With lockdown measures easing and Australia’s economy rebounding, startups and small businesses are slowly returning to co-working spaces with a new report finding a ten-fold increase in coworking space inquiries in recent weeks.
Co-founder, Talea Bader of Sydney-based coworking space, Workit Spaces, has seen ten times the inquiries this fortnight compared to the previous two weeks. Bader says its a stark difference to the height of the lockdown when non-essential services were limited.
“With all non-essential employees working from home, it almost felt like a ghost town walking through our office spaces,” said Bader. “At the beginning of the year, we had made a tonne of plans for growth, but the pandemic definitely threw a spanner in the works.”
Unlike many co-working spaces which were forced to close their doors, Workit was fortunate to have previously diversified with eCommerce Hubs, purposefully designed for eCommerce businesses. These hubs allowed businesses in the warehousing and logistics industry to maintain operations and still follow social distancing measures.
Bader says many eCommerce businesses with showrooms or storage in the Workit eCommerce Hub actually saw a boost in sales with less people going out to physical stores.
Though times are still unprecedented, the percentage of Australian consumers in the eCommerce market is expected to increase from 18.3million to 20.4million by 2024, according to Statista.
“Even in the past few days, we’ve seen a noticeable difference in the amount of people needing a space that allows them to start or expand their eCommerce business,” said Bader.
“Entrepreneurs are hoping that if the Australian economy stays afloat, consumerism will pick back up again.”
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