The full-time writer's life has both its advantages and disadvantages. Whether you write fiction, memoir, technical articles or web content, you've probably noticed a few of them.
On the plus side, no one is standing over you with a disapproving glare; on the minus side, no one's there to motivate you but you. On the bright side, working from home allows you to set your own hours and dress code. Mornings are optional. Ties, dress shoes and make-up are optional. Clothes are optional. But a clothing-optional work environment can also be a lonely one.
Many freelancers use local coffee shops and tea houses as temporary offices away from the distractions of the home. But cafes can be noisy, full of distractions, and, over time, expensive. The library is another option, but it comes with restrictions on where you can have your coffee or your business conversation.
One solution? Coworking. An office you can go to without being tied to a day job or charged with exorbitant rent. A productive environment with the potential for interesting, brain-tickling conversation. And, very importantly, your stimulant drink of choice, warm and steaming at your work place.
Scrib is a coworking environment in downtown Boulder. They're in the Sienna Square building, right underneath the Unseen Bean. They provide all of the above, plus high speed wi-fi, reservable conference rooms, whiteboard walls for your brainstorming pleasure, all the Atlas coffee and Tea Spot teas you can drink, and occasional events geared toward entrepreneurs, independent workers and creative types.
The most basic level of membership is the Drop In. For $15 per day, you can spend the whole working day (weekdays, 9 AM-6 PM) in the open seating community office. The multimedia conference room is available on a first-come, first-served, same-day sign-up basis. And did I mention the endless flow of tea and coffee?
If you know you'll be dropping in more than 13 times in a given month, at $200 per month the Mobile membership is an economic choice. It's pretty much a lump-sum discount on the Drop In strategy. You get everything that Drop Ins do, plus guest passes.
The big benefits come at the third level, Permanent membership. It costs $300 per month and gets you a dedicated desk, 24/7 access, a downtown Boulder address to receive your mail at, an RTD ECO Pass, and a discounted Boulder B Cycle membership. You also get full use of Scrib's in-house services, such as legal, marketing, finance and design.
Scrib host a number of events, as mentioned before. One of them is Caffeinated Mornings, a monthly 20-30 minute talk by a guest panel followed by 10-15 minutes question-and-answer session. The next one will be Friday, March 1 from 9-10:30 AM, and it will be paneled by a trio of creative women in business: Rachel Donaldson, Director of Client Services at Made, MC Pfieffer, Managing Director XYZ Boulder and Elysia Syriac, President of AIGA Colorado and Designer and Founder at Think Relish. All are welcome!