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Ever visit a cafe on a Tuesday afternoon and wonder why so many of your fellow patrons are staring diligently at their laptop screens rather than idly chatting with friends? The answer is simple: they’re working, or to be more specific, remote working.
When Sunny Hundle reflects on the evolution of the remote working scene in Vancouver, one word springs to mind: growth. In the decade since Sunny’s business partner Kevin Penstock founded The Profile – a co-working space in Vancouver – their business and the wider remote working sector in the city has grown massively.
Speaking on the expedited growth of the company, Sunny is quick to point out their humble beginnings:
“The Profile actually began from an office space in Gastown where Kevin put out a number of ads and filled the office very quickly, and from there The Profile began.”
In the intervening years, The Profile has grown considerably and now has three different co-working spaces dotted around Vancouver.
“We’re also operating cafes in these spaces, and we have 15 meeting rooms for virtual offices, as well as private offices, hot desks and an inclusive community membership program.”
Remote working hubs like The Profile cater to the needs of an ever-expanding cohort of remote workers, freelancers and digital nomads who aren’t tied to the typical office-based working environments of the past. What’s more, the seismic growth of WeWork, which has several locations in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto as well as plans for new spaces in Calgary in the near future, offers further proof of the viability of shared work spaces. While the continued expansion of other co-working spaces (CoWorker.com offers more than 330 different shared working spaces in most major cities across Canada) highlights that remote working is more than just a fad or passing trend; it’s here to stay.