Hey, I’m Kristen, founder of The Workshop Auckland.
When I moved to Aotearoa New Zealand I knew nothing about running a business.
I had been laid off from my dream job as an oil trader - the dream job that was killing me.
The layoff from my soul-sucking dream job was at the same time the best and worst thing that ever happened to me.
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So here I was in Auckland.
I had no money, no network and was 12,000km from home.
That’s a shit tonne of kilometres from my support network. No going back.
I knew I needed support if I was going to make it out alive.
If I was really going to succeed in not becoming one of the 76% of Kiwi businesses that don’t make it to their third birthday, I needed a network.
That’s when I found coworking.
- the use of an office or other working environment by people who are self-employed or working for different employers, typically so as to share equipment, ideas, and knowledge.
- "the whole idea of co-working is to bring bright, creative people together and let the ideas collide"
It changed the game.
Like, really changed the game.
I plugged into a network of incredible humans that helped me grow.
Suddenly, I was no longer kicking it solo at my kitchen table, struggling to resist eating everything in the fridge or cleaning the whole house.
I plugged into the skills and expertise of dozens of industry experts, who were at my fingertips daily.
In a second, I had other people like me.
They were the 1%ers.
They understood me.
Finally I had a tribe to share the journey with.
Suddenly, I wasn’t alone.
The more I learnt about business, the more I was able to help other entrepreneurs. The more I began to connect people, the more I realised how fulfilling it was to help make those connections.
We launched The Workshop Auckland in 2017.
A community-centric creative co-working space that helps values-driven business owners connect to their tribe.
Now I get to do what I love every day.
I get to spend my days with entrepreneurs. I get to hear about their businesses, their successes, their challenges, their unwavering passion for what they do... and I get to help them.
This is all still a work in progress. I'm learning everyday.
I make mistakes and feel overwhelmed. I still cry.
There are days when I feel like I know nothing at all.
But I get to help people who really want to make an impact on the world. A genuine, lasting, valuable impact. A legacy.
This is the stuff I would do all day, every day, without pay.
We host events where world renowned artists, actors and poets share their journeys. We bring people together over good food, cups of coffee and glasses of wine.
I’m living a life with purpose.
A life that aligns with my ‘why’: to change what’s possible for women globally.
I get excited by working with women and empowering them push through limiting beliefs, helping them be totally epic.
But the secret sauce at The Workshop has nothing to do with me.
Our community is what makes the place so special.
The incredible men and women at The Workshop are some of the most creative, collaborative and friendly humans around.
They care about things like...
- Sustainable fashion
- Giving cleaners the living wage
- Sourcing the world’s best coffee
- Helping people live healthier, happier lives through genetic testing
- Beautiful Japanese illustrations
- The perfectly delicious word choice
- Writing beautiful code
- Creating art that moves you
- Inspiring conscious choices in business and life
Here, it’s all about the Community.
If you’re thinking this all sounds pretty cool, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away.
We’re home to coffee brewers, ethical fashion designers, wellness copywriters, genetic code analysers, social media marketing ninjas, Getty photographers and generally epic humans.