Working from home can get lonely. Working in a café all of the time gets old quick. You start to get to know some of the regulars. You say hello and maybe spend a few minutes chatting. Communication is limited. Cafés are noisy too, and not conducive to productivity. One fundamental piece is missing – collaboration. Coworking is defined as a café-like community/collaboration space for developers, writers and independents. Philadelphia has a promising option for free-lancers –Independents Hall.
Their site does a good job of explaining who they are: “Independents Hall is a coworking space and community in Philadelphia. We are designers, developers, writers, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, small business owners, telecommuters, marketers, videographers, game developers, and more.” They all help each other do as best as they can on and off the web.
They also help promote in-house projects atIndy Hall Labs. There are a number of local programmers, designers, and web-tv series showcasing their work here. They also have a number of in-house open source coding projects listed on theirgithub page.
For just $25/month you can be a basic member. Basic members get one free day a month, and $15/day pricing to drop in and have a desk. For $275/month you can have a key and 24/7 access, your own desk, access to blazing internet, use of conference room, use of the office multi-function printer, among other perks.
I have yet to check out their office, but I’m intrigued. Check out the video below to see a tour of their new Old City office. Let me know in the comments if you have any experience. I’ll put up a follow-up post as soon as I check it out!