How to work alone...with others
Working from home always seems like a good idea...until you find yourself unfocused, unmotivated and unshowered at 4:30 in the afternoon. Still, for many self-employed and freelance workers, it sure beats fighting the coffee-shop hordes.
Luckily, there's now another option: Desktime, a new Web service that facilitates co-working environments across the city.
Sort of like the love child of Craigslist and Meetup, Desktime posts listings for shared office spaces--empty desks, conference rooms, cubicles, etc.--where you can work independently alongside like-minded people. Users rent by the day, week or month and can narrow searches by features like "phone line," "24-hour access" or "communal kitchen."
The New York listings range from a bustling SoHo loft ($145 per week) to a quiet three-person Upper East Side brownstone ($400 per month) to an artist-friendly Long Island City warehouse ($450 per month) and many spaces include amenities like on-call receptionists and cleaning staffs. One space even offers monthly business-mentoring sessions.
In addition to having a place to go (and a reason to brush your hair) every day, we love the concept of feeding off co-renters' productivity and creativity. After all, sometimes the best ideas come courtesy of the watercooler.