We recently had to let our nanny go. I went from working full time outside the home to working at home as a freelancer. But I’m not making quite enough money yet to justify paying a nanny even part time. This decision has been a hard blow to my slowly burgeoning writing business. In fact, it pretty much nixed the time I was using to work on it.
So now, instead of spending 7am-12pm in the business center sending out query letters and writing blog posts for the few clients I do have, I am attempting to feed an eight month old cereal that she (seemingly spitefully) uses a duck face to dispel out of her mouth.
Then I attempt to get her to nap (which never happens unless we go for a drive) while I try to tackle the dishes from the night before and the laundry that never ends. If I do try to sit down to work on my laptop, she crawls over to the cord and tries to remove it from the outlet. Or she pulls herself up and begins to pull Daddy’s Neil Gaiman collection off the bookshelf.
Needless to say, it’s not an environment conducive to working. I can’t work at night either, since she’s decided to boycott bedtime and only seems to sleep while cradled between my chest and forearm.
So I began to look up options. If I started making a little more money, could I afford a coworking space? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a coworking space with daycare / childcare? I searched and found a few in the U.S., but none in Dallas. Hopefully this list will help those of you looking for a solution like this in a city near you.
Here were some of my favorites:
- Mothership Hacker Moms Berkley, California- $80 per month and $3/hour childcare
- Workaround Brooklyn, New York – Fridays 9-12 $10/hour
- Brooklyn Explorers Academy Brooklyn, New York- $15/hour
- Work and Play South Orange, New Jersey- $125/mo. for 20 hours per week and $14 per hour for childcare
- Collide Coworking Chicago, Illinois $40 for 3 hours
- NextKids eight locations in California and one in Chicago- $950/month
- Nido Durham, North Carolina (no price listed)
- Woman’s Incubator Seattle, WA – Not offering childcare yet, but sounds like a neat organization that will soon.
- Women’s Plaza Portland, Oregon (hasn’t launched yet, but sounds cool)
- 757 Creative Space Norfolk, Virginia (cool concept of babysitting in exchange for work time)