If you’re a consultant, entrepreneur, working in a start-up, a student, a freelancer, or a creative, you’ll know what it’s like to feel isolated, unproductive or demotivated in a home-office environment.
A co-working space solves all of these issues. It’s a shared office space where people can work independently but not alone, share ideas, collaborate and work productively while growing our businesses and business networks.
Despite the recent explosion of co-working spaces in South Africa, there just aren’t any in the Sandton, Johannesburg area currently. I’ve approached a number of co-working space operators around South Africa and a few are keen to start one in Sandton, provided there is enough demand here.
If you’re keen to join a co-working space in Sandton (or know someone who is), please let me know by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Wed 14-Aug-2013. This will give us a better idea of the demand and how many people a Sandton co-working space would need to accommodate.
What are the benefits of a co-working space?
1. Dynamic, vibey, motivating environment where you can work independently but not alone
2. Network and collaborate with smart, like-minded people
3. Bounce ideas off other people
4. No need to work alone from home anymore
5. Close to home, but not at home
6. Flexible short-term leases (e.g. month-to-month)
7. Low rental costs per month, no long-term commitments that your business cannot afford
8. Rent more or less space as your company grows or downsizes
9. Ideal for consultants, entrepreneurs, MBA students looking for a private space to study, startups, freelancers, creatives, etc.
10. Has all the facilities you need like meeting rooms, wireless hi-speed internet, security, printing, copying, etc.
Thanks for your help. Looking forward to your feedback.
All the best
12-Aug-2013 at 21:49
Sounds gr8, keep me posted C
12-Aug-2013 at 22:44
Thanks Ed, will do
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28-Aug-2013 at 13:16
19-Sep-2013 at 00:07
Always interested, sounds like a cool idea!
19-Sep-2013 at 00:28
Thanks Nico, we’ve partnered with The-Common-Room.co.za in Parkhurst who will be opening a 2nd co-working space in Sandton shortly. I’ll keep you posted
All the best
31-Oct-2013 at 20:31
Would Slow in the City not work for you?
31-Oct-2013 at 20:36
Hi Franklin, thanks for your comment. Slow is too pricey and aimed at a more formal high-end market, we’re looking at a creative, collaborative space where techs and freelancers and consultants can work.
18-Nov-2013 at 19:56
Any further developments? I’m a startup in commodity trading and green energy and need office space as of Dec/Jan. Please advise.
Impressed with Slow in the City and want to explore my options.
21-Jan-2014 at 02:03
Thanks Mhlangenkululeko, unfortunately the partner we were going to launch the Sandton co-working space with, has put it on hold for now.
19-Nov-2013 at 13:11
Hi all –
Once you get up-and-running, we would love to discuss a reciprocity arrangement for your members when they are in Cape Town.
Good luck with your planning!
George Gabriel, co-founder of Daddy.O @ The Old Biscuit Mill
21-Jan-2014 at 02:01
Thanks George, unfortunately the partner we were going to launch the Sandton co-working space with, has put it on hold for now, but thanks
21-Jan-2014 at 15:06
Sorry to hear it. Have patience. Daddy.O took 3 years to materialize… Stay in touch and let me know if I can assist in any way.
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