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Back when broadband Internet access was made available to homes in the late 1990′s, teleworking took off.  In businesses, employees were allowed to work from home part time (in some cases, full time) and many home based businesses took off, allowing small time entrepreneurs to have […]

Back when broadband Internet access was made available to homes in the late 1990′s, teleworking took off.  In businesses, employees were allowed to work from home part time (in some cases, full time) and many home based businesses took off, allowing small time entrepreneurs to have a low-cost launching point for their great idea.

Then, reality set in.  Working from your home can be isolating and can result in feeling cut off from the working world.  Co-working is a new trend, as recently reported by CNN and others, which involves teleworkers gathering within the same physical space in order to have some social time while working on their tasks.  There are businesses such as CubeSpace and Citizen Space that make co-working easy by offering space for co-workers to gather, however what is a web worker to do if they don’t have this type of option close by?

Do It Yourself

Most teleworkers likely know someone who also works remotely from their office.  If you feel comfortable doing this, offer to host a co-working session at your house or other meeting space.  Much in the same way moms self-organize play dates, teleworkers will gain benefit by gathering to work together on an occasional basis.  In exchange for offering up your Wi-Fi connection and a making a few pots of coffee, you’ll be able to exchange ideas and make some potentially profitable business connections.  For example, by gathering with other bloggers or programmers, I often gain story ideas and other opportunities I would otherwise not come across.

Break Out Of Your Shell

If you see the same people routinely at your Starbucks, engage with them in a conversation to see if they’d like to make it a regular meeting time.  This might be a great way to meet teleworkers who don’t necessarily work in your field.  Additionally, by meeting at a Starbucks or your local pub, you can use the hosting business’ Wi-Fi and avoid the effort of hosting a co-working session at your house.

Tools to Aid You

To organize a group of co-working professionals, you can either:

  • Start a website: build a web site to serve as the communication hub.
  • Initiate a Google Group: Drop dead easy way to centralize communications, however everyone will need a Google Account
  • Simply start an email mailing list
  • Check out the Co-Working wiki page as it has many valuable resources.
  1. Jelly is another option – it was started by Amit Gupta in NY and is in 16 cities now. Folks get together for the day at houses or coffee shops to work. It’s not as regular or structured as co-working, but it’s a lot of fun…

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  2. After a year on my own working at the dining room table, coffee shops and the library, I finally rented a small office space for $200 a month. Yes it is a little isolating, but now I don’t have to cart all of my files with me and I can still head to a coffee shop for some ‘company’. There may be cheap office options in your area, too. I like the co-working idea, but it does seem a bit pricy.

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  3. I just looked at a coworking place today. Sitting in your house day in and day out is no bueno. Nice to have other settings to look at and people to chat with.

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  4. [...] it can be. The amount of time I spent sat on a computer at home was a problem. However, as Web Worker Daily discusses, co-working is a new trend that will hopefully help people to get some social activity in [...]

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  5. There is no co-working facility near me and unfortunately I haven’t had too much luck trying to establish one.

    I have also rented an office space in the downtown area of my village. While I love the flexibility to work wherever I want, it is nice to have some sense of permanence along with that.

    SB

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  6. My favorite place – and where I worked out of in SF – is Sandbox Suites. A combo of professional and coworking, which is what’s really needed.

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  7. I have a feeling co-working could lead to a gigantic rise in creative output, because of the cross-pollination at these co-working facilities. Normally, people who work close to each other do more or less the same work. Co-working changes that. It will facilitate sharing of ideas between different companies, different industries even.

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  8. Here in Pawtucket, RI, we have The Grant with way cheap rent, and cafe in the building and loads of creativity. Stop by if you’re in the area. Now speaking of that cafe…

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  9. I’ve seen a few “twitter parties” lately for the same reason – people just need to get out!

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  10. [...] maybe you need to network with other folks out there. WebWorkerDaily had a piece on what it called “The New Work From Home Trend: Getting Out.” Listen as I chat with Jim Blasingame, the Small Business Advocate, about ways of busting isolation [...]

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