Prior to the pandemic, Brisbane-based coworking company Freedom Suites provided those in the hair and beauty industries their own secure, distanced workspace. What they didn’t know is that they had already future-proofed their business.
Harry Dever, retail leasing manager for Colliers International, negotiated a deal with the company to take up space in Stones Corner nearly one year ago.
“I think this could be converted into the healthcare industry quite easily,” said Dever. “Whether it be doctors, specialists or allied health practitioners, they are always looking for flexible workspaces or private consulting rooms outside of the hospital.”
Dever added that small businesses could look into this model as they search for cost-cutting solutions during these uncertain times.
Riley Buchanan, a hairdresser for two decades, said that as the world changed in the blink of an eye, he reflected on his career and decided to open his own salon space in Freedom Suites.
Not only did this help him kickstart his first business, he also was able to collaborate with like-minded workers who helped spur inspiration and creativity.
“Not being in competition for sales and clients, because you are running your own show, I think makes us all genuinely get along and creates a larger sense of community,” said Buchanan.