For those self-employed types tired of haunting local coffee shops, unprepared to rent out an entire office, and unable to work at home, there’s always coworking. You can get in on a shared office space for as little as $50/month – or much more. Amenities might include wifi, free printing, copying, and coffee. Plus, it’s a good way to meet fellow self-employees.
Rents being what they are here, the Slope is short on shared space. But those willing to venture into Park Slope Adjacent Gowanus or Boerum Hill have a number of coworking spaces to choose from:
• Brooklyn Writers at 58 Carroll: an inexpensive option – night shift workers can get access for $90/month ($400 for 6 months). No waiting list.
• Common Spaces at Flatbush and 3rd Avenue (pictured above): a $400/month coop. $200/month gives a “flex space.”
• Brooklyn Creative League at President and 4th Avenue: there’s a wide price range, from $225/month for part time access to $1500/month for a dedicated, 225 square foot office. Wednesday is Salad Day, where everyone brings an ingredient for the shared lunch.
Those wishing for a cheaper alternative might do well to investigate Proteus Gowanus, where $50/month (or $125 for three months) gets you access to facilities, free coffee and occasional snacks. The catch? Unlike the other spaces, hours are limited to 10am to 6pm, Monday through Friday.