The founder of Aqui Designs, a graphic design firm, is Maria Trujillo. She shared that she tried the work-at-home setup at the beginning but it only lasted for a month. She admitted that the interactions she gets on a daily basis are not enough that she is not satisfied with her work. Therefore she decided to find a solution and she found coworking space to be a match for her because she gets the opportunity to meet people who have the same mindset as hers and it also helps with her goal in increasing human interactions. These are the things missing when one decides to work-at-home thus freelancers and entrepreneurs find coworking space in Bangkok to be the most suitable solution for their work setup.
Trujillo said that coworking space worked great for her because she can meet clients there. Currently, she is a member of the coworking space in Singapore known as The Working Capitol with two branches in the country. She added that majority of her new clients came from people she networked with inside the coworking community.
Trujillo is only one of the many entrepreneurs who are choosing this route but what is surprising is that corporations are also turning towards coworking spaces for some of their staff because of the value presented by the facilities.
One example is HSBC in Hongkong which decided to set up 300 of their employees inside a coworking space called WeWork.
Accepting enterprise tenants is now the most recent business strategy taken up by WeWork. Currently, its clients are companies such as Dell, Deutsche Bank, Microsoft, Sales Force and GE.
The coworking giant has a $20 billion value and it jumped from a thousand members to over 130,000 members. In 2010, it only has two locations within New York but it has ballooned into 163 locations after eight years.
WeWork is now investing in Asian countries such as Japan and China as well as the Southeast Asia. While many are already using coworking space Bangkok, its arrival is expected to create a ripple among competitors. Experts analyzed that the demand in Asia will increase between 10 and 15 per cent on a yearly basis.