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Past the 9-to-5 mindset
June 18, 2015
Punching the clock on a traditional work schedule is no longer the only way to make a living. Freelance and contract arrangements can bring flexibility to both sides of the table, and access to affordable health insurance plans and technology are fueling change. For many, shared office space provides office infrastructure and an increasingly common, cost-efficient option. NextSpace counts Santa Cruz as one of nine U.S. locations serving a "thriving community of independent professionals, entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote workers out to make a living and a life on our own terms,"  there's also Santa Cruz's Cruzioworks and Open Ground Studios for creative professionals in Seaside. Other co-working communities include the THRIVE Accelerator in Salinas, and The Satellite Centers in Felton and Scotts Valley, as well as Slingshot in Felton and Scotts Valley. And more are surely on the horizon: Just this month, Monterey College of Law, in conjunction with Pacific Workplaces, launched a survey to determine the level of interest in additional co-working space in Monterey County.