By Kit Murray Maloney
I seem to remember that there was once a time when I thought the idea of working from home sounded great. Five years later and that feels like the most misguided, naive, and futile thought I’ve had. And I once tried to cook ramen noodles without putting water in the pan… (I was only 7yrs old, but still.)
Please learn from me.
Working exclusively from home is like ‘daffy duck’ throughout the day, think no pants, a general sense of confusion and never really getting your act together. Compare that with having a membership in a collaborative environment which is like being a unique version of your most creative, efficient and effective super-hero self.
Ask anyone who has ever worked exclusively from home for a significant amount of time and I bet they’ll agree that during that time they were lonely but also unproductive.
When I set out to start my own company this summer, I was adamant that I needed to have a desk outside of my apartment. So I got myself just that a desk – nothing more and nothing less. As you can imagine, I found myself working from my living room a lot: counterproductive.
Sure, I needed a desk, but I really needed a space and a community. It was helpful to have my desk further than a room away from my bed, but for me, to be my most productive self my desk needed to be situated in an environment that was comfortable, supportive and engaging. It needed to have, at its heart, collaboration dripping from the beams. I wanted to surround myself with people who didn’t necessarily share my specific goals but cared deeply and were invested in helping me reach those milestones, and vice a versa!
Before I was able to launch my first business, I launched a second venture, Collaboratory4.0. At Collaboratory4.0 we live, breathe, and thrive in the belief that the tide raises all ships. For example, a few months ago I might have lost weeks attempting to self-learn affiliate marketing, now I toss up my questions on our Idea Paint smothered walls and they’re expertly answered almost instantly by the Collaboratory4.0 community. The ups and downs of launching a new business are inevitable, but because of our genuine commitment to engagement, members of the Collaboratory are present, full of energy their productivity is nothing short of inspirational.
Please join myself and members of Collaboratory4.0 on Tuesday December 4, 2012 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, as we celebrate our launch with a party. In true form, for this event, we have collaborated with New York Times BESTSELLING authors Anthony Flynn and Emily Flynn Vencat of Custom Nation: Why Customization Is the Future of Business and How to Profit From It.
Kit Murray Maloney is the Founder & CEO of O’actually, which provides a healthy, sophisticated, and modern web portal for adult entertainment. She is also the Founder and & Managing Partner of Collaboratory4.0, Boston’s first and only co-working space to focus on supporting majority women owned businesses.