“I’ve worked for about 15 years as a self-employed consultant without an office — my colleagues are in Geneva, mostly, but also around the world — and it was getting pretty tiresome working out of my home. People think it’s a dream to work from home, and I can see how someone who works in an unpleasant environment might think that, but you can also lose your marbles after a while.
I’d tried sharing office space in larger buildings with friends, but I require silence (or quiet, at least) to focus on writing and editing, and those larger spaces could never provide that quiet. Either the walls were made of glass or there were too many rambunctious young start-ups used to debating while they work.
Charley’s is a whole other experience. I think I was their first customer—I walked in on the first day and met Omri and got a great feeling for him and the space. Since then, it’s become my “office” and I couldn’t really think of going back to any other arrangement. It’s quiet, serene, within short walking distance from my home, and the staff and other people who come to work are a pleasure to be around. In fact, I’m pretty sure Charley’s has saved me from burnout.”
Emile LeBrun – consultant writer, editor and project manager