The concept of the workplace is starkly different from a decade ago. No, the change is not only in the open floor plan replacing cubicles or in the introduction of advanced technologies: sharing is the new name of the game in offices. Co-working spaces have become the center of the spotlight in recent years for all the good reasons. To small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), it offers the complete package in an office: visually-appealing, technology-enabled, and most importantly, conducive to productivity and networking.
Common Ground is a testament to this. Hailed as the Best Coworking Space of 2019 by Asean Rice Bowl Startup Awards, the facility is home to start-ups and local brands supported by a range of services and amenities. True to their mantra “we do coworking better,” all the offices in Rockwell, Ortigas, and Bonifacio Global City (BGC) provide flexible packages for SMEs.
If you’re planning to make the transition to co-working spaces to take advantage of its perks, here are some tips on choosing one:
Pick the Right Location
Where you put down roots matters when it comes to business success. It will determine how easy it will be for clients to reach you and what kind of talents you’ll attract. That said, pay attention to these location-related factors:
- Convenience. To make work life easy for both employees and clients, your co-working space should be near two things: commercial establishments and transportation systems. Consider, for instance, Common Ground’s office at Ortigas Center. The facility is near major malls in the metro, including SM Megamall, The Podium, Shangri-La Plaza, St. Francis Square, Robinson’s Galleria, and Ayala Mall the 30th. At the same time, it’s accessible through the MRT Ortigas station and buses and UV Express plying EDSA and Ortigas Extension.
- Safety. If safety is your priority, Common Ground’s facility at Rockwell is worth considering. Located in Makati, which is among the safest cities in the Southeast Asian region, according to a 2019 report, it keeps your business protected and your employees secured.
- Professional reputation. You may not think about this much, but the location of your co-working space can speak volumes on your professional image. Imagine the prestige when your office address carries Bonifacio Global City, one of the respected business districts in the country. This is one of the things brands in Common Ground BGC take pride in.
Consider the Community
The core idea of co-working spaces is collaboration. Professionals and businesses coming from different industries come together as one big community. That said, you’re not entering an environment that has a clean slate. There’s a particular atmosphere or culture in the co-working space you’ll be joining. That’s why it’s crucial to decide whether or not the community fits your organization’s core values and philosophy.
When talking to the manager of the co-working space, ask what the typical day is like at their facility or which activities members are involved in. In Common Ground, the management organizes various seminars, forums, and other learning sessions geared towards professional development and business success. These also serve as networking opportunities. If that fits in your business ideology, consider it in your co-working space options.
List Down Your Priority Amenities and Services
Based on your business operations, what kind of facilities do you need? A conference room to meet clients and present proposals? A pantry with a coffee station? A private office with a view? Take note of all these needs, so that when you take a tour in one of your prospective co-working spaces, you’ll be able to see if it makes the cut.
In Common Ground, you can expect basic infrastructure facilities to support your business. From high-speed internet to top-of-the-range printers, scanners, and copiers to complimentary coffee, tea, and water, they have everything. But they have more: front desk services, professional cleaning solutions, and lifestyle perks, such as discounts for gym memberships and travel.
Co-working spaces make for a good alternative to traditional offices. They provide everything you need and more. As you see different offices around the metro, take note of these tips to get yourself ready for the transition.