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.
Every human being has all sorts of needs whether they live in town or out of town. “Working alone, together” is a phrase that actually portrays the primary needs of most freelancers, startups, or digital nomads that most of the serviced offices can address. Loneliness or isolation is the reason why people are opting out from a 9-5 corporate job in a traditional office.
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.
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.
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!
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.