“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!
River City Labs – Fortitude Valley
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. Since launching in 2012, over 700 startup founders gone through this startup space.
Benefits: Many, many meetups, events, accelerators and programs on offer. Great mentors and advice and a top location.
Little Tokyo Two – Multiple Locations
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 six locations across Brisbane and the Gold Coast, their Japanese-inspired and funky fitout breeds creativity and the desire to go to work comes naturally. You’ll find the coworking spaces in The Capital in Brisbane City, Spring Hill, Petrie Terrace, Springfield, the Gold Coast, and SLQ’s Business Hub at South Bank. Memberships include everything from desk and digital memberships to full offices for up to 10 people.
Benefits: Multiple locations to choose from and vibrant startup and small business community.
The Cove – Newstead
Setting up shop on Doggett Street, Newstead, The Cove has entered Brisbane’s co-working scene with a stunning fit out and next level services. The studio, desk or hot desk memberships offer a business concierge, onsite car share, underground carpark, custom mentorship program, business address service and wellness events. Originally a warehouse, The Cove was redesigned to create a unique coworking space that harbours creativity and collaboration. Bonus: it’s a stone’s throw away from Newstead Brewing Co for Friday beers.
Benefits: A nice, professional space in an up-and-coming suburb.
BusinessDEPOT – New Farm
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.
WeWork – Brisbane City
Co-working mammoth WeWork has two shared office spaces in Brisbane City – 140 Creek Street, and 310 Edward Street. Both offer dedicated desks and hot desks, and the Edward Street space also offers private offices. The shared office spaces offer everything you need and then some, from high speed internet and support staff to unlimited micro-roasted coffee and custom art.
Benefits: Coffee on tap, city location, beautiful space
The Coterie – Kelvin Grove
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 supportive community of creative tech mentors, connection to investors and many great programs.
Gravity – Brisbane City
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 suave looking workspace in a prime location in Brisbane’s CBD.
Entrepreneur Haus – South Brisbane
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 south side startup, this is for you. It’s a friendly community and a professional space for your business.
Lightspace – Fortitude Valley
Converted warehouses make for great working spaces with their high ceilings, open-plan layout and flexible fit out. This old crash repair workshop in Fortitude Valley is now a stunning venue and coworking space for creative types and small businesses. There’s a range of options here from single desks to whole offices. The vibe is really chill and friendly.
Benefits: Epic city views from the deck, a creative community and you can bring your doggos to work – what more could you want?
Fishburners – Brisbane City
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.
Prospect Studios – Fortitude Valley
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?
Christie Spaces – Brisbane City
The corporate co-working space of Brisbane City, Christie Spaces is now two offices strong with its most recent addition on Queen Street. It’s super flexible with hot desks, private offices, open offices and project space, and with the co work plus option they’ll double as your business’s reception and call handling, and will upgrade your internet to ‘business grade’. Otherwise there’s super fast wifi, meeting spaces, chill out spaces and a lobby cafe where you can meet with clients/guests.
Benefits: Quirky but professional fit out and right in the middle of the city (with offices on Adelaide and Queen Streets).
The Bower – Stones Corner
Located at Stones Corner, The Bower has coworking space, virtual officers and meeting rooms for your business or freelancing needs. The coworking options include casual desks on a day rate, or hot desks and dedicated desks for a monthly fee. Benefits of working out of The Bower include their reception staff and answering service, 24/7 security, meeting room access and free WiFi.
Benefits: South side businesses and freelancers will find this slick space accommodating. There’s good eats nearby too.
Salt Space – New Farm
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: Flexible memberships with desks from $15.
The Hub – Brisbane City
Self-proclaimed ‘premium coworking’ space The Hub has set up shop in Brisbane in an epic location in the Anzac Square building (corner of Edward and Adelaide Streets). The Hub Brisbane offers coworking and office space for small business, growing business and corporate teams.
Benefits: Epic inner-city location, stunning workplace
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