Coworking spaces are revolutionary new office environments where people in a variety of industries can come together to work on their own projects, start businesses, or just collaborate. They’re filled with a mix of freelancers, seasoned entrepreneurs, and small business owners, and have become extremely popular in recent years, given how they provide a place to work without having to worry about the high costs of office space, as well as offering more and more people flexible working arrangements that allow them to have a better work-life balance.
What’s more, there are now a variety of different types of coworking spaces available across Brisbane and beyond. To help you decide which coworking spaces might be right for you, our team at The Bower have broken eight of them down below:
Open-Plan Coworking Spaces
Open-plan coworking spaces are large, open areas where members can come and go as they please, focusing on whatever project they’re working on at the time. These types of spaces are usually more casual and relaxed, and are great for people who enjoy operating in a collaborative environment.
An open-plan cowork space is typically a shared area with desks and common amenities for collaboration. This is best suited for freelancers, small business owners, and remote workers who enjoy working in a more social environment, and are perhaps hoping to build networks.
Corporate layouts, on the other hand, are designed to look and feel more like traditional office space, but with the added flexibility that comes with coworking. These spaces typically have private offices and cubicles available for members to use, with a much quieter atmosphere, but still offer communal areas like break rooms and conference rooms for collaboration when needed. These spaces are a good fit for businesses that want the feel of a dedicated office and the presence of a corporate image.
Private coworking spaces are just that – private – and are typically rented out by businesses or individuals who need their own personal space to work. Private spaces can be anything from a single desk in a shared office to an entire floor of a building, utilised for months on end, or just an afternoon. This can prove to be a vital solution for those who need their own dedicated areas to maximise productivity, such as entrepreneurs, start-ups, or small businesses who want the benefits of cowork without the potential distractions of an open-plan space.
Shared spaces are areas within a coworking environment that can be used for a combination of collaboration or socialisation. These are more spaces with a casual and relaxed vibe, and are even furnished with couches, chairs, and tables to encourage interaction and networking. Naturally, you will be operating in close proximity to other businesses, so you will need to weigh up whether that works for your specific operations.
Lifestyle coworking spaces are created to provide amenities and services beyond just a place to work; they are designed to meet the needs of a wider, balanced lifestyle. These types of spaces typically have additional features like gyms, showers, cafes and even childcare facilities, making them a good fit for businesses or individuals with active schedules who will benefit from the added convenience of having everything they need in one place.
As the name suggested, industry-specific coworking spaces are built for businesses or individuals in a specific industry, either holding the amenities and resources that are specific to the needs of that industry, or having the ability to be quickly tailored to suit the tenants’ needs. This typically benefits those within specialised niches, such as legal practices, healthcare practitioners, and consultants.
Most coworking spaces offer meeting rooms that can be rented by the hour or day for a variety of purposes, including staff strategy meetings, conferences, proposals, pitches and much more. These rooms are usually equipped with audio-visual equipment and can accommodate groups of all sizes, making them perfect for businesses that need a professional location to operate, without the ongoing expense of a dedicated space.
Virtual office solutions give professionals the ability to have a presence in a particular city or region without renting physical space. This type of coworking arrangement is perfect for freelancers, consultants, or remote workers who need access to meeting space and other business amenities on an as-needed basis, while still having the freedom to operate, online, from anywhere in the world.