Ten years ago we set up one of the UK’s very first coworking spaces (back then, they were called Workhubs). Little did we know that the concept of shared workspaces and collaborative incubators would explode just a couple of years later.
FunkBunk was unusual in many ways. We didn’t have the natural footfall of spaces in the towns and cities. Our coworking space was very rural, set in the beautiful countryside just outside London, which brought with it many challenges over the years. We had to work much harder to encourage people out of their home offices and make the drive, which was tough considering most people had wonderful work spaces in the houses or gardens. We weren’t dealing with people who were pushed for space at home – but we were dealing with people who were suffering from distractions, lack of focus and social isolation.
Being one of the first coworking spaces meant that we had to learn what worked, and what didn’t, the hard way – without any rule book. Over the decade, we made mistakes and eventually discovered what was required to run a successful coworking space that suited us personally and commercially.
Ever dreamed of running a co-working space?
When we closed our doors in 2017, we left a gap in an area where hardly any other inspirational coworking spaces exist. There really is a great opportunity for someone to pick up where we left off.
You may not have considered running a coworking space before but, as two people who have run one for 10 years, we highly recommend it as a job. It’s low-stress and you get to meet interesting, like-minded people everyday – and you have the potential to earn an excellent salary too (depending on the size of your space).
You must be a people-person, though – and you need to be committed to looking after the people at your workspace. At the very basic level, you’ll also need to find a wifi-connected office (from someone who doesn’t mind you sub-letting) and some desks and chairs. Other than that, we can help you with the rest.
The Full Coworking Business Toolkit
If you want to set up your own coworking space, we can help you get started. We can also set you up with a website that ranks top in Google for all of the relevant local search terms for towns and cities in your area, an integrated booking system, stunning signage and a full business strategy with details of what you should, and shouldn’t do, to make your coworking space a success (based on 10 years of running a very popular coworking space ourselves).
If you’re interested (or know someone who could be), drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org