Herald: Goa loves coworking!
Goa loves coworking!
Cafes and coworking spaces in Goa are booming lately as more and more people embrace the trend of working away from offices
Goa has now evolved from a party atmosphere to an environment where people from all walks of life can enjoy the state. Cafes and coworking spaces have been popping up all over Goa with more and more students and professionals enjoying the freedom to work away from their lazy bedrooms. Rasa Cafe owner Navneet Prakash, a documentary filmmaker by profession, has been working on his laptop for the past 12 years. He says all the immense experience he gained from traveling and working on a laptop helped build his Vogue cafe. He shares the evolution of coworking in Goa over the past few years, especially after the pandemic and lockdown. He says: “Coworking spaces and cafes like mine are now frequented not only by tourists on short shifts, but also by locals, who prefer to work from home with places offering better infrastructure for work as well. than the interaction. with other professionals. Navneet continues to talk about how coworking has become the new norm among individuals and how more and more people are jumping on the trend. He says: “Coworking is a trend, especially since confinement and “working from home”, because people prefer a change of scenery rather than spending entire weeks in the same office space. When I planned the cafe, I knew I wanted a bright, vibrant cafe with a section dedicated to work, so you can put your head down and finish your daily tasks, but also take a few minutes off, enjoy a good coffee/meal and meet someone they know before going back to work. Unlike coworking places, Café Rasa is a coworking café, so no two days are alike. He also describes his riverside cafe and the wide range of people who are welcome in this friendly space. He says: “Our cafe is frequented by design and art professionals, architects, writers, filmmakers, etc. Our colleagues come not only to work long hours, but also to meet new people in the same space. What sets us apart from other places is different from a large coworking space, we focus on freelance professionals and small teams, cafe layout and planning is more community centric, where colleagues can interact and collaborate with each other. We’re basically a community space with a cafe, coworking infrastructure, and a really productive yet cozy vibe. Mayur Sontakke, Founder and CEO of NomadGao in Anjuna and Assagao, also talks about the growth that coworking has recently seen in Goa. . “We launched NomadGoa before the pandemic to make Goa popular among global digital nomads. The pandemic has given Goa an opportunity to rebrand itself as a workplace and we have seen many people moving to Goa for the same. We are in the midst of a transition. Offices are opening and that could change over the next few months as people return to cities. However, in the long term, we are optimistic about Goa’s potential to attract Indian and global professionals and digital nomads to work from here. He says, “The coworking culture in Goa is still at a nascent stage. Even after the pandemic, there are only a handful of genuine coworking spaces in Goa. We see a lot of potential in Goa for co-working as Goa as more and more city dwellers are working remotely and would like to work closer to nature. We have dedicated coworking spaces with meeting rooms, call rooms, deep work area, ergonomic furniture, multiple broadband connections, backup power, and great views with additional stay options. Barefoot Goa in Parra is a blend of both worlds where FOH and team member Bansari explains the coworking culture in Goa. She says, “The co-working culture in Goa is a broad spectrum. There are some serious co-working spaces and there are a few cafes. Co-working has benefited us in such a way that Barefoot Goa is more of an ever-growing community and not just a workplace. We’ve seen friendships formed when two colleagues meet in a slightly informal space. She disagrees that coworking is just a trend in Goa. She says, “To call coworking a trend is overkill. It’s more about finding a base and having a good time, but Barefoot Goa is a hidden coworking gem in the Parra Fields. He shares, “The co-working culture here in Goa is emerging. It had started to build a little bit in spurts here and there for quite a while. Although, when I personally moved to Goa four years ago, we hadn’t really thought about coworking spaces. Mostly cafes functioned as coworking spaces which was not really sustainable for someone like me who was looking to relocate to Goa for a better quality of life and needed access to infrastructure steady. The Covid and the months that followed definitely accelerated the trend. Today, Goa, from our perspective, sees a steady flow of people who can leave their city life to settle here for short periods or medium-sized or even longer terms. And when they’re here, they need a stable environment to work in, and that’s where we come in. Our cafe is truly built with a lot of love and empathy. His goal is not just to give people a “work desk”, but to give them a peaceful experience and help them realize that working hard is good but not at the expense of one’s own mental and physical well-being. In three years, we have built a very strong community of people who have moved to Goa and attributed a significant part of their life, network and experiences to Goa. transformed into a welcoming cafe and workspace. He says, “Coffee is really a support system to our space where as people come in and go through the day they will naturally want food, coffee and juice etc. Thus, our cafe offers clean and freshly prepared homemade dishes from our home cafe menu. We have now gone ahead and also opened a bar in our garden called The Shed. A great escape for people to turn off their laptops and hang out with friends they made in Clay. He further adds, “When we opened Clay three years ago, we were the only ones in almost all of Bardez to be a coworking cafe, and then several more popped up after the first lockdown was lifted. While Covid is certainly the main reason for such accelerated growth, I personally believe that remote working is the future. With rising living costs in the city, increased travel time, air quality levels, deteriorating general quality of life and conversely incredible achievements in connectivity , data transfer speeds and just pure technology operating in the space of interpersonal communication, it’s only a matter of time before people want to work nearby instead of going to a desk . I’m not saying the offices are redundant, but it won’t be the only place the work gets done. “These cozy and bright places are what people have been looking for since the melancholic confinements were lifted. There is no turning back for these welcoming places that attract not only tourists with their aesthetic charisma but also local Goans with their warm ambience.