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Co-Workers of the World Unite!

Posted: September 10th, 2010 | Author: | Tags: | 1 Comment »

If you’re like me, you don’t know much about co-working1.

But that’s all changing. Why? Because I had the foresight to Google it a few months ago, and that’s how I found out about Jelly Long Island, which I attended yesterday. While I still don’t really understand the name, it’s a pretty simple concept: it’s an opportunity for a group of like-minded entrepreneurs and freelancers and anybody else who works from home or Starbucks (short of the baristas!2) to get together and work for the day in an office environment. It’s a little like study hall, except talking is allowed and everyone wants to be there. I liked it because it keeps me focused on work, it puts me in a room with a bunch of really great resources — the participants came from a diverse field of occupations: a CPA, a marketing consultant, a communications specialist, a tech guy, etc. — and it was a nice bit of social interaction that, quite frankly, doesn’t come when I’m locked in my apartment all day.

Now, the ability to do work somewhere that’s not my living room is huge. I need someplace to focus where I’m not distracted, and I can only push myself out to a coffee shop or the library so often. So having a structured “office” to go to is a big help. But what I really enjoyed (and totally didn’t expect) was the social aspect of it. Everyone was very friendly and though we were all in different industries, there were a few different conversations that I was able to participate in that were great. I was given a quick Business 101 tutorial by a few of the members, and then I was able to give some writing advice to someone else. It was an extremely open environment for collaboration, with everyone chipping in when they could. It was an experience I wouldn’t have gotten at home, and I probably wouldn’t have gotten even if I were with colleagues from work. It’s amazing how enlightening a new perspective can be.

So that’s my pitch: if you’re on Long Island, and you’re looking for a place to work, check out Jelly Long Island. They’re in the startup phase right now, so they’re testing the waters and seeing how to make things work. But I think it’s an idea that’s got legs, and I’m gonna keep going back.

  1. What a cliche lead sentence! I’m definitely a professional blogger… (no seriously, I am…)
  2. Yak yak yak… I know, just indulge me, I’ll be back to fiction in a little bit, but for now I wanted to talk about this.
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