Finding a work-conducive spot outside of home can get tricky. While public libraries are free, they can get crowded, especially during exam season. Neither do you want to have your computer run out of juice when a café’s charging points are all taken up or non-existent.
Keep in hand this list of co-working and co-sharing spaces whether you’re a freelancer or just looking for a work-friendly spot outside of home.
For a price of a coffee or economical membership rates, you can save your sanity, livelihood and a whole lot of money too.
Co-working spots in Singapore that freelancers will love
1. For the heartlander: Desk Next Door
You don’t even have to head into the city to find private working cubicles. Desk Next Door at Ang Mo Kio may be a no-frills space but it offers prices that win hands down over those of similar spots in the CBD. For $10, you get a “hotdesk” for 10 hours, but hot desking rates start at $3 for two hours and then $6 for five hours.
While Desk Next Door touts itself as a study place for both adults and students, it also caters to freelance workers craving a bit of privacy. Hotdesks come with partitions that when put up, convert tables into cubbies. Desk Next Door also provides the requisite Wi-Fi access, charging points and more such as printing, scanning and lamination services. They even have a laptop rental service, so you can just show up and start working.
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2. For midnight owls: The Study Area (TSA)
TSA’s biggest draw is its round-the-clock operating hours – ideal for those who find productivity striking at ungodly hours. With prior booking, a PIN number will be given to you to access their 24-hour spaces at Kovan as well as at Oxley Bizhub in Tai Seng. Security is paramount too. CCTV coverage and lockers are provided so you won’t have to worry about your belongings getting nicked whether you head out for lunch or supper.
Aside from Wi-Fi, charging points, dedicated desk spaces, TSA’s offerings also include Dolce Gusto coffee capsules to help you pull all-nighters with ease. Night birds will rejoice at the low price of booking a table overnight at $12 – a price offered to those who prefer working regular 9am to 9pm hours too.
3. For the creative freelancer: Brewery
Within the same compound at Tai Seng, Brewery is another workspace that’s open 24/7. Founded by local digital film lab, Mocha Chai Laboratories, Brewery is a co-sharing space aimed at hardworking creatives. While a hot desk here comes priced at $80 a day, Brewery’s site adds that tenants will have access to the building’s gym and swimming pool, too – perfect for some downtime after a day (or night) of writing, editing or production meetings.
4. For the cinephiles and creatives: Clockwork
Sometimes it takes an ultimatum to get your creative juices flowing. Hopefully, it’s not by your client but co-working space Clockwork is rightly placed to give you just that. “Get sh*t done” is their mantra for the creative freelancers who flock to the spaces that Clockwork operates in.
Unlike most dedicated co-working spaces, Clockwork turns underutilized spaces that are empty or unopened during daylight hours (9am to 5pm) into work-conducive settings. For $200 a month, you can drop in at all their locations and get access to a printer, coffee and tea, and fast Internet. Charging points are situated near tables and even couches where you are allowed to hold small and brief meetings. Clockwork also hands out day passes at $30 and other tiered membership rates to cater to your working schedule. The best bit is that you can try it out for free for three days before signing up.
Clockwork currently operates in the sitting and bar area outside the theatres of indie cinema, The Projector, but a little bird tells us they have more locations opening up soon!
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5. For the designers and techies: FabCafe
Hate the artificial lights of closed-off offices? This sun-dappled café in the Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum makes an optimal place to work in, especially for designers, techies, tech entrepreneurs and those in the makers’ community. Aside from the availability of charging points, Wi-Fi and F&B offerings, FabCafe also envisions itself to be a co-working space where people come together to make things, through make-a-thon sessions, 3D printing and laser cutting workshops.
On your own, you could also just bounce ideas off other café patrons over a $5 cup of coffee. Otherwise, it’s easy to focus on your own pursuits with the abundance of natural light spilling into the atrium of the museum and the café.
The freelance life does come with a fair bit of mobility. But your financial mobility can be constrained with no steady stream of income. Before you plonk down money for a co-working membership, take a cue from these essential money tips for freelancers.
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