For anyone who is interested to start a business but doesn’t want to have to spend huge amounts on office rental, you can check out some of the co-working spaces in KL. I found some cool ones in the Bangsar area, and tomorrow I will be visiting MaGIC in Cyberjaya.
What are the benefits?
Inexpensive, low commitment and most importantly you get to work in a community! If you are starting out on your own, nothing beats having people around you, for advice, help or just conversations. The startup community is actually pretty helpful, I’ve met several people over the last few weeks, and they have all been very supportive. Probably because they’ve understand the challenges I would need to face at the start.
So here are the locations I am looking at right now.
1) space @ MaGIC (Cyberjaya) – Lots of facilities and events to help startups grow. Over time they will even have Entrepreneurs in Residence (I’m told they will have technical and/or business experience) to provide guidance and mentoring to startups. And it’s really cost effective! Even if you’re not looking for an office, you can check out what MaGIC is doing, you might find something relevant to you, it’s pretty cool.
2) Nook (Bangsar) – Quite a “hipsterish” feel to the place, and their virtual office option is only RM80 per month. They pride themselves as a bit of an anti-office co-working space. Lots of parking right outside the building, which is rare in the Bangsar area, so you could stay in an entire day and not worry about your car park costing more than your office.
3) Whitespace (Bangsar, Puchong, Mont Kiara) – Clean, modern design. I visited the office in Bangsar and it’s right next to Bangsar Shopping Centre, so pretty convenient if you prefer meeting clients outside the office, they’ve got some good coffee and lunch places in the area. Also, certain packages give you access to all three locations.
I think it’s best to visit the places yourself to see if the place “feels” right to you. After all, your office is probably where you will spend most of your time in. I’m still deciding on a good location and may visit more and update this page as I go along.