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Written | 10 Apr 2021

Good news! Three of our four centres (St Pierre, Pierrefonds & Beau Plan) are reopening! And as we prepare for this, we highly recommend that members bear their share of responsibility and highly encourage all of you to respect social distancing and health precaution measures. On another note, we’re happy to have you back 😁

We’ve put together some Back To Work Guidelines for you. Here they are 👇

🧑‍🦰 Members

All members must:

  • Wear masks at all times
  • Ensure their employees and visitors are wearing masks
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided at all our centres upon entering
  • Monitor and record their employees’ temperature

↔️ Social distancing

  • Members should ensure social distancing of 1.5m as far as possible
  • Access to the coffee machine and kitchen appliances is limited to one person at a time

🗓 Meeting rooms

  • The meeting room will remain closed for now 
  • Special booking requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis 
  • After-use cleaning procedures will be operated by our staff

🍴 Kitchen

  • Each member will have to wash their own dishes for now
  • Members must keep mugs/cups at their desks and not on common shelves
  • Access to the kitchen sink will be limited to 1 person at the time
  • Food stored in the fridge must be in a container. Foods in their original packaging will not be accepted.
  • Food must be taken out from the fridge upon leaving to ensure daily fridge cleaning

🥪 Lunch and common areas

  • We highly recommend that members lunch at their own desks
  • In any case, we encourage staggered lunch times to avoid grouping during lunchtime
  • We encourage anyone to leave as soon as lunch is finished

💼 Visitors and customers

  • Visitors and customers will be allowed to enter our premises only if equipped with masks and gloves for safety and prevention measures
  • Members must monitor and record their visitors’ temperature
  • We recommend that customer visits be limited

🧽 The Hive cleaning procedures

  • Offices and desks will be cleaned on a daily basis (before working hours). We recommend you clear your desk out every evening so that we can clean it properly!
  • Cups, mugs and other personal belongings will not be cleaned by our staff
  • Common space areas will be cleaned on a daily basis (after working hours)
  • Fridges will be cleaned on a daily basis
  • Restrooms will be cleaned twice a day
  • Door handles will be cleaned with hydroalcoholic gel every two hours

Do you have questions or suggestions for us? Drop us an email here 👉  workplace@thehive.mu

Written | 22 Mar 2021

We’ve asked Deena Bhoyroo, Barrister at Law & one of our members, to tell us more about what she does & why she chose THE HIVE! She tells us everything here 👇

Who are you and what do you do?
I am a lawyer. I work with NGOs, groups and other associations to help those who are vulnerable or do not know the law and their rights, to educate and empower them.

I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK, previously the Head of the Faculty of Law and Criminology, as well as a Lecturer in Law at Aberystwyth University (Mauritius Branch Campus). I am also an expert for Mauritius in the World Bank’s Women Business and the Law Family Law Project.

What’s your definition of a world changer?
Someone with novel ideas to change the world, to make it a better place for everyone now and in the future.

Why THE HIVE?
My offices are in Port Louis and Pamplemousses, but I am now also available in St Pierre, Curepipe and Pierrefonds thanks to The Hive. I chose The Hive in order to be closer to people and to be able to help and educate more people across the island. We organise meetings and information sessions/workshops for people. It is not everyone that can travel to Port Louis, or attend an office between 9 to 4 from Monday to Friday as they also do work. The Hive’s opening hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m and its various locations spanned in different regions of Mauritius is perfect.

What do you love most about THE HIVE?
Its beautiful locations, the helpful and smiling people and Thursday Foot 5 sessions in Bagatelle

The Hive offers fully-serviced offices and coworking spaces to entrepreneurs, SMEs & students, allowing them to grow within a sustainable workplace community. Find out more about us by visiting our website 👈

Written | 15 Mar 2021

Another national lockdown and the feeling of déjà-vu has never been more real. While we’re locked in for the second time (COVID-19 be damned!), businesses who have resumed their activities post-lockdown are once again having to review the way they work for the next weeks or so. And if we’ve been through this once, it certainly doesn’t mean it gets any easier. As an SME ourselves, we’re not only saying it, we’re living it. So, just like we did the first time, we’re back to share news that helps us so that it can also help our members and other SMEs 👇

1️⃣  How to get government support
2️⃣ (Other) new COVID-19 schemes
3️⃣  Services and resources available
4️⃣ Virtual local events to attend

HOW TO GET GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

To help businesses navigate this challenging time, the Government Wage Assistance Scheme and the Self Employed Assistance Scheme have been extended for March 2021.

