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?
GreenHub, Kota Kasablaka
Flexible space in Jakarta has experienced 16% growth in the last 12 months. As it stands, Jakarta is one of the leading cities in the Southeast Asian region for coworking spaces and serviced offices with a total of 146 centres. With so many options available, the common questions we get from people are "What is the best coworking space?" or "Which coworking space do you recommend?" Our short answer is "it depends." In truth, the perfect coworking space doesn't exist, the perfect one is probably the one that ticks all the boxes you need. One of the most, if not the most important factor that we notice when people look for an office space in Jakarta is location, so let's talk about that shall we?
Coworking is growing in popularity throughout the world, a trend that is expected to continue in the coming years. In fact, the number of coworking members in the US is expected to top one million by the year 2022. Much of this growth has to do with the needs of the businesses and professionals that use coworking spaces, but it’s also important to consider the ability of space providers to offer a quality coworking experience.
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.
We don't get to witness the changing of seasons here in Southeast Asia but hey, maybe that's a good thing as winter is approaching, no winter blues that's for sure. All the more reasons to get up and be productive! November in Southeast Asia is filled with a number of great events, here's our pick of the best events that are taking place across the region this month.
PAPER defining work and TOAST representing food, that was the original concept of coworking when the first ever coworking space operator PAPER + TOAST landed in Malaysia in 2010. "The concept of coworking was still relatively new globally and an unaccustomed concept in Malaysia," said Wan Imran, Director of PAPER + TOAST, "it consists of a work space and a cafe, a concept that locals can relate - working at a cafe."
Singapore is one of the countries with the best business prospects in the world, and with one of the highest ranked economies in Southeast Asia it provides ample opportunities for growing your business. However, it also has some of the most expensive office rents in the region which puts up a significant barrier for companies, no matter what size, to set up shop.
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.
Kedasi, Tanjung Duren
Thanks to the the coworking boom in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta, you can find coworking spaces and serviced offices at pretty much every corner of Jakarta, well maybe not every corner but in areas like SCBD, Sudirman, Thamrin and Kuningan, you're spoiled for choice. The major CBD areas in Jakarta are saturated with top flexible workspace brands such as WeWork, COCOWORK, and IWG (Regus). Fierce competition drives many other operators to establish a presence elsewhere, and in all fairness, it does make good business sense. Not every company is looking to secure a luxurious office space on the 47th floor, overlooking the Jakarta skyline... let's not kid ourselves, anyone would jump at the chance if the budget forbids!