What are the advantages of using a shared space?
So, what are the advantages of using a shared space? Why should I use a co-working space at all? Are there really benefits of using a shared workspace?
Did you know that nearly 5 million people work remotely – and not all from home? So where do they actually work from?
Shared spaces come with a variety of titles – think virtual office, co-working space, shared workspace, shared office, and hot desk, to name but a few. Within the workspace, there will be the ability to rent a desk, office, or workstation.
Some of the locations will operate at an hourly, or daily rate. Or some may require a bigger commitment such as weekly or monthly rentals.
Generally, the typical renter will be a remote worker, digital nomad, or freelancer. But there are times when companies may rent space if they have staff visiting the area on a short-term basis.
So, in no particular order, here is our list of the advantages of using a shared workspace. There of course be many other benefits of using a shared workspace that we haven’t listed, so if you want to let us know we can add them for you.
Convenience of using a shared space
This has to be one of the top advantages of using a shared space. The workspace is already fully equipped with everything you need to do your work. As you only rent it according to your needs there is no requirement for you to commit to long-term contracts in expensive city-center locations.
It also provides you with the opportunity to increase or decrease the number of workstations you rent. Say your company is working on a new project and has hired a number of staff to cover it but has no space for them. Rather than trying to fit them into an already busy office environment the option to use co-working workspaces could be considered.
Generally, shared workspaces are located in city-center locations benefiting from good transport links. This is handy for those remote workers, freelancers, and digital nomads that travel frequently.
It also allows remote workers to enjoy the hustle and bustle of city-center life, but without the hassle of having to locate, operate and pay for prime spot premises on their own.
Again, this is an excellent benefit of a shared workspace for remote workers who don’t have a large enough base to work from, or for those who travel regularly away from the office. Everything from desks to monitors, printers, whiteboards, projection equipment, and also broadband and Wi-Fi are included. There may also be access to interview rooms, meeting rooms for larger groups or even smaller ‘quiet’ zones to hold online meetings with clients – there will be something for everyone. Don’t forget those all-important fully serviced bathroom and kitchen facilities too.
Working from a shared workspace allows like-minded individuals to meet up regularly.
Some remote workers find working on their own can be quite isolating so sharing a workspace is a good opportunity to network. Working alongside other like-minded people can also be beneficial as there is the opportunity to share ideas and expertise.
There are many advantages to using a shared workspace. A quick internet search will identify where co-working offices are located. There is a good selection of websites that can now identify the best locations in each country so get searching!