“I like working with people. I believe change can only come through collaboration.” – Alain de Botton
In an attempt to find a new home for The Content Division, I went looking for coworking spaces in Brisbane – not physically of course, but online. I had a pretty solid understanding of what was on offer already, but I wanted to make sure I hadn’t missed any that I could add to my initial consideration set (I know – geek!)
But my search returned a lack of unbiased or up-to-date information about the offerings for Brisbane’s remote working community and, well you know me, I just had to set it right. My knowledge of Brisbane’s coworking community comes from working on a number of city council startup initiatives and working out of Brisbane City Council’s startup hub in Queen Street – The Capital. I’ve also frequented the many other coworking spaces in Brisbane for startup events and programs.
So this is for my remote working friends, I hope you find it useful!
The godfather of coworking spaces in Brisbane, River City Labs was one of the early settlers on Brisbane’s startup scene and has grown with it. Focusing its programs and startup spaces on tech businesses, RCL has recently paired up with Advance Queensland and moved into The Precinct – an epic multi-story hub in heart of Fortitude Valley.
Benefits: Many, many meetups, events, accelerators and programs on offer. Great mentors and advice and a top location.
A little less startupy, a little more serious businessy. Little Tokyo Two is for startups and small businesses who need a friendly, communal place from which to work. Operating four locations across Brisbane, its Japanese-inspired and funky fitout breeds creativity and the simple desire to go to work comes naturally.
Benefits: Multiple locations to choose from, including the heart of Brisbane City in Queen Street Mall.
The coworking space here grew organically for this diverse accounting firm, but it’s here to stay and I’d say that’s a win for Brisbane’s small businesses that want to get in on the networking and collaboration it has to offer. I get a grown-up vibe from BusinessDEPOT but I say that in a positive way only to mean that some serious business is going down here. If you’re ready to take your startup or small business to the next level, the fellow coworkers here will help you do so.
Benefits: Fantastic business services at your fingertips, great location and a lovely looking office space.
Look out New Farm, there’s a new kid in town and it’s the most Instagrammable cottage turned co-working and co-living space you ever did imagine. That’s not to say hustle isn’t going down here. As the brain child of fashion tech startup guru Edda Hamar it’s drawing like-minded entrepreneurs and freelancers to its inspiring spaces.
Benefits: No doubt the location for some, but working out of what looks like a perfectly pieced together fashion boutique would be the best inspiration a fashion startup could hope for.
An absolute haven for creatives, QUTCEA’s coworking space is home to some of the city’s best creative tech businesses, and its attachment to CEA offers incredible support and programs for startups. The fitout is a modern take on colourful retro (if that’s even possible) and its Kelvin Grove location is perfect for creative tech students studying at QUT.
Benefits: A super supportive community of creative tech mentors, connection to investors and many great programs.
Freelancers, consultants and solo entrepreneurs rejoice for this professional, inner-city coworking space. Gravity has a modern fit out and provides the address, reception service, office and meeting space you need to make your business look legit.
Benefits: A super suave looking workspace in a prime location in Brisbane’s CBD.
After the Ice-cream Factory Collab and Swarm closed down, the south side was looking a bit dull for remote workers. That was until Entrepreneur Haus popped up at South Brisbane. Sporting an industrial and minimalist fitout, Entrepreneur Haus promises to be a collaborative and creative space for startups and small businesses needing an office. Its natural lighting and green space set the scene for clear thinking.
Benefits: If you’re a southside startup, this is for you. It’s a friendly community and a professional space for your business.
Converted warehouses make for great working spaces with their high ceilings, open-plan layout and flexible fitout. This old crash repair workshop in Fortitude Valley is now a stunning venue and coworking space for creative types and small businesses.
Benefits: Epic city views from the deck, a super creative community and you can bring your doggos to work – what more could you want?
Also for the tech heads (is that a thing?), Fishburners was the new kid in town in 2016 and has set up shop on Level 3 at Brisbane City Council’s startup hub in Queen Street Mall, The Capital. Keeping with its well-known nautical Sydney theme, the walls are covered with quotes to inspire creativity and the community is supportive to said vibe. The big red pod chairs are enough to make me want to work here.
Benefits: Fishburners is in a top location in the heart of the city and is really cost effective as it’s also a not-for-profit.
This place is about as hipster as shared working spaces get in Brisbane and for me, that is fantastic. There’s a foosball table, an indoor SWING (YES!), a zen garden… but in all seriousness it’s a beautiful office for creative startups and small businesses, it’s dog friendly and there’s loads of natural light. You’ll find it in Fortitude Valley.
Benefits: Did I mention the swing?
Not your average creative coworking space, Salt Space is in a heritage-listed building in the heart of New Farm. The large windows let in ample natural night and the timber flooring makes for a home-like work space. It has a range of studio and desk spaces as well as meeting rooms and shared, hot desk spaces.
Benefits: Super flexible memberships with desks from $15.
So that’s my top 10. There’s also startup spaces at each of the universities and places to work at Brisbane’s libraries – I’m a little less knowledgeable about the specifics on offer at each of these but I’m sure if you reach out they’ll be able to help.
And my favourite quote on work to wrap it up…
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs