A NEW co-working facility in Byron Bay aims to ease the loneliness of the home business operator.
The Office Collective offers those who work for themselves the space and facilities to work alongside other motivated business owners in a supportive and friendly environment.
Founders Karly Nimmo and Cat Pitches have both worked from home themselves.
"I don't have any desire to work for other people but I still want to work with other people," said Ms Nimmo. "It can be hard working from home and I struggled with loneliness and the lack of having anyone around to bounce ideas off. I also tended to get distracted by domestic issues."
They aim to build a community based on values of community, accessibility, sustainability, openness and collaboration.
Ms Nimmo also plans a pitch and pizza night at The Office Collective when a group of business owners will get together to pitch their ideas to each other.
"The other attendees can only respond by saying 'Yes and...' or 'What if...'," she said.
"It's a totally supportive way to pitch your ideas."
The Office Collective Space has a large main common area, three office spaces and a boardroom.
Prices start at $75 a month for 10 hours, up to $450 per month as a full timer.
Aside from getting a friendly supportive work environment, depending on their hours, users get WiFi access, listing in an online directory, a social networking profile, use of the boardroom, a desk and locker space.
"We want to shake things up and help others grow their business," said Ms Nimmo.
Phone: 6685 8006.