For all sectors (other than Tourism), the allowance will be payable for half a month based on the 15-day lockdown period.

💰 The amount
Rs 12,688 under the GWAS. The equivalent of a half month basic wage of all employees earning up to Rs 50, 375.

Rs 2,644 under the SEAS. A top up of Rs 94 compared to the last SEAS which amounted to Rs 2,550.

✅  Who’s eligible for the GWAS/SEAS?
The private sector
Approved or registered charitable institutions
Charitable trusts and charitable foundations
Self-employed individuals

🏝  Are you from the tourism sector? 
Financial assistance will be covered in full by the government for the month of March 2021, capped at Rs 25,375 per employee (for employees earning up to Rs 50, 375) under the GWAS. 

Under the SEAS, self-employed individuals in the tourism sector will benefit from a monthly allowance of Rs 5,287.

🖱 How to apply? 
Same as last year, you can apply via the Mauritius Revenue Authority’s website: www.mra.mu! More on that here 👈

(OTHER) NEW COVID-19 SCHEMES

A new lockdown means new COVID-19 schemes in support of self-employed individuals & SMEs! 💪 Here are the schemes & measures announced by the Minister of Finance last Friday 20/03:

👨‍💼 Self-Employed One Off Grant
Rs 10,000. This is the amount of the one-off grant to self-employed individuals, on top on the Rs 2,250 allocated via the SEAS!

🔓 SME Interest Free Loan
This scheme will allow SMEs to apply for loans up to Rs 100,000 with the Development Bank of Mauritius.

💵 SME COVID-19 Special Support
Apply for loans up to Rs 1M with the DBM at a preferential rate of 0.5% p.a. & a 1 year moratorium on capital repayments & interest.

➕  Extension of VAT Deadlines
The deadline for VAT payment for SMEs, initially scheduled for 31 March 2021, has been extended to 15 July 2021.

⏸ DBM 1-Year Moratorium
A 1-year moratorium on capital repayments & interest for existing DBM scheme loans.

SERVICES & RESOURCES AVAILABLE

🏦  Banks
Basic banking services are once again available to the public (and businesses). Strategic branches for all banks will remain open. Make sure to check out your bank service provider’s website for more information on operating regions and opening hours!

What you need to know:
Access will be granted by alphabetical order as per the communique issued by the Government:
Fees applicable to shared ATM services will be waived or refunded, giving you access to any ATM of any bank without paying any fee

More news to follow on the Bank of Mauritius’ website 👈


👨‍💼  SME Mauritius
While on Work From Home, SME Mauritius remains available on the phone for support. If you have any queries, login via their website to reach out to your dedicated officer. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for more news from them!


🗂  Business Mauritius’ SME Support
To provide more support to SMEs, Business Mauritius set up a webpage full of resources. From government financing mechanisms to the latest news in business and more, you will find useful information right there 👈

VIRTUAL LOCAL EVENTS TO ATTEND

A new lockdown means a number of virtual events you can attend in your free time. We’re adding our best picks over the next two weeks 👇

💻  Women’s Coding Day
Saturday 20th @ 10AM

Le Wagon Women’s Coding Day is a full day workshop dedicated to women who want to learn how to code. Who’s it for? Complete beginners!

