Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Co-working


So I am less crazy today than I was yesterday, maybe because I got my full quota of sleep last night, and I'm getting really intrigued by the notion of co-working spaces. It turns out they are proliferating in Manhattan, and that I am not the only freelancer ever to discover that endless days of working from home, while a delicious freedom, can also be lonely. I think I've found one I'm going to try next week, just a few blocks from my home, which makes it all the more likely I'll actually go there. These spaces generally have a loft like ambiance and exposed brick walls and a sort of industrial chic vibe. It could be really useful for those weeks when I have a deadline and just need to power through the writing, and every distraction possible is catching my attention at home. One of my friends, a very busy ghostwriter, might also join. We had cubicles next to one another at a magazine years ago and it would be great to look up from my labors and see her working away again. It's like having the perks of an office community, but without the corporate bosses, which at this stage sounds absolutely perfect to me.

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  1. This kind of makes me want to weep in envy.

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    1. Well, Elizabeth, we'll see how it works in practice! Maybe it's an entrepreneurial opportunity for LA? There are economic development organizations funding these things nationally. How do I know? Because I spent today researching these spaces instead of working!

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  2. I love how you identified a problem (isolation) and figured out a solution.
    Yes. Perfect.

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  3. What a great idea! I never heard of this before "co-working spaces." It definitely would help me keep focused sometimes to have a place like this to go to.

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    1. Andrea, google co-working spaces for your area. I'll bet you find some!

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  4. we have something like that here in beacon. it's called beehive. writers love it

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    1. Michelle, i think it's the workplace of the future!

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  5. It's catching on here in DC too! PS, I was in NYC this weekend and I thought of you often :)

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    1. SJ, hope you enjoyed yourself! Did you get to walk the High Line?

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  6. ahhhh man. this looks wonderful. I would love the space to work alone and comfortably like this.

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    1. Candice, there are tons of such spaces in the city now!

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  7. I used to think working from home would be a dream come true but I know me. It would turn into an endless nap.

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    1. Birdie, for some reason I never nap in the day. But I can definitely get distracted with other things!

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  8. What a great space! Do you have an assigned cubicle -- a space that is consistently yours whenever you need it? It would be great to be able to get to know the people sitting around you and that kind of thing.

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    1. Steve, that's just one space. They all have a particular artist space appeal. They're so cool looking you want to go there and work. You pay for the day pass of course, or you can join monthly or annually. I'm going to do the day pass till I see how it works for me.

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  9. Lovely idea. We have something like that Woodstock. It is usually crowded all day long.

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    1. Lisa, I adore Woodstock! So many artists and writers, no wonder its crowded all the time.

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  10. Ah! Brilliant. So much going on here in your world Angella. It feels rich and deep.
    xxoo

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    1. Yolie, rich and deep sometimes. Sometimes I am under water its so deep. LOL

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  11. Wow! I love it. Sounds like a great idea. Wishing you days of inspiration.

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  12. It looks like a very elegant space. I’d probably spend a lot of time just working ‘in my head’, sitting on a sofa. And interrupting a co worker’s thoughts.

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    1. Friko, welcome! Is this the first time you've commented here? I home you come by often!

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  13. Wow, that space is amazing. I'm a wee bit envious too. I hope it works well for you. You deserve it. xo

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    1. Thank you, dear Mel! I haven't actually worked there yet but somehow knowing I can has made my working at home all the more productive. Go figure.

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  14. This is what I love about NYC. City of marvels. Do it!

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    1. Brittany, I will indeed! I will report back in when I do!

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