5 Types of Coworking Spaces For Your Business
Coworking is the new buzz word in work spaces. And more and more types of coworking spaces are mushrooming each month. With so many to choose from, how does one go about searching for the right one? If you’re in the market for a flexible office such as a coworking workspace, you can WhatsApp us and we’ll be happy to help.
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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 types of coworking spaces 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.
As one of the progenitors of the coworking trend, WeWork in Singapore is a prime example of a coworking space committed to enriching opportunities for its members. Across multiple locations, members get access to a number of regular events, learning sessions, and panels led by the likes of LinkedIn and Saleswhale.
2. “Lifestyle” Coworking
These types of coworking spaces take a holistic approach to work. Work-life balance is integrated into the workspace. 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.
Landlords (or sometimes referred to as providers) integrates food and drinks options into its coworking memberships.
The Hive on New Bridge Road has a cafe and rooftop on premise for yoga lessons. They organise ski vacations and other holidays.
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. These types of coworking spaces are able to inform and inspire the community with topics that are relevant to them.
There are plenty of these specialised coworking spaces dedicated to every business community, whether you’re a consultant, small business, fintech, or simply need an in-house childcare facility. If your business requires something specific, you can WhatsApp us or you do it yourself using our office search engine.
4. “Professional” Coworking
Professional coworking spaces are best for companies that need a more “corporate” look for receiving clients and prospects at their offices. The workspace design is especially 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.
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.
Have a pantry convo or a fireside chat on the ground floor at the pantry, or hotdesk on the first floor. If you’d prefer an enclosed workspace, there are soundproof offices as well.
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