We all know life is never the same after kids. and that we’d be bereft without our parent tribe. But what about when you’re ready to take that HUGE step and launch back into the workforce? Going back to work can be even trickier when you’re a freelancer or an entrepreneur without an office to call your own. We know scraping more than a few consecutive minutes together in the midst of a toddler meltdown at home just ain’t humanly possible. Don’t give up your dream (or your will to live) – there are loads of cool co-working spaces and cafes with Wi-Fi in Singapore that you can head to for a few hours (or days) of uninterrupted time to get sh!t stuff done. We’re talking about lovely, calm environments with all the mod cons (and coffee!) you’ll need to get your work on. And without leaving you broke.
With two sites located in the bustling CBD (within metres of MRT stations) you’ll find awesome co-working hub Just Co (pictured top). The inspirational wall art in this place ‘I’ve just had a great idea’ and ‘Thing Big’ – can’t help but focus your mind on your next project.
Just Co, 120 Robinson Road, Singapore 068913, and 6 Raffles Quay #16-01, Singapore 048580; www.justcoglobal.com
Nestled in behind one of our go-to-lunch spots, Club Meatballs, you’ll find the hip ClubCo co-working space – now our go-to for offsites! We’re loving the sweet perks that come with membership: your fee (starting from $500 a month) can be fully redeemed on food, beverage, and other on-site services. Think discounts on club amenities, unlimited Wi-Fi, invitations to events and networking functions, and credit that you can spend on any F&B purchases at Club Meatballs and Club House. We just took our latest brainstorming session to this joint: because lightbulb moments are more likely to come when there’s eggs Benedict and damn good coffee in the mix. Snap up a free trial, stat!
ClubCo, #01-35 China Square Central, 20 Cross Street, Singapore 048422; www.clubco.com.sg
The Book Cafe
If you’re not ready to commit to a formal co-working facility but you’re after an intimate atmosphere with book-lined walls and comfy sofas, then look no further than the Book Café. This is the perfect place for you if you work well with a soft hubbub in the background or if you’re just after a spot to catch up on admin. Order a coffee and a bite to eat from the well-priced menu and you’re welcome to stay as long as you like. Psst: there are power sockets a plenty.
The Book Café, Seng Kee Building, 20 Martin Road, #01-02 Singapore 239070; www.thebookcafe.com.sg
There’s a LOT to love about Trehaus with its central Orchard Road location, light and bright feel and on-site children’s atelier. Tap tapping away on your computer within sight of your little people gives precious peace of mind. And there’s no need for mum guilt – we know first-hand that the kids have to be dragged out come home time. Read our full review of Trehaus to see how this could be a game changer for you…
Trehaus, Claymore Connect, 442 Orchard Road, #03-01, Singapore 238879; www.trehauscowork.com
If you’re keen to steer away from the city, why not check out Workhouse, housed in a refurbished shophouse in lively Little India. We love the focus on collaboration here, encouraging people to brainstorm, network and foster creativity (there’s even a monthly social). For as little as $40 a day you’ll also have access to a quaint outdoor terrace.
Workhouse, 2 Veerasamy Rd, Singapore 207305; www.ourworkhouse.com
Located on buzzing downtown Cecil Street, WOTSO is an open-plan office space flanked by some cozy offices that can also be rented privately. Access to a roof terrace provides a ready-made event venue. It’s also just above The Black Swan for that post-work beverage (you’ll probably spot a few of the Honeycombers crew there). Hot-desks start from just $250 per month.
WOTSO WorkSpace, #04-00 The Quadrant at Cecil Street 19 Cecil Street Singapore 049707; www.wotsoworkspace.com.au
We were lucky to recently interview Michaela Anchan, the brains behind Wolf Works, a bright and well-turned-out co-working space for women. As a mum of two kids and a small business owner, she knows only too well the challenges faced by mums re-entering the workforce. With packages varying from lite-timer (one day per week) right up to full time (five days per week), you are sure to find the perfect fit for your working lifestyle.
Woolf Works, 19 Carpenter Street, #05-01, Singapore 059908; www.woolfworks.sg
Self described as being “crafted around the spectrum of human behaviour to foster collaboration”, Collective Works is more than just a premium co-working facility. You’ll be rubbing shoulders with some inspiring people and cutting-edge small business all while enjoying an immaculately styled space.
Collective Works, #10-01/02 The Globe, 100 Cecil Street, Singapore 069532; www.collective.works
The Refinery, situated in up-and-coming ‘hood Jalan Besar, is designed with craftsmen in mind. So if you’re handy with tools, why not set up a craftwork station? You’ll be surrounded by like-minded artisans and by natural light just perfect for creating beautiful things. It helps that everyone will want to come to you for after work knock offs with delish mod-Japanese nosh downstairs.
The Refinery, 115 King George’s Avenue, 208561; www.therefinery.sg
The Working Capitol
With its hip Keong Siak Rd location and undeniably cool styling, The Working Capitol is favoured by creatives and edgy start-ups. The offerings are very flexible depending on your needs, with everything from a hot desk workspot to a private, dedicated office for a large team. It’s all about community at TWC, with like-minded people making authentic business connections.
The Working Capitol, 1A Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089109; www.theworkingcapitol.com