How to: Coworking Spaces
Coworking spaces have been on the rise since around 2005, proving hugely popular with sole traders and entrepreneurs seeking a collegial place to work. With the coronavirus pandemic leading to a huge increase in people working from home, it’s widely expected this trend will continue, as more people seek options outside the home too.
Whether you lack space for a home office, are too distracted by the kids, pets or spouse at home, or just want a change of scenery and the feel of “going into the office”, coworking spaces are a great place to both work and network.
We take a look at some local options.
WeWork boasts hundreds of office locations in cities all around the world, including several in Australia, in cities including Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. There are private offices available for hire for both individuals and teams, as well as open-plan co-working spaces where you can drop in and out at a hot desk or reserve a permanent desk.
Claim a free day pass trialto check it out with no ongoing obligation. If you like what you see, you can sign up for a monthly ‘On Demand’ membership and pay more or less depending upon how many days you use the space each month. WeWork’s offices are great for those who want to network, as many hold networking events such as seminars and talks.
Sydney-based Fishburners offers facilities and resources to help start-ups grow. As a not-for-profit, they have a big emphasis on education and support for entrepreneurs.
Their package includes features such as networking roundtables and think tanks, weekly development events and mentoring. A choice of packages offer flexible or dedicated diskspace, high-speed internet and printing, access to meeting rooms and barista coffee and tea.
The Commons, with several locations in Sydney and Melbourne, is the glamorous office most of us have never had, with its ultra-modern spaces and features such as an in-house photography studio, podcast studio and collaborative “Maker’s Space”. A host of benefits range from fibre-optic Broadband, mail handling services, onsite parking and dog-friendly offices. The membership prices are on the high side to match the high-end offering. Or there is a $45-per-month ‘Virtual Membership’ for those who just want a ‘premium postcode’, mail handling and phone management services.
This premium coworking space has spaces available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. It offers a range of options from flexible hot-desks to offices for teams of up to 100 staff. It’s another good place to network with regular events on offer. Like WeWork, Hub membership includes access to its other facilities nationally and internationally, which will be useful once travel is back on the cards.
There are many other options for great coworking spaces in Sydney and around Australia so hunt around and try a few close to home until you find one with a vibe that’s right for you. Happy coworking!
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Please consider whether the information is appropriate to your circumstance before acting on it and, where appropriate, seek professional advice