Re­mote hub from Bright idea

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JENVEY

AN ac­coun­tant who has spent the past three years work­ing from home hopes to set up an of­fice space to share with other peo­ple work­ing re­motely in Bright.

Ally Wilson said co-work­ing spa­ces are a so­lu­tion to the iso­la­tion free­lancers and sole busi­ness own­ers feel when work­ing from home.

Ms Wilson has run her own busi­ness, Life Bal­ance Ac­count­ing, re­motely since 2014 and said she was miss­ing the day- to- day in­ter­ac­tion that comes from work­ing in a shared of­fice.

“I worked from one in Mel­bourne a few days a week and had re­ally en­joyed meeting new peo­ple, mak­ing con­nec­tions and shar­ing ideas,” she said.

“I learnt a lot in the process and even gained some new busi­ness for my­self.

“I found it a col­lab­o­ra­tive, wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment to work in and I ac­tu­ally got a lot more done and en­joyed my day much more than I did on the days I worked from home.”

Ms Wilson said a num­ber of peo­ple in Bright ex­pressed in­ter­est last year when another woman first pro­posed the idea and oth­ers had since spo­ken to her about find­ing a suit­able space.

“In or­der for this to get off the ground we need the right space and the right num­ber of peo­ple to make it vi­able,” she said.

“The prob­lem with get­ting a co-work­ing up and run­ning in Bright is the lack of spa­ces avail­able for lease.

“The ideal space would be open plan and sim­i­lar in style to a cafe with big share tables, smaller cafe tables and the odd couch or arm­chair.

“We in­tend to pro­vide a pri­vate room or two for phone calls Skype calls but this may or may not be avail­able ini­tially, de­pend­ing on the space rented.”

Ms Wilson said a re­tail space in a cen­tral location would be ideal in but if some­thing like that could not be se­cured she was keen to think out­side the square and con­sider con­vert­ing in­dus­trial space or sub­let­ting rooms from some­one else.

“We would need to en­sure there are enough peo­ple want­ing to sign up be­fore com­mit­ting to a space,” she said.

“I’d love to hear from more peo­ple if they are in­ter­ested or if they have an un­der-utilised space they might like to rent out.”

Peo­ple can get in touch with Ms Wilson by email­ing bright. cowork­ing@gmail.com.

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

CO-WORK­ING: Ally Wilson is keen to find an of­fice space in Bright that sole busi­ness own­ers and free­lance work­ers can share.

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