Since there won’t be a lot of meetings and things this week I decided I wanted an office for the week to get some computer time in.
I had been looking around for places to rent by the day/week before I came here and a pretty good site I’ve come across before in my researches of co-working space is Loosecubes. They’re a site where anyone can post that they have free office space available. There’s quite a lot of good places there actually (even in Tokyo) but there was one place in particular whose own website I had come across before. That one was Moboff (short for Mobile office).
Moboff has several locations, but their Shinjuku location looked really awesome.
We tried to reserve an office through the website but since it was such short notice (I basically wanted access from yesterday) I didn’t want to wait several days for a reply. So I just showed up at their front desk and asked if they had some available seats.
They normally only rent out per month with a required membership fee, but after the receptionist called up the owner and a little bit of hassle (because there was no system in place for what I wanted) they were kind enough to give me a deal and let me in on a per-day fee.
The space is awesome, there’s everything you’d expect (coffee machines, internet, good chairs) and the room and layout is great, it was easy to get productive there.
The only downside was that the place was practically deserted. Now I’ve only been there one day and it might be a fluke, but it seemed like they could really use some more business. Perhaps opening up to per-day or per-week customers is a good idea.
Normally if you pay per month for the shared-office you don’t get assigned a desk, you just come in the morning and hope there’s a desk free and take that one. This doesn’t bother me at the moment but if I was looking to be there long-term I would want a fixed desk so I could put a screen there, but for that you need to rent a private office.
Personally I don’t see the reasoning behind this, they shouldn’t be charging full price for a “maybe there’s a desk for you, maybe not” kind of thing. And if they only have enough members to fill the desks (so there’s always at least one free) then why not assign permanent desks? Just rent out all the desks and people can leave their stuff there if they want. I don’t want a private office because that defeats the whole purpose of a co-working space, I want to meet other people.
It was permitted to drink at your desk, but not eat, I suppose because food can cause quite a lot of smell which might bother other people. With the whole of Tokyo available right outside the door I doubt I’d bring food very often anyway though.
Overall my first impression is really good. If there had been reserved desks it would be a place I would definitely want to use long-term. But as it is right now, it’s a perfect place if you just want a productive space for a day or a couple of weeks.
The location is great, about 10 minutes from where I’m staying. It’s on the 20th floor so there’s a great view and it’s really close to Shinjuku station if you want to do something after work.