What will you learn?
Discover HTML and CSS
Learn how to integrate APIs through several examples of web APIs in your daily life
How to: define a UX product pitch, create a user persona, identify a core user journey and design a User Flow

Sign up here 👉  https://info.lewagon.com/womens-coding-day-mauritius


🔢  Managing Finance through Difficult Time for SMEs
Wednesday 17th @ 3PM

Hosted by SME Mauritius, this workshop will teach you:
Optimisation of costs (costing & pricing strategy)
Working capital management (cash, stocks & debts)
Budgeting (forecasting)

Hosting a business webinar during the lockdown?
Let us know & we’ll add it right in ✌️

Written | 08 Mar 2021

Following the recent local cases of COVID-19 announced by the government during the past few days, we’d like to provide a small update!

Here are our procedures & what we strongly recommend 👇

1. Members

  • Wear masks at all times
  • Encourage employees and visitors to wear masks
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided at all our centres upon entering

2. Social distancing

  • Ensure social distancing of 1.5m as far as possible
  • Limit access to the coffee machine and kitchen appliances to one person at a time

3. Meeting rooms

  • Meeting rooms will accommodate up to 4 people only
  • Cleaning procedures after use will be operated by our cleaning staff

4. Kitchen

  • Wash your own dishes
  • Keep mugs/cups at your desks and not on common shelves
  • Limit access to the kitchen sink to 1 person at the time
  • Food stored in the fridge must be in a container. Foods in their original packaging will not be accepted.
  • Food must be taken out from the fridge on Friday to ensure weekly fridge cleaning

5. Lunch and common areas

  • We highly recommend that members lunch at their own desks
  • In any case, we encourage staggered lunch times to avoid grouping during lunchtime
  • We encourage anyone to leave as soon as lunch is finished

6. Visitors and customers

  • Visitors and customers will be allowed to enter our premises only if equipped with masks for safety and prevention measures
  • We recommend that customer visits be limited

7. The Hive cleaning procedures

  • Offices and desks will be cleaned on a daily basis (before working hours). We recommend you clear your desk out every evening so that we can clean it properly!
  • Cups, mugs and other personal belongings will not be cleaned by our staff
  • Common space areas will be cleaned on a daily basis (after working hours)
  • Fridges will be cleaned on a weekly basis
  • Restrooms will be cleaned every hour
  • Door handles will be cleaned with hydroalcoholic gel every two hours

Do you have questions or suggestions for us? Drop us an email here 👉  workplace@thehive.mu

Written | 10 Feb 2021

  Let’s start with the history of coffee…
The word “coffee” entered the English language in 1582 via the Dutch koffie, borrowed from the Ottoman Turkish kahve, in turn borrowed from the Arabic qahwah (and we “borrowed” this information from wikipedia 😬 ). Anyway, it is believed that coffee dates back to 850 Ad but no one can exactly tell. And so the legend says that it was discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi (long and more accurate story here) who found out about the stimulating effects of coffee. And now years and years later, no one at work can go one day without a cup (or multiple cups) of coffee.

🏢  …and more on coffee at the workplace!
Well, coffee breaks initially date back to 1952 from an ad campaign which had the slogan “Give yourself a coffee-break and get what coffee gives to you”. Fast forward to now, where people at work statistically leave their place for an average 20 minutes to get their daily dose of caffeine. If you have any doubt about this, all of us at THE HIVE are living proof of that and that’s why coffee has such an important place in our workplaces. Aaaand that’s also how the Happy Blend, our specialty coffee, was born in 2019.

🦤  Where it all started for us
The Happy Blend was the result of our strong belief that great coffee is a catalyst for a great day. And after three years of subpar can-be-found-anywhere coffee, we absolutely needed good coffee and, most importantly, one that’s as local as possible. That’s how Dodo Café came into play…

🇲🇺  Our commitment to local
Dodo Café’s is a local artisan coffee roastery and the first specialty coffee roastery on the island. Established in 1990, they have been developing their passion for coffee for 30 years now. How do they do it? By sourcing some of the best coffee beans around the world and roasting & blending them right here on our little island to produce premium coffee. Choosing them as our supplier was a no-brainer!

