Coworking is a modern, flexible way of working and a workspace of choice for freelancers, businesses and employees alike. However, as with any emerging office trend, there are lots of questions about coworking and how it impacts businesses socially, financially and culturally.
Here, we’ve answered the most common questions about coworking to help you to decide whether it’s the right option for your business.
Coworking means sharing workspaces with other businesses or organisations in a flexible environment. This is unlike traditional offices, where everyone has a dedicated desk and works for the same business. A coworking space is generally a public or membership-based office where people work as and when they want to.
Costs vary between different workspaces. Some workspaces allow people to drop in and pay as they go, others have a set monthly fee that gives access for a certain number of days each week. Rates also vary depending on the location and facilities of each office space. At Regus, our memberships encourage you to work your way, with a flat monthly fee that’s flexible to your changing business needs.
When you choose Regus as your coworking partner, you get much more than a desk in a shared office. You can use your coworking space to meet clients (one person per session) with a receptionist to greet them. You will also have access to secure WiFi, a scanner, printer and copier.
Members also enjoy 10% off meeting rooms when booking through the MyRegus app and can use any Regus Business lounge in the world. Plus, our coworking spaces offer hot drinks facilities and places to buy snacks. You can check the facilities of individual locations by visiting each office page.
Business Lounges are perfect for entrepreneurs or employees who are regularly on the move and need bases to work from in different locations. Sign up for a membership and you can drop in whenever you like to use the secure WiFi, printer, scanner or photocopier at any Regus property worldwide.
Regus offers coworking spaces worldwide. Click “find a workspace” on our coworking page and search for the town or city you’re interested in to take a look at the options available. All Regus coworking spaces are based in vibrant locations close to the heart of activity.
Pitching up in different offices is exactly what Regus’ hot desking plan is designed for. Once you’ve purchased your membership, you can hot desk at any of our thousands of locations across the world, even when travelling. By paying a flat fee, you can access the locations that best suit you at a competitive average price.
Most coworking plans do not include a personal office, but if you need a private space, we have a range of options available. Our office plan allows members to combine access to a private office with the flexibility of a coworking plan.
Most of the time you won’t need to book your space in advance. However, we do recommend making a reservation if you want guaranteed access to a workstation. Regus cannot predict demand at each location, so booking in advance is a good idea where possible.
A coworking space is a shared office where visitors drop in to work. They can be found all over the world and are used by freelancers, entrepreneurs and a range of different businesses. They are usually open-plan and include facilities such as office equipment, printers and copiers.
Coworking spaces range from small offices with basic facilities to fully serviced spaces with refreshments, receptionists and mail handling. Some require booking in advance; with others, you can show up and hot desk whenever you need to.
If you’re a freelancer or a small business, you can benefit from a coworking space’s ergonomic office furniture, high-speed internet, printing and scanning facilities and on-site refreshments. You can also use these shared spaces to network and meet clients or new prospects.
Businesses use coworking office memberships to give their employees the flexibility to work from a central location as and when they need to. Rather than allocating a desk to each employee, businesses can allocate desks on a flexible basis depending on evolving needs. This means businesses can access the office space they need at a lower cost.
As well as the cost savings, shared office spaces are perfect for networking, collaboration and innovation. They offer flexibility and have been shown to improve employee wellbeing and productivity.
Hot desking is when freelancers or employees use any available desk (with or without booking in advance) rather than having a set desk where they work every day. This way of working helps to reduce the number of unused workstations, helping businesses to save money and encourage greater collaboration between colleagues.
You should first consider what benefits a coworking space would offer your business. With that knowledge, you can choose a coworking space based on cost, location and available facilities. You might also want to consider if like-minded individuals and businesses already work in a space and what opportunities this could bring.
Hot desking saves businesses money because they only need to pay for the number of desks they need, rather than paying for each employee to use a permanent desk. This means there are no empty spaces when employees take holidays, sick leave and maternity or paternity leave, and makes working from home a more viable, cost-effective option.
Hot desking also encourages collaboration between like-minded individuals, gives employees greater autonomy and can even help to keep offices tidier.
Serviced offices are equipped with all the furniture, facilities, and technology businesses need that they can access for a monthly fee. This option allows businesses to set up in a new city easily and quickly without having to make a big upfront investment. A fully-staffed reception, cleaning team and maintenance staff are also on hand to help the businesses using these spaces.