Cowork Spaces

Shawn Blanc on work:

Well, that got me thinking… perhaps working out of my home office isn’t the best setup for me? I’ve long been leaving the house once a week to work from a coffee shop, but what if it should be more?

When I lived in Seattle my commute to work was 45 minutes on a good day (and those days were rare). Because of that I worked from home on Fridays. Without a doubt, working from my office was more productive for a plethora of reasons.

For me the biggest reason was that I couldn’t just fuck around all day at the office — someone was likely to see my computer screen. There’s something psychological for me, whereby when I enter a space designated for “work” I tend to be more serious about work. Whereas if it is a space that is still apart of my home, I tend to want to work, but I feel less rushed and less serious about it and therefore get less done.

Sometimes this is beneficial, but sometimes you just need to get shit done.

I’ve never used a cowork space (though I would love to)1 but I imagine I would likely see an even bigger boost to my productivity there. I say that because while I don’t want my employees to see me goofing off, I really wouldn’t want random coworking people to see me goofing off.

Overall, I think cowork spaces are very interesting, and certainly here to stay. I do think that many of them focus too heavily on replicating a “modern” office feeling, instead of focusing on the more specific needs of coworkers, or remote workers in general.

Needs like:

  • Podcast studio with computer and mic.
  • Large monitors already at the desk.
  • Rental lockers for people ‘in-town’ for the day that need a hub.
  • Computers in general for those that run around with just a tablet.
  • Chargers on site (why should I lug mine).

I’m certain that these amenities exist at some locations, but it doesn’t seem to be the norm from what I can tell. Mostly, from what I can see just by looking at websites, I think there is also too much human interaction to get a desk — it’d be ideal to make no human interaction needed. Book the desk/locker/room/office on your iPhone, walk in and get to work, leave when you are done.

More Uber, less Four Seasons. I don’t know about anyone else, but I hate interacting with people out to sell me something.


  1. I wanted to when I was in Seattle, but the options at the time were very unappealing to me. Since then I have toyed with the idea of opening my own cowork space in Seattle, but haven’t taken it further than that. 

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Shawn Blanc on work: Well, that got me thinking… perhaps working out of my home office isn’t the best setup for me? I’ve long been leaving the house once a week to work from a coffee shop, but what if it should be more? When I lived in Seattle my commute to work was 45 […]