5 Types of Coworking Spaces
Coworking is the new buzz word in work spaces. And more and more coworking spaces are mushrooming each month. Coworking as it is known today started with a concept by Brad Neuberg in 2005. Technology facilitated new gatherings and a meeting of the mind. A shared working environment became very attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors and freelancers. At “Coworking”, everyone worked independently. They shared similar values and were also interested in the synergy and potential business opportunities they co-create when working alongside each other. Coworking became the solution to the problem of isolation, loneliness, and distractions that freelancers often experience when working at home.
Today, coworking is thriving in many shapes and forms. Here are 5 forms of coworking you can find in Singapore:
1. “Traditional” coworking
To these spaces, coworking is not only about the physical space but about establishing the community first. They select and choose businesses that would thrive together, have synergy and ability to grow together. Their aim is to be the support that your business will need to survive and grow.
Impact Hub Prinsep and Impact Hub Cuppage recently partnered up with Google for Entrepreneurs to bring more connections and opportunities in Southeast Asia. They even have a fund to support its ecosystem.
2. “Lifestyle” coworking
These coworking spaces take a holistic approach to work. Work-life balance is integrated into the work space. They place much emphasis in the furniture, lighting, and decor. Membership to “lifestyle” coworking entitles you to the perks that could include classes, events and even discounts at restaurants, gyms, and travel.
ClubCo integrates food and drinks options into its co-working memberships.
Collision 8 holds regular yoga classes, events on personal development, club memberships.
Spacemob Claymore has regular yoga classes, lunch and snack breaks, with a cafe on premise. It offers health insurance and corporate travel discounts.
The Hive has a cafe and rooftop on premise for yoga lessons. They organise ski vacations and other holidays.
The Working Capitol has a bakery, cafe, a swimming pool and gym in its vicinity. All of which are in the same building.
3. “Specialization” coworking
Coworking with a specialization brings together companies from the same industries to create a greenhouse for ideas and business opportunities. Working together in similar fields, companies are able to share ideas quickly and form partnerships and evangelise each other’s products or differentiate. Specialization coworking spaces are able to inform and inspire the community with topics that are relevant to them.
CollectiveWorks Cecil Street attracts many consultants and small businesses in tech and management.
District 6 is designed for PropTech and property related companies.
Lattice80 is the space for all FinTech and finance related companies.
Level 3 works best for companies in the FMCG industries and can gain much synergy from Unilever’s group of companies.
SAUCEspace has a community with many small businesses in media, including photographers love access to the photography studio on premise.
The Co Duxton is great for entrepreneur journeymen (and women) who already run multiple small businesses.
Trehaus is a good solution for working parents as childcare is attached. Includes a nursing room and many children-related talks and get-togethers.
Workcentral is attractive to training professionals and writers.
4. “Professional” coworking
Professional coworking spaces are best for companies that need a more “corporate” look and receive clients and prospects at their offices. The workspace design is distinctively organised for head-down work. Most of them have ergonomic furniture and good lighting. The reception is neat and tidy. The welcome committee are friendly and professional. The pantry is well stocked with coffee, tea, and snacks. You are never short of plush couches, quiet nooks for discussions and well-designed meeting rooms for productive discussions and meetings.
CollectiveWorks Capital Tower has many well-designed sections for different types of work during the day.
Spacemob Ascent caters for small companies from 4 to 15 employees who do not need to be in the CBD.
The Great Room Offices has a posh drawing room for receiving clients, prospects, and guests.
The Work Project pays special attention to workspace design. Members have free use of all meeting rooms.
5. “Everybody” coworking
These coworking spaces are designed to be as open, inclusive and collaborative. The spaces are carved out with hot desks, permanent desks and private rooms to cater to all types of businesses.
BIGWork is an extension work space for students and young entrepreneurs who are starting out in Singapore and with an eye to expand into Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City.
There are 5 different floors at Spaces for businesses to choose from. Chit-chat on the ground floor at the pantry, or hotdesk on the first floor and for more privacy, work in sound-proof offices on the fourth floor.
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