Go Big: An Entrepreneurial Couple Brings Personal Connection and Warmth to Düsseldorf's Newest Coworking Space
The truth is, trivago couldn’t help everyone go someplace new in 2020. So instead, we’re celebrating the people that turned challenge into opportunity by starting new businesses, pursuits, and passions. When they couldn’t go far, they chose to go big.
When Susanne Milinevska and her partner and co-founder, Dominic Aquaro, decided to turn their building’s ground floor into 3RD/Room Coworking, being affected by coronavirus was the last thing on their minds. But with Germany’s latest lockdown in full effect, the duo spent their winter break in Tenerife—where Susanne’s parents have a home—rethinking their business strategy and brainstorming innovative ways to thrive in the new year and beyond.
While the pandemic has been a struggle for the business due to the country’s multiple lockdowns, it has helped strengthen their relationship. “We had to get to know each other while building a company,” Susanne explains. “For me, the only struggle right now is not having a job—my job was managing the coworking space. Now, it’s very slow, and there’s not a lot of things I can do for the company. I’m a little bit lost and all in my head trying to figure out what’s next.”
To Tenerife, We Go
Opening in June 2020, directly after Germany’s first lockdown, meant 3RD/Room Coworking’s business was booming. “We didn’t really feel the effects of the lockdown much because we had people there,” recalls Dominic. “But now, we definitely feel it. Our clients have all emailed us to cancel their bookings because of the pandemic.”
But the couple is not giving up just yet. They’re putting up the entire space for short-term rent to one or two companies to help cover their bills until they can start coworking again. They also opened up for daily, ten euro-a-day passes. “I don’t want to close completely, because maybe this ten-euro client will be somebody that is going to rent long-term with us when it’s over.”
With Germany in yet another, albeit stricter lockdown since the end of last year, the duo has decided to take a step back from work and focus on reworking their strategy for 3RD/Room for 2021. “Our first step is to open again, host events that bring the people together and back into our space,” Dominic says. Eventually, the two want to have a space in Tenerife, which they consider to be their second home, too. “The pandemic has caused the island to struggle. If we can get our clients to book long-term and get a month in Tenerife, then we can help the economy grow again. This is our best-case scenario,” explains Susanne. “This is one of our long-term dreams. One of our future visions.”
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