Farewell, ThinkHouse Collective

by Janna Marlies Maron on January 15, 2015

It is with mixed feelings that Jeremy and I announce the closing of ThinkHouse Collective. It’s been a great four years and we have done many incredible things. We feel honored to have been a small part of fostering the indie business community in a city that we love.

When ThinkHouse started, it met a very personal need: I had been freelancing, working from home and going crazy, feeling completely isolated and pseudo-professional most of the time. When I first started working on establishing a coworking space back in 2007, nothing like it existed in Sacramento so wanted to create a coworking venue to have a space to work from for myself. And now? Well, now Jeremy and I can be a eager participants in the communities that already exist.

Here we are, more than seven years later, and there are three other thriving communities with more on the way. Coworking has come a long way in Sacramento and we are proud to have been a part of the movement, along with our compatriots at Capsity, The Urban Hive, and Hacker Lab.

The truth is, Jeremy and I–we’re tired. We have all sorts of creative interests and projects that we’ve been working on in addition to operating ThinkHouse. Between the two of us we probably have about five other jobs–jobs and projects that we love and are super passionate about, and in the last few months we have found that our love and passion can only go so far.

In the past four years, we have met incredible people, have been a part of helping amazing projects and businesses get up and running, and have hosted some really cool events. We’ve loved every minute of it. We are thankful for what we’ve been able to do, and more than anything we are thankful for you: You have shown us so much support. You have enriched our lives more than you know, and you have helped us make Sacramento a little bit better, which was our hope when we started. Thank you.

We are simultaneously sad and excited, and we’d like to mark the end of a great phase of our life by celebrating. We’ll be hosting a farewell party at the end of January and our last day will be January 30.

We’ll announce the farewell party soon & hope to see you around Sacramento,

Janna & Jeremy Maron

Co-founders, ThinkHouse Collective

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Susan Herman. 

covered-ca-620x286_1On October 2 at 7 p.m., ThinkHouse will host a free workshop on how to get affordable health insurance through Covered California. The workshop is specially tailored for artists and other creative professionals who need to buy individual health insurance coverage. Educator Karen Lipney from the Actors Fund will lead the workshop with a 45-minute presentation followed by 15 minutes for Q & A.

Karen will help you understand the Affordable Care Act and provide you with clear guidance on what your options are. Not sure if you’re eligible for Covered CA or whether you can buy coverage that starts right now? Life changes such as job loss, getting married, or simply having trouble with the Covered CA website could qualify you for a special enrollment period. Additionally, Medi-Cal enrollment continues throughout the entire year. Karen is experienced at addressing the special concerns freelancers may have about getting health care.

There will be time after Karen’s presentation for informal networking with other artists and independent business owners, so bring your business cards as well as your burning questions about health insurance. The evening is sponsored by the NorCal chapter of Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA).*

Click here to register for the event.

More information from the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center:

The Actors Fund has been designated by the State of California as the go-to organization to provide health care reform outreach and education to the visual and performing artist communities in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Alameda and Sacramento. We plan to run 500 workshops and connect with up to 100,000 artists to make sure that Every Artist is Insured and understands their rights and protections.

Our Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) has been connecting artists, craftspeople and entertainment industry workers around the country to health insurance and affordable health care since 1998.

Getting health insurance or finding quality medical care is a constant concern for anyone who is uninsured or who isn’t covered by an employer, union or government health plan. AHIRC identifies alternative routes to coverage and local resources for care for small businesses, performers, visual artists, stagehands, filmmakers, musicians, artisans, and other self-employed and episodic workers.

*What is the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)? I’m so glad you asked! EFA members are editors, writers, indexers, proofreaders, researchers, independent publishers, translators, and others who operate solo shops or small businesses in the publishing industry. Our chapter is about finding and strengthening connections among editors and those who use their diverse services in the Northern California area. NorCal EFA holds its regularly scheduled meetings on the first Thursday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at ThinkHouse Collective at 1617 18th Street in midtown Sacramento, and on the fourth Monday of each month at 2417 Oakenshield Road in Davis. Find us on Meetup.com.

Susan Herman is a freelance editor and writer. She lives in Carmichael, California.

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