Available across a spectrum of buildings, serviced offices can be rented for short periods of time, the minimum usually being one month. They can cater to a variety of budgets and location requirements.
What is a serviced office?
Serviced Offices are fully furnished ‘ready to move into’ offices, often complete with reception services and access to communal facilities. Available across a spectrum of buildings, serviced offices can be rented for short periods of time, the minimum usually being one month. They can cater to a variety of budgets and location requirements.
What do serviced offices offer?
The monthly rent for a service office typically includes:
- Business rates
- Service charge
- Phone installation
- IT support
- Cleaning services
There may also be some additional services provided, such as bookable meeting rooms or a manned reception desk.
A serviced office is worth considering as either a business or a lone worker if you don’t want to commit to a long lease, don’t want to pay for, but require, professional services such as a receptionist, or if you’re working to a strict budget. They are a great choice for start-ups with the potential to expand or contract as desk space can be added or taken away at short notice.
Why do businesses use serviced offices?
A key benefit of a serviced office is that it essentially comes ‘ready to go’. With desks, tech and phone lines already set up, companies can get straight to business with minimal downtime on move in day. There are also no expensive initial payments to make. Bills like business set-up costs, estate agents or solicitor’s fees can build up when a company is getting started.
For new businesses or freelancers, work can be a little more unpredictable. The more flexible lease agreements for serviced offices make this easier. It is unlikely companies want to be tied in to long-term agreements in the very early days of starting out.
Alternatives to serviced offices
Co-working is a popular alternative to a serviced office and co-working’s sense of community where a key difference between the two lies. Most co-working spaces actively encourage collaboration between members and will put on networking events for this purpose, which isn’t a typical focus in serviced offices.
A space specifically designed for co-working means you can meet and learn from other businesses, either working in the same field as you, or an entirely different one. Having the opportunity to network with likeminded professionals can boost inspiration and motivation for your company.
In a similar vein to co-working, Team Rooms provide the opportunity for companies to work in their own private space without being tied into a fixed lease. You benefit from having no extra overheads and usually a fixed monthly payment to manage.
Workspace Team Rooms are available for up to 8 people. They provide a flexible, lockable temporary office space solution in thriving communities in great London locations. You'll have everything you need to maximise your productivity, including business grade Wi-Fi, refreshments, printing and access to the full range of co-working facilities.
Club Workspace is our fast-growing network of creative co-working space. For a monthly membership fee, we provide a working environment on flexible terms, with business grade Wi-Fi, plus additional services such as access to high-spec meeting rooms bookable on an ad hoc basis and the chance to connect with over 4,000 businesses.
Join the Workspace community today. With over 60 locations across London, we’re sure to have the right space for your business to thrive, not to mention plenty of likeminded neighbours for you to network and connect with.