The world is changing, and the way we do business is changing as well. Whether you work for someone, own your business, or have a money-making side hustle, how you work can depend on where you work. The traditional “office” has evolved, so let’s explore three alternative “offices” you’ll be seeing more of.
Working from home can actually increase worker productivity and decrease employee turnover. For business owners, having workers deployed remotely decreases business costs and overhead, as well.
What about those who work for themselves? It turns out that more people than ever are venturing into the solopreneur territory. Why rent office space for your small company when you can make use of an extra room at home? With cloud-based software options and applications that streamline your costs, running a business from home has never been easier. Working from home comes with unique challenges, of course; you need to be sure that your work space is where work actually gets done and that friends, family, and even pets don’t interfere. Discipline, organization, and focus must become strict habits for this arrangement to work
When a company decides to have all of its employees work from home, it’s called a virtual office. Virtual offices use cloud solutions for storage and work, collaboration tools for management and meetings, and rely on the internet for employees to connect with one another. There are virtual assistants, and virtual meetings are conducted with apps like Zoom and Skype. With the touch of a button on any mobile device or computer (and a reliable internet connection), you can access your work wherever you are. A virtual office saves money and can boost productivity, but like the home office, it requires discipline and a dedicated workspace to be effective.
Co-working spaces are one of the more innovative examples of how office space is changing. It’s a shared office design where people can rent space as needed to perform their work. Commercial real estate owners are increasingly creating attractive shared workspaces for companies to rent for those employees whose commute is too distant.
Over 80% of co-working spaces offer private offices, and the core users are small business owners. Some coworking spaces allow you to rent storage solutions or full-time single occupant offices, but most people tend to use the office areas as needed. It’s more cost-effective that way. Landlords generally provide some perks and office amenities like small kitchens and appliances, reliable high-speed internet service, and a professional, creative atmosphere. Imagine working in a place that stimulates productivity and collaboration. It can be a solid and worthwhile investment. Like the virtual office mentioned above, you’ll want to have mobile organization solutions for your business.
Which of these solutions interest you? Have you tried any or all of them? Let us know in comments what you think will continue to change in office space.
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