“Put the key of despair into the lock of apathy. Turn the knob of mediocrity slowly and open the gates of despondence.  Welcome to a day in the average office”.

 David Brent “THE OFFICE”

When I was a kid, my dad would head out the door each morning saying “well, I’m off to the salt mine” then off he went in the 1968 Holden to “the office”- a hallowed location featuring an exposed brick mezzanine, a vast smoke veiled typing pool, the thunderous noise of clacking typewriters and a CafeBar coffee machine which dispensed instant coffee (or hot chocolate for us kids) and hot water. Gosh – so modern! I was enthralled but of course it was a male dominated world where the partners sat “upstairs” and women copied and processed words and numbers, wrote them out in short hand, typed them, sent them off and then did the same in reverse for 8 hours a day.  Soul destroying.

A lot has changed for women in the time it has taken me to grow up, finish my education and have my own “office” career.  Women are now sitting “upstairs” in greater number and many are walking away of the traditional office to make their own way in business.

One of the reasons we established The Little Space was to give solo business women all the positive aspects of “the Office” – (not the bad bits thanks David Brent!) without the hassle and expense associated with setting up a traditional office…the friendly faces when you walk in each morning,  the camaraderie of Friday drinks, someone’s funny stories or someone just saying ‘hey lady, you’re awesome’.

Working from home is good sometimes but not every day.  Business meetings in cafes are great if you need a neutral place to break the ice with a potential new customer but if there are serious or confidential issues to discuss this is not an option.  And setting up and running an office is expensive – there are service costs, insurance, cleaning, landlord negotiations.  All these drain your energy from the focus of your business.

(the work from home conundrum:-clear the inbox or unstack the dishwasher?)

Our design focus for The Little Space was to make a small office environment with a boutique funky edge – we didn’t want to work in a serviced office and we didn’t want to create that sterile temporary feeling.  We certainly didn’t want a traditional cavernous co-working space. We wanted somewhere where we felt we belonged and when we hold a meeting or event we want our guests to feel good.

But the design and the environment is just the beginning – this space is yours to play with.

Turn the space upside down, move it around, display your art, your clothing line, run a class, teach us to meditate, change our mindset, ramp up our business skills, teach a new craft or to speak Japanese or Spanish.  Team up and benefit from each other’s networks – collaborate and have a laugh in the process.   We can’t wait to see what you come up with and as we start to plan our own events for 2015, we would love to have a conversation with you about what you would like to learn and see at the Little Space.  Leave a comment – tell us what you want and we will get to work!

And we also have a fancy coffee machine!

See you soon.