A guide to coworking spaces in Hong Kong
Coworking spaces are shared and serviced workspaces in which workers from different companies use the same facilities in order to save money by using common areas. Most coworking spaces also offer private and semi-private offices within their buildings, which provide the same benefits to leasing a full office but for a fraction of the price.
The terms “coworking space” and “shared office” describe essentially the same type of facilities. For some, a “shared office” simply refers to the concept of several workers sharing the same workspace on a regular basis, while a “coworking space” refers to a place anyone can work from simply by paying a membership fee. However, both terms are often used interchangeably.
Coworking spaces are ideal for freelancers, remote workers and small businesses who are not ready or don’t really need their own private facilities.
In Hong Kong, coworking spaces are very popular. There are plenty of options to choose from for every taste and budget. If you are new to coworking spaces in Hong Kong, this article will explain everything you need to know about them.
Types of shared office available in Hong Kong
While coworking spaces are shared facilities, they are usually divided into different areas which are available to members based on the membership plan they pay for.
Some memberships give coworkers more privacy and benefits than others. These are the 5 most common types of membership plans you’ll see when you look for a coworking space in Hong Kong:
When you rent a private office in a coworking space, you will still have to share some amenities with all the members, but you will get your own private, furnished room that often fits groups of up to 30 people.
While this tends to be the most expensive membership plan, it is still a more affordable alternative to traditional offices, especially for small businesses who can’t afford to rent an entire office in Hong Kong.
When you pay for a dedicated desk in a coworking space, you get a specific desk that only you will be allowed to use for the duration of your membership.
For instance, if you get a 30-day membership, you will be assigned a desk that no-one else but you will use during that period of time. This means that it won’t be necessary for you to set up your workspace every day as you will have your very own area to leave your belongings overnight.
Renting a dedicated desk in Hong Kong is particularly convenient for those who work with specialized equipment that can’t be easily moved or set-up on a daily basis or those who simply want a consistent working space.
Hot desking gives you access to all shared facilities in a coworking space and allows you to pick a spot from which you can work every day on a first-come, first-served basis. This means that every single day coworkers have to set up their workstation and take all of their belongings with them when they are done at the end of the day.
Hot desking is usually the cheapest membership plan a coworking space offers and it’s very convenient for those who just need a laptop to get work done.
Meeting rooms and event spaces
Most coworking spaces have meeting rooms that members can rent by the hour. Depending on what kind of event they’d want to host and how many guests they’d want to invite, some meeting rooms can be better than others.
We have written an article about how and where to rent a meeting room in Hong Kong, check it out if you are planning on organizing any kind of event or meetings so you do it the right way.
A virtual office membership doesn’t grant members access to the coworking space facilities, it only offers businesses whose members still work remotely, a physical address where they can receive mail, meeting rooms, phone answering, mail scanning and other office-related services.
Criteria to choose a shared office or coworking space in Hong Kong
We have written a full article about the top things you need to consider before choosing a coworking space. Similar criteria apply when looking for a shared office in Hong Kong, and include location, community, work environment, amenities and budget.
Location is key. The coworking space you choose needs to be easily accessible for you, your team and your clients in case you expect them to visit you. Having a shared office in a nice area in Hong Kong can be a great investment as it can definitely add value to your business.
Community and work environment also matters. If you’re surrounded by energetic, motivated, friendly people, you’ll feel good going to work when you wake up every morning. It also gives you the chance to network and meet more like-minded people.
Amenities are all those “extra” or sometimes called “free” benefits you get with your membership, and you should keep them in mind too. The most common ones include refreshments such as tea, coffee and snacks, wellness rooms, gym, pool, childcare facilities, additional office supplies and equipment, private meeting/conference rooms, event spaces and even legal advice and mentoring services for start-ups.
Budget will clearly play a role when choosing a coworking space in Hong Kong. Fortunately, shared offices are very flexible when it comes to memberships and they rarely require coworkers to sign long-term contracts, which means that if you are a freelancer or a small business owner, you can always get started with a simple hot desk membership and upgrade as your business grows.
Finding a shared office or coworking space in Hong Kong
If you want to check all the shared offices available in Hong Kong, just visit our shared offices in Hong Kong page and filter by location and type of space (Dedicated desk, hot desk, private office, virtual office or even meeting rooms and event spaces).
You’ll get instant access to all the spaces available in the area, their monthly fees, photos and full details about how the memberships work. You can also schedule an appointment to go see the space or even work from there for a few hours before you make a decision.