Would You Let Strangers Work at Your Kitchen Table?May 11, 2018
Co-working from home has had little traction in the UK, but a new startup for women aims to change that.
For entrepreneurs, the impetus to start a business can come from a myriad of places. For lawyer Laila Dupuy, it was her divorce. “After being married for 10 years, and having four children, my husband just left to be with a woman in Dubai,” she says. “That really catapulted me into action.”
Dupuy started doing freelance legal work, reviewing contracts and leases for friends and offering basic advice. But she quickly got bored with working from home and in local cafes, and found co-working spaces like WeWork too expensive.
“There were so many times I just wanted to run something past someone else. I missed the community and sense of interaction that you get from being in an office – even though I didn’t want to be stuck in an office. I thought, why can’t I create a co-working space from home? And it just built from there.”