Hailing from a small town in the north of France, Remy Fixon began his career in the hotel industry after studying hotel management and working primarily within the Radisson Hotel Group in Brussels and Nice. He then moved to Bali with his family where he’s been working in the coliving and coworking industry with Outpost ever since. Learn more about Remy’s story and discover his favorite thing about coworking in our latest space manager feature below.
How did you discover coworking?
As soon as I arrived in Bali, I immediately began searching for hotel general manager positions, until I found an opening at a coworking property. At the time, coliving and coworking was not very familiar to me, but I quickly found that the job was exactly what I was looking for – to be part of an entrepreneurial community.
What coworking space do you manage? How long have you been the general manager there?
Since May of 2019 I’ve been managing both Outpost coliving and coworking locations in Ubud (Nyuh Kuning). I also manage our partner restaurant, Current, that’s located right in front of our Ubud coliving. The space plays host to live music performed by local artists and serves handcrafted artisan cocktails, and delicious plates by our local chef, Joshi.
How would you describe the community at your coworking space?
Our community is made up of location independent entrepreneurs, creatives, and professionals. We have welcomed people from all corners of the world into our spaces. A typical Outposter may run their own travel blog, work on a new app developed with block-chain, or hold a job in their home country that allows them to work from wherever. We believe now with more companies embracing this new work lifestyle, that more people will come to Bali and join our community.
What other unique elements make your coworking space stand out from all the rest?
Our members have the choice to work from either our quiet space or from our more “social” space. I personally like to work from our quiet space in the morning and move in the afternoon to our “social” space. It’s also an opportunity for me to meet our members. Our newest location of Outpost in Ubud Penestanan is our first all-in-one location that combines coliving and coworking with a rooftop common area that has an amazing jungle view!
Do you host any special member events to bring the community together?
Every Tuesday, we host a meetup of all new members, lead by our Events & Community Coordinator, to give a chance for people to know Outpost and the local area.
Every Wednesday, we host a member lunch out on our 2nd floor balcony. We have an amazing view of the jungle and it is the perfect spot to meet and try delicious locally inspired food that is cooked by our chef, Joshi.
Every Thursday, we have a family dinner held at Current. It’s a great occasion for our members to meet each other outside of their normal workspace and chat over some live music.
Then every month, we also arrange an ‘Outpost Adventure’ where we take our members out to disconnect and travel to a new destination or one of the islands that surround Bali for the weekend.
What are three key ingredients for operating a successful coworking space?
Great staff to make you feel like home, big windows with natural light to keep you inspired, and creative events to make friends and to build a community.
What is your favorite thing about coworking?
One of my favorite things about coworking is that I am always meeting new people from countries all around the world.
What is the most challenging part of operating a coworking space?
Coworking is a growing industry in Bali and across the world, so it can be challenging to stay top of mind. We always try to make sure we are thinking ahead and offer the best experience, and build a strong community for our members to stay connected.
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to start a coworking space?
It helps to partner with the best internet provider on the island. 😉
How would you like people to remember your coworking space?
At Outpost, we are a community of internationally-minded entrepreneurs, creatives, and professionals. We do not exclude any individuals, and welcome those who want to join our lifestyle and be part of a dynamic community. We’re not just a space, we are a community – a movement.