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Candice Olivier

She’s the multi-passionate Gold Coast gal who gave us Karma Collab Hub, a warehouse turned co-working and event space that not only serves as an office space to lots of Gold Coast creatives but also hosts regular workshops and art shows.

We sat down for a chat with Candice about collaboration, community and connection and the advice she has for anyone looking to start their own business. 

How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I’ve been on the Gold Coast for 2.5 years now however once upon a time I lived in Brisbane and used to visit every weekend. I must admit it’s so different living here full time! Steve, the co-founder of Karma Collab Hub has been here for over 25 years so he knows all the short cuts.

What do you love most about our sparkly city?
The people and the sense of “calm” that fills your heart every day! There is such an amazing community here that doesn’t discriminate on gender, religion etc. I haven’t felt at home like this anywhere else I’ve lived.

Talk to us about your co-working space Karma Collab Hub…
Well the idea of converting a warehouse originally started off only to be my corporate business office but then a client wanted to rent it off me on the weekends, which suited me perfectly – he is actually now the other co-founder of Karma Collab Hub! We house 14 different small businesses full time, numerous drop in freelancers, not to mention the over 100 events we have hosted in a year that have educated the community on topics like sustainability, how to run a more successful start up and holistic awareness / activities such as meditation. We don’t do private offices and our open plan space puts more emphasis on collaboration and connection. Karma Collab Hub displays local artists work that rotates monthly, two boardrooms, a podcast room and our very own community herb garden! We have a huge drive to become a more sustainable space so we compost food waste and even our bin liners are compostable!

Why did you think the Coast needed something like you have created in Miami?
We just wanted a space down the southern end and came across this space which was WAY too big but once we saw, it we fell in love! The idea to open it up as a co-working space was only decided once we had signed the lease actually! We didn’t even know that there was another co working space right next door (Hotel Miami), which is a super funky space too (if you haven’t checked it out!)

You own another business too, what does a “normal” day look like for you?
No two days are ever the same and we are not the same people anymore! We are busier and happier funnily enough! We absolutely love this place as a home and the members as family.

Any advice for someone who might like to start their own business?
Take the bloody risk (just don’t sell your first born to do it). You have to be willing to lose what you put in because then you don’t worry so much about achieving and can spend more time actioning your plan, offering your creation from a space of love and desire to share rather than a mindset of “if I sell this to you I will make money and that’s great because I want to live in a big house”.

What’s on for the rest of 2019 for you?
We turn one on October 30th, so hopefully a couple of beers at our birthday party! Also just enjoying the summer and continuing to connect with the community. We are putting together a couple more collaborations and encouraging the members to participate in more volunteering opportunities. We might even start a podcast too!

Tell us about your favourites on the Coast…
Coffee spot: Morena Espresso / Dust Temple
Cafe for breakfast: Burleigh Co Op / Bam Bam Bakehouse
Restaurant for dinner: Spice Temple! It’s an Indian Restaurant that does delish vegan dishes!
How does your weekend usually look? Covered in clay (we have a ceramics studio in the hub!), hosting an event or reading at the beach!

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