LOUISE Evans’ vision to establish a co-working space in Invercargill has been realised.
The doors of Cahoots opened last week, in conjunction with National Co-Working Day.
Located above Ivan Bulling Furniture on Tay St, Cahoots consists of a large, open-plan space and several breakout rooms, a kitchenette and meeting room for use by start-up and small businesses, freelancers and non-profit organisations.
Miss Evans said the space would give people the opportunity to network and collaborate rather than working in isolation at home.
She had utilised co-working spaces in other centres, including Sydney and Auckland, and was surprised on moving to Invercargill no such spaces existed.
Seeing the gap in the market, Miss Evans said she decided to set one up herself and is now running her own business, Lemon Creative, from the site.
For the past year, she had been working out of Zookeepers Cafe.
Miss Evans said she had looked at several inner-city locations suitable for the shared workspace, but chose the current location because of the natural light it provided and because she liked “old-style” buildings.
“[It’s the type of site] you would pay top dollar for in Sydney.”
There had been a lot of interest from the community about the project and five people had already confirmed they wanted to use the space, she said.
For the first couple of weeks, space would be available for free so people could try it out, she said. After that time, the cost would be $15 a day for a hot desk, WiFi and coffee facilities.
For longer term, the rate would be set on a case-by-case basis depending on the needs of the business or organisation, she said.