“More than one million people will work in coworking spaces in 2017…” one of the forecasts from Deskmag’s Global Coworking Survey.
By the end of 2017, nearly 1.2 million people worldwide will have worked in a coworking space. There are around 14,000 coworking spaces in operation worldwide. Small spaces, that is those with ten members or less, have declined dramatically from 23% to 12%.
Nearly one in five coworking spaces boasts 150 members of more up from 13% in 2016. According to operators, an average of 129 members currently work in a coworking space, 56% are new members; 40% use a coworking space at least every work day and 30% show up three or four times a week.
The simultaneous occupancy rate remains at 60%. Two out of three coworking spaces intend to expand their floor space, 40% plan to add a new location; larger spaces are more likely to have plans to expand.
86% anticipate more members, 81% expect higher income, 71% more events and 84% are planning to develop a greater sense of community.
Coworking on the Gold Coast
Coworking has really taken off on the Gold Coast and this is evidenced by the range of small and large coworking spaces offering plenty of choice.
Remote workers, business operators and mobile professionals across all industries can find flexible workspaces suitable for individuals, teams and client meetings.
Major Coworking Spaces
- Casual desks from $33/day, Permanent from $660/month
Spread across 2 locations on Nerang St, Southport, the Station and the Exchange offer premium facilities including workspaces, public and private meeting places, kitchens, bathrooms and breakout zones over more than 1300 sqm.
Wotso Workspace, Varsity Lakes
- Casual desk from $33, Permanent from $440/month
Located in Varsity Lakes, minutes from Bond University, Wotso Workspace is a 1400 sqm workspace offering hot desks, permanent desks, serviced offices, meeting rooms and event space. A unique passport program gives members access to 12 other Wotso locations around Australia.
Boutique Coworking Spaces
Burleigh Space, Burleigh Heads
- Casual desks from $33/day, Permanent from $440/month
The stunning beach and street views dominate this 110 sqm coworking space offering large workspaces, meeting room, kitchen, shower, surf board racks and all the delights of Burleigh’s James Street at the doorstep.
At Palm Beach, Palm Beach
- Casual desks from $30 /day, Permanent from $450 /month
This 120 sqm coworking space boasts generous workstations, private meeting room and kitchen with numbers capped to 8 with room to grow in the future.
- Casual desks from $55 /day, Permanent from $560/month
Located at the northern end of the Gold Coast, Worksocial features an open-plan office space with hot desks, permanent workspaces and serviced offices, kitchen, meeting rooms and street parking.
- Offices from $660 per month
Located in Helensvale, Cojimbo offers kitchen and bathroom facilities, meeting rooms and a photographic studio.
Lot 37, Broadbeach Waters
A shared office with a modern industrial look you’ll be sharing your office with an accounting advisory firm.
Find Your Place
Coworking and shared workspaces come in all shapes and sizes on the Gold Coast. And there’s an increasing number of ways to find them – check out coworker.com and spacely.com.au. Take a look around and you’ll find a place and community that meets your needs.
Do you use a coworking space on the Gold Coast? What do you like about shared workspaces? Leave your comment below.
Jerrell is a Headhunter, Career Coach and Cofounder of Burleigh Space. He's a keen advocate for coworking and a supporter of innovation in the sharing economy. He is a proud father of 3 and lives in Burleigh.