The terms “remote work” and “digital nomad” have become more popular lately. People who work remotely from anywhere (location-independent) and earn a living online are known as digital nomads. These digital nomads can work without having to commute to the office, allowing them to work from anywhere they desire. Thanks to the forward-thinking companies that enable their team to work remotely from anywhere!
A new kind of workspace known as “coworking space” has emerged in response to the growing acceptance of remote work and digital nomadism. Similar to Bali, where remote workers from all parts of the world come for a “workation” (work vacation). The coworking movement is quickly gaining traction in Bali.
Every coworking space has its own unique atmosphere and vibe, that’s why choosing the best workspace is necessary.
How do you choose the best coworking space between so many options?
Consider these ten factors and checklists when choosing your next coworking space for your remote work journey:
The location of any coworking space should be a major consideration since it impacts how long it takes for you to go there. Choose a location that is both close by and simple to get to because you want to create a separation between your home and your workplace. Nobody wants to sit in traffic for hours on end every day!
The benefit of sharing a workspace is financial efficiency. In a manner similar to plug-and-play offices, you only pay for the space that you utilize, such as a hot desk, shared desk, or private office. Your goal is to select the ideal coworking space that fits your needs and offers the minimum amenities needed to run an office.
Most coworking spaces offer standard office equipment but make sure to ask about any extras you might need, such as chargers, whiteboards, and projectors. Check to see if printing and meeting rooms are included in the price, as well as kitchen, bathroom, private areas, phone booths, and others.
When choosing a coworking space, it’s important to know how flexible it is in scheduling and potential expansions. It’s an advantage to be able to relocate within their centers in the same location rather than looking for a new workspace, especially if you work for startups that may grow and expand at any time.
You should have access to your workspace during business hours and on days that you want to work. While some facilities keep their workstations open around the clock, they close down others, like cafeterias and front desks, after regular business hours. Choose the best option for your working needs.
The work environment or ambiance is really important. Coworking spaces offer the potential for a distraction-free working environment.
Take a look at the layout and ask yourself:
Do the common areas separated from the work areas allow maximum focus and productivity?
Is there enough space to relax without bothering those who are working?
Does the place have adequate air conditioning so it won’t be too hot to work in?
Apart from noise levels, you should check the decor and lighting. Lots of natural light, outdoor gardens, green vegetation, and pleasant views will create a better work environment for you to focus happily and concentrate easily. Such an environment will inspire your imagination without detracting from it.
All these perks mentioned are typical coworking spaces here in Bali. They offer a lovely tropical environment with unlimited natural light that boosts your productivity. Some places will even ask you to go barefoot when entering, as grounding/earthing is the simple process of potent antioxidants, giving you a comfortable and cozy feeling.
Finally, take a look at the furniture. Some coworking spaces may not have your preferred type of seating. Not all coworking spaces have standing desks, ergonomic chairs, swinging chairs, bouncy balls, and beanbags. Yet, these types of seating arrangements have excellent health benefits and the power to significantly boost your productivity. You’re gonna spend several hours a day in the coworking space, so, make sure it’s comfortable!
6. Community & Activities
The majority of a coworking space’s added value comes from its membership programs and events (seminars, workshops & movie nights). Membership programs commonly offer exclusive access to member-only events and opportunities to network with other members.
The activities taking place in a coworking space such as member sharing and networking are definitely beneficial for your professional growth, as well as opening potential new doors of opportunities.
7. Internet Speed and Stability
A common factor to consider when choosing a coworking space is internet speed and stability. Professionals are constantly searching for the best internet connection since they come to coworking spaces primarily for work.
The good news is that most coworking spaces guarantee that their Wi-Fi is up to speed, but it’s a good foresight to ask about it and test it yourself. With Midstay, you can check the average internet speed of our coworking partners around you.
Unless you don’t mind carrying your laptop anywhere you go, then you’ll need a place where you can leave your work for lunch hour or even overnight. Check the security measures, especially if the location is open 24/7.
9. Good services
To maximize your productivity, it’s important to choose a coworking space that meets all your needs and allows you to focus well. Most places offer a wide range of services like fitness gyms, yoga studios, kid’s areas, outdoor patios, and more. Free coffee and tea are quite common. So if you plan on drinking them every day, it’s a good idea to try them out beforehand.
10. Type of coworking space
There are typically three types of desks available in coworking spaces:
- Hot desks: Hot desks adapt to the “first come, first served” rule. You may use any vacant workstations in the building. It is the cheapest option. Although you would have to pack up your workstation every day, which can be inconvenient and ineffective, it might be a good solution for freelancers.
- Fixed workstations: Fixed desks are reserved desks allotted to you and only you can use them. The fixed desk option might help you avoid the additional tasks that come with a hot desk. It gives you a dedicated workstation that you can modify to your preferences and work needs.
- The cabins: Similar to office suites, cabin spaces are only available to you and your team. Cabin space might be more suitable for those who need to interact with clients frequently, store, and manage large amounts of data.
Decide and prepare for what to expect at your new workplace using the criteria we’ve mentioned. Make sure to get the most return on your investment by deciding how much you are willing to pay each month, as well as what type of services and amenities you need. Check out Midstay, a platform dedicated to helping remote workers settle faster abroad, to see the availability and details of our local coworking space partners that suit your preferences.