Comparing Coworking Spaces to Traditional Commercial Offices

Comparing Coworking Spaces to Traditional Commercial Offices

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Comparing Coworking Spaces to Traditional Commercial Offices

We have outlined some pros and cons of coworking spaces versus commercial offices. This is to help you make your decision of where your business will base out of that much easier.

Pro – Flexibility

Coworking spaces generally operate on a month to month basis. This gives the member greater flexibility compared to a traditional commercial office. This is because they need a minimum commitment. 

A month- to-month arrangement allows your office to scale up, or if required, scale down. Thus, coworking works well for businesses that have changing needs throughout the year.

Pro – You can often work out of more than one location

The mobile and flexible nature of a coworking office often means that you are not tied to one location. Once you set up a traditional office space, you lock to that particular address for the long-haul. Yet, making use of coworking spaces means that you can move to different locations, as your business demands. 

Pro – Save money on marketing

For start-ups and fledging companies, coworking spaces allow for an opportunity to network. This can heighten their ability to reduce (or even cut) marketing costs. 

Pro – No extra costs

An initial analysis might make it seem that coworking spaces are quite expensive. But, it is important to remember that these fees are (generally) all-inclusive. In a commercial space, you pay rent and that’s all you get. Things like furniture, utilities, maintenance services and office equipment comes at an extra cost. 

Pro – Community support

Being part of a coworking space includes much more than a desk and excellent wi-fi. Although the nature and strength of coworking communities varies between different spaces. Almost all offer some kind of community which you can become part of. This community can allow like minded individuals to support one another. 

Con – Distractions

Coworking spaces can be busy and noisy environments. If you work from an open plan desk or a private office, the environment can impact your concentration and productivity. 

Being able to network and socialise while working may sound too good to be true – and it may be, for some people. This challenge can resolved by choosing a private office over open planned desks. 

Con – Less privacy

You may find that a traditional commercial space offers more privacy. Coworking spaces may, or may not, suit the level of privacy businesses need. But, you can choose a private office within a coworking space, this can solve the problem. 

Conclusion

There are a range of pros and cons to coworking spaces when compared to traditional commercial offices. 

From our analysis, coworking definitely wins. While some people might be wary of some of the differences that coworking life provides, most people find the benefits outweigh the costs. 

Coworking allows your business to save money, it provides flexibility and of course creates a built in network of “coworkers.”

Rob - CoWork Me

General Manager at CoWork Me
Rob is the fearless leader of our CoWork Me team and has been since the building was still an abandoned site back in October 2017.

His continued determination and make it happen attitude has seen CoWork Me turn from vision to a hive of activity for businesses from a range of industries.

Rob’s immediate professional background is dominated by his own Digital Marketing business –Dot.Digitial which he began in 2015 and still operates on a smaller scale to date.

Rob also worked at RMIT back as young pup managing part of the website as well looking after marketing directive for international students.

Known affectionately as the Berto, Rob has his hands full outside of CoWork Me with 4-year-old twin boys who, as well as being extremely cute, have been known to leave a trail of destruction in their wake.

A self proclaimed ‘Jock-Nerd’ Rob’s interest’s range from 80’s Sci-Fi movies and memorabilia to sneakers and Baseball where he still plays occasionally for his team ‘The Glen Iris Fat Bastards’ and has hit “too many ‘dingers’ too recall”… Sure Rob.

A lover of all music (with the exception of Kanye West) Rob has Tame Impala at the top of his list and still claims he liked them ‘before they were cool’ after seeing them at Laneway Festival.

Rob’s favourite part of working at CoWork Me are the people he gets to work with everyday, so make sure to track him down for a chat.

Quick facts;
- One of the hairiest men alive
- Whiskey connoisseur
- Has a set of Alf Cards from 1992
- Dislikes Donald Trump + Kanye West

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