Once upon a time your workspace defined you.
Your desk wedged elbow-to-elbow to the intern, and your productivity and creativity were a far-cry from dazzling.
But shifting times mean that employers and individuals are looking beyond the confines of the workspace in search of greater efficiency, productivity, and teamwork.
Hot-desking is becoming a prevalent and necessary part of working life; whether you’re working on a side-hustle and need a creative space, or you’re taking your first steps on the road to entrepreneurship. Here are some really cool locations around Dublin that offer you a fresh space to work and create.
Iconic Offices have been providing creative “workspaces for rockstars” since 2013. This design-led and culture-driven bunch occupy 14 unique office spaces around the capital ranging from beautiful Georgian streets to Dublin’s Silicon Docks. These guys really are the cream-of-the-crop when it comes to creating innovative, comfortable, and luxurious working spaces.
Are you working online, developing an app, mobile, or software technology, or working in other digital sectors? Hot desking is a really great way to meet other people in your industry, and TCube has a particular interest in connecting similar and like-minded people with their small office space located on Westmoreland Street. TCube also provides a shower room for you to freshen up after your commute or gym session. And with desks to rent for as little as €1.67 an hour, it’s an ideal location for recent graduates or business women on a budget.
Located in the heart of the city on Harcourt Street, the Officesuites.ie office spaces are ideal for anyone looking to be in the buzz of the city. Need to take a break? You’ll be spoiled for lunch and coffee choices in the area. Drop-in membership starts ar €79 per month and includes a desk, Wifi, fresh coffee, high ceilings, privacy booths, an outdoor terrace, and break-out spaces. Interested? Why not try their free day trial to see how you like it?
Studio9 is a shared workspace in Dublin 1 and is open to freelancers and small business alike. The small space is popular with people working in creative industries and is modernly built, despite being in a classic Georgian house. Unlike other office spaces, Studio9 provides full 24/7 access to your desk, so you can kill those creative urges at 3 am.
CoCreate is a cosy office space located in Dublin 1 and is more cosy than corporate. Everything you need is provided including high-speed broadband, kitchen facilities etc. Their ideal location makes this office space slightly more expensive per month, but they offer a good variety of full and part-time options so this is definitely ideal for someone working on a side-hustle.
In the heart of Smithfield, the BlockT communal working spaces and hot desks are perfect for artists or designers or all-day laptop-ers looking to be in a busy and lively area. There’s a real sense of community here and you’re in the centre of all the action without being smack-bang in the middle of the city. Plus, due to being on the outskirts of the city prices are competitive and reasonable.
Things to consider before hot-desking
Your property, your problem. Most places where you rent desk space won’t take responsibility for lost or stolen goods, so keep your belongings close by.
Have a backup wifi source. You never know when the internet might go, but using a dongle for your mobile will give you a backup option if you’re half-way through that important email and your wifi cuts off.
Price and location. You may want to work in the city centre but your budget may not allow it. If location is a top priority for you, you may have to make adjustments elsewhere in order for it to work.
Stealing wifi from the café isn’t cool. There are only so many coffee’s and glasses of water you can drink in one day. If your caffeine count is running high and the barista is starting to look at you funny, it might be time to invest in a hot desk.
Working in a hot-desk co-work community is becoming an integral part of creating, and hot-desking is not only a solution for business on a budget or aspiring thinkers, but it can it’s an excellent way to network and spark future collaboration.