Newly released data has confirmed almost 1.7 million people will be using coworking spaces by the end of this year.

Coworking spaces have grown at a steady pace the past few years, with nearly 19,000 coworking spaces worldwide.

If you’re wondering whether a coworking space would meet your needs, read on.

We spent a day with Basestation’s Community and Events Assistant Courtney Ronalds to see what it’s actually like.

One of the main aspects of Courtney’s job is to greet residents and their visitors throughout the day.“With 90 residents in the building, it does fill a good part of the early morning! I also ensure that Basestation’s residents have what they need – everything from tea and coffee supplies to toner, fresh apples, and what seems to be an endless supply of bananas!”

She is also responsible for taking prospective residents around our space, showcasing the range of spaces available (team space, community table, meeting rooms). “This also means is I also spend a little time keeping it all tidy.”And a bonus? Courtney says that because the building spans three levels, it keeps all our residents fit, too!“In afternoons, I usually try to fit in replying to emails, work on our social media and other projects,” Courtney says. “I also assist with the wide range of events Venture Centre hosts at Basestation throughout the week, including events held in our newly-opened Basement events space. These events range from Meetups to workshops, from presentations to Office Hours.”

She says she loves the daily interactions with the residents and visitors alike.“Everything from the enquiry-based interactions to the interesting and sometimes hilarious chats in the kitchen during break time. I also enjoy meeting and welcoming people from our community to event workshops held at Basestation.”

Courtney has been with Basestation for a few months now and says joining a co-working space has been a great new experience.“There is an awesome culture of community and productivity because everyone is so friendly and passionate about what they do. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a friendly, but productive, workplace.”

When we ask Courtney what the best thing about being in a coworking space is she immediately says it’s the chance to feed off the productive atmosphere.“No matter what space you are using in Basestation, you find yourself surrounded by people who are thriving in their jobs. It is proving valuable for me as I can take the client-facing skills I developed in previous jobs to another level. And I get to attend the events, too! There is always something interesting on in the day and workshops are open to residents.”

To read more about Basestation or enquire about spaces available, click here.

Basestation is run and operated by Venture Centre. Venture Centre works to connect people on enterprising journeys - with each other and the mindset, skillset, toolsets, networks and resources they need - to build an ecosystem that delivers real-world, learn-by-doing events, activities, projects and experiences, and more... These events and experiences are part of the Digital Enablement Project and would not be possible without the support of Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District councils.