Shared office spaces have become very much of a ‘thing’ in recent years. But few, if any, offer a fully flexible payment plan that works with an entrepreneur’s, start-up’s or freelancer’s finances. Enter Glee at Work a new pay-as-you-go co-working space located in the heart of Cape Town’s Greenpoint.
With its pop of playful colours and eye-catching artworks Glee ticks all the boxes for those looking for a stylish and on-trend workspace. It’s also big on natural design; its façade of glass lets in loads of light, timber is its material of choice for furniture, interior walls and ceilings and loads of real plants make it feel more hotel than an office.
Putting the space to work
Designed and built by Glee’s close-knit team of three – Husband and wife, Glen and artist Fee Ainsworth (she created all the charcoal wall motifs), and carpenter Bheki – every corner of Glee has been carefully considered to provide customers with an office experience that works for them.
“When Fee and I returned from London to South Africa in April this year I needed a convenient workspace but wasn’t keen on taking out a lease. Having looked at loads of options in and around Cape Town I found that payment plans were either short or long leases. Needing only two days a week in an office, this just didn’t work for me,” says Glen.
So he and Fee created their own.
Its pay-as-you-go rates range from R250 per day for booth seating and a hot desk, R275 per day per person for a Mezzanine floor that has six seats, and which can be rented as a small office, R300 per day for a private office and R250 per hour to rent a funky meeting room or the 10 seater boardroom for R350 ph. There is no limit on how many, or few, hours or days are booked.
For those looking for something more permanent, a monthly fee can also be tailor-made to suit their needs.
“We wanted to make the booking process as simple as possible,” says Glen. “As people like to make bookings online, especially for a service that is regularly used, we’ve set up an online payment platform.”
It’s really easy to use: customers register their details to receive an activation email. On acceptance, they reserve the space they want, and for the date and time they want (days or hours) before going to check-out. Payments are made by credit card or Mastercard/ Visa debit card, require a one-time password and are 3-D secure.
A handy app is also on its way.
Flexible space with plenty of free perks
“Those who work in small teams or on their own don’t always want to be in an office, even if that happens to conveniently be at home. For a change in scenery, coffee shops become temporary ‘coffices’ but their Wi-Fi isn’t always reliable and after the 4th flat white waiters start giving heavy-handed hints that it’s time to order something more substantial or go,” Glen quips.
Instead, customers can stay for as long as they like at Glee and enjoy free Bean to Cup cappuccino and always-on business fibre Wi-Fi runs 24/7. They also have access to a printer, can rent their own P.O. Box post box and have access to loads of parking.
But above all, love what you do
Despite its attractive looks and perks, Glee is also a philosophy. Glen and Fee (which is where its name comes from) both believe that work should be a positive experience, not a ball and chain. “We spend most of our time at work and technology allows us to work from anywhere. So why not do so from somewhere which you just love to be in, and which loves your pocket?” Glen asks.
For more Glee at Work inspiration visit their Instagram page @Gleeatwork, make an online booking at www.gleeatwork.co.za, or pop in to get a feel for the space: Unit 7c4, Somerset Square, Somerset Road, Green Point, Cape Town.
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