- May 20, 2022
- Posted by: Sheryl
- Category: Life In Goa, Trending In Goa
Did you ever think of your workplace as a creative paradise? If not, Goa’s Co-working spaces are an amazing option to have a change of scenery, break dull routines, learn new things, and fall in love with your work again.
By: Sheryl Gonsalves
One such place is ‘91 Springboard’ located in the heart of Goa’s capital city, Panaji. They have a diverse working crowd ranging from freelancers to start-ups to large international enterprises. It’s a community that is ready to help and great to share your ideas with. Their members receive special perks such as exclusive discounts from Google & Amazon, and pan India access to all 91S hubs.
Events are held here to ensure networking and a good work-life balance. Their aim is to increase professional learning, enhance the skills of members, or just relax and unwind. Games and even festival celebrations add to the fun!
To ensure everyone’s safety during the pandemic, 91 Springboard has touchless access control, temperature checks for everyone entering the premises, hourly sanitization of common touchpoints, and easy access to sanitizers.
Meeting rooms, conference room, a cafe, high-speed Wifi, air-conditioning, security, housekeeping, unlimited tea and coffee, casual areas, parking, etc, are some of the facilities enjoyed here. What especially draws people to this place are the various benefits enjoyed like flexibility, networking, cross-learning, business collaborations, access to quality learning events, and no long term lease.
Whether you are in the mood for a relaxing work session amidst jungles/gardens or want a space that eliminates distractions, NomadGao has it all. Their Anjuna place has a beautiful terrace co-working area overlooking fields and a 100-year-old banyan tree. Peacocks come there during the monsoons. It also has an indoor air-conditioned co-working space, meeting rooms, and dedicated rooms for taking calls. The Assagao space has an outdoor co-working area as well as an indoor AC area to work from.
“We have carefully designed our co-working spaces after visiting over 50 spaces across India and SE Asia,” they said. Both the Assagao and Anjuna spaces have ergonomic seating, multiple lines of broadband internet, etc. They have a café in Assagao that serves delicious Indo-Vietnamese food. “Our goal is to create holistic leaving spaces where people can work online from our co-working spaces, eat healthy food at our cafes, live comfortably in our co-living areas, and meet like-minded people. We have a razor-sharp focus on curating our community.”
They conduct lots of events and try to strike a balance between learning, networking, fun, and food. On the learning front, workshops and skillshare sessions are held. To foster networking, they arrange digital nomad/startup meetups and weekly NomadGao Connect. It’s not all work though. They do a lot of fun stuff. Some activities include weekly karaoke nights, movie screenings, football matches, Secret Garden BBQ nights, and Sunday beach volleyball. Sometimes, they even go on treks and excursions!
Clay is purely designed for work keeping in mind all pain points people might have. Ample plug points, quiet music, a right culture, water drinking reminders, stable internet connection, 4-6 hour power backup, makes the entire environment highly conducive for work, collaborations and networking.
Unlike what co-working spaces usually are stereotyped as, especially in the cities, they are located in the middle of an old village in Anjuna inside a 90+ year old Portuguese-Goan heritage home with a garden area.
With the recent addition of a menu that gives warm, nutritious, healthy and freshly made home-like food, manually brewed coffee and tea, along with daily lunch plans, members don’t have to worry about their food requirements throughout the day. Their facilities include a dedicated meeting room, office stationery, board games, books, air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned work areas, etc.
While there are plans of integrating many more unique experiences, the two fixed ones that have become weekly events for Clay’s community are Thursday Open Mic nights, Friday Quiz nights and occasional popup board game events. All amazingly unique communities with copious amounts of talent, vibrancy and energy! These events have become a weekly destination for tons of people who come visit them while being served some amazing cocktails, beers and bar bites from their bar The Shed.
One of the highlight features of Timebox is “No membership required”. They do not require you to join a club to enjoy value-for-money premium facilities and conveniences. This includes the added benefit of walk-in/walk-out without the hassle of housekeeping, maintenance, security, bills, electricity, etc.
Their workspace is designed to inspire creativity and boost productivity while providing an affordable yet sleek option to expensive hotels or busy, distracting restaurants.
Timebox was conceptualized in the year 2021 to offer travelling executives, professionals working from home, and small businesses that emerged during the Covid crisis a well-managed, polished workspace conference room in a convenient location, where you can be the busy professional you are without the high cost of maintaining an office.
Their facilities/ amenities include fully air-conditioned workstations/ conference room, 32” inch monitor for presentations, Wifi and ethernet ports, private cabins, etc. To foster learning and fun they’ve offered a variety of courses/workshops, including painting and photography.
All Covid protocols are followed at Timebox to make sure success is the only thing firms and individuals think about, with frequent sanitization of the entire premise covered.
Due to Covid, a lot of the corporate workforce chose to work from home. Since Goa has a relaxed lifestyle coupled with decent residential stay options and a wide range of internet ISPs, it turned into the best location for a ‘work-cation’. Professionals no longer have to travel and deal with the claustrophobic and noisy metro systems. This also generated a demand for corporates to set up shop here in Goa due to low commercial rentals. With the added bonus of scenic spots, beaches & good food; it proves to be the best work-life cycle for any professional.