Q&A with founder of Haus, London’s newest coworking startup.

Haus turns funky nocturnal bars and restaurants into affordable day-time coworking hubs.

I caught up with Kaniyet Rayev, the founder of London’s newest coworking startup Haus, for a bit of a Q&A on his business and it’s positioning in the shared workspace sector.

So tell us about Haus and what makes it different from the 100s of coworking spaces in London right now?

Haus is a new type of coworking space. We find restaurants that are closed during the day and transform them into beautiful coworking spaces.

With our membership you get all the essentials, such as coffee, tea, wifi, and plenty of power outlets. On top of that our price is almost 2–3 times cheaper then in other coworking spaces in Central London, so it is hard to find a better deal. I think Haus fills the gap between working from a coffeeshop and working from a proper coworking space.

How cool. So what exactly makes using Haus better than coffee shops?

4 things: security, noise, price and community.

So in terms of security, only Haus members can work in the space during the day. Therefore, you feel more relaxed and don’t need to worry about your belongings. Just as an obvious example, you can go to the toilet without implicitly asking your neighbour to look after your stuff.

Secondly, because everyone is coming to focus on work, there is no background noise and big crowds in the space, so you can focus on your work much better.

Thirdly, you don’t need to worry about buying coffee or food all the time to sit in the space. And you also get free coffee from us anyway.

Finally, we plan to organise networking events in the space so you will get to know your coworkers and be part of a growing community. I think it is quite lonely to sit in the coffeeshops, being surrounded by so many people, but not being able to speak to them. So this is where Haus solves the problem.

And how do memberships work? What’s included? What isn’t?

Memberships are only £150 per month and you get your first trial week for free to see if it fits your needs. The first 50 members of Haus will also get 20% discount off their first month. All the essentials are included in the price, so you won’t need to pay anything extra.

Right now we have only one location, but as we grow, you will get access to all the spaces in our network.

As a limitation, we are only working on weekdays from 9am-5pm. But you do get discount at the bar when it opens, which is a nice little perk.

What about you!? Why did you launch Haus, why does it NEED to exist?

I launched Haus, because I needed space to work, but was tired of working from coffeeshops. There is always a feeling that you need to keep your belongings close to you, there is a lot of noise which distracts you and also an awkward feeling that you need to keep order something all the time.

But the main problem I encountered is that I was feeling lonely spending the whole day without any personal interactions. Speaking to strangers in the coffeeshops is not really a popular thing to do.

At the same time buying membership at a coworking space was not an option either, because of the cost of memberships in popular locations.

I then realised that there are spaces which are empty most of the time, like events spaces for example. But then, idea of using restaurants came around, cause there is already furniture in place and you just need to bring wifi and power outlets to get to work. So that’s how the idea for Haus was born.

I think that Haus is going to be more about the interactions between people then the space itself. I believe that the space is just a facilitator and the sense of community is what will make Haus different to coffeeshops.

It is very important to support startups and freelancers. That’s why we are partnering with included.co, because we also want to help our members save not only on workspace, but other essential business services as well.

And what’s the big picture?

Our goal is have a community of startups and freelancers who can go to any area of London and even other European cities and have a space to work during the day. They will know that they can connect to people in each of these spaces and get support from the community wherever they go.

There you have it! A great middle-ground for folks who are sick of coffee shops, but aren’t ready to jump into coworking spaces just yet.

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