Discover the interesting facets of the island’s co-working space

By Sahiri

The room is quiet, save for the tick tick tick of fingers dancing on the keyboard. Eyes steadily focused on screens It’s a normal working day, and the scene might look like your normal office, except the people are wearing shorts and they barely knew each other. And the sight of a verdant rice paddy field outside the large window sure doesn’t resemble your standard of- fice view. They are the digital nomads, a word coined for unrooted millennials; discarding their parent’s seemingly antiquated 9-to-5 office hours and relishing instead in the laid-back, start-up-y, and melting-pot environment of a co-working space.

Plenty of digital nomads have found a home in popular spots like Hubud or Outpost in Ubud, Kumpul in Sanur, Line Up Hub in Seminyak, C’Ugh House in Berawa, and you can even find one in Gianyar in Livit Space. Other than the prerequisite working tools such as fast internet, scanner, printer, copier, and even a dedicated Skype booth, some of the co-working spaces in Bali are in- deed adapting to its tropical surround- ing, hence the rice paddy field view, or a pool or a daybed or a hot shower option; and some a walking distance from the beach like Dojo Bali near Echo Beach in Canggu—a perfect arrange- ment for the surfer aficionado.

The places (a few open 24 hours for the night owls) can be quite pricey with a range that varies from $3.60 per hour to $270 for a monthly unlimited access (can be cheaper if you’re an Indonesian citizen), but with the perks that they get from being a member, they don’t seem to mind.

Katya is from the Czech Republic and she used to work in the corporate world. But now, in her own words, she’s a digital nomad. She’s a contributor to several online media and she’s also writing a book already com- missioned by a publisher back home. “I often go to the Dojo to work,” she says. “What I like about the place is that they would often hold courses and workshops, usually related to digital marketing techniques, tutorial about SEO, and some of them are free.” It’s easy to think a co-working space as a millennial update of what is previously known as In- ternet Café (or warung elektronik—wartel in short—in bygone Indonesian), a place where you come in for the superfast internet so you can work or else. But a co-working space is more than that.

“A co-working space is supposed to be a place where you come in and you network with people who share the same profession or from another profession whom you think you can learn from and perhaps in the future work together for a project,” says Kuku, a programmer from Jakarta. Hence, the co-working part. So, what are you waiting for—your workmate awaits!■

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