😃  And how the Happy Blend was born
Now that we had our local partner, we wanted something truly special, something just for us, something you could not find anywhere else. With 70% Arabica from Tanzania, 15% Robusta from India and 15% Moka from Ethiopia, The Happy Blend was and is everything we wanted: a locally roasted and blended coffee mixing the best of Africa & India. Stepping foot in any of our four workplaces, you really just can’t miss the smell of it and of course the sound of the coffee grinding!

👉  So what now?
It’s been a whole year of Happy Blend at all our workplaces around the island. The coffee machine has become an emblematic part of THE HIVE and the coffee itself a taste you would recognise every time you have a sip of it (It’s true, ask our members!). Whether it’s a cappuccino flavoured with honey from Les Ruchers Senneville (a locally-made honey available at all our workplaces) or just your regular Americano, the Happy Blend was made with one belief: Every coworking day should start with a taste of happiness!

➡️  Available (but not for sale) only at THE HIVE: Join us today!

Written | 03 Dec 2020

Les “Business Suites by The Hive” chez Sun Resorts, c’est pour bientôt ! On vous parle de notre nouveau partenariat avec le groupe hôtelier Sun Resorts, de ce que nous réservons à notre communauté dès janvier avec cette offre et comment ces nouveaux espaces de travail s’allient à une expérience hôtelière donnant ainsi tout son sens au Workspitality.

Business Suites by The Hive
Des espaces de suites d’affaires entièrement équipés, voilà ce que nous proposerons au sein des hôtels Sun Resorts (pour l’instant à La Pirogue et au Sugar Beach). Avec nos Business Suites pouvant accueillir 1 à 3 personnes, nous ramenons ainsi la flexibilité de nos espaces actuels dans un environnement prestigieux. Et si vous vous demandez quand celles-ci seront disponibles, nous vous retrouverons sur la côte ouest de l’île dès janvier 2021 !

« Qui dit offres exclusives, dit services exclusifs. Vous retrouverez ainsi compris dans votre adhésion toutes les prestations dignes d’un hôtel 5-étoiles. Conciergerie, le Sun Resorts members club, restaurants, spas, salles de sports, plages idylliques…le Workspitality un cran au-dessus ».

Le Coworking Exclusif au Sun Resorts
En sus des suites d’affaires, notre partenariat comprendra aussi des espaces de coworking exclusifs, situés au cœur même du clubhouse du Sun Resorts. La combinaison parfaite d’espaces de partages et de services d’hôtellerie. Ces espaces exclusifs seront aussi disponibles en janvier, avec des offres d’adhésions mensuelles à partir de Rs 12,000/mois.

Et le plus dans tout ça…
Qui dit offres exclusives, dit services exclusifs. Vous retrouverez ainsi compris dans votre adhésion toutes les prestations dignes d’un hôtel 5-étoiles. Conciergerie, le Sun Resorts members club, restaurants, spas, salles de sports, plages idylliques…le Workspitality un cran au-dessus.

Mais ce n’est pas tout, que vous soyez en coworking exclusif ou en Business Suite, notre fameux accès multisite en fera aussi partie, permettant ainsi une flexibilité unique à travers toute l’île !

« Nous sommes ravis de ce partenariat avec The Hive qui nous permet d’accueillir une nouvelle clientèle qui souhaite allier travail et plaisir, tout en profitant des avantages d’une expérience hôtelière haut de gamme », déclare François Eynaud, le CEO de Sun Resorts.

Encore plus de flexibilité
Changer le working lifestyle des Mauriciens : notre grande mission, notre raison même d’exister ! « Aujourd’hui avec Sun Resorts nous allons pousser encore plus loin notre définition du Workspitality et continuer d’offrir à notre communauté grandissante de nouvelles expériences sur leur lieu de travail », précise notre CEO, Cyril Quintyn.

Plus de flexibilité, un service exclusif et un savoir-faire 5-étoiles, soit une offre adaptée aux tendances actuelles, que vous soyez homme ou femme d’affaires, entrepreneur ou ‘digital nomad’ à la recherche d’un lieu de travail de prestige.

« Ce concept inédit permettra également de rassembler la clientèle locale avec la clientèle internationale en un seul lieu, où échanges, rencontres et partages sont possibles », rajoute François Eynaud.

