BY DELLE CHAN
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If you’re a freelancer or an entrepreneur who finds it less than conducive to work at home, co-working spaces might be right up your alley.
Co-working spaces are essentially shared office environments that facilitate independent activity, making them ideal for small business owners, freelancers and remote workers. And their popularity is growing, with more than 25 such spaces in Singapore at last count.
Besides providing amenities such as desks, breakout spaces, meeting rooms, Wi-Fi and coffee, many such spaces are open 24/7 – perfect for those who prefer working at odd hours of the night. Membership is usually on a monthly basis, although some spaces offer day passes (upon request) that will suit those who need them on an ad hoc basis.
“Co-working spaces enable users to get their work done without the distractions of the laundry pile, the TV or the doorbell. Users also enjoy the social aspect of co-working, as it offers them plenty of opportunities for collaboration,” shares Michaela Anchan, founder of Woolf Works.
“You’re surrounded by a group of incredibly motivated and inspiring people. It’s like a physical social network,” adds Jonathan O’Byrne, CEO of Collective Works. “Besides, a co-working space saves you money due to economies of scale, so you get better facilities than you can afford on your own.”