News flurry!

Yes, it’s going to be nearly 100 degrees in Seattle today and I’m using snow references. ;)

It has been a huge week for both Office Nomads and coworking in the news! Here is a quick break down of some of the recent articles, news clips, and blog posts that have rocked our world during the last week, in chronological order:

  • Tony Bacigalupo of New Work City kicks off the week of coworking clips last Wednesday with his article on Lunch.com – A glimpse of the future of work.
  • Also on Wednesday, Business Week features a variety of coworking spaces in Portland, highlighting souk, NedSpace, and The Hive!
  • The Washington Post features coworking over the weekend, giving an overview on how coworking functions as a part of a new way work is getting done – where independents choose their own coworkers
  • The buzz stays alive on Monday, when NWJobs features Seattle coworking spaces including Office Nomads as great places to beat the heat and get to work in air conditioned spaces as Seattle’s heat wave begins.
  • Tuesday starts with the Wall Street Journal, fresh off the stands, with an article on how start-ups share spaces, including coworking spaces, to cut costs. Office Nomads’ Pink Slip Special is mentioned, and we bask in the glow of national press!
  • Last but not least, local station Q 13 airs a feature on Office Nomads, highlighting the use of shared spaces as an alternative for independent workers.

Whoa! What will the next week bring, I wonder? Oprah, give us a call whenever you’re ready.

Bring on the paparazzi - coworking's here!

Thanks to Flickr user internets_dairy for their use of this photo under the Creative Commons license.

Beating the heat in Seattle

Well, if you’re in the city, you know it’s been HOT of late! Not used to all this sun and heat, freelancers and telecommuters alike are seeking refuge from the sweltering (in Northwest terms, of course) outdoors. Michelle Goodman, author of The Anti-9-to-5 Guide and My So-Called Freelance Life recently popped a great post up on the NW Jobs site that is worth a quick read. Here’s a quick exerpt:

I’ve been working from home long enough to know that trying to be productive while beads of sweat roll down your back and drip onto your keyboard is a lost cause. Once my office breaks 80 degrees, all I’m good for is a siesta.

If like me, you’re a home-based worker with no air conditioning, there’s no need to panic about this week’s forecasted heat wave. The Puget Sound area offers plenty of places where freelancers and telecommuters can escape the 90-degree summer sizzle.

Among Michelle’s suggestions are local public library branches and coworking spaces, including Office Nomads. Thanks for the nod, Michelle – we hope to see you in the office soon! The AC is going, fans are a blowing, and we even have the lights off to keep the space nice and cool!

Another way to cool off in the heat

Thanks to Flickr user Powderruns for use of their photo under the Creative Commons license! This shot makes me want to head down to Crater Lake and take a dip!