Working from home, starting a new business, and operating as a freelancer can be tricky if you’re a parent. Sure, the flexibility of being your own boss means you can pick and choose your work schedule and manage your brood when you need to. But it can also split you in half so that you do neither well. If constant interruptions from kids during the day is reducing your productivity to zero and seeing you staying up way past midnight to get stuff done that could have been achieved during the day in a few hours (if you had a lock on the door), then maybe it’s time to find a café with wifi or a co-working space. Here’s a list of alternative office spaces that won’t have you signing a big lease…
Virginia Woolf stated that a woman must have a room of their own and so the clever Kiwi lady and mum of 2 behind this start-up created a place where women can flourish in art and business, supported by like-minded women. Whether you’re a lite-timer (one day per week for $200 per month) or a Citizen Woolf (3 days per week for $400 per month), you will benefit from a warm environment that is beautifully fitted out and provides a sense of calm so you can get productive.
Woolf Works, #02-01, 176 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427447
The Working Capitol
The slick and pared back series of spaces within this new co-working facility in Singapore cater superbly to creative’s and entrepreneurs with a cool location in Keong Sail Rd (which may make missing bedtime a bit too tempting). Depending on your business needs there is a Workspot, Workdesk or Workspace package to suit which includes access to professional services, storage and wifi. Some packages include 24 hour access and meeting room credits too. There is a café on-site and they also host events and screenings. A workspot package starting from $450 per month for 3 days per week.
The Working Capitol, 1A Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089109, p. 6805 4050
This place in the CBD is a design-led creative space that has been home to some innovative brands, like Deezer and The Athena Network. There is a variety of workspaces for solopreneurs and small groups all kitted out with state-of-the-art facilities. Whether you want to collaborate, have silence or work with music on, it can all be achieved here. And they have some very cool chairs with fit balls built into them. 80 hours per month for $440.
Collective Works, #10-01/02 The Globe, 100 Cecil Street, Singapore 069532
There is a real focus on collaboration within this funky Little India locale, which makes it perfect for creative’s and those getting social initiatives off the ground. They even facilitate an internal forum for users where they can pitch ideas for discussion. We also like that they offer start-up focused accounting services and weekly socials making use of a cute terrace. Access is from $40 per day (crasher) or $450 per month (citizen).
Workhouse, 2 Veerasamy Rd, Singapore 207305, p. 6291 2650
Targeting people that use their hands for work, if your business includes woodworking and crafts that require fixed work benches, you can store your tools here. From $450 per month you will have a space to create and collaborate with other artisans. Coffee and whiskey is included (down those tools prior to consuming the latter) and there is a grill bar that might be too tempting to get anything done.
The Refinery, 115 King George’s Avenue, 208561, p. 6293 1204
Across 8 floors, with 3 of them dedicated to break out space, this place is dedicated to providing spaces for a variety of work styles. Rent by the day ($45), buy a package of 10 visits ($350) or get unlimited 24/7 access with a monthly rate ($600). Networking events and presentations can also be conducted in the The Magnet Bar, Cove and Third Space.
The Co, 75 High Street, Singapore 179435, p.6595 6288
Located on level 4 of The Quadrant, above The Black Swan, Springboard is an intimate work space comprising one central area flanked by some small office spaces that can also be rented as private offices. Access to a roof terrace provides a ready-made event venue. You can secure a hot-desk arrangement for 2 days a week from $300 per month including 2 hours of meeting room access.
Springboard, #04-00 The Quadrant at Cecil Street 19 Cecil Street Singapore 049707, p. 8338 3597
The Hub Singapore
The motto of this place is motivation. It’s a professionally run space that takes co-working to next level by tailoring packages that truly solve challenges for start-ups. If you have other commitments and only want a space for a few days, you can get a spot 1, 2 or 3 days a week. If space isn’t really the issue for you, you can take a up a Connect package and access the resident business coach and 37 mentors. For those that only need a space when it comes time to host an event, there is a package for that too. They’re global too so you have a network to use around the world.
The Hub Singapore, National Youth Council Academy, 113 Somerset Road, Singapore 238165, p. 6309 0046
Art Social Haus
If you’re an artist and need a studio space to create in then this place is dedicated to you. We’re not sure if they clean up your tubes of paint, wood shavings and the like but $280 we’re not complaining – just sell your finished artwork for more!
Art Social Haus, 62 Ubi Rd 1 #10-08 Oxley Bizhub 2, Singapore 408734
If you’re more geek than outgoing entrepreneur (though they don’t have to be mutually exclusive), and you’re working on something to do with computers, technology, science, or digital and electronic art, then this is the right place for you. But you have to get past the committee first – being the first co-working space in Singapore, they’re a tight and popular community and they want to keep it that way, so a vetting process takes place. They charge from as little as $64 per month for those that are broke and not wanting to use the space too often. Hackerspace operates for a small profit, of which proceeds go back into the Hackerspace community.
Hackerspace, 70A Bussorah Street, Singapore 199483, p. 6297 7167
This business development space near Raffles Hotel is home to local and international start-ups covering retail, marketing, design and finance. It’s suits those that need their work space to function as a front for their business – with stylish furniture and the opportunity to display your own signage, you can bring clients here. Additionally, it provides you with a professional mailing address and the option for online mail screening and a local number. From $490 per month for your own desk.
PlusConcept, 16 Purvis St, Singapore 188595, p. 6591 8850
This place would make Portlandia proud. With indoor bike parking, showers (which is just as well for those commuting by bike), and filtered drinking water, its got eco slash hipster written all over it. There is a breakfast come beer spot, brainstorming area, business to business zone and weird u-shaped meeting spot. Outside, you’ve got gritty Lavendar and some good nearby cafés. From $220 per month for 10 days access.
Makespace, 318C King George’s Avenue, Singapore 208563, p. 6293–6275
This feels a bit like working in a condo (you’re on the 9th floor of the Southbank building), but you do have access to a gym and infinity pool. Oh, and a BBQ area and function room. Aside from the club facilities, get your work done in the two-storey open concept office framed by large windows. Hired Turf is walking distance from Loysel’s Toy and Antoinette. 25 hours per month for $100.
Hired Turf, 883 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198784, p. 6631 8931