How Coworking Saved My Marriage

by Janna Marlies Maron on July 11, 2011

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by ThinkHouse member, Margaret Andrews.

When I was a corporate lackey, cubicle-bound and oppressed to the gills, I coveted the idea of working from home. Over time, as I began to work from home more and more and went into the office less and less, I realized that my human contact quotient had significantly decreased.

When I completely changed careers from computer programmer/analyst to writer and I stayed home all day, my human contact quotient deceased further.

Actually that’s not true. I saw my work-from-home husband all day. Every day. Every. Single. Day.

I wasn’t used to that. I used to travel back and forth between Sacramento and Los Angeles for the first 10 years of our marriage.

Enter the world of coworking.

Not only does coworking allow me to develop a healthy space/time buffer in the marital department, it provides for a nice social office environment that you don’t get at Starbucks.

I’m also convinced that my house is trying to kill me so I need to leave for as many hours as possible so that my body is not persistently attacked by the throes of Satan. But that’s a conversation to have with my allergist, not you.

With coworking, you go to an “office” and you have “coworkers,” but you don’t have to commute during rush hour every day. You come and go as you please. And the coffee is good and bottomless.

Coworkers are generally freelancers or entrepreneurs or writers or other creative types that need more than a coffee shop with free WiFi for their working environment. You can’t just start bugging other patrons at Peet’s Coffee to ask them how to add a widget to your doohickey because they don’t have time to talk to you because they only have one free hour of internet time and can’t waste it talking to a freak like you who approaches strangers on a whim.

But with coworking, you can ask lots of people how to add a widget to your doohickey.

I cowork at Thinkhouse Collective in downtown Sacramento. It’s a laid back environment in a big yellow house where you can work on your own, but also get to know your “coworkers.” The next thing you know, you have your own little community of local creative business people with whom to share information or each other for the benefit of your personal or work life.

It’s nice to meet and partner up with people online, but those are virtual relationships. We are a communal species, and nothing beats a good vibe from a real person in the same room, man.

Margaret Andrews is a a freelance writer and humor blogger at She’s also the author of the newly released book, Sticky Readers: How to Attract a Loyal Blog Audience by Writing More Better.

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Alyssa Magnotti July 12, 2011 at 11:03 pm

LOVE your writing style! This is an awesome post and an awesome way to describe coworking. It definitely is the best of both worlds really. You get the flexibility that you want with the adult interaction that you need. We just opened up our own coworking space at thinkspace recently in Seattle. :] Keep up your good work!

Nicky July 13, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Very interesting concept, and I’m sure your husband thinks so too :-)

injaynesworld July 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

What a fun, informative post. I wish there was such a place where I live, but a meeting place here would probably involve a barn and cows.

Melissa August 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Hi Margaret,

My name is Melissa and I work for a company that rents out offices and coworking spaces called Launchpad Creatives. I’ve been doing a lot of researching on coworking lately and was delighted to find an article that described coworking from a personal point of view. Do you plan on writing anything more about this topic in the future and do you plan on visiting other locations?

Janna Marlies Santoro August 15, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Hi Melissa, thanks or the comment! Margaret is one of our members here at ThinkHouse and we asked her to write this post…but you can find her over at her blog:

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