When home or regular office won’t do, try ‘co-working’

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July 27, 2012, 1:10 p.m. | None — by Olena Goncharova

Working process goes as usual at co-working centre.
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Olena Goncharova

Olena Goncharova has been a Kyiv Post staff writer since January 2012. She is a graduate of Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv. To contact: email, Twitter @FlyToSun.

The concept of co-working – people sharing office space, even if they don’t work for the same organization – has been around in Kyiv since 2009. It’s popular with people who don’t want to work at home but can’t afford an office and don’t find cafes or coffee shops to be ideal work stations.

If the worker is lucky, he or she will find a workspace to rent that also includes creative, pleasant people with whom one can develop synergies.

But the main attraction appears to be cost – a work station can be rented for as little as $115 per month. The person also has can be stocked with standard office needs: computers, copies, scanners and other equipment. At least that’s what we found at the Goloseevskyi district office. It even has a meeting room available upon reservation. Everybody working there uses their own laptops, co-workers also had a kitchen where they could drink coffee or tea and start the day with news – thanks to Wi-Fi coverage.

Olena Chornaya, owner of the office, said such working spaces are popular with her clients, even though it’s about 15 minutes from the nearest metro station at Demiivska. “On the other hand we’re rather close to the airport which is very good for the foreign clients and also it’s easier to find parking place,” Chornaya said. 

Chornaya even rents space by the hour -- $10 – for the businessperson on the go for meeting with clients or signing contracts. Before, she said, many businesspeople hid the fact that they rent such offices, but now they’re open about it.

Kateryna Marchenko has been working at the Goloseevskyi office since 2009 and has no plans to quit. She likes the affordability.

Some of the permanent co-workers are lawyers, software programmers, sociologists, marketing managers and others who work heavily at computer stations. So the opportunities to network are strong. And the rules are like a library – work as quietly as possible, since everyone is in an open space.

Evhenyi Koshuba became a “co-worker” six months ago. He has his own Internet shop and said he doesn’t work efficiently at home.

“Discipline is part of the office working style and it makes me to work better, instead of surfing the web. While you’re working with different people you tried to do your best and that’s the motive. When you’re working at home your family thought you’re doing nothing and here I can concentrate on problems,” Koshuba said. “When I have to meet with the clients, because I can use the meeting room instead of McDonalds.”


Goloseevskyi Co-Working Center

10 Saperno-Slobidska (Golosiivska metro station)

Tel. +38 044 593-99-87

Price: Hr 900 ($ 115) per month

 Cubic Co-Working Center

3 Sholudenka (Politekhnichnyi Instytut metro station)

Tel. +38 (093) 03-06-741

Price: Hr 1 200 ($ 150) per month

 Status Co-Working Center

9 Mykhailivskyi Lane  (Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station)

Tel. +38 044 278 60 00

Price: Hr 2 000 ($ 250) per month



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