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Where You Can Meet Comrades in Battle

It can be pretty lonely to be a freelancer or an entrepreneur, especially if you don’t have a business partner. I’ve often spoken to members who have escaped about the myth vs. reality surrounding escape. If you go from having colleagues and a clear job description to becoming a solo startup operator, there can be something depressing about having an empty inbox and sitting alone at home at the kitchen table at around 11am on a weekday.

The psychological price of entrepreneurship has been explored in this article as one that is rarely talked about.

“Successful entrepreneurs achieve hero status in our culture. We idolize the Mark Zuckerbergs and the Elon Musks. And we celebrate the blazingly fast growth of the Inc. 500 companies. But many of those entrepreneurs, like Smith, harbor secret demons: Before they made it big, they struggled through moments of near-debilitating anxiety and despair – times when it seemed everything might crumble.”

Each aspiring entrepreneur has their own mechanisms to dealing with bumps in the road.  Personally, I’ve found the most resilience in befriending comrades in battle – finding fellow entrepreneurs at a similar stage in the journey. Once you meet others who are facing similar questions and demons, everything becomes much easier.

But where do you meet them? Especially if you work from home?

We’ve partnered with Adam Street Private Members’ Club to run regular weekly events for Escape members, which you can read more about here.

We’re also inviting Escape members to a social gathering hosted by Adam Street Club on February 6th, from 7pm. RSVP here.

The club is our base in London and home to so many entrepreneurs in this city. It exists to help people anywhere on the journey to becoming a successful Escapee, whether they’re still in their jobs and hoping to network into new opportunities, or whether they’ve already quit and are looking for a base from which to work.

The night is a get together for current friends and members of the club and will be very relaxed. A great unofficial networking opportunity and chance to scope out the club and its members, and introduce yourself to Sari, the Membership Manager there. She has promised us a special deal for any Escapees that talk to her on the night.

This deal involves wiping the joining fee for evening membership. Usually the joining fee is £195. The price for Evening membership, which allows free access to the club from 6pm Mon-Sat (doors do not close before 1am, there is a licence til 3am), and their diary of events, are £20 per month or £200 for the year. This could be useful for those who want to make the first step to becoming part of the club but don’t quite require a full membership yet.

Sari is also offering a half price joining fee for Full membership – £95 instead of £195. Fees for Full membership, which allows free access to the club whenever it is open (8.30am –  at least 1am Mon-Fri & 6pm – 2/3am Sat), their diary of events and more, is £50 per month or £500 for the year. This is much cheaper than other co-working spaces in London.

Finding comrades in battle is a process, like anything else. Great friendships aren’t forged overnight. But every friendship begins with just one conversation. And we hope that by opening up spaces for conversation at places like Adam Street Club, the Escape community will be able to enjoy meeting one another in a face-to-face setting.

If you have any other questions, just email adele@escapethecity.org.

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