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.