Remote hub from Bright idea
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
CO-WORKING: Ally Wilson is keen to find an office space in Bright that sole business owners and freelance workers can share.