Frequently Asked Questions

What is coworking?

Even though there are hundreds of coworking spaces in the major cities around Australia, it's a fairly new concept to the Central Coast. Coworking is a shared office environment where freelancers, entrepreneurs and small teams work independently. As wellbeing in the workplace is becoming a hot topic, coworking is an excellent way to escape the isolation of working from home and be around like-minded people in a productive, supportive and collaborative environment. A bit of trivia: Coworking was invented in 2005 by Brad Neuberg, a computer programmer in San Francisco. He wanted the freedom and independence of working for himself along with the structure and community of working with others. Being a problem solver by nature, he coined the term 'Cowork' and opened the first ever coworking space. Brad, we salute you!

Why cowork when I can work from home?

As much as working in your PJs is appealing at first, the loneliness and distractions from working at home can become overwhelming over time. Spending some of your week at a coworking space can increase motivation, creativity and productivity by providing a sense of community. Coworkers socialise, network and collaborate, creating a supportive yet fun environment which can improve overall mental health and workplace wellbeing.

Why cowork when I can work from a cafe?

Cafes are a popular place to work these days, but can often be noisy and distracting. They also lack office facilities like printing and powerpoints needed to get the job done. And if you're meeting a client, it can be hard to hear and focus on the conversation.

Am I locked in to a contract or minimum term?

Not at all - we want you to enjoy The Foundry Cowork as much or as little as you like. That's why we offer flexible options. Our various memberships are month-to-month with no lock-in contract or joining fee. If you'd prefer not to become a member, we offer casual day passes and day pass value packs.

What's included in a membership?

Your membership includes all the usual office facilities such as high speed NBN WiFi, printing/scanning/copying, reverse cycle air-conditioning, full kitchen access with free continental breakfast, Nespresso coffee, specialty teas, biscuits (the good ones!), chilled spring water, lounge area, meeting room access, storage and mail/package reception. Members also receive a listing in the online members directory and weekly happy hour including beer, wine & snacks.

What furniture is provided?

Our coworking area is an open-plan space with a desk and chair per user. There are several 27" monitors available on a first-come first-served basis. Storage is also available to members only.

Is it pet friendly?

Unfortunately pets are not permitted on the premises.

Do I need to be a member to book the meeting room?

Not at all, our meeting room is available to the general public and can be hired by the hour, half day or full day. See the Meeting Room Hire page for pricing and to make a booking online.

How do I book a tour?

We'll do better than that - come and work for a day for free! Book online and use the code FDFree.