The pros and cons of a shared office

A shared office space provides many of the same amenities that you would see in a traditional office area, but they do it be creating a ready to work office that allows any person to come into and do their business. This creates an environment that is great for many people that want to work in an office but do not necessarily need a big office all to themselves. If you are still trying to decide if a shared office space is the right choice for you, take a look at some of the most commonly reported advantages and disadvantages that are experienced in a shared office:

Advantages

  1. Flexible rental periods – You can reserve an area in a co working space for any period of time, starting at 15 minutes and extending to a several month rental agreement. This flexibility allows you to only spend money on an office when you are actually using it.
  2. Reduce overhead costs – Many people that are starting and running their own business want to reduce their expenses while they build up their company. They can easily help save costs by foregoing the traditional office rental and all of the costs that are wrapped up in that, but they may still need a professional environment in order to get some work done and create a positive impression on their clientele. A co working space helps accomplish that.

Disadvantages

  1. Unable to have a permanent desk. The whole idea of a shared office space is that each day you show up at the office it is a blank slate. It is an area that is ready for you to sit down and start working. However, if you find that you only really like sitting in a particular spot or that you always need to have access to a room that you can close the door and have private conversations in, then you may find yourself disappointed occasionally. Of course there are many people that sign up for long  term rentals with co working spaces that allow them to select a private office that is only their office for the selected period of time, but may standard shared areas cannot guarantee that you will always be able to sit in the same place and work from the same area each time that you arrive to get some work done. That is sort of the point: to allow a flexible interaction among people of different industries.
  2. All areas are shared. That means that the office spaces, conference rooms and even the receptionist is shared among every person that is working in that space. If you always need a conference room available to you at a moments notice every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, then this may not be a good business solution for you. In a shared office, conference rooms can be booked for specific periods of time ahead of time, but it is unlikely that a co working space would allow you to block out whole days on a regular basis, and even if they did it would not be a cost effective option for you.