by Venus Zoleta, on category "Personal Finance"
August 22, 2019
Telecommuting is an emerging trend for Filipino professionals today, with the proliferation of coworking spaces all over the Philippines.
Although working from home is the cheapest option for freelancers and small business owners, it isn’t always the best choice. Sometimes, you need to rent a coworking space when you have to hustle through deadlines, meet your clients, or need a quiet space to come up with ideas.
This is where coworking offices make life for independent workers a lot easier. Going beyond merely providing a space for work, shared offices offer practically everything needed to get things done—from fast internet and free-flowing coffee to printing services. Some of the best coworking spaces even offer entrepreneurs a virtual office for business registration and correspondence.
They also cater to different budgets and needs with their flexible rates set hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, and/or quarterly.
Here are the best coworking spaces for rent based on rates, amenities, accessibility, and customer ratings and reviews. The prices listed below are mostly for hot desks.
One of the best coworking spaces in Metro Manila, Builtable is highly rated by customers online for its high-speed internet (up to 250Mbps), accessibility (located near MRT Shaw station, jeepney terminals, and malls), and affordable rates, among others.
This coworking space in Mandaluyong provides an environment conducive for work and collaboration. It also holds workshops that help people start a small business. These features make Builtable perfect for small startups and digital-based companies. It’s also suitable for freelancers who need a place that allows them to concentrate and be productive at work.
Operating hours: Mondays to Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 3/F CBC Corporate Center, 724 Shaw Blvd., Brgy. Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong
If you’re looking for a coworking space in Ortigas with a modern yet laidback vibe, ServRevo fits the bill.
This business process solutions company offers a peaceful working environment for individuals and teams, minus the corporate atmosphere. Coffee is free-flowing even at night, so night owls can get their much-needed caffeine fix before beating deadlines.
Another reason clients keep coming back is ServRevo’s very fast internet connection through ethernet or Wi-Fi. You can download and upload large files, including videos and Photoshop files, without experiencing lags. This is why this shared workspace is ideal for web developers, designers, and other freelancers with high-speed internet requirements.
Being a coworking space in the Ortigas Central Business District, ServRevo is easily accessible to SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, Podium, and Metrowalk.
Operating hours: Mondays to Fridays, open 24 hours
Location: 10/F Strata 2000, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Located near the Ateneo de Manila University, 47 East may be better known as a dormitory. However, it doubles as a shared workspace not just for students but also professionals and digital nomads who need a great coworking space in QC.
47 East has everything to keep you motivated and productive, from the natural lighting through its glass panels to the bright colors of its furniture and walls. The internet is both fast and stable, even when multiple users are sharing the connection simultaneously.
Its coworking rates are reasonable for freelancers and startup teams. Students can use the shared workspace at discounted rates.
Operating hours: Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 47 Esteban Abada St., Brgy. Loyola Heights, Quezon City
LOFT is a beautiful and spacious penthouse coworking space with a coffee shop vibe, sans the noise and crowd. Its Instagrammable lounge areas can motivate you to work without being too distracting.
This coworking space in Ortigas is within walking distance to MRT Ortigas station, Metrowalk, SM Megamall, other malls, and hotels.
LOFT caters to almost everyone—from freelancers and digital nomads to startups, BPO companies, and IT companies. Because it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, this shared workspace is ideal for when you need to pull an all-nighter.
Walk-ins and members can use the facilities. However, monthly members enjoy more premium perks, such as free use of conference room, onsite doctor and nurse, free website consultation, and free internet marketing report.
For monthly members, LOFT also offers legal, accounting, human resources, and IT services that assist startups in setting up their business.
Operating hours: Open 24/7
Location: Penthouse 1, One Corporate Center, Meralco Ave. cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig
Freelancers and entrepreneurs based in the south of Metro Manila have plenty of options for shared workspaces. One of the best coworking spaces in Alabang is Launchpad Coworking.
Its modern office interior design resembles that of Google offices, making it appealing to young professionals and creatives.
