Press: The Austinot

Switch Cowork Converts Austin Eateries Into Community Spaces

The following excerpt is taken from The Austinot.

Working from home seems pretty glamorous: controlling your own hours, guiding your own fate, wearing nothing but sweatpants.

Take it from someone who has lived that life, though. The shine wears off pretty quickly, and the walls can seem to close in around you. It can become lonely, and you can become nocturnal and a hermit.

Enter coworking spaces. Austin has experienced an explosion of them as digital professionals, startups and entrepreneurs seek enjoyable ways to work among others. Community and collaboration are everything–the cornerstones of the coworking way of life.

I recently spend a day working in a space that takes these cornerstones and adds a third: innovation.

Switch Cowork is a hyperlocal coworking company that converts unused restaurants and bars into coworking spaces during the day. Think about it. Austinites love going out to eat and drink, so restaurants and bars are everywhere. During the week from 9-5, though, these beautifully furnished spaces can sit vacant, just waiting for the dinner rush to begin after 5 p.m.

You know what ends at 5 p.m.? The workday. This is where the story of Switch Cowork begins. Founders Christa Freeland and Jacob Morin saw potential that no other company had quite tapped into. Could those in the coworking community use a variety of fully furnished spaces to work from when home gets too claustrophobic, allowing restaurant owners to put their clean and relaxing spaces to work during the day?

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