Just like a coin, there are two sides to remote Tech work. The first is your immense freedom and the ability to set your hours (plus sneaking in a Netflix episode or two 🍿). On the other hand, it can get pretty lonely. You're not surrounded by colleagues you can chat with between work. Luckily, there's a way for you to find a middle ground where you can enjoy the best of both, a co-working space.
What is a Co-Working Space?
A co-working space is a designated office where anyone, regardless of their career, can work (of course, there's a small fee). Some have separate booths for privacy, but most operate as informal offices with desks aligned together.
Working at a co-working space is great, especially on days when your motivation is low or when the silence in your house is too deafening. Visit one of these five co-working spaces and work alongside like-minded people who'll motivate you to get your tasks done. And the best part is that most of them serve unlimited coffee ☕
1. Jenga Leo
If you're like me and you need a brightly lit room to be productive, then Jenga Leo's co-working space would be ideal for you. The place is also decorated with large green plants 🌱, making it feel less like an office and more like home. Once you've completed the day's tasks, feel free to lounge at their library zone as you catch up on your favourite novel.
Location: Westlands at Westpark Towers (12th & 13th Floor) Off Muthithi Road.
Price: Ksh 990 per day
Contact: 0716 888333
- Accessible kitchen
- Complimentary Coffee and tea
- Podcast Studio.
- High-Speed Internet
- Zoom Call Rooms
- Rooftop Gym & Cafe Bar
2. The Library
This remarkable co-working area is at the heart of Sarit centre's rooftop garden. Once you get in, you'll be directed to a spacious hexagon-shaped booth. The ambience is a 10/10, and the privacy of the booths will enable you to focus entirely on the task at hand.
Location: Westlands at Sarit Center's rooftop Garden
Price: Ksh 1500 per day
Contact: 0103 000 103
- Spacious private pod
- Unlimited Coffee and tea
- One free meal
- Fast and reliable Internet
- Buy one get one free burger on Tuesdays
We've all heard a thing or two about Ihub. If you haven't, it's time to come out of the rock you're living in. The facility is famous for holding Tech events and has graced the likes of Mark Zuckerberg in 2016. What many don't know is that the facility also offers co-working spaces. So head over to Ihub and work alongside other techies like you.
Location: Junction, 6th-floor Senteu Plaza, Galana / Lenana Road
Price: Ksh 1160 per day
Contact: 0798 985 410
- Reliable and fast Internet
- Meal discounts
- Communal kitchen
- Video recording equipment
- Podcasting room
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Printing discounts
4. Nairobi Garage
Nairobi Garage is a shared space for entrepreneurs, young businesses and start-ups to work together in a communal space. It's a great place to go network with other people in Tech as you discuss your projects. The co-working space is in four different locations, each offering stunning views of Nairobi.
Location: Westlands, Kilimani, Karen, Spring Valley
Price: Ksh 1500 per day or Kshs 11,000 per month
Contact: 0708 556 955
- Fast Internet
- Unlimited coffee and tea (Kilimani and Westlands)
- Garden seating (Karen)
- Presentation Equipment for conferences and meetings
- Meeting rooms
- Accessible phone booths
If you're an art lover, consider working at Kofi's co-working space. Each centre is adorned with beautiful paintings that add to the African vintage ambience of the place. And if you're searching for a long-term space, consider signing up for their monthly membership.
Location: Karen, Riverside, Upperhill, Westlands
Price: $150 per month (roughly Kshs 17,000)
Contact: 0703 041 000
- Fast and reliable Internet
- Free coffee and refreshments all-day ☕
- Phone booths
- Access to the networking events
- Modern kitchen
- Break room Lounge
- Private booths
Working in a co-working space is a great way of pushing you out of your comfort zone. You'll meet some incredible people, make friends and connections with them and have a productive day. Let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these five co-working spaces and your experience with them. Cheers.