Sheena is a born-and-raised New Yorker with an unnatural addiction to iced coffee, a wild imagination, and a way with words.
Is Starbucks getting too loud for you? Has working from home become too distracting? With all these startups popping up all over New York, it’s no surprise co-working has become the latest fad taking the country by storm.
What the heck is co-working? It’s multiple self-employed, work-from-home-people that share an office or suite and maybe even a coffee pot! It saves on the cost of rent, utilities, and employees into one daily/ monthly fee depending on your needs.
Why, you ask? I find that when I’m at Starbucks or a library, I work best when surrounded by numerous people doing the same thing. At home, I’m distracted by that pile of laundry or my boyfriend blaring the TV in the background. Needless to say, it makes it hard to get my mind right to create.
Maybe, it’s the energy of like-minded working people that give me that extra edge and focus on my writing. But, the downside of trying to work at Starbucks is most of them are super busy, loud, and no seats. Libraries are a good option sometimes, but on the weekend are always bustling, so where can you work?
Co-working is the answer! Sharing an office with people on the same wavelength who aren’t loud, kicking your chair, or fighting you for the outlet. Plus, they are always really nice and willing to help. As a writer, I’m not very outgoing when first meeting people, but I’ve found these co-working spaces have very friendly people (and coffee!)
Co-Working Spaces in the New York Area
- Ground Floor
- Serendipity Labs
- Spark Labs
1. Ground Floor
Location: New Rochelle
Packages: Monthly packages available (Ranging from $300-750)
Amenities: Wifi, Kitchenette, fax, event space, meeting space
2. Serendipity Labs
Packages: Monthly & daily packages available (Ranging from $50-400). Free Session for first timers
Amenities: Café, Lounge, Wifi, Receptionist, Meeting rooms, and free parking.
Packages: Monthly & yearly packages available (Ranging from$29-380). Free Session for first timers
Amenities: Wifi, free coffee, printer/ fax workshops & programs
Location: White Plains
Packages: Daily, Part time & Full time monthly packages (Ranging from$45-405)
Amenities: Wifi, Printer, Kitchen, and conference center
Location: Multiple Locations
Packages: Desk, office and suite packages available (Ranging from $120-499)
Amenities: Wifi, event space, virtual space, & receptionist
6. Spark Labs
Packages: Daily, Monthly packages available (Ranging from $49-550)
Amenities: Wifi, Lounge, Receptionist, and kitchen
Location: Multiple locations
Packages: Part & Full time Packages available
Amenities: Wifi, receptionist, kitchen, lounge, phone, access to airport lounges
As you can see co-working is the latest trend taking off. When I first started out writing, I just didn’t have the funds to pay for something like this. (Sometimes I still don’t!) I do it as I can because how can you put a price on productivity?
Try it out and be sure to tell me what you think!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.