The Solution for Self-Employed Loneliness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Palacios   
Monday, 11 April 2011 07:20

The Solution for Self-Employed Loneliness
As you embark down your entrepreneurial path, you don't have to do it alone. One local organization gives you all the advantages of coworkers while you work independently.
Michelle Taute (Cincinnati Coworks member) and Bill Barnett (Co-founder and member)

When you start off on your own, that career path can become very lonesome. Your home office doesn't give you the chance to crack jokes with the person in the next cubicle, and even when you go to a free wi-fi coffee shop, you can't really brainstorm with the random stranger sipping her latte at the table next to you.


That lonely road shouldn't stop you, though, especially when you can turn to Cincinnati Coworks. Self-employed workers like yourself comprise this local community. From freelance writers to programmers, the variety of people gives you the chance to get those two heads together that can create more than your one mind can imagine.


Cincinnati Coworks Co-founder and Member Gerard Sychay experienced that firsthand when he simply voiced a wish. "I used this editor for 10 years, and one day, I said, 'I wish there was a way to do this,' and one of the other programmers in the space said, 'There IS! All you gotta do is just press these keys.' And lo and behold! I never would have found that out on my own," Sychay says.


Whether you're learning quick tips that can make your life easier or bouncing ideas off the other Cincinnati Coworks members, the group truly gives you the chance to have the benefit of coworkers as you work in your one-woman business. "We like to say that coworking is all the benefits of working for a company without all of the politics," Co-founder Bill Barnett says. "We're all individuals. We all have our own individual business entities, but we all work together just like office mates."


As the group has grown, the office space is expanding April 15 with a move to a new space. Cincinnati Coworks will move from its current 750-square-foot office space to a 1,800-square-foot space at 2400 Gilbert Avenue in Walnut Hills. With this space expansion, the coworking group gains a conference room space and enough room to grow to 18 members from its six to eight person average.


Beyond the 9-to-5 work advantages, Cincinnati Coworks members also have the ability to use the space for various events. The group has regular happy hours and entrepreneurial startup meetings.


For more information about Cincinnati Coworks and how to get involved, check out


Photographer: Neysa Ruhl

Model: Michelle Taute and Bill Barnett

Location: M/I Homes Estates at Shayler Ridge Model Home


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