"It's more conducive to getting things done," Thornton says, adding that it's real nice to be able to meet with clients in a professional office with conference room rather than some restaurant or at the client's place.
"There's a lot of collaboration with others," Thornton says. "That tends to be a fairly common thread in shared workspaces."
Kovac's experience with the problems of trying to run a business out of her home sounds very similar to that of Thornton and Farrell.
The idea for creating a shared workspace in Bridgeport grew out of a talk here in Connecticut by one of the people involved in developing Detroit's "Creative Corridor." Kovac says she and her partner eventually visited Detroit to see what was happening with efforts to get that city moving again, and saw the shared workspace concept as "an effective idea."
A quick recruiting drive brought in a few friend-investors. "We all chipped in to make it happen," says Kovac. She insists this is no charity operation: "We plan to be paying ourselves back over time."
B:Hive now has about 2,000 square feet of renovated office space in a building at 285 Fairfield Ave. in downtown Bridgeport.
In Connecticut, The Grove got going in 2010. Founders Ken Janke and Slate Ballard created a space on New Haven's Orange Street as part of a city sponsored program to bring some life back to empty storefronts in the 9th Square area.
Stamford's Innovation Center is a slightly different, city operated effort with $500,000 in state funding and corporate sponsorship. The center has something like 16,000 square feet of space on Atlantic Street in the city's downtown where a start-up entrepreneur can rent a desk and meeting-room access for $250 a month.
Of course, these shared working space schemes aren't for everybody now slaving away at home. There are expenses involved, and there's almost always a commute.
"You do have to change out of your pajamas," adds Farrell, laughing. "And that's kind of a bummer."