Having left the life of an employee to become a full time independent contractor, I thought I had it all worked out when I decided to work from home. I was so smart – I made a lovely little desk on the cheap out of found materials, bought a comfy new chair and set up my space exactly to my liking. I thought I was good to go as far as productivity and effectiveness were concerned. Oh, how I love to be proven wrong!
While everything within my control was running like clockwork, it was the forces beyond my control that created enough random, disastrous situations to warrant a reexamination of my choice.
Like the day Time Warner Cable had to replace the main cable to our entire street. My nightmarish neighbor whose backyard borders mine had a 2 hour temper tantrum (laced with bilingual obscenities and heard by folks in Staten Island), threw the guys out her yard, called the cops and then tried to get the workers charged with assault – classy, no? This caused me to miss an international conference call via Skype that pays the bills.
Or a few weeks ago, when my sweet-as-pie landlady returned from her summer abroad and decided (over my protests) to rip up my entire backyard by hand to replace our patchwork lawn with “good grass”. That was five work days lost to intrusion I will never get back.
FORTUNATELY, I consulted my BFF Google and found an amazing place right near my home that was affordable, convenient, eco-friendly and run by some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Brooklyn Creative League is a new co-working facility located (in their words) “between Park Slope and BoCoCa” or as I say, a stone’s throw from the Brooklyn Lyceum.
Brooklyn Creative League gives freelance professionals, small-shop companies, and nonprofits the tools they need to get their work done: affordable, green, shared workspace and a community of professional colleagues. With all-inclusive monthly memberships starting at $225/month, our goal is to provide members with a space that pays for itself — with increased productivity, new business, and overall satisfaction.
They offer a beautiful converted warehouse space with tons of natural light, office machines & a giant conference room, free whole bean coffee, cheap soda & snacks on-site, a growing and impressive community of members, professional development and networking events and even more features and programs are currently in the works.
If you find yourself needing a workspace like I did, do yourself a favor and check them out!