As freelancing and self-employment has surged over the past several years, co-working has blown up along with it. This same pattern has unfolded in Croatia as well, with a slew of creative spaces opening up in major centres like Zagreb, Split, and Zadar.
This has made it easy for remote workers, entrepreneurs and start up founders to keep up with their duties while experiencing one of Europe’s most enriching countries.
According to Coworker.com, during a six month period from July – December 2016, the number of people searching for co-working spaces increased to 669%, compared to the previous six months.
So, if you are a location independent professional looking to smash out some work when you aren’t partying on Brac, stuffing your face full of Ćevapi (a grilled dish of minced meat, a type of skinless sausage), or exploring the streets of Dubrovnik, make an effort to check out some of the co-working spaces we’ve listed for ease.
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Impact Hub Zagreb
Starting your “co-workcation” in Zagreb? Check out the scene at Impact Hub Zagreb, especially if you are into social entrepreneurship. It has all the standard staples of a co-working space, from free coffee to access to printers and Skype rooms.
With beanbag chairs and a deliberate focus on using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, this spot stands out from other options in Zagreb in a distinct way.
If you are looking for a more social co-working experience in Zagreb, check out HUB385. Although this space tends to attract developers more than any other type of digital worker, you’ll find a variety of creative types banging away at the projects at one of HUB’s many hot desks.
There are conference and meeting rooms available for those looking to pitch or collaborate with local entrepreneurs, common areas that are conducive to casual socialising, and for members, showers to rinse away a day’s worth of hard work.
Those wanting to focus a bit more on business while in Zagreb will find the environment they are looking for at ZIP.Factory.
Centered on helping start ups launch and succeed, the atmosphere here is more serious than other options listed here, but those looking to get some targeted assistance in where they are struggling will find more than a few professionals willing to help. With a library filled with the latest business books and internet offering speeds of 100mbps down / 100mbps up, the managers here do their best to help you succeed.
It isn’t all work and no play, though, as this space’s foosball table sees plenty of competitive action when the time comes to take a break from the grind.
BIZ koshnica is yet another option if you are looking to knock out some work while in Zagreb.
Offering an open invitation to Digital Nomads of all types, BIZ koshnica provides an inspiring place to collaborate with other location-independent professionals, whether it is over coffee in the common area, or while participating in a special yoga session.
Located in the historic coastal city of Split, Amosfera provides nomads with a space to work on their business when they aren’t busy touring Diocletian’s Palace or going on dive trips into the crystal clear depths of the Adriatic. With a view of the sea, you’ll have all the inspiration you’ll need to bang out the code or blog posts you need to get done.
Got a bad back? Amosfera offers standing desks, which will allow you to change your working posture throughout the day.
If the vibe at Amosfera isn’t quite what you are after, there are other co-working options in Split. CoCreative Coworking offers an ambiance that is sleek and modern, 24/7 access, and a location that puts it within a ten minute walk of the downtown core.
Used frequently by photographers, designers, journalists, start up entrepreneurs and other remote workers, there is plenty of opportunity for cross-pollination of ideas here.
If you want to base yourself in an atmospheric city on the Croatian coast that has less of a tourist scene than Dubrovnik or Split has, consider doing so in Zadar. Not as overrun by tourists, you’ll get to enjoy its old world charm without having fend off hordes of selfie sticks.
Most importantly, though, Zadar is also home to COIN Zadar, a co-working space opened its doors in 2015 to help encourage entrepreneurship locally, travelling location independent business people have added to the scene here, helping both groups immeasurably.
With networking facilitators on-site playing matchmaker by connecting entrepreneurs with local professionals, working at COIN Zadar will give startup founders the opportunity to pick up quality employees during their visit to this beautiful city.
Urbani Inkubator Sibenik
Nomads searching for a Croatian work base on the Adriatic coast even further off the beaten track will want to give Urbani Inkubator Sibenik a fair trial.
A picture perfect town in North Dalmatia that is best known for UNESCO-recognised Saint James Cathedral, it has its share of sightseeing highlights, but it also boasts a well-designed co-working space.
Furnished with an assortment of cute IKEA furniture and Macs/PC’s, and a meeting room that has modern art adorning the walls, those looking to stay productive while chilling out in an unheralded travel destination in Croatia will want to drop in here on a regular basis.
KIWI – Creative Space
Those wanting to skip out on the tourist crowds while retaining the benefits of a big city should spend some time in the Adriatic port city of Rijeka. In addition to the opportunities for cultural immersion, creative types will have a chance to interact with local entrepreneurs at KIWI – Creative Space.
Focused on those in the fine arts but open to working with other digital workers as well, those seeking an illustrator or graphic artist will have an excellent chance of finding someone here. With events that include art exhibitions, cultured nomads will want to spend some time hanging out here during their tour of Croatia.
If you have had your fill of Croatia’s popular travel destinations, and you simply want to hide away in a little-known but picturesque city in the interior, hop aboard the first bus/train to Osijek.
With few distractions, you’ll have all the focus you’ll need to hammer away at your projects during the days you’ll spend at Cowork Osijek.
With a pleasant atmosphere, a well-designed hot desk area, a well-stocked kitchen, and plenty of opportunities to meet local entrepreneurs, a trip away from the main tourist centers of Croatia to this unheralded city might be the cure for what is ailing your company.
There are many other centers across the country that have excellent creativity hubs available for traveling entrepreneurs and remote workers to use so don’t forget to check out Coworker.com.
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