The Autumn Equinox – Digital Nomads return to Saltwater Split
After what felt - and was - a long, hot Summer - the season to be productive again is here. And, quick plug for our new much needed service - we now have officialnew digital nomad coworking accommodation partners. Get in touch and get a better rate than nightly AirBnB or Booking prices. We've been doing this unofficially since we opened. We just made it more streamlined.
Plug over. Now for the blog.
For those in the digital nomad space, the Summer months - while they attract the most visitors to Split, are the slowest in digital nomad land. Split accommodation prices are high. Everyone is out on the beach, enjoying beers or entertaining guests who are here - for a mix of business and pleasure. Let it be clear: WORK still gets done. Just not at a desk. It's out on a boat. An island konoba. And in our case, out in the fields. (Link in Croatian - we endured the heatwave to start a smartag project with GrowObservatory- more on this soon). The beauty of running a Mediterranean coworking space is this is what summer in Croatia is all about. It's a landscape which demands diversifying your offer, being inventive, connecting, and with the skills shortage - finding and holding onto remarkable people when you find them. Oh and enjoying cocktails by the beach as your reward.
Saltwater was open, but running at low speed and for those who desperately needed wifi, a chair and block of peace-time to get work done… before heading for drinks and dinner.
Personally, I had the family visiting. They're still here - as September really is the best month to be here. I’ve been ducking back to Split as often as I can - and working on some things which will be announced once I get the time to sit and write in the workspace.
For now - I’ll share a reminder of my Why for opening a space (which is a steep learning curve, but depending on your Why, the rewards are worth it). It's Monday. Summer is over. Ready to tackle the admin for the week. Enter Greg, Andrea and Jonathan. All a bit on the fence about how long they’d work - by the end of the day, all confirming they’re back tomorrow.
Greg got 3 business recommendations, scored a client deal over in the lucky seat (I’ve had two projects awarded in the same spot, under the handmade textile seagulls). And we all chatted about digital nomad life, trends, the best coffee in Split and where to eat.
Andrea’s on a different timezone, needing evening calls - and our building is currently only open regular hours… but when you can mix up the day a little, get a dose of productivity, meet new people who you can soundboard with while solo or couples on the road - have a meal then head home for the evening shift, a workspace like ours fits the 'evening shift' digital nomad, too.
Coworking spaces aren’t money makers (how you structure your offer is the key). For us, it’s our ag and eco-wildlife projects, and services for digital nomads in Croatia - particularly the coast.
It was great to be back (almost) full-time at Saltwater Riva again.
There was a moment when I saw Greg on the balcony, staring out at the harbour, boats, etc. in a state of peace. It’s moments like these you know being in (and near) Saltwater is sign you're on the right path.
More news on these other exciting projects, once our new team member starts and more fun begins. Seems all the projects we pitched for have come in at once. Extremely grateful. And we're always open to people needing a fresh start in life and who want to experience Dalmatia while doing it. Especially women! We've been there.