Leaving the shack - Is coworking Melbourne's answer?

Freelancing, it’s great how you manage your own time and you work when you want to work. And let's face it, the money is better. So realistically, less hours freelancing and more you time. Your friends envy your lifestyle because it sounds amazing, it really does. But the life of a freelancer revolves around your shack, whether you spend your entire week hidden in your Melbourne bedroom or you're fortunate enough to have a study. The only time you leave home is to stock up on the necessities you're running low on and of course, Melbourne's specialty barista made coffee.

Why not leave the shack in the past? I recently decided to leave the nest and try out Framework Melbourne, a coworking space with other like minded individuals. Not only did it inspire me in more ways than one, but thanks to coworking, my network has grown tremendously. Exposed to new clients and freelancers, Framework Melbourne has given me the opportunity I never thought of. Open a new door, you won’t regret it.

Alex Kutschukian is a freelance designer, photographer and marketing professional that has been a recent resident of the Framework Melbourne coworking space. You can find his work and contact details here.

Kobe needs Koworking

Creative work is like basketball, you can dribble around all you want but the ball moves a lot faster if you pass. With holistic tools so readily available I sometimes get trapped approaching my tasks within a single-player framework. It’s important to step back and view Melbourne creative work as a team sport, a partnership akin to Kobe and Shaq. Even with their individual talents they could never have won the 2000 championship without teamwork, or more aptly, coworking.

Kobe can put up 40 points a night, but he can’t get the rebounds and blocks like Shaq. In the same way the best graphic designer in Melbourne can’t succeed without coworking with a copywriter who crafts the perfect verbal framework. Basketball fans might interject, ‘but what about the Shaq-Kobe feud, working together clearly causes problems’.

Troubles are avoided because coworking doesn’t follow that strict team framework. Choose to work with Melbourne based creatives for anywhere from a few minutes, to the entire project, and decide on your own how much control to relinquish. The advantage of working in a Melbourne coworking space, not a traditional office cubicle framework, is this freedom to work together as much or as little as needed.

If you have any doubts about the importance of Melbourne coworking, just have a look at the Lakers this season. Even with Kobe averaging 30 points a game they had one of the worst records in the NBA because they competed with a single-player framework. Had they been open to coworking, working within a team framework, maybe they would be in playoff contention.

Don’t be a Kobe. Don’t lose as a single-player, win as a Melbourne coworker. 

Cleanliness is next to Laziness

Ever done that thing where you dance around the room pretending the mop whose eyes you are staring into is your soul mate? You know, like they do in the movies. It doesn't really get the floor very clean in our coworking space at Framework Melbourne...

Well we are very happy to announce that Framework Melbourne now has its very own official cleaner! Coworking means cocleaning but just because the guys can design a pretty website, doesn't mean they can keep a pretty workplace. Looking around, I am almost definitely the worst culprit...

A coworking space, or any Melbourne workplace for that matter, needs to be a pleasant place to be around. If your desk is full of clutter, the microwave has those mysterious burnt crumbs stuck to its roof, and the dust on the windows give a permanent smoggy haze to Melbourne's great outdoors, you might find yourself spending more time cursing your surrounds than wowing your clients.

The lovely Claire, who spends most of her waking hours working through a masters of psychology on our cowork couches, is putting her hand up to keep Framework Melbourne the comfortable and tidy place we all love to cowork in. Thanks a bunch Claire!