Brisbane's Best Co-working Spaces
Madeline Smith | On 06, Oct 2014
Whether you’re a freelancer, running a start-up, a home chef or a creative with a dream, it can be hard to stay motivated when you’re working from your humble abode.
Waking up at midday, watching Dr Phil and eating chips and dip on the couch all day can be a temptation that is all too real when you’re working from home.
Sometimes all you need to get a jump on that new recipe or to finish that graphic design project is an excuse to put pants on. You may need to consider working from a co-working space. And taking a shower… also consider that.
Brisbane is home to a few buzzing co-working spaces, so we’ve put together a guide to the best ones out there.
Swarm is a creative co-working hub situated within a beautifully renovated 1900’s workers cottage in West End. This brilliant house offers more than a traditional office space can, i.e. a pool and by sharing the space with some of Brisbane’s brightest start-ups and small creative businesses you’ll be able to mingle with some pretty cool people.
Wandering Cooks is the brainchild of Angela Hurst, who after completing her PhD in food ethics decided to channel her passion into a business venture that would seek to support local chefs as well as promote sustainable food systems. Wandering Cooks is a warehouse space in South Brisbane that offers fully licensed commercial kitchens that are available for hire by the hour. As well as providing the equipment necessary to take your business to the real world, Wandering Cooks also offers a space for local foodies to come together and support one another.
Salt House offers a more traditional work space but still maintains a homely vibe. Salt House has high ceilings, bright and breezy windows, polished timber floors and a variety of uncluttered working spaces. The opportunity to mingle with other creatives occupying the space is still an option but Salt House is a little more conducive for getting some solid work done.
Collaborative working is something that Thought Fort encourages and often the spaces are filled with like-minded people looking to bounce some ideas around the office. So if you’re getting tired of your one-way conversation with Dr Phil, head down to Thought Fort to mingle with the forward-thinking folk in the office. You could be on to a winner!
Jelly isn’t so much a space as it is a gathering of fellow desk-less people. Meeting up once a week at The Edge inside the Queensland State Library, Jelly meetings provide the opportunity for freelancers and office-dwellers alike a chance to change up the pace and share their talents with the group. Jelly meetings are a great chance for you to inspire and be inspired.
Images from the organisations’ respective websites and Facebook pages