Co-Working Capitol: NCR offers Shared Workspace
Co-Working Capitol. NCR offers Shared Workspace. Cafes, pubs, bars and hotels offering co-working facilities for additional revenue.
It's still six hours before Nowhere Terrace Pub in Sushant Lok's Cross Point Mall gets its first set of regular tipplers. But there are already people seated inside - all of them working on their laptops. Strange? Well, that's because the pub turns into a shared workspace during the day. It's not the only one. There are at least five pubs in Gurgaon, and one five-star hotel, that have started renting out space - in this case, tables - to those looking for a place to work out of. You can take it for a day or get a deal for a month. Facilities like WiFi and, sometimes, snacks and coffee are part of the package. This also helps the pubs make some money in off-peak hours.
Sameer Dhar, the owner of Nowhere Terrace Pub, says, "I started out as an entrepreneur myself 18 years ago and I understand that, while starting up, every penny matters and an office is a big expenditure, hence the idea of co-working space," The pub has a dedicated area where people can work for just Rs 99 per day. The tariff includes free WiFi, unlimited tea, coffee and munchies. "We don't follow any specific revenue model but it helps us cover cost because we are anyway spending on the space and air-conditioning. Also, when there are people inside, customers feel more comfortable walking in for brunch," says Dhar.
Cafe Di Ghent happens to be another such place. "I love it here," says Harsh, who runs a startup named Hey Pulp. Factory by Sutra, another pub, located in Sector 29, also offers co-working spaces to start-ups and businesses. Their package starts at Rs 5,000 per person a month, which covers WiFi, unlimited coffee, tea and stationery. The idea of working out of a pub or bar isn't restricted to small entrepreneurs starting up. Many of the big names from the industry are also warming up to the idea, only their address is comparatively fancier.
One such address is The Trident, Gurgaon, which started a similar service six months back. The Trident offers free WiFi, munchies, tea, coffee, stationery box and business concierge services at Rs 575 a day. "A lot of business leaders have their meetings at Trident and we realised they hated wasting time commuting, especially in rush hours. So, we came up with a service that lets them work out of our bar where they can work and network," says Ramandeep Singh Kaur, assistant food and beverage service manager, NCR, Trident Hotels.