A Guide to Office Space in Indonesia

by Lauren Williamson
by Lauren Williamson

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Finding the perfect office can be tricky, whether it’s your first or fifth. The process does get easier with experience though, so the inaugural lease is where you’ll make and learn from all those rookie mistakes. This is why it’s a good idea to look for a flexible contract that won’t trap you in an unsuitable arrangement.

Fortunately for businesses in Indonesia, there are plenty of these around. Check out www.servcorp.co.id/en/ to get familiar with one of the top providers in central Jakarta. Here, you’ll find coworking spaces, virtual offices, managed suites, and more. Don’t forget to do your own research, however. Be sure about what you’re getting before signing a contract.

This article about the differences between virtual serviced, and coworking spaces will help you understand the office options in Indonesia.

Serviced Offices

If you want your first office to be flexible and familiar, try a serviced vendor. These workspaces are very conventional, in that they are privately leased and held. The difference is that they’re rented as ‘ready use’ units. Tenants move into fully furnished and decorated suites.

Everything that is present and functional at the start of the lease is also covered in the monthly rental fee. This means no extra payments for lighting, heating, air conditioning, broadband, or cleaning. You’re also entitled to a host of administrative and advisory resources.

Virtual Offices

Over the last five years, virtual offices have become one of the most popular rental options in Indonesia. Part of this is because they cater to mobile businesses and transient tenants, such as foreign investors testing out new markets. They are perfectly suited to freelancers and remote workers.

Virtual offices don’t exist in the same way as standard rentals. Instead, they exist in a kind of cloud system. The central facility (in Jakarta) makes all resources accessible via the internet. Tenants use them from home, coffee shops, public libraries, and a thousand other locations.

Communal Coworking

Coworking is a little different to the options described above. These offices are run more like public spaces. Think of the way you’d pay to join a local library. For a small monthly fee, you get a unique access code or card and can visit the workspace as often as you like.

These environments are structured towards independent endeavour. They contain telephone lines, high-speed broadband, plush furniture, meeting rooms, and more. There are trained staff on site to help solve problems, but tenants are expected just to turn up and get on with their own tasks.

Long Hold Leasing

The most common option continues to be traditional, long hold leasing. However, this is expected to change over the next five to seven years. Already, flexible alternatives are a big hit with entrepreneurs and rigid, lock in leases are declining in popularity.

The problem with these offices is the lack of control. You’ve got one landlord, with all the power. Often, early departures are not permitted or very expensive, due to termination fees. It can be a big problem for a small business that ends up wanting to grow quickly.

The Value of Flexible Leasing & Alternative Options

The growing variety of rental options in Indonesia is a really positive development. It’s giving businesses a lot more choice, which has always been a requirement, rather than a privilege. Today, we have independent contractors, freelancers, entrepreneurial duos, home-based businesses, huge corporations, and everything in between. It makes sense for companies to have lots of different possibilities.