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Who Needs Coffee Shops When You Have Coworking Spaces?

Freelancers, rejoice!
by Aimee Dacanay for | Jan 13, 2017
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These days, coffee shops are synonymous to visitors glued to their laptops (and seats) for hours on end. With the rise of young freelancers and digital nomads comes coworking, which attempts to bridge the gap between productivity and healthy environments conducive to networking and collaborations.

If you're looking to go beyond the four walls of your cubicle, here's everything you need to know about coworking in Manila.

Coworking first began in 2005.

Coworking in Manila has been around since the early 2000s, steadily growing as more and more people ventured into start-ups and freelance work. You'll meet a variety of people in these spaces, from techies to talented writers, passionate artists, and innovative entrepreneurs. They can be individuals who prefer to get work done alone and by their own rules, or folks who are looking for a collaborative atmosphere.


Coworking spaces offer a variety of freelance-friendly services.

You may not be confined within your office, but coworking spaces still provide you with all the basic necessities for productivity. Think free-flowing coffee (often free of charge), high-speed WiFi access, free printing services, and events spaces for brainstorming sessions. Some coworking areas go the extra mile to offer additional amenities, such as free parking, in-house food, and even dorm services if you're looking to burn the midnight oil.

You get the added bonus of eye-popping interiors.

If you need an added dose of inspiration, all you have to do is look around. Many coworking spaces boast IG-worthy interiors thare are just as pleasing to the eye as they are conducive to productivity. Best of all, you can always expect a laidback environment that promotes networking and collaboration.

Silence is (still) golden.

Yes, the sense of community and teamwork is there, but don't take this as a cue to disturb the peace. Many folks still prefer that you plug in your earphones if you're listening to music, and take any long-winded conversations to the private meeting rooms. Make sure your work area is neat and tidy, too!

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Coworking prices vary, but they're flexible enough to meet your budget and needs.

If you only want to give coworking a shot, many spots offer hourly rates at P100 (or even lower) or whole-day rates starting at P500. Want to give it a legit go? You can pay for membership at a weekly or monthly basis.

More and more coworking spaces are popping up in the Metro.

Whether you live in Quezon City or Alabang, you're bound to find a coworking space near home. Of course, bustling Makati City is no exception and we don't just mean the business district. At the heart of Salcedo Village is The Ellis, an on-the-rise development that caters to young urbanites and their out-of-the-box ideas. Their CoLAB Shared Spaces does just as its name suggests, giving busy freelancers the perfect environment conducive to creativity. Need some downtime? They also have the Pause and Play Room, a colorful area equipped with board games, a foosball table, flat-screen TVs, and hammocks (for a much-needed nap).

The Ellis will be at L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Bel-Air, Makati City. For more information on The Ellis, contact 0917-887-6223, e-mail, or visit the Megaworld Makati CBD Facebook page.

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*Minor edits have been made by the editors.


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