Many people strive for the freedom that working for themselves and freelancing brings. You can work odd hours in your pajamas at home, travel to exotic locales but still be on the job, not have to clock in at an office. After the initial exhilaration of being independent cools a bit, there is something missing — co-workers and the social environment that working for a company can bring. Enter Co-Working. Co-Working is an idea that independent workers still want and need social interaction and structure during working hours. Going stir crazy working in your living room? Can’t stand that Madonna remix album they keep repeating at the cafe? Want to bounce your ideas off some other geeks? Co-Working!
We started our Co-Working experience at The Hat Factory, here in San Francisco. The most unexpected benefit, beside meeting great people, was the ability to separate work time from relax time - not an easy task for a freelancer. Our day schedule looked like this: Get up, go to Hat Factory, work for 6-8 hours, come home, put the computer to sleep, cook dinner, watch a movie… Hey, we didn’t end up working for 12 hours today! We have a sustainable, not-burnt-out life outside our work! Thanks, Co-Working!
Thanks to Brad Neuberg and Chris Messina and Tara Hunt, from Citizen Space, for sitting down with us and explaining how Co-Working got started and what it all means. Get involved in starting your own Co-Working space by connecting to the folks already doing it! Check out the Co-Working Wiki, Blog and E-mail list.
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