With the cost of maintaining an office in Hong Kong being prohibitively expensive for small businesses or startups, hiring a co-working space offers an ideal solution. In addition to a dedicated or hot desk and a power supply, you can often get Wi-Fi, printing, admin/reception support, and refreshments included in the package. Facilities and prices vary, so it’s useful to make a checklist of your personal requirements to help narrow your choices, and to call in to have a look around before committing to a contract. Excessive noise and close proximity to others can hinder some people’s productivity, while others are energised by the presence of like-minded entrepreneurs. Here’s a sample of some popular co-working spaces designed to meet a range of needs.
Ooosh describes itself as “the co-working space for technology and innovative givers” and acts as a hub that connects business and tech talent across Hong Kong. With spaces in Lai Chi Kok and Kwun Tong, Ooosh prides itself on offering a true co-working experience rather than simply a space with office furniture and facilities, Ooosh nurtures startups and provides the opportunities to learn from others’ experiences and expertise. Choose between a hot desk, private desk, and private office, depending upon need. Amenities include 24-hour access, free Wi-Fi, coffee, a snack bar, and a brainstorming lab.
The Hive has four different locations: Wan Chai, K-Town, Sai Kung, and Central. Facilities include an outdoor garden, free coffee and tea, and flexible membership. Options include a dedicated desk, a hot desk, and a private office. You can also choose your location to suit your specific industry. MakerHive is aimed at designers and makers, while The Hive Co Farm targets those in the Greentech and Agritech fields, and even offers access to its working farm in Yuen Long.
Occupying a superb location above the Sheung Wan MTR, The Playground certainly lives up to its name. This lively co-working space promotes a work-life balance by combining the full range of hot desks, private offices, and event spaces with a great coffee shop for meetings and places to unwind. There’s also a dedicated quiet room, The Cave, for when you need to concentrate in peace. The Playground Studio at San Po Kong is a creative community ideal for artists and related industries.
The Work Project
Located just a two-minute walk from Causeway Bay MTR Station, The Work Project provides comfortable and spacious offices with high-speed internet, freshly brewed coffee and cookies, water, and a selection of drinks included in the rental. The focus is on providing an environment that maximises your ability to be productive. In addition to supplying comfortable surroundings, the company partners with restaurants and gyms to offer member perks at discounted rates. Options for space rental include a day pass, a part-time or full-time hot desk, and a private office. The latter two rental options offer 24/7 access.
One of the largest co-working networks worldwide and expanding rapidly across Asia, WeWork has offices in Causeway Bay and Wan Chai. Your monthly subscription includes a keycard that gives access to offices in 12 different countries and 32 cities, ideal for businesses with international connections. You may be able to negotiate a promotional deal for the first three months to see whether the environment works for you. Micro-roasted coffee and draft beer are on offer as well as a super fast internet. Options include a hot desk, a dedicated desk, or a private office. Having access to a global network of fellow entrepreneurs and special events in WeWork is an additional benefit.
These are just a few of the many co-working spaces available in Hong Kong. Take a look around, read reviews, and decide which environment best suits your personal needs, what type of desk or office you need, and how much you can afford.