It's been said time and time again, but it remains true: flexible workspaces are changing the nature of work. We see this not only globally, but regionally as well and within our own cities with the number of coworking spaces and serviced office providers continuing to grow, attracting interest from all industries, and Manila is no exception.
When it comes to planning events, there are a whole host of questions you have to ask yourself. Possibly the most important out of these is what type of event are you hosting - is it an intimate end-of-year team dinner, is it a product launch, or a conference with multiple guest speakers? When you know the answer to this, then you can figure out what type of venue you should look for, namely what size venue would best suit your event. So let's go over some of the factors that will help you find the right event space for your needs.
Procrastination is a near-universal phenomenon. Who doesn't find their minds wandering, scrolling through their phone, or even working longer on one task to avoid starting another?
Earlier this year Fast Company spoke about community and coworking spaces: Here are a bunch of cowork startups saying the same things about how different they are. The basis of their argument is that to differentiate themselves, coworking spaces emphasize their community. In other words, what sets them a part from the rest is what also makes them the same. But despite the negative connotations, isn't community the beauty of coworking spaces?
Planning for your company Christmas party in August may initially seem a bit preemptive, but if you think about it, now is the best time to start. Hundreds of people are booking event venues, restaurants, rooftops, bars, etc., for essentially the same date - so if you don't start now, it's more than likely that your top choices will already be snapped up by someone who beat you to the punch.
Starting your own company can be an exciting time, and you may want to go out and get your own office space right away. However, whilst your company is still in its infancy this might not be the best decision, financially or otherwise. Instead, you should consider a coworking space as the homebase for your startup, plus they're 10-30% cheaper than a traditional office. And if companies such as Uber, Eatigo, Zalora, and Booky used coworking spaces, there must be something to them.
As today's technology has developed, and continues to develop, so have our workspaces. In tandem, we've experienced a shift from the traditional 9-5, 5-days-a-week method of working to a much more flexible routine. This means that we're witnessing more people working from home a couple days out of the week, setting up shop in a coworking space, or even working remotely from a beach in Bali.
Coworking spaces have, without a doubt, flourished in popularity recently. Deskmag has written about it, Forbes has written about it, and many many more have talked about the growth in the number of flexible, short-term workspaces. But why are they gaining such esteem? To break it down: they're human-centric. As opposed to traditional offices, coworking spaces focus more on hospitality than they do on simply providing real estate. In other words, rather than just offering a desk to come work, these spaces create a community in which digital nomads, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and even MNC's can achieve their business goals.
The beauty of coworking spaces is the community they build and the collaboration that they nurture - helping startups find the right networks to get them where they want to go. Other than facilitating relationship building on a daily basis, events are a fantastic way for coworking spaces to help their members. Whether by hosting talks or simple movie nights, events help bring coworking members together outside of working hours.