How to Work from Home without Working Alone: Read How a Sacramento Freelancer Battled the Bouts of Freelance Loneliness

by Rachel Yeomans | November 9th, 2009   

One lonely summer day in 2008, a Sacramento freelance writer desperately reached out into cyberspace for a connection.

“Hello? Anyone out there? Anyone? Anyone? I spend (almost) all day, (almost) every day by myself. Alone. No people. Sometimes even no talking. Or very little of it. I. am. going. nuts,” Janna Santoro wrote on her blog, http://jannamarlies.blogspot.com.

It was late 2007 when Santoro began a freelancing career as an editor of high-traffic blogs, becoming a white-collar free agent in control of her own career and professional creativity.

In the beginning, Santoro said the gig was perfect—that is, until dirty-laundry piles demanded attention or her cat decided to take a nap on the keyboard each time she needed to work.

Yet these small hurdles were nothing compared to the loneliness.

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“I’m an extrovert, and I hated being by myself all day long. I was going stir-crazy. It’s very isolating to work at home,” Santoro said.

So she did something about it. Santoro reached out to Sacramento residents Brandon Weber and James Pierini to create a co-working space in Midtown called The Urban Hive, which officially opened in July.

“Co-working is basically a movement that’s happening globally, where people who are self-employed, or independent in some way with their work arrangements, have started to get together and share workspace,” Santoro explained. Similar co-working spaces have been successful in cities such as New York, San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

Click HERE to read more on co-working and the art of working alone from Jenn Kistler of News Review.

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