Quand et comment ?
Les “Business Suites by The Hive”, ainsi que nos espaces de coworking exclusifs seront opérationnels au courant du mois de janvier ! Donc si vous souhaitez commencer l’année sous les cocotiers, nous sommes joignable ici :

THE HIVE workplace
T.  +230 460 0000
E.  workplace@thehive.mu
W.  www.thehive.mu 

Sun Resorts
W.  www.work-stay-play.com/work/

Written | 09 Oct 2020

While we’re still adjusting to the “new normal,” we’ve already seen a lot of changes in the way we work, and many of us have now opted to work from home. But working from home has a few limits when it comes to business. With no professional business address to receive your mails, no professional location to meet your clients, a lack of focus you might only find in an office setting…

Enter Virtual Office: for those who don’t always need an office, but need to run their business like they had one! Virtual Office fills in where Work From Home can’t, with a professional address for your business, mail reception, scan & send, meeting room & day office access. And how’s that important for your business? It’s all here 👇

Corporate business address & mail management

The main feature of Virtual Office is a professional business address. It’s the solution for those who don’t really need a physical office but still need a “place.” With an address assigned to your business, not only will you get a really great, really professional address to get your mails delivered right at a central business location, but all your mails will be managed by a dedicated team: mail reception, email notification or even scanning & sending of mails for fast & paperless delivery! ♻️

Business legitimacy

Working from home is great, until you realise your home address just does not quite cut it for your business! Why? Because the perception and professionalism that comes with a physical office (or the appearance of one!) is crucial to build reputation and credibility, especially if you’re still building up your client base. Why’s that so? Well, what clients want to see is a professional and reliable business, and sometimes that just starts with an address that’s not your home address! 🏡

Low cost & easy setup

If there’s one thing that’s for sure with Virtual Office (v/s an actual physical office), it’s that it is much much easier to set up and…boy, is it cheaper! Setting up your business in a Virtual Office operated location is just a document away and it allows you to use your new & freshly registered address in no time. The cost? Cheaper than paying rent, no doubt. But really, packages can start as low as Rs 1,250 per month depending on the services you opt for. Not bad for an office!

Physical place to meet & work

While working from home sounds great, sometimes you still need a place to meet or work! That’s when additional features like Meeting Room and Day Use Office access included in your Virtual Office membership comes in handy. This way you can meet clients in a business setting and not in your living room 👎

At THE HIVE, we’re taking this to the next level with our Virtual Office + and Virtual Office ++. Get full access to our meeting rooms and day offices at ALL our workplaces around the island. Yep, that’s 4 locations (St Pierre, Curepipe, Pierrefonds & Beau Plan) to meet clients closer to where they are and get your team all in one place for work sessions!

Support for scaling

When businesses grow quickly, scaling can become a bit of a hassle. Accommodating for more employees brings challenges that some of us could do without (read: relocation and the additional costs it incurs). With a Virtual Office, there’s really none of that since it’s…wait for it…virtual 🤯 So, you can scale up your business whenever you need it without either:

1) Having to choose between cramping all your new employees into the small space you’re renting; or

2) Signing a big fat check to relocate somewhere bigger

Setting up your Virtual Office at THE HIVE

Virtual Office at THE HIVE is the best of all the above, with three memberships:

✉️ Virtual Office

Our basic offer gets you the very best of Virtual Office: your professional address at THE HIVE, mail reception & email notifications!

✉️ 🗓 Virtual Office +

And if you want to get more from your Virtual Office: sign up to our Virtual Office + and add Scan & Send and Meeting Room access to your monthly package!

✉️ 🗓 🖥 Virtual Office ++

The ultimate Virtual Office membership with Day Use Office access for those who need a place to work a couple of times a month.

Get your address today!

