An Honest Review of The Wing: A Freelancer’s Perspective on the Women’s-Only Community Space

Why I Joined The Wing in Boston

The Best Part About The Wing Is, Surprisingly, the Price

  • You don’t have to have outside-your-home-office-workspace, but it would be really nice to have the option.
  • You have a flexible schedule and working hours and have autonomy over your calendar (so you can come and go from the space as you please).
  • You don’t have a ton of phone/video meetings as part of your work (or you can at least control when people schedule them).

Great Setup for a Social Club; Not So Hot for Normal Workdays

  • It can get quite crowded: This certainly isn’t the norm every day, but I’ve seen the space where almost every single seat was taken and it was loud. (There is a “Quiet Room” where I hang out, almost exclusively. But it’s a limited space, which makes me feel like if I don’t get there first-thing, I’m going to miss it.) I hate feeling like I have to get somewhere the second it opens to beat lines/get a seat, so the fact that this is a concern with my workspace is kind of annoying. If I’m not there first thing in the morning, sometimes I won’t go because I don’t want to jam myself in somewhere uncomfortable where it’s going to be hard to focus and get things done.
  • It is not designed for long workdays: Again, the space is beautiful. The furniture, lovely… to look at. I don’t know if I’m just built weird but there is only ONE table I know of in the space that is comfortable to sit and type on a computer from for the whole day. The rest of the furniture is like coffee shop couches, chairs, and tables. Nothing is ergonomic, which doesn’t work when you’re trying to do 8 hours of focused work.
  • There’s not a good space for a private conversation or phone call: The Wing has conference rooms — that you can book for an additional fee. There are no true phonebooths, only three little nooks with glass doors that aren’t soundproof. They actually have the absolute worst acoustics for talking to someone on the phone. It’s extremely echo-y and hard for the person on the other end of the line to hear you clearly. There is also no way to book these nooks ahead of time, so if you need to take a call and all 3 are taken, you’re out of luck.
  • You can’t bring outside food. The Wing has a nice little cafe that serves coffee, snacks, breakfast, and lunch — and everything is great. And expensive. (Expect to pay $15-$20 for your grain bowl or salad and $8 for your dirty chai latte.) And you don’t really have another choice, as the official rule is that you cannot bring outside food or drink into the space. They do offer free coffee, which is an excellent perk, and the rule against outside food doesn’t seem to be heavily enforced (no one is going to confiscate your snacks, but I don’t think you’re going to be allowed to walk in with a freshly-ordered Sweetgreen salad either). This is an issue for freelancers and remote workers who may want to be in the space for 10 to 12 hours for an extremely busy workday; you’re essentially forced to buy a meal somewhere rather than just brown bagging it.

How Social Is It, Really? There’s Potential, But It Seems Unrealized

  • Access, via networking, socializing, and an online portal for connections, to other women in your area who are interested, working in, or focused on similar interests/in similar industries as you are
  • A variety of events to attend each month

The Bottom Line Conclusion on This Honest Review of The Wing

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