Our First Coworking Space is Open!

“Tempus Fugit” is a latin phrase that describes the fleeting nature of time. Time Flies! It’s been more than three years since Yarra Ranges Coworking first came into being. It’s been at least a year that we’ve been seriously looking for a premises to open our first coworking space in the region. We tried to buy a house, we tried …

Coworking – fad or functional necessity?

Coworking has been around for a while now and it may seem to have bit of a hipster look from the outside. Funky city warehouses with yarn-bombed stair rails and herbal teas strewn around the kitchen. So is coworking any more than just a fad? Why coworking ISN’T a fad: Behind the trendy look, there are serious forces driving coworking …

7 Things to Consider When Choosing Office Space

1 – Is there room to grow?Your business might need room to grow in the future, so it’s a good idea to consider a space that is flexible and adaptable to your business needs. Some serviced office providers lock you into a contract for 6 or 12 months for a specific office size or number of seats. A growing business …

On like-mindedness

One of our regular members, Leigh, sent through a link to a new post on her own site about the importance of finding your tribe. It made me reflect on my own consideration of tribe, of belonging and simply being around other like-minded people. The concept of belonging has been a fundamental part of the human experience since our species …

November Coworking Update

This last month or so has seen a flurry of activity around coworking and spaces in the outer east of Melbourne – here’s an overview: The long-awaited Maroondah BizHub coworking and business development space at Realm Eastland opened last week for its summer shakedown period. A few of us from the Yarra Ranges Coworking community have been invited to take …

Is Working from Home holding you back from Success?

We always like hearing good news stories from people who have found success with coworking. There are so many new spaces popping up these days that most people are spoiled for choice if they live close to urban areas, where coworking has really taken hold as a viable alternative to a home-office or leased office. We’re always searching for new spaces for coworking in the …

Coworking is more than just a space

In recent weeks, our Yarra Ranges Coworking community has been invited to and involved with various facilitated discussions in the outer-east region concerning coworking, shared workspaces, and entrepreneurial resources and support. These have been convened by Maroondah, Knox and Yarra Ranges councils, engaging community-led groups such as hackers, makers and local business-people. Each of these discussions have followed a similar theme dealing …

Telecommuters

So we’ve had a great response from independent workers and business owners looking to network and have a better business life. We’ve got a host of regulars that meet on Wednesdays for coffees, lunch, independent work and good conversation. What we haven’t seen much of yet is the native Yarra Ranges Telecommuter. This species is also endemic to the Yarra …

Chapter Five

It’s been a few weeks since we last posted here, reflecting the flexibility that we have as independent workers and business owners. School holidays are now over and many of our members have chosen to work from home or to take time to care for their kids during this time. So our last couple of sessions of hills coworking have …

Chapter Four

We’re still going strong. We’ve now been meeting at Wild Oak for some weeks and we’re loving the idea of working independently, together. We’ve had a few more newcomers over the recent weeks and we expect more first timers tomorrow. We have now added to our number a building designer, a horticulturalist and garden designer, an art-printed-on-glass entrepreneur, a data …