Written | 06 Aug 2020

More than one-third of small businesses lack social media presence. Shocking? Well not when their priorities lie elsewhere, with the top one being cash flow management. Still, in making time for social media, local SMEs have a lot to win and even more so in this new normal. As the trends show clear growth in social media use year after year, these numbers alone might just be the reason to go social. Let’s have a look at how the trends in social media use make it worth it (and other reasons why!) 📈

What do the trends say?*

If we’re going global…

There are 3.80 billion people on social media (that’s 2 923 times our population 💥) who spend an average 6 hours and 43 minutes on the internet, 2 hours 24 minutes of which are spent on…you guessed it: social media!

…and if we go local

  • 840 000 of us are on social media
  • 760 000 of us are on Facebook, which means that on Facebook alone, your ads can reach up to 70% vs. our population
  • On Instagram, you can reach 22% vs. our population (with 240 000 local users)
  • LinkedIn? 28% vs. our population (with 280 000 users)

TL;DR?

(Kind of) Everyone’s on social media and your business should too!

Looking for other reasons why? We’ve got a few more 👇

Other reason 1️⃣: Could it BE any easier?**

Social media marketing has often been left to specialists because, for something that seems easy, it’s really not (that’s why it’s a whole job in the first place!). But if you’re getting started? Well, for that, it’s getting easier and easier.

First off, a lot of it is accessible and fairly easy to grasp. With platforms lowering their barrier to entry, this means that small business owners everywhere now have more opportunities to create their own ads and reach their audience in a few clicks. To clear out any doubts, just think: if it’s good enough, get it out. 840K users in Mauritius alone, remember? There’s plenty of time to learn and get better! You got this 💪

“54% of people believe that businesses engaged with clients and followers on Facebook are more focused on providing better service than those that did not.

Other reason 2️⃣: You’re (probably) already good at it

If there’s one thing that pretty much any social media goes on and on about, it’s community. As a small business, chances are you already are very community-focused. And as the need for 1:1 connection surges (especially post-COVID), the sense of community found typically in local small businesses offline will work just as well (and even wider) on social media. This means one thing: you’ve built your community (no matter how small) and you can grow it even bigger on social media. So take what you know and bring it online!

Other reason 3️⃣: It’s all about branding

If all the trends in social media use mean anything, above anything else they mean: brand awareness. With over 70% of the population on social media, that’s surely one way to get your business out there and right in front of everyone’s s̶a̶l̶a̶d̶ eyes. #smallisbeautiful, why not show it?

Because as consumers’ use of social media increases, it’s more and more the place they’re looking for for product and branding information. And if this is the place where people come to know your brand, it is also the place where they become loyal customers. Plus, being on social media just makes your brand shine: 54% of people believe that businesses engaged with clients and followers on Facebook are more focused on providing better service than those that did not.

“50% of small businesses agree social media helps them increase sales and within five years, 70% of them see ROI

Other reason 4️⃣: Think cheap(er)

Going social is free for the most part and the “free” can get the job done if you just want to be out there. However, if you’re looking for that “70% of the population” ad reach, you’ll have to swipe that card! But the good news is: even then, advertising on social media is much cheaper than traditional advertising. Got $1? That’s enough for Facebook! Well, you get what we mean: it’s just cheap(er) 🏷

Other reason 5️⃣: Get leads, make sales!

If it’s easy to communicate about your brand, it’s also never been easier for customers to express their interest in it. This makes lead generation one of the biggest benefits of social media advertising. And ultimately all the branding, community fostering and the lead generation takes you to one place: sales. More proof: more than 50% of small businesses agree social media helps them increase sales and within five years, 70% of them see ROI. The bottom line really is that no matter what you’re selling, social media can help you sell it.

TL;DR?

(Kind of) Everyone’s on social media and your business should too!

*Our trend source: The Digital Global Report 2020 by Hootsuite. Get it here 👈

**We took the “Which Friends character are you?” Buzzfeed quiz and yes, we got Chandler Bing!

Written | 09 Jul 2020

The freelance economy is a labour market for one-off jobs, where companies hire self-employed individuals — freelancers — to undertake a specific job over a specific period of time.

With the shift towards self-employment and the advantages it entails, the freelance economy has grown over the years, currently being the strongest it has ever been in decades. Better yet, it is undoubtedly bound to grow more with Forbes describing freelancing as “a force in the new economy” since the COVID-19 outbreak.

