A freelance marketing professional developing a digital marketing strategy for an up and coming startup. A genius software developer and brilliant salesman with the next big idea but no garage to make it happen in. An author whose flat just proves to be uninspiring and claustrophobic. A solopreneur who flew in for a few days to meet with potential clients but the coffee shop is just too noisy to have a decent conversation, let alone win them over.
What do all these people have in common?
They all need a proper workspace that will enable them to get things done.
A workspace where one can be inspired not just by the environment, but by the other like-minded professionals. A workspace where a meeting of the minds can bring out the next big thing in today’s sharing economy.
A workspace that is affordable, practical, easily accessible, and provides opportunities for people to connect with each other and create solutions that fill a need.
We took a close look at a number of the steadily growing co-working spaces in Hong Kong and what they had to offer for the budget conscious, as well as those looking for cost-effective solutions yet will not mind paying a premium for the extra bells and whistles.
And to make it easier to compare the various amenities and services available, we focused on hot desks. But before we look at what differentiates them from each other across price points, let us identify the basic amenities that come standard with most co-working spaces.
- Fast Wi-Fi
- Free coffee / tea / filtered drinking water
- Printer / Copier / Scanner
Basic, Low-Cost Options – HK$800-HK$2,000/month
You might have come across some well-known co-working spaces and think, it is exactly what you need to build your startup. However, your budget is tight and the opportunity to network is more vital to your business rather than free-flowing beer. Fortunately, a lot of affordable workspaces can be found across Hong Kong.
At the economical end of the spectrum, you can avail yourself a hotdesk in an open-plan, loft-style location, which is conducive to networking with other professionals in programming, e-commerce, design and social media among others. You can also opt for one that has a coffee shop vibe minus the noise, though privacy might be lacking. Some locations offer small meeting rooms so it would be easier to brainstorm with your team. And, for the health-conscious, standing desks are also available. It may not necessarily be located in the heart of Hong Kong’s business district, but still easily accessible by public transport.
Mid-range Options – HK$4,000-HK$6,000/month
Aesthetics is important to you. You can’t bear to work in another colorless cubicle and you believe that a little bit of flair can’t hurt anyone. In Sheung Wan, SoHo, or Tsim Sha Tsui, you might just find some of the more Instagram-worthy co-working spaces.
These locations may sometimes look like anything but a workplace. With its designer furnishings and hand-drip coffee, many young entrepreneurs flock to these communal workspaces for opportunities to collaborate with like-minded individuals. Some co-working spaces are designed to offer services specifically to help jumpstart your business. For an additional fee, some can offer administrative support and secretarial staff, while others offer web design, branding, and social media marketing services.
Premium Options – HK$8,000-HK$25,000/month
Efficiency meets fine comforts meets prestige. For the captains of industry, with distinctive needs and particular tastes, hot desks are available at prime locations in the center of Hong Kong’s business district. These sought-after addresses alone bring a certain cachet. These co-working spaces can be found in some of the city’s high-rise buildings, home to other well-renowned companies from around the world.
With spaces designed by popular architects and furniture from well-known brands, you can’t mistake it for anything but professional. Highly-qualified staff are at hand to assist you, from reception, office administration, secretarial, or IT support. Its cafe areas are perfect for a casual meet-up with a fellow innovator. You will also have access to meeting rooms, lounge, pantry, and boardrooms equipped with state-of-the-art amenities.
In addition to the basics, what other amenities matter most to you?
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