The co-working revolution has been felt all around the world – and Australia is no exception. With the number of co-working spaces in Australia expected to triple by 2030, it’s clear that more and more professionals are ditching their private leases to reap all the benefits that co-working can bring.
In Melbourne’s west, Sunshine’s newest co-working space iHarvest is the perfect example of how co-working can help businesses thrive. Home to businesses of all sizes and across many industries, this innovative space, its unique training opportunities and prime location are helping members enjoy tremendous growth.
Here’s how iHarvest works for four very different businesses in Melbourne’s west.
A space to learn and grow
For small businesses with only a few employees, iHarvest offers unrivalled access to professional facilities in the west while also encouraging growth through networking and training opportunities. This is particularly the case for Parikshit Kikla, who has seen steady growth in his accounting business since he began using the Sunshine co-working space just six months ago.
With regular training events, seminars and workshops covering topics like tax essentials, marketing, legal basics, sustainable business development and more, small businesses have every opportunity to learn and grow in iHarvest’s professional space. These events are included in both the part-time and full-time memberships, making it more affordable than ever to upskill.
IT professionals can be found at co-working desks all around the world, accounting for a huge 22% of all members. Adding to that number is IT consultant, Matt Kuter. Having previously based himself from home, Matt says that iHarvest’s calm, professional atmosphere offered the focus he simply couldn’t find amongst the hustle and bustle of family life.
Matt also credits the ideal location of iHarvest as another major benefit for his business. Perfectly situated in Melbourne’s west and just a stone’s throw away from the CBD, the nearby Sunshine train station allows him to quickly “head into the CBD on the train for client meetings without having to take the car and pay for parking.” Ideally located and carefully designed to maximise the productivity of its members, iHarvest is perfect for those people who need a space to really focus on growing their business.
As the owner of a business primarily based in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs, Jane Del Rosso saw iHarvest’s state of the art facilities as the perfect way to expand into the west. Its mix of innovative collaborative-working areas – ‘breakout’ zones, a spacious training area and a large U-shaped sitting space – combined with access to private phone booths and meeting rooms, met all their needs in one comfortable, stylish space.
“Our business activities require meeting space, training rooms and community connections with other small business owners to deliver our programs,” says Jane Del Rosso, owner and founder of Business of Food.
I like the new feel of the office space at iHarvest – the layout is conducive to interaction with other business owners and fosters a collaborative approach, with enough break-out areas to have a semi-private conversation without disturbing others.
Jane also notes that iHarvest’s ‘small and intimate’ atmosphere makes it a great place to work and focus, a unique characteristic given that in 2019, co-working spaces worldwide had an average of 185 members. All in all, the professional amenities offered by iHarvest makes it possible to accommodate clients, network and collaborate with other members all in one space.
Something for everyone
For a local labour hire company, the opportunity to access a huge pool of clients and candidates in Melbourne’s west made iHarvest the perfect place to base one of their employees. Branch Manager Kim Holloway says the ideal location of iHarvest as the ‘gateway to Melbourne’s west’ helped them achieve a dramatic increase in candidate interviews within their first month of membership.
We’ve got local clients and candidates that we need to attract, so it helps with retention of clients,” says Kim. “More candidates are also showing up for their interviews and it has helped with conversion in terms of client bookings.
Although co-working spaces are hugely popular amongst start-ups and solopreneurs, the success AWX has found working within this space shows that it can also be a great opportunity to create a western hub for an already established business. Not only does it allow professionals to capitalise on the huge market of potential clients in the west, but its proximity to public transport and the CBD allows businesses to easily pivot between surrounding areas when needed.
Wondering how iHarvest Coworking can benefit you?
With affordable casual, part-time and full-time memberships available and a free co-working day on the last Friday of every month, iHarvest is the ultimate space to grow your business. Interested in learning how this innovative co-working hub can work for you?
iHarvest holds a free co-working day every last Friday of the month, so it’s easy to experience first-hand how this vibrant space can benefit your business. If you can’t wait, just contact iHarvest on +61 39249 4429 to arrange an alternate time or click here to register now for your free co-working day!