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TheOfficeCollective, post: 139146 wrote:
Hey all!

I’m Karly and I’ve just opened a coworking space in Byron Bay, The Office Collective, for people just like us!

For the past 7 years I’ve been flying solo – running my voice over agency, Killer Kopy, from home. It had it’s blessings, like not having to work for someone else, but these were outweighed by the shortcomings – isolation, loneliness and constant distractions… my home started to feel like a bit of a prison. I spoke to many other who work from home and they all reported feeling the same way.

Whenever I imagined my ideal life I saw myself surrounded by other people. Working alongside them… but had no desire to have employees or go back to working for someone else.

So, I decided to explore ideas… and coworking popped up. Soon after I was signing a lease, filling the space with funky recycled furniture and we (my business partner, Cat and I) were opening the doors!

We offer a communal office environment, a boardroom (available for hire by the hour), kitchen and bathroom facilities, free fairtrade tea & coffee and wifi. But the most important thing we offer is a sense of community… that, and support!

Each day we check in at 11am to see where everyone is at and what they want to achieve by 3pm – when we check back in to see that everyone is on track. Plus we have the ‘Hour of Power’ – one hour each day free of distraction – no social media! We also host great fun events – like Pitch ‘n Pizza, Kick Arse Intensive, (focussed goal setting), Family Feast and a Round Table – where members can come together to share and collaborate.

Just wanted to share what we do… and ask a question:

What would you most value in an environment like ours?

My name’s Dan from a new startup coworking and innovation studio in Byron Bay called StartInno (opened late 2014). The studio has high speed internet access, collaborative spaces, desks, meeting space all above a great cafe in the Arts and Industry Park. In addition to coworking we also run 14 week Incubator and Accelerator programs to help businesses or ides grow and commercialise – more details on startinno.com

We also support the #StartupByron networking group which is a free, open and inclusive community that meets the first thursday of every month, typically at The Rails hotel. Have a look at facebook.com/startupbyron for more info.

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