There’s no reason why starting a business has to be a huge, scary venture any more. Coworking spaces in Singapore are really flexible; there are meeting rooms, admin services and plenty of à la carte options too. It can be a great way of getting cheaper office space, and cutting staff numbers and utility overheads. Work life has changed dramatically over the years and you no longer have to face the major cost of full-time staff with bums on seats and the expense of a huge office space and hardware. Whether you’re a one-man band, a small startup or you have headquarters in other countries but need to do business in Singapore, here are some great options that’ll give you flexibility and the opportunity to meet like-minded people!
This coworking space caters to people who need to host meetings, events and networking lunches as a part of their business. There are three main locations: Capital Square, The Quadrant and Picotin Express East Coast. At these shared offices, workstations can be booked on a monthly basis, starting from $200. Members also have access to office services such as scanners and printers and can book meeting rooms, boardrooms and event spaces for large meetings and presentations, with the exception of Picotin Express East Coast. Day passes (9am to 6pm) are also available at Capital Square and The Quadrant.
What’s new: The company has recently launched a new membership package, MultiCo, where members can choose to work at a selection of F&B outlets across town. Going at $500 a month, the package includes $500 worth of F&B credits that can be used at partner restaurants – meaning the workspace is practically free and you can use the credits to entertain clients! All F&B venues also have high-speed Wi-Fi and power outlets so you can work with ease. Current spots include The Black Swan, and Pizza Express at Marina One and Scotts Square, with more in the pipeline.
Keen to get an overview of Singapore’s shared offices to see which one might suit you best? GorillaSpace is a handy online platform that offers a comprehensive selection of some of the best coworking and serviced offices in town. It allows you to view and compare more than 160 different spaces and find out important details such as size, location, price, opening hours and amenities. Some offices on the site offer great benefits including free parking, daycare, pool and gym access – even lunchtime yoga sessions. You can also view immersive 360-degree panoramas, HD videos and high-resolution photos of the spaces. Booking visits to short-listed spaces is easy, and you can directly message the workspace administrators in realtime if you have any queries. If you’re overseas or too busy to make a visit, you can even arrange for a virtual tour!
Special offer: Book a workspace on the platform and you can enjoy up to 20 percent cashback on your lease. GorillaSpace also offers a personalised search for those who know their workspace requirements; just fill in the details such as size, length of lease and even proximity to specific MRT stations and it’ll give you access to a list of the most relevant spaces, with accurate real-time quotes.
Catering to start-ups, SMEs and large corporates, JustCo’s coworking space offers hot-desking areas and private office suites. They have 17 shared offices in Singapore and close to 40 centres across Asia Pacific, and members enjoy local and regional access to all JustCo centres (booked via the JustCo App). The centres are equipped with meeting rooms, event spaces and other amenities including in-house cafés, well-stocked pantries, mothers’ rooms and game corners. JustCo at Marina Square also has product showcase areas where members can display and share their products.
How much? Hot desk rental starts from $398 a month for unlimited use. A personal reserved workspace and desk goes at $750 a month, while an exclusive studio space costs $800 a month. Or, for using a desk for a single full day in a month, the rental fee is $98.
Looking for shared offices in Singapore? Located in the CBD, JSE Offices is a coworking space within walking distance of various MRT stations, serviced apartments, banks and food outlets. You can choose to rent a private office, virtual office, desk or meeting rooms here. Besides 24/7 access and free high-speed Wi-Fi, there’s a copier and scanning facilities, with in-house staff on hand to assist you and your clients. They also offer accounting, corporate taxation and payroll services. The fully furnished offices have ergonomic height-adjustable office tables and high-tech door access. And, if you’ve got little ones, there’s a nursing room and kids’ playroom equipped with CCTV surveillance.
How much? Private office rental starts from $300 per person, dedicated desk rental goes for $18 daily and virtual office rental costs $25 monthly. Meeting room usage is priced at $40 per hour. Rental of private offices is flexible, from a half-day or daily basis to monthly or yearly.
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