The future of work is flexible, but with lots of people experiencing full-time work at home and not wanting the needless risk of trekking into an HQ, it’s hard to find a middle ground. Granted, working from home can be pretty fun at first, but if you’re not careful the days can also get swallowed up with laundry and other tasks at home. The alternative of connecting to the patchy WiFi and blocking out the screaming toddlers/staff in the local café isn’t a real option either. Surely there’s another way – one that straddles the divide between professional working environment and relaxed, creative space in which to thrive?
Sharing is caring
Fortunately, these days there is – and it’s called the shared workspace. In 2020’s increasingly competitive and global work environment, the benefits of coworking are real – and one of the most notable benefits is the community aspect. Coworking started as “hackerspace” in the Berlin of the 90s, as places where programmers would convene to swap ideas and help each other to solve problems (“Have you tried switching it off and on again?”). Since then, it’s evolved to include all kinds of workers, from freelancers to start-ups – and even divisions of bigger businesses as well known as Microsoft and Nike. What this means in practice is that a good coworking space provides a wide range of likeminded individuals with an always-on place to do business – and readymade networking opportunities on tap.
Sharing can be done safely
In the current climate, the idea of sharing a space with other companies might seem like a far stretch. Across the Spaces network, measures are in place to ensure you are able to physically distance and work safely in a clean environment. You can learn more about the specific measures here.
Sharing is cost-effective
A coworking space – also known as flexible office space – can also be somewhere that removes the barriers to entry of setting up on your own. Firstly, it’s cheaper than a traditional lease because you only pay for the services you need and for the time that you need them. Secondly, those services are entirely customisable, from dedicated desks to a place to perch, and can be adapted as your business grows. At Spaces, for example, it’s possible to rent a meeting room by the hour and entertain a client in a well-designed in-house coffee shop (or even a rooftop bar in some cases). And if you need an office address that shows you mean business, or call-handling and mail-sorting, Spaces can provide that too. Depending on the provider, coworking spaces can also be places that allow you to scale your business at a fraction of what it would cost otherwise. Imagine setting up an office in a new territory, where you knew nothing about the legal ins and outs – and didn’t have the time or, let’s be honest, inclination to find out. A provider like Spaces, which has an extensive global network, removes this headache as soon as you click “sign up” because it grants access to every one of the brand’s growing list of locations around the world. In essence, this means that – wherever you find yourself – you have a satellite office ready and waiting. Pretty cool huh?
Here’s to your return
We take your return to the office seriously, both in terms of your personal safety, but it is also why each of our locations is thoughtfully designed to take you through the working day as you reconnect to the community. From meeting rooms layouts and staggered desk space to breakout area and coffee lounge signage. Basically, it’s all been thought-through to help you.
When and where you take advantage of flexspace is entirely up to you. You might need it to launch a business, or as a satellite hub away from your company’s main HQ, or as somewhere to drop into for a few days to escape home. The benefits of coworking are as many and varied as the people you’ll meet and their reasons for being there, and we’re here to help you with the way of working that works for you.
Need a comfortable place where you can network and grow your business, all while feeling safe and right at home? We can help with that. Check our coworking memberships right here.