If you’re like this blogger, maybe you’re sick of spending your workday alone in your room with your cats, unshowered, and alternating between working and napping. Or maybe that sounds like heaven to you. But eventually you’ll get ornery and need to wipe the crusties out of your eyes for someone. Good news, there’s a place for you — in fact, several. And they’re not that expensive.
There are several ways to fight the isolation and lethargy that can come with being a freelancer. One is to rent a desk at a shared workspace. Shared workspaces vary in price, size, and amenities, but most give you a desk, printer, wifi, coffee landlline, business address that isn’t your apartment, and sense of legitimacy for your work for a montly rate. Here are some options:
Located in pastoral Ditmas Park, on the south side of Prospect Park, this workspace is professional with a homeyness not found in most offices. Membership is $200/month, with first and last due at signing. That might sound a little intimidating, but it’s the cheapest monthly space available. 535 E 17th St., near Ditmas.
This workspace off of the Morgan L offers members the unique feature of having 24/7 access for $250 per month. There are two desks available for stations for $20 per day. The vibe here is super artsy, as there is an adjoining library, art gallery, and production studio. If you’re into feeling like you’re still in art school and not really working at all, this is the place for you. 119 Ingraham Street at Porter Ave.
Brooklyn Creative League
If you are a real official type who runs a serious business, this is the place for you. This is a gigantic space in Carroll Gardens offering anything you need to run your small business — desks, private offices, conference rooms. ANYTHING. Prices range from $225 per month for a part-time workspace to $1500 for a full-time office. 540 President Street, Third Floor.
The difference between shared workspaces and coworking spaces is that, in a shared workspace, you can go, buy some desk space, sit in a cubicle and work on your HTML coding or Photoshop or whatever it is that you do if you don’t have a full-time job. (I’m looking at you, Williamsburg.) And you could go home and be just as sad and lonely as when you started. But if the community aspect of working in an office is the thing you miss, then check out some coworking spaces. Coworking spaces are built around the idea of creating a community in the workplace. Everyone is there, doing different stuff, but there are no desks, only tables and open spaces.
If you’re intimidated by the monthly fees at the shared workspaces (say, you’re just a fledgling comedy writer and renting another place in New York City seems totally unfeasible to you),most of the coworking spots offer drop-in rates so that you can still spend some days working from bed and some days working from a desk.
Drop-in rate for a full day with no commitment or membership fee is $25. (There are levels of membership and you can rent a desk space for $350/month.)The vibe is very creative, relaxed, clean, airy, and professional. Like an ad agency without the pressure. 240 Norman Avenue
This place has the best deal in town. In Williamsburg, it has a suggested donation drop-in rate of $15 with the first time free, but they will even barter with you if you don’t have cash and you’re into that sort of thing. This space is artsy and feels like the loft of someone’s living room. There is a large emphasis on community and the organizations boasts monthly dinner parties. 84 Havemeyer Street, Storefront.
For more photos of Greenpoint Coworking and Brooklyn Coworking, be sure to check out Timothy Krause’s Flickr photo pool.