20 Jan 5 of the Coolest Co-Working Spaces in Johannesburg
The rise in popularity of working remotely has grown parallel to advancements in technology, as not going in to a physical office space has become possible across more industries than ever before. And while these numbers were steadily on the rise, there’s no denying the impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic in forcing a faster migration to remote work than we’d have witnessed otherwise. Many businesses that closed down their offices as a safety measure first have now opted to do so for good, with employees around the world making the adjustment to working from home. Of course, for the likes of freelancers and start-ups, this has long since been a reality – explaining the existence of numerous co-working spaces catering to those who want to ditch the home-based office from time to time in favour of a more dynamic environment, filled with like-minded individuals. Keep reading for our round up of five of the best co-working spots in Joburg.
Surrounding a fully functioning fire station in the heart of Rosebank, Workshop17 is a modern workspace with over 170 hot desks, 23 private offices, 6 meeting rooms, comfortable lounge areas and an in-house café. And thanks to its 10th and 11th floor occupancy, it boasts stunning views of the city to boot. This branch is one of two in Johannesburg, the other conveniently located in Sandton.
With memberships the cater to individuals, teams and enterprise you can be sure there’s a solution to suit your needs. Established in 2012, Workshop17 is providing an interesting and dynamic response to the changing nature of work. Visit workshop17.co.za for more info.
Part co-working space, part tech incubator and events space, JoziHub fosters a culture of openness and innovation – providing a space to share ideas, collaborate and explore the opportunities created by the social and technological changes transforming the continent. This dynamic, interactive environment has its home in Milkpark’s 44 Stanley, rubbing shoulders with Bean There and The Leopard Deli so you’re sorted for your midday pick-me-up.
Becoming a network member gains you free access to JoziHub’s ongoing roster of events and workshops. For co-working you can either join as a resident workspace member or make use of the space on an ad hoc basis. Visit jozihub.org for more info.
Located in Joburg’s Eastern suburbs, CreativeBox is a place where creative minds, ambitious individuals and future trendsetters are united by the desire to make an impact. The workspace proposes a unique offering: it’s your office, your playground, your sounding board; a space that allows you to develop you, your products, your services and your company.
CreativeBox hosts a wide range of entrepreneurs, freelancers, investors, start-up teams and curious minds in a vibrant environment designed to inspire creativity and innovation. With a number of membership options in place, CreativeBox members are treated to high-speed internet, WiFi and Ethernet, hot desks, a drawing and design room, as well as daily shuttle services to the Gautrain Station, to name just a few of the benefits. Visit creativebox.joburg for more info.
If you’re an open-minded small business owner, entrepreneur or a corporate intrapreneur eager to meet new people and grow your network, Spaces is the perfect fit for you. By creating dynamic workspaces with a unique and entrepreneurial spirit, Spaces aims to help you think, create and collaborate, while making sure that you can focus on driving your business forward.
With co-working spaces around the world, Joburg-dwellers are spoilt for choices with branches across five locations: Rivonia, Broadacres, Fourways, Sandton, and Waterfall. Whether you’re mind-mapping, meeting, collaborating or crunching numbers, the designer desks, tables, sofas, super-fast WiFi and informal meeting areas cater to a range of needs. Visit spacesworks.com for more info.
Easily described as a catalyst for creative entrepreneurs, The Hive consists of a Creative Hub and Accelerator Programme – making it the ideal place for game-changers to connect, collaborate and celebrate. It offers business support through a range of workshops, masterclasses and access to industry specialists.
Additionally The Hive makes necessary infrastructure accessible to budding entrepreneurs in the form of an inner-city co-working space and event venue in Braamfontein. It’s here too that you’ll find The Hive Network Bar and Café, offering a ‘pop-up’ opportunity for their member businesses to test out their product and service offerings before launching in the broader market. Visit thehivejohannesburg.com for more info.