Shared offices typically offer a combination of services to help entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and other professionals and small businesses work more efficiently and effectively.
Shared office space plans usually include some or all of the following features:
A business address at an office building, which provides a place to receive, pick up and/or forward mail
Conference rooms to host in-person meetings, bookable by the hour or day
Hot desks or day offices, for interviews or heads-down work, bookable in increments from a half-hour to a day
Secure, high-speed internet accessible via wifi or ethernet connections
A receptionist to greet visitors and sign for packages or other deliveries
A VoIP phone system with voicemail
A business phone number with a local area code that matches your address
A remote live receptionist service or virtual assistant
Copy, scanning and faxing services
Basic shared office space plans include two or three of these services, while premium plans might include all of them. It’s designed to be flexible and, as you might expect, the cost savings are significant.
The Benefits of Using a Shared Office
In addition to cost savings, there are plenty more benefits for businesses using shared office space:
Credibility. Having a professional address gives a business the upper hand over competition that doesn’t, and it leaves a great first impression. Given the choice between a home-based financial planner at 28 Rocking Horse Lane and a competing firm with an address at, say, 201 Wall Street, which one would you call first?
Operational support. Shared offices provide remote receptionist services, mail and package delivery, and other business support services. For small business owners and independent professionals juggling everything from sales and marketing to invoicing and customer service, having someone answer the phone for you saves a huge amount of valuable time that you can use to grow your business.
Customer service. Having a live, professional representative answer client calls and handle queries dramatically improves your customer service. It makes a much better impression if your clients and prospects talk to an experienced professional with the customer service skills to handle calls in a friendly and professional manner.
A meeting space. A professional space to meet with clients, prospects or investors sends a completely different message than meeting in a cafe or in your living room. If the topic is sensitive, like a job interview or strategy session, you need a space that’s private, quiet with the latest technology and equipment to communicate effectively.
Improve efficiency. If you're a remote worker or out on the road meeting clients, it doesn’t make sense to tie up a lot of your capital in an office lease. A shared office space gives you access to the space and services you need on-demand, which protects your budget while giving you the services you need when you need them.
Whether you’re looking to grow your business and expand into new markets or simply to manage your time a little better, shared office space can provide an excellent low-cost, flexible workplace solution for businesses at any stage of the growth journey.
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Written by: Rhett Bratt
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