And this growth comes with more options to freelancers and the companies that hire them, says a 2019 report by Upwork, thus providing companies with benefits they would not be able to access in a traditional labour market. What are those benefits? We’ve listed the top reasons why small businesses (and big ones too!) should hire freelancers and where to find them.

Why should SMEs hire freelancers?

💰 Savings

Hiring freelancers allows businesses to optimise their operational costs, as they come with lower overheads. For SMEs particularly, freelancer work can help them check off one-off growth projects, crossing off the need for employee training while allowing employees focus on what they are already good at!

And while hourly rates may seem high, assigning one-off jobs to freelancers can still save businesses up to 30% a year.

🔄 Flexibility

By the nature of their job, freelancers are more flexible than part-time and full-time employees. Not locked up in traditional work hours, they set up their own schedule and often have more room for adaptability.

Freelance work also allows companies to hire only when they need to get a specific job done, allowing them to concurrently work with a network of freelancers with different skill sets and covering a wide variety of fields. This flexibility can be an essential part of business growth for SMEs.

🔝 Expertise

Freelancers are more often than not experts in their fields and this means one thing: they get things done and they get things done fast! According to a study by Upwork, 83% of clients said that hiring freelancers has sped up turnaround times for their projects.

And since they know how to get the job done, they are the perfect match for SMEs who are looking for top-tier talents to complete specific projects that will add value to their business!

So now, where to find them?

Now that we’ve established the why, you might wonder where to find the right freelancer for the job? Here’s a list:

1. MeetYourJob

MeetYourJob launched a Freelancing platform that links freelancers to the companies looking to hire them for specific jobs. Through the platform, companies register their “mission” what kind of jobs they are looking to complete and MeetYourJob will find you the right freelancer for the job!

👉 Find out more here

2. Digital Moris

If you’re looking to up your company’s digital marketing game, there’s no doubt you will find what you need within the Digital Marketing Mauritius community. With over 1300 professionals, browse for the right person from a wide range of fields: SEO, Community Management, Web Development and more.

👉 It’s all there

3. Upwork

On Upwork, one of the leading global freelancing platforms, you’ll find a number of freelancers from Mauritius (and elsewhere!), from developers to designers, copywriters, campaign managers, marketers and more. Post your job and Upwork will shortlist the best freelancers for what you’re looking for!

👉 Get started here

And if you’re a freelancer…

Head over to MeetYourJob’s freelance platform, join their community, get hired for your first mission AND get 1 month of free coworking at The Hive! Yep, we’re nice like that 😎

Written | 01 Jul 2020

Petit entretien avec nos membres, Olivier et Céline de Rescue Emergency Ambulance. Ils nous parlent de leur parcours, de leur mission : « le secours à la portée de tous » et de leurs futurs projets 👇

Parlez-nous de vous…qui êtes-vous et que faites-vous ?

Olivier Brunel: Franco-mauricien, j’ai plus de 15 ans d’expérience dans le domaine du secours. J’ai obtenu mon diplôme d’ambulancier en France, où j’ai exercé plusieurs années pour une société d’ambulance. Puis j’ai poursuivi ma carrière en Suisse, pays reconnu pour avoir un niveau supérieur et autonome dans les prises en charge du secours à la personne.

J’ai obtenu avec succès mon diplôme de Technicien Ambulance en Suisse pour exercer sur le canton de Genève.

Parallèlement, j’officie en tant que Sapeur-Pompier dans le département de la Haute-Savoie en France. J’ai l’avantage d’avoir acquis de l’expérience dans 2 pays avec des systèmes de secours totalement différents !

Après plusieurs années de réflexions sur le secours à Maurice, je décide de me lancer dans une grande aventure pour mettre à disposition mon expérience et mes compétences pour mon pays. Dr Céline Kaiser: Originaire de Suisse, j’ai effectué mes études à l’Université de Genève et obtenu mon Diplôme Fédérale de Médecin. Passionnée par les urgences et le secours préhospitalier, j’ai exercé aux urgences adultes des HUG et j’ai travaillé pour l’entreprise d’ambulance Swiss Ambulance Rescue.

