Startup Life: Thoughts While Trying to Work at a Coworking Space

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I suppose the fact that I’m…

Sorry…. What was I saying? 


Ahem… Lets see if I can keep focused for a few minutes to write this…

With growing I am having to think about hiring folks again.  Being that I work out of my house I would like to have some place for them to go so that I can keep track of them.  With this in mind I’ve been debating using coworking spaces for the business if it grows.

I was offered the chance to use a local coworking space for a day to see how I liked it before I decided to sign up.

… Who’s damn email program keeps binging!!!

Ahem… So today I packed up my trusty MacBook and brought it down to spend a few hours working here.

Now at first blush this looks like an ideal place.  When you are on the tour it seems that the space is quiet.  Everyone is very nice, it all looks professional and very startup sheik.  On top of that the price is amazingly low.

What I’m finding after being here a few hours is that what seems like quiet when you are walking around on the tour is very distracting when you are actually trying to work.  Two folks across from me are having a very reasonable conversation about their strategy… and the reason I know this is because I can hear their entire damn discussion about strategy…

So for me I think that this experiment is a bust.  I know many folks like the whole coworking thing so you should experiment with it yourself, but as someone who gets paid based on the content that is produced I just can’t see how this makes a darn bit of sense.



Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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