Coworking at the Brooklyn Brainery

I’ve found that January to March can be real motivation drains. One way I’ve found to fight back is the seek out like-minded creatives and make a point to  spend time with them.

For those looking for continual learning, The Brooklyn Brainery is a seriously nifty place.

They have (crazy affordable) classes on a wide variety of topics, and they meet in two different locations in Brooklyn.  When I say affordable, I’m talking about classes that are often less than $30 for multiple sessions!   They even do a few events each month that are totally free. Basically, if there are people in New York who want to know about a topic, and there’s someone in New York who can teach it, the Brainery probably has offered a class about it.  In their words, “Brooklyn Brainery is accessible, community-driven, crowdsourced education.:

In addition to their classes, they are about to open a space for coworking in Prospect Heights.

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All photos © 2013 Sarah Hoppes Photography.

Last Friday, I took advantage of their “free coworking day,” and spent several hours in their space doing comic book lettering.  With a coworking space, freelancers  pay a fee to be a part of a communal workspace.  They get the productivity benefits of being in an office without the office job, and without the rental costs! Plus, it gives freelancers a chance to network and meet potential collaborators they might not have met otherwise.   Also, for people like me who are serious extroverts, working around other creative people is motivating and energizing in a way that doing the exact same work alone is not.

I took a few photos of all the people who came out, and I loved seeing the diversity of projects everyone was doing there.  If anyone wants to give the coworking thing a whirl, they’re offering another free day this Friday, January 25th. 

What tips and tricks does everyone else have for  staying motivated when it’s gloomy outside?

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