An Address for Success
You don’t have to look far to see how today’s workforce is adjusting to the “new normal.” Companies eager to cut costs are increasingly downsizing their office space and gravitating to open floor plans. Faced with work spaces that are often noisy, crowded, or both, more and more employees are opting to work at home.
Statistics bear this out. The number of full-time employees who regularly work at home has more than doubled since 2005 (GlobalWorkPlaceAnalytics.com). Today, one out of five people work from home, according to a 2016 Forbes survey.
Working at home has a lot of pluses—no commute, for instance—but it can also present some daunting challenges. It can be hard to set boundaries for the family. Kids coming home from school and daily life in the household can blur the lines between home time and work time. There can also be a perception by some that if you’re working at home, you’re not really working.
Cue the increased popularity of shared office spaces – office spaces where each individual or group can have their own office or team room, while sharing common areas and amenities. The shared office center has provided a solution to the “home alone” quandary. Originally viewed as catering exclusively to techies and start-ups, the shared office space concept is now fully embraced by large and small companies across a diverse range of industries.
It’s easy to see why. Many shared office spaces provide private, furnished offices packaged with a host of amenities that make them an exceptional value. In these top-notch spaces, the rental fee usually covers a variety of services, including a receptionist, individual phone numbers, voice mail, internet, conference and training rooms, free parking, and even coffee. Staff is available to help with word processing, PowerPoint presentations, and travel arrangements. In short, they offer everything a conventional office offers, but with less noise, hassle, and cost. Moreover, with many people congregating in one place, full communities have a chance develop and flourish creating endless opportunities for collaboration and networking.
How to choose the best option
Over the past decade, the number of facilities with shared office spaces has skyrocketed in the U.S. With so many options out there, how do you decide which one is best for you?
You’ll want a space that fits your work needs and is convenient for your clients or associates to visit. In addition to all the basics – phones, Internet – does the space have the extras that can make all the difference, like a top-notch staff and meeting facilities outfitted with the latest technology?
What about the working environment? Does the space provide the privacy and quiet you need for phone calls with clients (Many open co-working spaces don’t.) What about off-hours access, proximity to public transportation and nearby amenities such as banks, restaurants and shopping?
Even if the space has all the amenities you could possibly imagine, they may not necessarily be included in the rental fee. So, what may look like a lower rent may turn out to be more than you planned for. Investigate the details.
What makes a shared office space special
The best of the shared office spaces out there provide a professional image and an energizing business community. They also provide a lot of flexibility, offering both individual workspaces and rooms where people can collaborate. They are ideal for a large company in need of overflow office space, as well as for an entrepreneur building a startup. They also let you rent for as short or as long a time as you want — a day, a month, or a year. And most importantly, they have a professional staff that truly makes it a point to learn about your business and clients to help you grow.
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