Along with working from home, the trend of coworking and serviced offices has also taken off in recent years. What is the difference between these terms?
Coworking or the trend of shared offices
Coworking is a flexible way of working using shared offices. This modern trend is especially popular with freelancers, independent professionals and employees who work remotely. Coworking is also an ideal choice for companies that want to designate their teams for dedicated work or for employers who add the possibility of coworking for their employees as a benefit to their existing offices. However, anyone looking for a quiet place for their work can come to a coworking centre. The four pillars of coworking include: community, openness, independence and cooperation.
The inspiring coworking work environment is a great opportunity for networking, communication and collaboration with the community of people that shared offices create. The essence of the concept is the community, meeting and cooperating with other similarly focused and like-minded people. Coworking centres often organise various events to connect the communities of the centres and broaden the horizons of their members.
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Although each coworking centre looks different, they all work on the principle of a creative workshop, a free space that offers everything from modern equipment, fast internet connections, shared network printers, kitchens, to relaxation zones or conference rooms. Do you prefer your own office, a separate stall or a modern open space? The operators of these joint offices really think of everyone.
Rather than signing long-term leases, coworking offers far more flexible conditions. Operators of the space normally offer their clients various membership tariffs which enable individuals or companies to choose the most advantageous option depending on their individual needs. The usual membership offers include hot desks, designated tables, private offices or hourly rates. Members can also pay extra for a fixed desk, for renting a whole meeting room, or for unlimited access to coworking spaces. Most member fees usually include entry to special events and other offers (support for Community managers, a bar with coffee and quality refreshments, lockers, partner discounts for easier business or personal development, etc.).
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The current trend of large companies (such as Microsoft or Deloitte) is to build their own co-working centres in their premises or to rent so-called serviced offices. You will also very often find a combination of a coworking space with serviced offices on the market.
But what is the difference between coworking and a serviced office?
The difference between coworking centres and serviced offices lies not only in rental conditions, but also in user types. While coworking works on the principle of open space, under serviced offices you can imagine private spaces that are commonly used by start-ups, foreign companies or small and medium-sized enterprises. Apart from fully-equipped offices, these companies will also receive various types of services, such as a reception, IT assistance, free WiFi, room cleaning, general maintenance, equipped dining areas, etc. In addition to services, the companies also benefit from lower rent and lower operating costs than in the case of their own premises.
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Advantages of serviced offices also include flexibility and the possibility of favourable lease conditions. The rental period can be short-term, long-term, annual, half-yearly, or only monthly. In addition to flexibility, the possibility of expansion and the growth of the office space with their company or project is also important for start-ups and small businesses.
Companies offering shared offices
Regus, spaces, HubHub, Offices Unlimited and Scott.Weber are examples of operators of flexible offices in the Czech Republic. Both freelancers and multinational corporations can find facilities in their offices.
Modern coworking and serviced offices in the centre of Prague
In addition to the breath-taking view of Prague Castle, the modern serviced offices in the Albatros building also offer comfortable and designer furniture, cosy nooks and quiet zones for undisturbed work. For a monthly fee, which includes all services connected with the operation of the offices, tenants can enjoy the possibility of active rest in the gym, café, relax zone or the unique possibility of establishing business contacts within this office centre.
Shared office space with terrace on Wenceslas Square
The offices offered by Scott.Weber Workspace include the choice of private offices and premium coworking within the recently completed "The Flow Building". The location on Wenceslas Square has excellent transport accessibility and these representative office spaces offer the latest technological equipment, a designer reception, lobby, meeting rooms, conference facilities, a terrace on the roof of the building and a comfortable relax zone. Safe parking is another advantage.
Rental of furnished offices at the Václav Havel Airport
Shared workspaces are often located in strategic locations that make it easier for clients to connect their working life with travel and other leisure activities. The serviced offices and coworking at the Prague Airport are prime examples. The centre offers fully equipped offices and a modern business lounge, which is ideal for business meetings with both local business partners and foreign guests, for which Prague may only be a transfer station.
Modern offices in an industrial style
HubHub offers a combination of various sizes of office space, fix desks and flexible desks for smaller start-ups and individuals. Fans of the industrial style will especially find what they are looking for. Exposed ceilings with striking steel furniture are complemented by contrasting colours, stickers and illustrations that create a pleasant place to work and organise events. You can find these flexible offices, fine-tuned down to the last detail, just a few meters from the famous Wenceslas Square, on the corner of Na Příkopě and Panská streets.
Luxury office space in a business area right next to the Stodůlky metro station
You can also find coworking in Prague - Stodůlky under the name West Flexi Offices. The area full of greenery is located fifteen minutes from the centre of Prague and features, of course, a daily reception, fully equipped facilities – fast WiFi, furniture, smart printers, conference facilities, a focus room, lounge and kitchenettes. You will also look forward do these new well-lit serviced offices thanks to the friendly and professional staff.
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Do not hesitate to contact us, whether you are looking for short-term office rental or need advice on what type of shared office is suitable for your company.