In 2012, I had the need for an office to start-up a financial education company. I got registered with some office brokers and agents. Before I knew it, lots of office providers in Bangkok started to call and email me every now and then. The problem I found was not the size of the office or its location, but the cost for renting or buying the office. What I needed was a tiny space for a price I could pay. All I really needed was to have a desk and an option of a meeting room. So I discovered a coworking space in Bangkok, which was good enough for my small business. Fortunately, the broker who did my reservations suggested that I share the office space with someone else. With that, things turned out easy.
In one office door in Bangkok, a sign said “Coworking shared office space”. This was the very first time I heard about coworking. The price was affordable, the contract was flexible, and it had meeting rooms that were free. For startups, all these features made me really exciting. Why would I pay an expensive price for an office, when I have this much space for my new business. Everyone knew each other except for me. So I suggested to the owners on how the atmosphere can be improved and make the coworking space in Bangkok more welcoming. And they considered part of my suggestions. The coworking space was solely intended for freelancers, sole traders, small entrepreneurs and businesses that don’t need to be ignored. The facilities were impressive so I had to work from there.
So this is what it’s like with coworking space in Bangkok. It’s somehow very exciting as you possibly meet acquaintances that have different businesses than yours. It was like a library where you have to do your own thing; but of course, it was filled with people that you need to be friendly somehow. You also need to be careful that you are not an issue around these people. But the real concern is how to make your startup business work prosperously amidst this coworking space you have just rented.