I was going to complain about the guy taking up the big table in Starbucks with his stuff spread out, but I realize I have been that asshole plenty of times, so I will keep my comments to myself.
With the help of some people who love me very much, I was able to put together a very nice backpack journalism kit that includes a Chromebook, a Samsung Galaxy S4 and an iPad Mini. The idea was that I’d be on the go a lot, and having a bag full of tools would allow me to create my stories anywhere.
Then school started, and I got buried under a pile of studying, and the mobile journalism took a backseat to my grades.
Then freelance writing assignments started to come more frequently, and I found myself having to craft stories sometimes on a moment’s notice, but I was spending most of my time in my apartment, and all of the distractions therein made it hard to stay focused on multiple assignments.
I found out about coworking on accident, but it was the happiest of accidents, and I’m grateful for the opportunity it provides me to get some continue to work for myself, but not by myself as the motto of Blankspaces goes.
The downtown office is located near 5th and Broadway. The downside? You have to enter through the alley, which means holding your breath for about a block as you walk from the Pershing Square train station to the office location.
The inside of the space is very big and wide open, and the staff is friendly.
I don’t notice as much of a networking vibe as I’ve gotten in other spaces, but I love the gigantic tables, the fast Internet and the unlimited coffee and tea.
They have a Meet Up every other Thursday to try it out for free. I recommend giving it a shot.
Freelancers often work independently, but being “on your own” doesn’t mean “going it alone.” Freelancing successfully means building a network to line up new gigs, passing assignments to others when things are busy, and getting referrals from friends when they’re not.
Finding it difficult to find creative inspiration at home? Angelenos are so lucky to have many great options for alternative workspaces and social collaboration for our design work/life. Here are a few we found that might suit your remote lifestyle.
I’ve been researching the various coworking options in Los Angeles. Some of these are new to me.
I had an amazingly productive day today. January is mapped out on my calendar ans is full of networking and coworking all around Los Angeles There is still room in the calendar for socializing and living, but I’ve dedicated the biggest chunks to furthering my vision for 2014.
This feels good.