Internet is that there are lots and lots of tiny businesses making millions of the backs of the masses who happily upload … Continue reading

not your typical entrepreneurs

A great introductory article to coworking in Inc magazine quotes Todd Sundsted, author of I’m Outta Here! How co-working is making the office obsolete. saying, “People who start businesses from co-working spaces are not your completely traditional entrepreneurs. They’ve got energy, they hook up with people, they start to collaborate, and start putting things together.” … Continue reading