Launchpad was built with the needs of startups and entrepreneurs in mind. Aside from the standard amenities, Launchpad also offers a virtual office, free parking for three hours, locker rentals, and legal, administrative, and accounting assistance. It also organizes events on a broad range of topics of interest to its clients.
Operating hours: Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Locations: Unit 212, 2/F Commercenter Alabang, Commerce Ave. cor. East Asia Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Muntinlupa
Among the best coworking spaces on this list, Clock In has the widest network with several branches in Metro Manila and one in Palawan. Not surprising at all since it’s developed by Ayala Land, one of the largest real estate companies in the Philippines.
Clock In’s network of coworking spaces in the business districts of Makati, Pasig, Quezon City, and Alabang gives it a unique advantage over competitors. Members can visit a different branch, except for Bonifacio Global City (BGC) offices, to get work done, depending on their current location.
Each Clock In office has spacious, hip, and Instagram-worthy interior design, especially its BGC offices with a modern-industrial vibe complemented by colorful furniture.
Clock In coworkers may join exclusive TED Talks-like sessions called LifeHacks where they can learn and pick up brilliant ideas from industry experts.
ASPACE is the pioneer of coworking in the Philippines, starting its operations in 2011 (Many coworking spaces in the country opened in 2016 onwards).
Located in Makati and Cebu, ASPACE offers cozy, modern, and hip coworking spaces that are far from the aesthetics and ambiance of traditional offices. It’s suitable for artists, creatives, and small teams.
ASPACE requires at least 90-day commitment for its Coworking Club membership, which is good for one to six people per booking with a lower daily rate. Coworkers who want more flexibility can try the Guestie Pass, which is a day pass that provides up to 20 days of access to the guest lounge.
Operating hours: Open 24/7 for members / Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for non-members
If your idea of the best coworking spaces includes proximity to your favorite milk tea place, then this coworking space in Manila has everything to keep you going through a busy workday.
107 Co-Working doubles as a Macao Imperial Tea (MIT) shop and a shared workspace. Coworkers can hit two birds with one stone by getting their milk tea fix and working in one place. Plus, they’re entitled to a free cup of coffee and food/beverage discounts or vouchers from MIT.
Catering mostly to students, 107 Co-Working has a minimalist and chill vibe and is located right behind UST. Professionals are welcome to use the coworking space, too. The coworking space is open until midnight, so you can stay for longer if you need to work overtime.
Operating hours: 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily
Location: 1218 Pacific Suites, Dapitan St., Sampaloc, Manila
FIRST Coworking Community houses an open-planned, intimate setting that can accommodate up to 60 people. Through its huge glass-paneled windows, FIRST offers majestic views of neoclassical structures along Escolta in Old Manila. This makes for a perfect setting for brainstorming sessions to generate innovative ideas and collaborate with fellow creative minds.
Operating hours: Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 5/F First United Building, Escolta St., Manila
Looking for a coworking space in Makati Central Business District? One of the best coworking spaces to consider is Arch Offices in Paseo de Roxas and Ayala Avenue.
Sporting a rustic, Seattle-inspired design, Arch Offices’s interior features brick walls, hardwood floors, and lush greenery. Coworkers may use hot desks for a lower monthly fee. But those who prefer a dedicated workstation, locker, and wired internet connection may opt for the dedicated monthly plan for an extra cost.
Operating hours: Open 24/7
New York-based coworking space provider WeWork has a network of shared offices in many countries across the world, including the Philippines.
WeWork serves a variety of clients from freelancers and startups to companies of different sizes. It’s particularly ideal for business travelers, as you can book a coworking space for an additional fee in any of its locations worldwide, like in Hong Kong, New York, and Singapore.
The international coworking space company also offers unique features such as an indoor garden area, a game room, and a bar that serves beer. The hip and chic offices are Instagram worthy.
Operating hours: Open 24/7
The list of best coworking spaces featured here is based on overall value for money. Of course, the perfect shared office for you could be the one nearest your home or clients, or one whose rates fit your budget. Choose the best coworking office based on cost, proximity, accessibility, amenities, and other features that matter to you.
(Photos from the websites and Facebook pages of the featured coworking spaces.)