Back in 2017, finding a reliable workspace that was local, accessible and cost-effective was a challenge. My Co-Founder, Nick and I would struggle to find such a place to plug-in, which usually resulted in the two of us working from the kitchen table of our small studio flat. With this less-than-ideal situation, we knew that something needed to change - fast. This is when we decided to launch WorkClub.
Since our inception, WorkClub has taken this challenge head-on. In a world where remote working is now the norm, we’re on a mission to disrupt the workspace landscape by enabling remote professionals to work better and more conveniently - be that a mix between the home, a local hybrid-workspace and the office.
We want to change the way people work, for good.
How did WorkClub begin?
Let’s go back to early 2017. I was getting my MBA at Richmond American university (Kensington Campus) and Nick was working for a London-based startup, Hubble. It was there and then when we both decided to take our digital agency from a part-time side gig to a full-time job.
We worked from our top-floor studio flat, 12+ hours a day, 6-days a week. The money was good, but the lifestyle, not so much. Any kind of work-life-balance was lost.
We quickly realised that this wasn’t working as well as it could be for us, so we started getting outside of the flat to work a few days a week from the hotel down the road, or in my case, the hotel across from my university.
Why not the library on-campus? This space was dim-lit, usually crowded and the WiFi was not reliable. Overall, it was not a place I could get work done and I needed a better solution. The hotel across the road had ample amounts of seating and desk options, strong WiFi, and far less people. For me, it was a no-brainer.
We realised that many other individuals, just like us, were doing the same thing, so we decided to put together an online club of remote workers and freelancers across London - we called it the Workers Club. Within weeks, we realised people were liking this new idea and we decided to take it to the next level by developing a platform and rebranding to WorkClub.
We purchased a redundant iOS app for less than £500, tweaked it a bit with the help of a freelancer and spent a few more hundred quid to reskin the app. We gave ourselves a strict budget of less than £1000 and we managed to stick to that.
The app worked brilliantly, until it didn’t and as that point we knew we needed some expert support to level-up again. This is where our co-founder and CTO, Upile, joined the team, who took everything we had done, scrapped it and rebuilt the product from the ground up. Without him, we would not be where we are today.
Fast forward to today and the world is a different place to what it was back then. We are more obsessed with remote working than ever before, and by the looks of things, so is the world. The support we have received from our users, clients and investors has been astronomical and we couldn't be more excited for what’s ahead.
According to research, in 2020, 46.6% of the UK’s workforce worked remotely, a 9x increase from pre-COVID levels. The pandemic has changed the working habits of our nation with millions of people now working remotely.
With lockdowns slowly easing off, we have an enormous opportunity to build the workplace of the future.
We are now crowdfunding on Crowdcube, which is open to both new and existing investors. Funds will be used to scale ‘WorkClub for Teams’, our workspace-as-a-service for small to medium-sized businesses, and ultimately, help shape the future of work. Join us on this exciting journey and invest as little as £10 to change the way the world works, for good.