COLLABORATOR: Jason Maddeen from Halast media is a tenant at the recently opened The Boarding Office in Mooloolaba.
COLLABORATOR: Jason Maddeen from Halast media is a tenant at the recently opened The Boarding Office in Mooloolaba. Patrick Woods

Digital sign-writer saves costs by sharing work space

GONE are the days when the aspiring businessperson had to start their enterprise from a shed in their parents' backyard.

With affordable co-working spaces and shared tenancy arrangements like Mooloolaba's The Boarding Office now available, startups and established businesses keen on a change of scenery are spoilt for choice.

Digital signage and advertising company Halast Media used serviced offices for many years, said owner Jason Madden, but recently moved into The Boarding Office on Brisbane Rd, where tenants have access to shared meeting rooms, a cafe and vintage surfboard 'museum'.

Mr Madden said costs were "definitely a feature" in his decision to take up as a tenant at the Brisbane Rd office, which opened three weeks ago, but collaboration with other tenants was also a drawcard.

"You only need a small area to run the business (and) you've got all the facilities there you need," he said.

The Boarding Office's opening followed the launch in March of Maroochydore co-working space Share Space, on Duporth Ave.

Share Space co-owner Celeste Mitchell agreed the co-working scene was "amping up more and more".

"It's a good thing because it means people are becoming aware of co-working and that it's an option," she said.

She said that in addition to sole traders and owners of creative business, employees were starting to negotiate a move toward more flexible working arrangements.

As more people discovered the benefits of co-working this would only increase, Ms Mitchell said.


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