If you are a startup based in Hong Kong, you’ll no doubt be worried about how you are ever going to afford the high commercial rents to get your own startup office space.
A coworking space is a shared workplace that individuals or companies utilize to conduct their business – either in their own city if they don’t have an office, or in another city while they are travelling.
Coworking spaces can be used for either a daily, weekly, or monthly fee, and offer facilities such as private meeting rooms, a kitchen, and social spaces.
Using a Hong Kong coworking space takes away a lot of the pressure when you are starting out and growing your business.
Coworking spaces allow Hong Kong startups to work in a professional environment where you can network and learn from others, without a long-term commitment or high upfront costs.
Since renting and setting up your own startup office can take a huge chunk of your cash flow, this can cause a lot of stress and be a waste of moneyespecially if you are still trying to land on your feet.
With so many Hong Kong coworking spaces available, it is worthwhile doing some research into the different options. You should also visit the spaces with some of your team to get a feel for the working environment.
Here are some points to consider when looking at Hong Kong coworking spaces:
Facilities will vary depending on the size of each coworking space, so it’s best to chat with your team about what facilities will be useful to you.
Some things that may be important to you are:
Social area (with games or activities for break time)
Rooftop bar (for socializing)
Meeting rooms & conference facilities
Hong Kong coworking spaces often organize weekly events such as seminars and networking sessions. An active community is a fantastic way to meet people and bounce ideas off.
A lot of Hong Kong coworking spaces utilise hot desks on a first come-first served basis.
If you are going to be using the space for a long period of time, then you may be able to pay extra to have your own dedicated work area for your team so you can organize your space for better productivity.
You should also check that the coworking space has private meeting areas that you can book for team or client meetings.
A central location that is easily accessible by your team, and close to cafes and restaurants is a wise idea.
Most Hong Kong coworking spaces offer a monthly fee that is considerably cheaper than paying weekly. Make sure to check what this fee includes, such as free printing, private meeting room use, or free drinks.
Making the decision to upgrade from your current coworking situation can come about for a few reasons:
Your team has expanded, and you simply need more space.
You want to move to a coworking space that has better facilities or community.
You can now afford to rent your own office space.
While moving into your own startup office will certainly feel satisfying, do remember that this is a costly process and you need to make sure that you have enough money coming in to be able to meet the monthly rent and bill payments.
Moving into a bigger coworking space means that you are still able to be in control of your finances in a central location and gives you the chance to connect with new people who may help you scale up your business.
If you need some help choosing the right coworking space for your startup, please feel free to contact us here at Garage Society for advice.
We have 4 great coworking spaces in Hong Kong and 4 in South East Asia with a continuous expansion plan. We will be more than happy to invite you in for a site visit to find the perfect place to grow your business.
Founded in 2014, Garage Society is a community operator for the new generation workforce with four co-working spaces in prime locations in Hong Kong and another four locations in Asia. To foster a community where like-minded people can work, live, learn, and grow through sharing and collaborating, we offer flexible workspace solutions to meet the changing requirements of the modern workforce, while providing support through industry-focused events, hiring, and internships as well as investment placement. We also facilitate and promote collaboration opportunities through our online community platform and we are committed to being a responsible business through our ethical approach and CSR initiatives. Garage Society is home to international startups, innovative entrepreneurs and modern corporates as we continue to grow with our multinational team and members across Asia.
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