I’ve been interested in Coworking since 2009, yet I haven’t found a place to call home. Now that spring has officially sprung, I think it time for me to bring back my Coworking Experiment. Six years ago after working from home for a while, I start to get a real bad case of cabin fever. I needed to get out and back into the real world.
So I decided to embark on a journey of finding a place to work from and document my experience on my blog. Fast forward to 2017, I think I want to do it again but before I do let’s take a trip down memory lane and get an update on some locations.
I got started in November of 2011. Over the span of 8 months, I visited nine locations and only spend $58.00, all of which was transportation. The cost of a single fare in New York City was $2.25 back then. My costs would have been much higher if I had to pay to work at the different locations, which would probably be the case this time around. Of course my first couple of stops were to my local libraries.
I was able to find some neat places to work through a website called Loosecubes, which is no longer in business. Loosecubes was a website that you could use to locate open desks and you could go to the places and work for the day. During the summer of 2012, they hosted a challenge in which you could check out these places for free.
This is why I mention earlier my only expense from this experiment was from transportation. Shortly there after they switch to a closed membership where you needed an invitation to signup and then eventually they closed their doors. It was a bummer when that happen there but there are now other sites and apps to filled the void. My favorite location by far was the 3rd Ave Regents Business Center.
Although, there was a lack of communication as far of my reservation, I love working out of an actual office. It made me feel so professional and it didn’t hurt that I knew the neighborhood being that I used to work a couple of blocks down from there.
My second favorite would go to REV based on the decor. It was super cool. It was one of the three places that I was considering joining. The only downside for me was it was in the city and in an area didn’t have many places to eat. I am used to having a variety of Fast Food Chains or $1 pizza slices or just places where I can get something to eat that cheap and fast.
Other than that it was great environment to work at. They had different workstations and it was quiet enough to take phone calls. The other two locations I was considering were Bitmap Creative Labs and Greenpoint.
As I read through my old posts on the location that I had visited and see that many are now closed. This saddens me. I wish I had found a work home and help kept the doors open as an active member. However, at the time an opportunity presented itself, which is why my journey came to an end.
Now today in order to reboot this experiment I will have to start my research all over again but I am up for the challenge. In the meantime libraries and myself will be the best of friends. Speaking of which, I was also upset with the closure of the Business & Career Library Branch last year in a deal that will turn that location into luxury condos.
The city did relocate that branch to the Central Library (Grand Army), so that just one less location on my list. This time around I don’t just want one place to work from permanently but rather different places that I can choose from when the mood strike to work outside the home. Therefore, I can create different memories and connect with different people.
If you are working from home and you start to feel disconnect from the outside world, then definitely look into finding another work home. Many of us start freelancing or side hustling with the end goal of having a more flexible lifestyle. Coworking may be viable way to do that.