How a serviced office can benefit small businesses

By James Daniels

As a small business owner, it can seem like there is an endless list of things for you to plan and worry about! Serviced office spaces are an efficient way to take a few things off of your list of things to worry about as the serviced office provider will be looking after a lot of them for you. You may also find that there are benefits to working out of a serviced office that you hadn’t considered.

Predictable costs

Cost is probably the main draw of a serviced office. You won’t have to pay for any of the things that make your office functional, like utilities, phone lines, IT equipment, and office furniture, as it will all be included within your service agreement. Not only does it often work out cheaper to pay for a serviced office space than it is to lease an entire office yourself, but the costs are predictable. If you lease an office, then you could suddenly be saddled with a huge electricity bill that you weren’t expecting, and if that happens at a time when you don’t have cash available, then it can be trouble!

You only need to hire core staff

Most serviced offices will also offer you the use of a ‘virtual office,’ meaning that they can provide you with administration and call center staff as needed.

This means that you don’t have the headache of hiring and managing these members of staff, and it also means that you can utilize them as and when you need to. For example, if you had a project which was administration heavy that only lasted for one month, you could utilize virtual administrators for that month and then not need to worry about finding them other work once the project was over.

A further benefit is that virtual staff members will have gained a lot of experience working with a lot of different companies, so you may find that you can learn from them.

Networking and social opportunities

Working in a small business can get a little lonely sometimes, as much as you may really like and respect the people you are working with if there aren’t that many of you then you may start to get bored of one another pretty quickly!

Serviced offices are generally in buildings that are home to multiple businesses other than yours, and they often organize social events and get-togethers, which means you and your staff don’t need to feel like you’re missing out on the social aspects of working in a larger company.

Sharing working space with other businesses also means that you have opportunities for networking that you wouldn’t get otherwise. You never know who you might meet!

If you’d like to learn more about serviced offices, then take a look at a serviced office directory. Be sure to make a list of all that you are hoping to get from your new office space and speak to potential providers to make sure that they can meet your requirements.

It’s not youre responsibility if the roof caves in

This is a big one. If you work out of a serviced building, then the provider is responsible for any issues with the building. Building maintenance can get costly, and it’s time-consuming to organize, so someone else should look after it!

Innovative office design

Serviced office providers are in the business of making their space more attractive to work in than those of competing providers. Therefore you will often find that they have gone to great lengths to create innovative office spaces, which have been shown to improve productivity.


James Daniels is a freelance writer, business enthusiast, a bit of a tech buff, and an overall geek. He is also an avid reader, who can while away hours reading and knowing about the latest gadgets and tech, whilst offering views and opinions on these topics.

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