Sometimes the life of a Digital Nomad requires him to settle down for a while and get some work done. The time for that, for me, is now.
I just started a part time web development job with a company out of London and I simply can’t pass up the opportunity.
The nice part – it’s remote and can be done from anywhere. The bad – it’s not easy to sit down for 4-5 hours a day and have solid internet fit for Skype from a hostel or cafe. Plus, the office and social atmosphere is otherwise lacking and makes it difficult to be productive.
Fortunately, coworking spaces have been popping up all over the world that allow freelancers, entrepreneurs, and anyone that would benefit from an office a place to plop down and get some work done. Free tea, coffee, and beer at some of them are a definite plus. Check out this infographic from Startups.fm about coworking and its benefits.
Since I need to start looking for coworking spaces post-haste, I decided to compare the biggest coworking players in Prague and share them with you in case you’re looking for spots for coworking in Prague.
After doing some research, here are the main four coworking spaces in Prague:
Different places offer different pricing options depending on how you’re using the space. I’m looking for unlimited access per month (no contract) so that’s the first price structure listed. I’ve included a couple other common pricing models as well. Check their websites for more details.
Prices are given in Czech Koruna (CZK) and it’s worth noting that most places offer discounts for 6- or 12-month contracts or charge more if it’s per month. I’ve listed both.
* Note: You’ll read in the comments below that there’s some discrepancy between pricing because some places (Locus & ImpactHub) charge a 21% VAT and some (C3 & Deskroom) don’t. For me, it’s all about the total amount that I would have to pay – in this case that’s what’s listed in the table. Your situation may vary so keep that in mind; it’s possible that for you, Locus & Hub may be cheaper.
Prague Coworking Space Comparison
|C3 Cowork||Deskroom||Hub Prague||Locus Workspace|
|3950 Kč||4792 Kč|
|6 Months (per month)||3150 Kč||3750 Kč||3950 Kč||3993 Kč|
|100 Hours||—||3000 Kč||2950 Kč||—|
|10 Days||1429 Kč|
|Printing||50 Pages free||2.5/5 Kč|
|50 Pages free|
|Conference Room||300/500 Kč|
|Access Hours||7:00-21:00||24/7||M-F 8:30-18:30|
|Free 1-Day Trial||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Additional Perks||Free coffee, tea,|
beer on Fridays
|Free coffee & tea||Accelerator space – access to|
investors, business partners, etc.
access to multiple spaces
Based on the data, the two choices for me were C3 Cowork and Locus, which was also recommended to my by a friend. Locus’s active community holds lots of events and meetings.
However their excessive price turned me off quite a bit and I decided to go to C3’s free one day trial. It’s in a better location for me anyway, and makes more sense cost-wise.
In the end I decided to go with C3. The owners are nice and it’s in a good location a couple blocks away from Wenceslas Square. The Hub looked promising for its start-up atmosphere but that’s not what I’m looking for at the moment. I just need a good place to work during the day.
I just started at C3 and so far everything is working out great.
Have you done any coworking before? How did you find it?
Update: C3 Cowork is no longer in business. When I went back to Prague for a while I decided to try out Locus Workspace, and I really enjoyed it. Great team, two locations (one in Center, one in Zizkov), and a good community. When I return to Prague again for at least a month, that’s where I’ll be working from.