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 part in their ‘foundation’ period where we hope to iron out the operational kinks and help build a great outer-eastern coworking community.

Our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull visited the new Realm facility as part of his technology and innovation agenda and met some of the foundation members and also joined in with a business innovation workshop hosted by Swinburne. The Maroondah Council’s Economic Development staff are fully integrated within the BizHub space and we even expect a state government team of innovation and industry folks to be resident within the space.

Back in our neck of the woods, the website for Habitat1 in Healesville is up and going and the team are busy building their business community in Healesville. They have a growing community of creatives and business people already resident and they’re looking for more.

The Woori Yallock Community House has also started a coworking meetup which opens every second Friday sponsored by our council’s EcoDev team. A gold coin donation is all you need to get started in coworking alongside other businesses local to that area.

Today, 12th November is National Freelance Day. An opportunity to celebrate those folks who embrace the uncertainty of freelance work for the fulfilment of knowing that you can provide for yourself and your family without the support structure of a big organisation or salary. Most of us coworkers that regularly meet are freelancers or small business owners. Much of the conversation, tips, tricks and problems we solve for each other are focused around our freelance and business lives. We’ll raise a glass to all freelancers and give an encouraging cheer to all those considering taking that empowering leap of faith. You absolutely can do it if you try and the support of a thriving coworking community will only make the transition easier.

In order to improve and grow those coworking communities in more and more locations around the country and the world, DeskMag – the online magazine by and for coworkers – runs an annual coworking survey. This is your opportunity to contribute to the coworking movement, whether you regularly use a space or not.

Our coworking community that meets twice weekly in the Dandenong Ranges also continues to grow. Our respective businesses have been busy in the latter part of this year (a great problem to have) so we haven’t been as social as we’d like to be. We’re meeting for a planning day next week to decide where we want to get to in the first half of next year. Feel free to offer any ideas and suggestions through the contact us or social pages or drop into the meetup closest to you. We’re still looking for an appropriate space for us to call home and we’ll be working towards that in the coming months.