40 co-working spaces will be available to use for free from the 2nd to the 7th of October. This is part of co-working week, the organisers said on Sunday. Independents, freelancers, start-ups and other home workers can test these “shared working spaces”. The aim is to continue to make these new work environments more popular.
Co-working spaces first appeared in Brussels in 2010, and every large town has at least one (16 in Brussels, 15 in Flanders and 9 in Wallonia). “These environments create connections and develop worker’s creativity, which explains their success”, says Anis Bedda. She is one of the co-working week organisers, and co-president of the Belgian co-working association.
Co-working doesn’t just attract professions that work with new technologies, but also architects, heads of communications and young entrepreneurs. “Workers can share their experiences, make new professional contacts and help each other if needed”, explains Anis Bedda.
The rental price for a space ranges from 80 to 250 euros a day. Every office has different services, from a shared kitchen to a postal service.
In 2016, 1,500 workers were involved in co-working. “This figure will no doubt increase”, says Bernard Perelsztejn, one of the co-working pioneers in Brussels. “To make this trend really take-off, we need more support from public authorities. More and more Independents will need to look outside their homes to go to a social area in the near future”, he added.
Those interested can find out more about this new work method by registering on the event’s Internet site.