Jelly provides a taste of coworking

There are a few different ways to trial coworking to see what it’s all about. I know that Hub’s three Australian coworking spaces, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, have a free day pass available so you can try coworking for a day and see if you like it. Inspire9 allows casual drop-in’s, check with them for details.

Another way to try coworking is via ‘Jelly‘ (, a movement that creates the opportunity for casual coworking at different spaces around the world on a semi regular basis.

Coworkers at Collins Collective

Coworking at Collins Collective. I’m facing the camera.

Jelly started in New York City in February 2006 when roommates Amit and Luke realised they loved working from home but missed the creative brainstorming, sharing and camaraderie that came from a traditional office. They started inviting friends to come over once a week to work from home and this lead to some new ideas and interesting conversations. They decided to make it a regular thing and the Jelly movement was born.

Jelly has grown since then and there are over 100 cities around the world that are involved. You can find a list of participating cities from Jelly’s wiki –

Jelly is open to anyone and it’s free!”

My hometown Melbourne Victoria Australia has a Jelly and it’s run through Here’s the link to Melbourne Jelly (via

I’ve been to a couple of Jelly Meetups late last year (2013). Both happened to be at the same, very new coworking space called ‘Collins Collective‘ in Collins Street Melbourne.

It’s a medium sized coworking space and they’re just getting established. I’ve met some interesting and friendly people there and as always, there’s a diverse mix of coworkers. I was lucky to strike their Christmas drinks in December.

There seems to be a steady stream of events being held at most of the coworking spaces I’ve been to. You never know what social or professional development opportunities might crop up, as they often do. That’s another great benefit I’ve found about coworking.

More about Collins Collective in the future.

I’ll finish by saying that the Jelly option is a fantastic opportunity to trial coworking. Some people do it just to get out of their offices and to have a change of pace and get fresh ideas.

Jelly is open to anyone and it’s free!

Cheers, Jane Deany

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