Not that long ago, startups found it difficult to find the right business space for their needs. After finding a potential office space, they next faced the enormous task of finding the financial means to purchase office furniture and equipment. It was a tough process. That was then, but now things are distinctly different when it comes to the right office space.
These days office spaces come in different styles and options, which are easily transformed to fit the needs of each unique business. One highly popular business solution are serviced office spaces.
If you’re not sure exactly what benefits are enjoyed with a service office, here’s a list of 10 reasons to choose a serviced office over other types of office spaces.
Does your startup need an office located in the city centre? Do you need a prestigious business address? Then consider a serviced office. They’re found in some of the prime city locations. In fact, there are over 2,500 serviced offices in the UK.
2). Low or No Upfront Costs
Many believe that a serviced office is a more expensive option; however, it’s important to consider all the benefits and services that are included. Serviced offices provide everything, and we do mean everything, needed to run your business. Most offer everything from IT equipment, office furnishings, access to office equipment and more—all included in one monthly feel.
3). Flexibility & Mobility
With a traditional office, there’s generally a long-term lease of 3-5 years. These days, it’s almost impossible to predict where your business may be in that time. Serviced offices, on the other hand, work on a flexible lease. Just choose the length of time you’d like to be there. You’ll have more freedom to grow, too, as serviced offices generally are able to accommodate business as they scale up or down.
4). Admin Support
Serviced offices, with everything included in one monthly fee, come with professionally trained admin support, who are ready to take calls, do the filing, and more. No matter the business task, they’re ready to take it off your hands, so you can focus on your business.
5). Completely Furnished & Ready
Remember that everything’s included in the monthly fee? These days, you don’t have to worry about budgeting in the expense of purchasing office furniture. With a serviced office, furniture and more are all included. They’ll be ready and waiting when you move in.
6). Moving In is Fast & Easy
Speaking of moving in, it’s easier to move into a serviced office. All you need to do is pack up the business essentials from your old office and then move them to your new office. It’s that simple.
With a traditional move, you have to deal with hiring the movers, then unpacking everything including the furniture, set it all up, sort everything out and only then you’re ready to get to work.
Then there’s the amount of downtime as you make the move. During that time, business operations and processes are on hold until the moving and setup processes are completed. Downtime can cause a real problem with your clients and partners, too.
No more—if you choose a serviced office, everything is already set up for you. Just take what is essential from the old office, move it to the new office, plug in and get started right away.
7). Tech Support—When You Need It
Not so long ago, many businesses believed it was best to have their own in-house IT system and staff. However, over the years, this has become an expensive way to do business.
With a serviced office, you won’t have to worry about the expense of payroll, building an IT network, or maintenance. Everything is supplied with the service office. You’ll have a dedicated IT team with the latest tech. They’ll be ready to help you with any problems that may come, and they’ll have the knowledge and experience to deal with this in a swift manner. You’ll be back up and running quickly, so your business won’t have to suffer due to an extended downtime.
8). No Maintenance Worries
There’s no question that office maintenance is expensive. Consider this—according to a study by BSRIA, the cost of annual office maintenance in the UK is £14.14 per square meter of office space. Let that sink in for a minute. Keep in mind that the cost will vary, and can turn out to be even higher, depending on the issues.
Serviced offices take this expense out of your hands and take care of it for you. It’s included in every contract. Not only does this cover maintenance, but also repairs and cleaning.
9). The Optional Perks
Serviced offices usually include some additional perks, which are not included in the lease. You only pay for what you need/use. If you need a meeting room for only one day, it’s easy to set up, without any long-term commitments. You’ll also be able to pay for additional space for team members who are testing new markets in other cities. It’s that easy—we promise.
10). Don’t Forget the Networking
Many serviced offices are used by a number of people and businesses. If you enjoy networking, a serviced office is the perfect place, with everyone right there together. It’s easy to find professionals who can give advice on certain aspects of your business. You may also find a new client or meet a new partner. It’s all possible with a serviced office space.
In addition to all of the above, many serviced offices include bonus perks, which are included in the monthly fee. These can include:
- Utilities—you won’t have to worry about fluctuating bills each month
- Access to office equipment (printers, projectors, and more)
- Common or break areas: where everyone can relax and take a break
- Fully stocked kitchens: which include complimentary fresh fruit, water, coffee and tea
- Onsite gym & showers
- Storage (for bikes and other things)
What more could you need? A serviced office is the perfect solution for your company, whether you’re a startup or an established corporate business. We have space to fit your needs and provide the support your business requires. All you have to do is concentrate on running your business. That’s it—leave the rest to us.