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December 04, 2009


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Well done you.

Ohhhh, I'm so excited for you! I rented an office outside the home for a while and it was great for productivity. Only problem was it was a storefront with a big window on the main street with antiques stores all around. Every day people would walk by and press their noses up against the window to see what was going on inside...or worse, walk right in, and then stand there blinking in confusion when they realized it was just me, a desk, and a computer instead of turn-of-the-century furniture.

Still, though, it was a great experience, and I think the cooperative part really makes it work. Congrats!

I've read about cooperative offices before, and I think they are a really great concept. Enjoy it, Kristen. You've built a really amazing business, and should be proud of what you do, and excited about what's to come.

Good for you. I think having a professional working space that is not invaded by all things household makes a big difference. My office is the dumping ground for the stuff that is cleared out of the rest of the house. Somedays I am sure my motivation level directly corrolates with the level of household chaos in my office (it's a miracle I got anything done this week!). Managing work and kids is never a picnic no matter what your work location or your hours. I'm a firm believer that finding whatever works for you and your family is the right answer, whatever anyone else thinks. Good luck. Can't wait for the book!

I wonder if there is something like that here. Now, I mostly work while my kids are in child care, but the house is distracting too. I'm not sure how my telecommuting will proceed, but it is interesting and I do find I work with more focus when they are at childcare then when trying to work when they are supposed to be napping or here doing other things. In any case, the topic fascinates me enough to de-lurk. Thanks!

Yeah I don't think people understand how hard working at home can be. They're like, "at least you get to work in pajamas." Good for you!

I know exactly what you mean! Of course I can't get childcare for my little one just yet,(I'll feel more comfortable leaving her with someone when she's at least one... maybe)
but all the same, I don't think my husband takes what I do very seriously. Last night I was working on a major project, and he walks in with the crying baby chatting.

I just wrote about this very thing over the course of about a week. My "office" right now includes every free WiFi spot in town. It's not ideal, but boy I'm happy to be working again.

(And BTW, "none" up there at the top of your comments should quit typing and go back to sucking on lemons.)

"And with the help of some part-time childcare now, we're both able to do what we need to do without one of us feeling guilty or getting pissed off."


nice work this year - its all about the finish, eh?

You know you're going to be on the phone talking about your vagina post or something and well...it will be fun for you to make friends there.

I do the co-working thing, too, here in Chambana. We love it. LOVE. It's such a great compromise. I have to say, I never thought I would *want* to go to an office again. But I do!

@thenewgirl - I don't need an office for that. One of the benefits of a husband who travels a lot. Every night is private time.


Good for you! I couldn't do what you've been doing. I'm working at home again, but I did it for a year in 2005 and sent my daughter to daycare while I did. I find I have to work more if I can't concentrate. Work smarter, not harder! Then go home and enjoy unplugging.

Come on. We ALL know that the ONLY reason you need an *office* is so that you can try all your new sex-toys in PRIVATE.

SO awesome and I'm jealous. Less work lately has made me have to let go of my part time help and now I wake up ridic. early to get work done. My husband still, after three years, "what are you doing up so early?" Frustrating. Less money seems to equal less validation over here.

Co-working spaces are all the rage in my industry, and we've got a great one here (Station C) where quite a few of my friends/acquaintances work. It sounds like a perfect fit.

Good for you for taking the plunge. And the commute is great, too. 25 minutes on the way there to clear your head of the home-clutter, 25 minutes on the way home to decompress before entering the home.

Best of all, you'll love getting the chance to pee in privacy.

I, too, find it almost impossible to work/study at home. My children have come to HATE seeing me on the computer, and scream every time I open my laptop. Even with the kids asleep, there are just too many other things staring me in the face. So my MIL comes over twice a week and stays with the kids so I can either go to school early and spend 6 hours in the library before class, or I go to Borders cafe and hog a table for 6-8 hours. Without her help, I'd never get anything done. It's nice to get out of the house too, especially on MY terms. Someone just offered me a WOH job doing what I used to do, and I politely said "no fucking way!" I like being able to balance work and family, and escaping just a handful of hours a week is enough to do that.

@Faith - I just sort of stumbled upon it thanks to Daily Candy.

This is great news!! Everyone I've talked to who works from home SWEARS that this is the way to do it.

That sounds like the perfect solution! Here's to it working into your routine well.

Good for you, Kristen. I'm in the same position as you (as you know) and it's so hard to get it done with kids around. It's also hard to separate work from home.

I think you'll enjoy that space, and without the distractions of house stuff will be super efficient. Have fun!

Congratulations on your new space! I am curious to see if you and your family and friends will perceive your work a little differently now that you have an office.

From a reader's perspective, I think you do an amazing job of balancing all of your roles. You never fail to inspire me - thank you!

That sounds great! I hope it works for you. Getting that peace & quiet in an office setting should make a lot of difference. My daughter is two and lately I am finding that balancing all these things is the most difficult thing I've ever done. And that's just with one kid!

I'm glad you found a place to get away. How did you find out about it? I'm wondering if there are any places like that around here. I work from home for my former employer doing corporate reporting and it would be nice to be able to go to an office.

That's so awesome. Good for you.

We have one of those here in Chicago and the couple people I've known that go there love it. Even though I have school-aged kids so I get alone time during the day, I still need to "go remote" once in a while (library, coffee shop, etc.) just to get out of the damn house -- I think it will do you a lot of good.

Congrats. That sounds like just what you need, a place to work without all the distractions of home. Yay!

As soon as I read this I started imagining how YOU would decorate YOUR cubicle... I am sure you could shock a few of your "co" workers. And I hope you'd post pics.

Glad you found a solution that works for you. It's so hard to find balance no matter what we do sometimes.

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