I finally popped by Woolf Works, a coworking space for women in Joo Chiat, earlier today. Michaela Anchan conceived of the space as a destination for women, especially mothers, to invest in themselves and their businesses and to find a “room of their own” away from the distractions of the domestic sphere. Woolf Works opened last July and offers residents a range of flexible membership plans to suit their needs.
Michaela and I spoke candidly about balancing paid labor and unpaid domestic labor (for all genders, not just women), the challenges of starting and operating a business in Singapore, and her personal ups and downs. Full disclosure: we have known each other for years and I’ve been closely following her professional journey.
Woolf Works’ only drawback is the lack of on-site or nearby childcare especially because its target audience is caregivers! I recently read about this co-working space in South Orange, New Jersey, which is not far from where my parents live, which is a membership-based shared office space with on-site, optional childcare. That space offers parents the chance to work alongside others while their children play downstairs with experienced caregivers. Michaela told me that she had considered the idea of on-site or nearby childcare when establishing Woolf Works, but it was not logistically possible for a host of reasons.
Woolf Works is an impressive space and I look forward to seeing Michaela’s business thrive and grow.