Coworking hubs are pretty awesome. They offer a fully-equipped base for creative entrepreneurs where they can tackle their daily tasks, network with like-minded individuals, and form fruitful collaborations, all in a professional environment. Anyone can join a coworking hub, regardless of their education, background, profession, or career.
With inclusion in mind, a large number of thematic shared office spaces have started popping up all across the US. These types of hubs target solopreneurs within a niche market in order to tailor on-site amenities and features in accordance with the exclusive needs and professional aspirations of members within an industry. They do this to ensure better work flow and more useful facilities.
You might have already encountered a handful of shared office spaces that concentrate on a specific industry. Makerspaces, also known as hackerspaces, target handcrafters and offer a wide variety of facilities, tools, and other features that help them thrive in the “making” process. There are quite a few shared spaces that exclusively welcome artists and which, in addition to the lively community atmosphere, also feature workshops equipped with all the necessary supplies needed for the members to get into their creative flow.
But when it comes to freelancing, a large portion of the remote working industry is made up individuals exercising one of the oldest professions in the world: writing. Yet, there are alarmingly few shared office spaces which cater to their needs. The few coworking spaces aimed at writers, however, are quite stellar, as they all have one thing in common: they offer a quiet place to work.
While most coworking hubs can get loud, obnoxious and even distracting, those targeting writers offer a peaceful, silent base where aspiring writers can practice their craft without any disturbances. Screenwriters, novelists, content marketers, journalists, and essayists can enjoy the unbeatable perks of separating their work from home life and establish an entire routine based on office hours.
Procrastinating at a coworking hub for writers is not an option. Since everyone around you is pounding away at their keyboard, you’ll likely feel motivated by your peers’ productivity and focus on the task at hand instead of scrolling for hours on social media. This way you can practice discipline and set up a much better work flow than working from your distracting home office. It is said that humans work best in an environment where other people can see what they are doing, so a shared setting might spark your imagination and help get yourself out of your creative rut.
Being part of a vibrant community and making the most out of social interactions are added bonuses, which can help combat the typical loneliness and isolation so many writers are faced with. Receiving feedback from various types of writers can also help open creative doors and shine new light on your work, giving you a different perspective of your craft.
Besides a quiet, peaceful environment, coworking hubs targeting writers also offer different features. Some, like theOffice in Santa Monica, doesn’t offer any conference rooms or private offices, but instead boasts a serene setting and promises tight-knit community vibes for a lonely crafter. The Hatchery Press in LA features a resource library, on-site printing, and a wide variety of seminars, classes, workshops, and insightful events.
Founded back in 1978 in New York City, The Writers Room is one of the pioneers in the industry and one of the oldest shared spaces aimed at writers. With over 200 members, it coworking hub boasts a strict no talking/no phone/no noise policy to ensure undisturbed conditions to members. Furthermore, they offer access to research materials, insightful writer’s workshops, and even a napping area if you ever feel like you need to recharge your batteries.
The Writers Workspace in Chicago is another membership-based coworking office that caters to writer’s needs. They offer strong and reliable internet access, private conference rooms, an on-site resource library, a fully-stocked kitchen, and discounts to various workshops, seminars, and courses held at the shared office space.