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Remote work is awesome... except for when it's not

"I'm going to be an Indy Hall member for life if I have anything to say about it. What a wonderful community."

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Katie A.
Writer, comedian, punk rocker.

Remote work can get really lonely

Sure, working from home has its perks, but the WFH life comes with a cocktail of unexpected side-effects.

Hours vanish too quickly. Time loses all meaning. Some days, the only people you’ll see your bosses and coworkers. Some days, the only structure in your day is a barrage of endless meetings...ugh!

🎢  Workplace flexibility is great, but the ups and downs of working remote can feel like a rollercoaster ride — one that you’re riding all by yourself, and with no station to hop off.

If you crave a little structure, a sense of mutual support, and the opportunity to chat with adults you don’t owe deadlines to, you are not the only one.

Work from home, but not alone

Our community was started by people who loved having freedom and flexibility but missed the sense of community that came from being with and around like-minded people.

Here are a few of the ways we make that sense of community happen online:

Like-minded people with different experiences

Our community is home to independents, freelancers, solopreneurs, and remote employees from all backgrounds, age ranges, industries, and interests. They’re here when you need them the most, in the ways you need them the most.

Support when you need it, from people who actually listen

We're generous with sharing what we know and quick to support a member in need. Going through a personal or professional transition? Indy Hall is one of the best and most supportive communities you'll find.

Events & activities designed for curious people

You’re always invited to daily, weekly, and monthly members-only events designed to help you meet great people and shake up your routine. Favorites like Show & Tell, wide-ranging educational workshops, and specialized Discord channels create tons of opportunities to share and gain new skills in a supportive community environment. Participate at your own pace, there’s no minimum for jumping in.

Meaningful convos > Corporate small talk

Share vibes and build bonds with people over your common interests outside of your career. Take a break from the hustle to share what’s making you happy right now, like music, movies, cat gifs, crafting, and more. Whatever you’re into, you’re not the only one.

Rediscover some serendipity in your workday

When you’re missing the joy of casually stumbling into a conversation about something you love, our online spaces and activities are built with that sense of discovery at their core. Coworking sessions, work sprints, coffee chats, and more bring surprising, delightful conversations back into your life.

More than one way to stay connected, from anywhere

Some members enjoy their entire Indy Hall experience through our online spaces. Others post to to stay in touch between visits to the clubhouse. Whether you’re always logged-on or just checking in, you’re guaranteed to meet a wide breadth of members every time you post online.

Our Guiding Philosophy

Since 2006, Indy Hall has always had a vibrant online community, and we’ve spent 16+ years building a first-class experience for freelancers, remote workers, students, professionals making a career pivot, and all types of independent people.

Now more than ever, people are looking for human connection that isn't tied to an employer, or even a specific place.

We need people to talk to who aren’t relying on us for work, deadlines, and deliverables.

We need friendly faces and commiseration, cheerleaders in our corners, and coaches leading us forward.

We need help from experts to build valuable skills so we can blast through obstacles.

We need optimism tethered to reality.

We need to feel a sense of ownership, a sense of comfort, and a sense of home (even if we’re already technically there.)

We need each other, sometimes in ways we don’t know how to ask for.

We focus on trust instead of “networking”

Unlike a lot of professional communities, you can leave the hustle culture at the door. You don't have to puff up and impress people here. We put trust before transactions.

Our community thrives on the energy of learning and growing together, lifting each other up, and encouraging each other to take the next leap.

So if you are looking for new gigs, new work, or new friends, the Indy Hall community is packed with diverse and trustworthy people.

People from all backgrounds, interests, industries, and disciplines are welcome, and we take your safety seriously.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to sign a contract?

All members must read and accept our Terms and Conditions, along with our Code of Conduct.

Our membership agreements do not require a long-term commitment or deposit. We just ask for 30 days notice if you need to cancel your membership.

We do offer incentives for pre-paying 6 and 12 months in advance, just ask our team for details.

How do I pay for membership?

All of our memberships require having a card on file for direct-debit, and we accept all major credit and debit cards for these payments.

Our secure membership portal automatically charges your membership every month on the same day that you joined, and will automatically provide you with an receipt each for each payment.

We are also happy to work with your employer if they cover some or all of your membership!

Do you have any financial assistance options?

You bet we do. Accessibility is one of our core values, and we never want a short-term financial limitation to be the reason someone can’t be a part of our community.

This is extra-true now, when so many people need a sense of community and support more than ever.

Thanks to some generous and anonymous contributors from our community, we have a limited number of free Community memberships and discounted Clubhouse memberships to offer, by request.

So if you are struggling with isolation and finances, we want a chance to offer assistance. To learn more about our options, email us. We'll do our best to help!

Can I use Indy Hall's Clubhouse as my legal business address, or receive mail?

Not yet, but hopefully soon! Being responsible for member mail is more complex than it might seem, and moving out of our previous location really highlighted ways we could make it better.

We're actively working with partners who are true experts at handling mail, but do not yet have an ETA for providing this service.

Why don't you offer dedicated desks or private offices?

Way back in 2006, the Indy Hall community wanted to enjoy our waking work hours alongside the creative, thoughtful, passionate people of Philadelphia.

Not an office, but also not home. A third place.

We called it a coworking space, and slowly but surely, more people wanted to participate. That was great!

Over the years, "coworking" became synonymous with "office," but we still wanted something different. Not home, but also not an office. A third place.

After spending more than 2 years physically apart, we chose to go back to our roots of being a clubhouse for creative, thoughtful, passionate people. Online and in person.

For now, we're focused on being that "third place" we always meant to be, rather than trying to be a replacement for the office. A space you can be around people, safely.

So instead of thinking of our new space as your office, try thinking of it as an intentional retreat from the monotony of working from home. A day that's different from your normal work day, in a different place, on purpose.

Is it "coworking"? Who knows. But it's definitely Indy Hall.

Our approach has always been a little different, but our #1 priority is people and that's never changed.

If that resonates with you, we'd love to show you around.