Meet The Community Manager: Floris Hermans of Oasis, Koh Chang
Community manager and web designer Floris Hermans wants members to remember Oasis as a unique place in a remote location with great facilities. Located in beautiful Koh Chang, Thailand, Floris hopes this incredible jungle resort provides an unforgettable coworking experience for all members of the community.
How did you discover coworking?
I discovered coworking the first time in Thailand. We’ve been living here for over eight years now, and over that time more and more coworking spaces have started to pop up in Thailand’s cities and islands. Since I travel to Bangkok regularly for my web design work, I started using these spaces and really loved the concept behind it.
What is your involvement with Oasis Koh Chang? When did the space first open?
The place I manage is our own coworking space, located at Oasis Koh Chang resort, on Koh Chang. We have completely designed and built the place ourselves, officially opening its doors in the beginning of this high season, October 2019.
How would you describe the community at Oasis?
The coworking community in Koh Chang is still small, partly because we are on an island and partly because we still need to build our name. We do get more and more requests and see that people are interested. Websites like Coworker greatly help us make our space known.
Do you host any events to bring the community together?
Not yet, but this is definitely something we will be looking into for the future.
What are the three key ingredients for operating a successful coworking space?
We are still finding our way with this, but we’re learning as we go. At the moment, it would be a comfortable workplace with fast internet, a great location, and on-site facilities like showers, accommodation, and a restaurant.
What unique elements make your coworking space stand out from all the rest?
I think our space stands out from other spaces because of the unique location in the jungle on a tropical island. In that way, we offer a coworking space that can be combined with a holiday or travel atmosphere. Monkeys are daily visitors of our garden, so imagine sitting at your desk, looking out at the jungle, and seeing some wildlife pass by.
Our coworking space is located in our resort, so we also offer a great restaurant just above the workspace, as well as a treehouse viewpoint and even on-site accommodation. The beach is only a 15-minute walk away, and there are many other nice restaurants, bars, and coffee shops within walking distance.
What has been the most challenging part of opening and operating a coworking space?
At the moment, I think it was designing the space, building it, and now advertising it and trying to create a community in a place where there were no coworking spaces before.
Do you have any advice or tips for someone who is looking to open a coworking space?
Find a good location to see if there are potential coworkers in your area, and create a space that’s truly unique so it stands out.
What is your favorite thing about coworking?
Personally, I love that it enables travelers to work from anywhere, especially in places where you can combine holiday, adventure, and travel with a productive workday.
How would you like people to remember Oasis?
A unique place in a remote location with good facilities. Combined with our jungle resort, I hope it gives people an unforgettable experience.