J’ai suivi de nombreuses formations et je suis ainsi certifiée ACLS et réanimateur médico-chirurgical. J’ai participé à des congrès toujours sur les thèmes de la médecine générale et des urgences. Suite à une sélection de l’Université de Médecine de Genève, j’ai été retenue pour présenter ma recherche médicale au congrès international « WONCA ».

Après de nombreuses discussions avec Olivier, et grâce à mon bagage en médecine et secours, j’ai décidé de venir transmettre une partie de mon savoir et savoir-faire, ainsi que l’expertise médicale suisse, au travers de l’entreprise REA pour la population de l’Île Maurice.

« Notre désir et but est d’importer un savoir-faire international et de promouvoir le secours à personne afin de faire de Maurice un exemple en terme de secours de proximité pour toute l’Afrique de l’Est »

Que faites-vous à Rescue Emergency Ambulance (REA) ?

DCK: REA voit le jour le 4 juin 2018 après plusieurs années de réflexions et de prospections sur le secours à l’Ile Maurice. Notre désir et but est d’importer un savoir-faire international et de promouvoir le secours à personne afin de faire de Maurice un exemple en terme de secours de proximité pour toute l’Afrique de l’Est. Pour cela, nous agissons sur le premier maillon de la chaine de survie: la population de 9 à 99 ans.

Au vu des nombreux facteurs de risque cardiovasculaire (diabète, hypertension, tabac, …) et donc du risque élevé de problème cardiaque pouvant toucher n’importe lequel d’entre nous, notre objectif est de former chaque individu aux gestes de réanimation cardiovasculaire et à l’utilisation des défibrillateurs. Ces défibrillateurs doivent être distribués et accessible dans le maximum d’espace privé et public car cet appareil a déjà fait ses preuves pour augmenter les chances de survie en cas d’arrêt cardiaque.

Nous allons donc promouvoir leur vente avec des appareils de qualité à prix abordable et sensibiliser un maximum de personnes à leur utilisation avec une formation BLS-AED reconnue par une attestation d’une validité de 2 ans. Dans l’idée d’équiper les services de secours avec du matériel de qualité et accessible, nous vendons en plus des défibrillateurs tous les équipements que l’on peut trouver dans une ambulance: spineboard, monitoring, brancard, chaise d’évacuation, etc.

« Nous visons à ce que tout le monde soit capable de porter secours en cas d’arrêt cardiaque car les premières minutes sont les plus importantes »

« Le secours à la portée de tous », qu’est-ce que cela représente pour vous ?

OB: « Le secours à la portée de tous » englobe la vision globale de l’entreprise avec ses différentes branches. De par cette devise, nous visons à ce que tout le monde soit capable de porter secours en cas d’arrêt cardiaque car les premières minutes sont les plus importantes et chacun de nous peut porter secours à son prochain peu importe son degré de formation, son métier et son expérience.

Et cette formation BLS-AED ?

DCK: La formation Basic Life Support-Automated External Defibrillator (BLS-AED) consiste à avoir les réflexes appropriés face à une victime d’urgence vitale tout en assurant sa propre sécurité avec des actions simples mais efficaces et l’utilisation d’un défibrillateur. Le but est de démocratiser l’utilisation des défibrillateurs pour toute la population, ce qui reste encore trop rare sur le territoire. La formation est destinée à toute personne entre 9 et 99 ans motivé à apprendre et secourir son prochain.

En quoi est-elle importante ?

DCK: Cette formation est importante puisque, le jour où l’un de vos amis ou parents ou collègues, fait un malaise cardiaque et s’écroule devant vous, vous saurez comment réagir pour lui donner le maximum de chances de survie. Être mieux armé permet de mieux réagir en situation d’urgence !

De futurs projets ?

OB: Notre futur projet est de créer un service sanitaire avec des professionnels du secours préhospitaliers.

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