Coworking in shared offices is the next big trend in the Indian Business Universe.
This article explores how much has this global phenomenon shaken up our democracy's Eastern wing.
The Birth of a Concept
With Brad Neuberg breathing life into the concept of coworking in the year 2005, there was no looking back from this unique workprerogative. The philosophy of coworking settles itself between two ideologies – it lets you choose something new rather than maintaining a rigid 9-5 business regime or suffer from the setbacks of isolation as you freelance from your home. The dawn of 21st century saw the emergence of a new phase where more millennials have started to discard both these options for a better alternative – Coworking.
How it Works
Coworking is a convenient free-space turned into a commercial set-up, equipped with all the amenities that define a standard office space. A more professional looking setup with the availability of conference rooms, personal desks, provision of Wi-Fi, printer, cafeteria etc – these are some key features of a coworking space that have started to dot the urban corners of India since the early twenties.
Why Coworking stands out?
Though the description of coworking spaces do not strikingly different from traditional offices, what makes these teeming business centres an iconoclastic trend are the members who inhabit them. Freelancers, tutors, aspiring start-ups, independent entrepreneurs & people who travel a lot from home come & rent these spaces on an hourly or weekly basis, or sign up for monthly memberships. This way, people who don't necessarily work for a common organization, work under the same roof, share the same provisions and get the opportunity to socialize on a wider basis, which is extremely important to widen the spectrum of networking.
Locating the Trend
While the trend of coworking has taken Indian hubs like Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad & Bangalore by a storm, it still exists around eastern parts of India in its nascent stage. Though the figures might appear to be bleak in comparison to its western counterparts, a freelancer searching for coworking space in East India will get flooded with plenty of options. However, most of the coworking spaces are condensed Kolkata.
What's in Stock
Some of the top-rated hubs are EasyDaftar in Salt Lake, Nook in Bidhannagar, Awfis in Camac Street, & CoKarya Shared Office Spaces in Kasba. EasyDaftar even offers laptops for rent, with the provision of meeting room & convenient bookings. A peek into the website of Awfis will help realize that you can possibly run into your next potential client within the community! If you're in Kolkata and in search of a shared office space, a branch of CoKarya is always around. You can just walk in and book your desk at AJC Bose Road, Dalhousie or in Kasba. CoKarya has also launched its fourth establishment in Infinity Lagoon, Sector 5. Prices start has humbly from Rs.500 and brings you a hoard of amenities to enjoy as you work. Every CoKarya facility offers you high-speed Wi-Fi, access to a community pantry, dedicated desks, a business mail address, ideal business event hosting spaces and more. It offers a unique professional edge to your firm & aspires to grow with you as you flourish.
Moving further east to the state of Assam, coworking spaces are again concentrated in the capital city of Guwahati. Prominent working spaces are Work Garage Co-Working Space, Guwahati, Assam. It offers work stations, high-speed internet, storage locker, conference room, power back-up, printer/scanner, mail services and guest passes up on a rental basis of three thousand a month. Accessible hours stretch from 10 am to 8 pm every week, with an early closure on Sundays within 5 pm. Assam Sahitya Sabha, Silchar & Startup Entrepreneurs, Dibrugarh make into the list as well. Sikkim offers you Lupin Ltd & Space Design. Though there are enough ripples, we are yet to witness the launch of mainstream shared office spaces in the realm of the seven sister states.
A Practice with no Setbacks
These contemporary business centers are known to offer every standard amenity one requires running a business – from digital aid to the presence of a proper work environment to just help you keep going. Available for rent on an hourly/per day/monthly basis, your options are endless.