Are you self-employed and your home life is being over-run by your work life? Have you considered getting an office, but it’s more than you need and out of your budget? Do you find yourself meeting customers in noisy coffee shops or not at all because you don’t have a professional spot to invite them to? Does it feel like your phone is permanently attached and you can’t get a minute away from it? Are these problems keeping you from winning new customers or costing you existing customers?
A virtual office may be the perfect solution for you. This flexible office solution can perhaps be described as an office without the office. That is, it provides all of the services a professional needs to run a business, like a business address, phone number, and meeting rooms, minus the full-time private office.
Coworking, business center, shared workspace, flexible workspace, executive suite, serviced office, drop-in workspace - the office space market has its own linguistic stew. Not all workspaces are created equal, though, and for those looking for an alternative to traditional office space with its high costs and long-term commitments, it’s helpful to learn the differences between them.
While flexible workspace and shared workspace are generally used as catch-all umbrella terms to describe just about any non-traditional office space, business centers and coworking spaces are the two primary options available. Each has niche offerings and additional names by which they are sometimes referred, but they generally boil down to one of these two options.