Increase Your Productivity At The Best Co-Working Spaces In Singapore
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The popularity of the self-employed movement has been increasing exponentially, giving rise to buzzword phrases like ‘location independence’ and ‘digital nomad’. One issue that faces this group of freelancers and entrepreneurs is finding a place to work that minimizes distractions and maximizes productivity. Working at home can be fraught with distractions, and additionally many feel lonely after losing the camaraderie of colleagues. To that end, coworking spaces have popped up all over the world where one can benefit from sharing a workspace with people in different industries and retain the benefits of colleagues without the drawbacks. Many coworking spaces also host a variety of events from formal networking to casual social gatherings to increase professional and friendly connections between members. Here are the best spots in Singapore to boost that productivity within a social space.
The Working Capitol
The Working Capitol, Singapore | Courtesy of The Working Capitol
The Working Capitol is immense, taking up residence in a 33,000-square-foot former biscuit factory. Opened in 2015, the Working Capital is a coworking and events space that offers four options to meet the diverse needs of its members. Besides office space, The Working Capitol also has an alfresco beer garden, a café, and even shower facilities. They frequently host events with speakers from high-profile companies like Mashable and Facebook as well as their many networking events.
EK YAP Creative Director/Photographer www.ekyap.com www.flickr.com/ekyap | Courtesy of The Great Room
The Great Room sets itself apart from other coworking spaces as Singapore’s first hospitality-inspired coworking space. CEO and co-founder of The Great Room, Ms Jaelle Ang, previously worked with luxury hotel brand Four Seasons and noticed that people are more driven to be professionally successful when working from a hotel. With that in mind, she hired Distillery Studio, the hospitality specialist behind the Manhattan Bar, to design The Great Room. Besides the traditional hotdesks, The Great Room also offers Hot Office, which gives members the privacy and security of a dedicated office while still having the collaborative benefits of a coworking space.
Collision 8 is a new face in the coworking landscape in Singapore; they just opened their doors a few months ago in August 2016. With an ideal location near Raffles Place and City Hall MRT stations, members can enjoy views of the Singapore River, Marina Bay Sands, and Fort Canning Park from their work spaces. Collision 8 offers five membership tiers that all include access to exclusive, members-only events, monthly connections through customized corporate matchmaking, and exclusive perks from community and lifestyle partners.
Trehaus Co-Work, Singapore | Courtesy of Trehaus Workspace
Trehaus is Singapore’s first coworking space catering to working parents. The space is divided into two areas: the Workspace and the Kids’ Atelier. Trehaus was founded by working mothers Rachel Teo, Tjin Lee, Elaine Kim, and educator Elizabeth Wu, who understand the struggles of having a good work and family life balance. Besides The Workspace, which is equipped with the standard private and common desks, The Kids’ Atelier offers childcare services for infants and learning programs for toddlers.
JustCo has two locations in Singapore where people in different industries can work, meet, and collaborate. They offer four tiers of membership geared towards freelancers, entrepreneurs, startups, and large companies in common and private spaces. All membership levels include access to private events and corporate perks. JustCo also organizes open-to-the-public social events – look out for their upcoming fancy dress Halloween party, fitness events, and Salesforce workshops.
Woolf Works, named after Virginia Woolf and inspired behind the idea of A Room of One’s Own, that one needs their own space to produce art, is the first women-only coworking space in all of Southeast Asia. The offer part- and full-time common spaces and dedicated desks to the freelancers, corporate workers, writers, and entrepreneurs that make up their members. Membership to Woolf Works includes access to their weekly Lean In circle, educational workshops, and a members-only Friday happy hours to wind down the week.
Sparkkspace + Sparkkstudio caters to Singapore’s creative community. Along with offering common office space, they also offer common studio space. Creative work is inherently collaborative, and especially at the beginning, large overheads can be the end of a creative project. The community is largely made up of photographers, directors, and writers who want to grow their careers and also help younger members of the community reach their dreams.