Shared Office Space. What exactly am I signing up for? 

Office sharing is a wonderful concept that is happening all around the globe. Just like Uber and Airbnb, this collaborative consumption is a smart and efficient way of sharing resources and providing significant cost savings to the end user.  Sharing an office is not a new concept, in fact, it has been around for the past thirty years. There are innovative shared office or “coworking” companies around today designed to cater to any type of business.

So, what exactly do you get when you rent in a shared office?

1. The Network – The networking component is what attracts a lot of small businesses and solopreneurs. If you are solopreneur sharing an office immediately opens your world up to fascinating people who you would not normally interact with if you work from home. You have the potential to meet your next client.

2. Access to Conference Rooms, Copiers and Day Offices – Say you have an important client meeting and need a professional and quiet place to meet that is not a Starbucks. In a shared office environment, there would be conference rooms and private offices to book on-demand. Typically, they would have a convenient reservation system where booking a meeting would be effortless.

3. High-Speed Internet – How can you do business without access to the internet? In a shared office environment, your technology needs would be serviced. No need to work in a cafe with a slow internet or if you work from home no need to contract with a vendor. A shared office would have these resources at your disposable.

4. Business Address – If you are a company that needs an address to establish your business or perhaps needing an address that is not your home. A shared office environment typically offers mailing address services included in the full-time office rental. You can have all your business mail sent to one central location and if you live in a building that requires a signature for deliveries the reception team will sign them for you.

5. Built-In Staff – This amenity goes above and beyond anything else. A customer focused staff that supports you and your business needs are most critical in today’s fast-paced work environment. By having staff they can assist with administrative projects, answer your phone calls and generally be someone who is an extension of your business for all your needs.

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