Coworking spaces in Amsterdam

30 October 2012, by
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Are you a professional, freelancer, (nomadic) entrepreneur, independent contractor, or small (start-up) business owner who works from home and cannot afford your own office at the moment?

No worries; coworking spaces are cool, relatively cheap, and offer a great opportunity for networking and socialising!

Why coworking?

Coworking spaces are an affordable alternative for the many freelancers and one-man companies who simply cannot afford their own place, especially in cities like Amsterdam where you practically have to fight over desirable spaces and of course, pay for every square meter.

These shared working spaces operate like start-up campuses. They usually provide common areas and other necessities (cafeteria, meeting rooms, Internet access, etc.) so that you can focus on developing your business and building solid relationships with the other companies and entrepreneurs around.

Why work in isolation?

The whole idea behind coworking spaces is that a group of independent professionals / companies will work better when situated together under one roof. In fact, according to the 2011 Global Coworking Survey, 96% of the respondents cited "community" (rather than location or price) as the most important factor when choosing a coworking space.

So, why work in isolation when you can work a few meters away from potential business partners? If, for example, you are running an Internet company, it is very likely that you will need to work with other ICT, marketing, and / or design companies at some point, and coworking spaces are ideal and increasingly popular hubs for the creative and Internet industries.

Coworking: It's all about flexibility

Choosing a coworking space is all about flexibility. Usually different types of access are available to suit your particular needs (e.g. limited access for a few hours or a few days per month, membership for full access, or even separate office spaces), and in most cases, you are able to switch from one option to another. The (small) office spaces can be an ideal choice for small businesses that expect to grow in the near future.

coworking spaces amsterdam
Photo by Flickr user Victor1558

What to check out before signing

How many other companies / professionals are already members or have offices?
Is the building accessible 24/7?
What about security? Did any incidents take place in the past?
Does the insurance cover you in case of fire, theft, etc.?
Does the membership (or office space) price include access keys, Internet access, etc.? Any extra costs for your employees, interns, etc.?
Do you have to pay extra to book the (common) meeting room? If so, how much?
Do they organise social or networking events? How often? Can everyone attend?
Is parking available?

Coworking spaces in Amsterdam

Coworking is becoming quite trendy, so you can find quite a few spaces in Amsterdam. Here is a list of some of the Dutch capital's most famous coworking spaces:
Bovendebalie
Deskowitz
HUB Amsterdam
Jam Workspace
Lev Kaupas
MixTup
PH120
Rockstart
SPACES.
The Thinking Hut
Workspace6

To recommend more coworking spaces in Amsterdam please comment below.
 

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Comments arranged by date (Total 3 comments)  
13665182
November 05 2012, 09:10AM

I wrote an article about it on my own blog too a few months ago, nice places in Amsterdam http://patjem.nl/workspots-met-wifi-hotels

bredchic
October 15 2013, 07:08PM

Hi. We have an office desk at a competitive price. It's open Monday to Friday 8 to 18. There's a kitchen and Internet wireless.
Located in Frederik Hendrikbuurt, Amsterdam. We are all social enterprises and we are looking for someone who is also engaged in a socially responsible activity.
For info write to info@robintravels.com

ArnoInen
November 19 2013, 04:10PM

Could you update the list as followed ;)

MixTup (http://www.mixtup.nl)

What is MixTup?
MixTup is a creatieve platform that supports new creative intiatives with social media, co-workings studios, workshop spaces and innovative & creative events.

What do we offer?
We offer a desk in a creative co-working space with...
Part time spots €90 a month (ex VAT)
Full time spots €160 a month (ex VAT)
3 month contract (orientation)
Internet/Meeting Rooms/Workshop Spaces

How does it work?
The workspots are in several co-work spaces. We select the right creative people that make MixTup into a thriving and lively community.

Feel free to send us an email (studio@mixtup.nl) for more information or your resume. We're always more than happy to be of any assistance.

Ferdinand Bolstraat 8B, Amsterdam
You can also check our website http://www.mixtup.nl/ or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mixtuponline for references and upcoming events.

 
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