S H A R E D S PA C E Go to the ‘cof­fice’ if work­ing from home feels too iso­lated

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AN IN­CREAS­ING num­ber of al­ter­na­tives to a work-from-home en­vi­ron­ment is emerg­ing on the Cape Town scene, for those who pre­fer a “cof­fice” to work­ing in iso­la­tion.

While shared of­fice spa­ces are noth­ing new, they have be­come edgier, of­fer­ing more so­lu­tions to the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, re­mote PA ser­vices, great net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, flexi pay­ment op­tions and flex­i­bil­ity, says Lizelle van Rhyn, founder and owner of one of the first shared spa­ces in South Africa – Cape Town Of­fice in the East City precinct.

“Th­ese spa­ces are ideal for the en­tre­pre­neur, free­lancer, start-up and small busi­ness who sim­ply can’t work from home,” says van Rhyn whose spot was awarded one of the top 10 world­wide co-work­ing spa­ces by Forbes mag­a­zine in 2016.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple come here to es­cape the iso­la­tion of work­ing on their own and to look for a space where they can be fo­cused and pro­duc­tive for short (or long) bursts of time.”

Van Rhyn says they are also pop­u­lar with house­holds that have just had a new baby, and for those who can’t find suf­fi­cient mo­ti­va­tion on their own. Co-work­ers range in age from 19 to those in their late fifties.

Glen Ainsworth and artist wife Fee, cre­ators of Glee at Work, a new payas-you-go co-work­ing space lo­cated in Green Point, says: “Those who work in small teams or on their own don’t al­ways want to be in an of­fice, even if that hap­pens con­ve­niently to be at home.

“For a change in scenery, cof­fee shops be­come tem­po­rary ‘cof­fices’, but their wi-fi isn’t al­ways re­li­able and af­ter the fourth flat white, wait­ers start giv­ing heavy-handed hints that it’s time to or­der some­thing more sub­stan­tial or leave,” says Glen.

“We spend most of our time at work and tech­nol­ogy al­lows us to work from any­where. So why not do so from some­where which you just love to be.”


CON­DUCIVE Glen Ainsworth in Glee at Work, a co-work­ing space in Green Point.| CAR­MEN LOR­RAINE

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