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Coworking spaces in Amsterdam

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.

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
 WeWork
 Workspace6

To recommend more coworking spaces in Amsterdam please comment below.

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Charalampos Sergios

Sergios is a co-founder of IamExpat. His main interests include online communities and long exposure photography.

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