What’s the Difference Between Coworking and Office Space?

What’s the Difference Between Coworking and Office Space?

What’s the Difference Between Coworking and Office Space?

The clue is in the name. Both are spaces. One offers coworking (i.e. access to a community); one offers only an office.

But, don’t coworking spaces offer offices too?

Yes, they offer a desk, or small office to rent on much less onorous terms than a typical office lease.

  • But, renting a desk or office at a business centre, or directly from a landlord does not provide you with a sense of community that a coworking space offers.
  • At a business centre, you’re not going to go knock on the door of the person renting the space beside you and ask them to quickly brainstorm with you over a new product you’re intending to launch. Or, ask them where they can get a good business coach.
  • Whereas, working alongside other professionals in a coworking space, this type of interaction is actively and consciously fostered, encouraged, facilitated. Coworking community managers look for likely connections, we are fostering serendipidity, we are providing a backdrop in which such interactions are probable, not accidental.
  • Anyway, if you’re doing the coffee round or sharing physical space, you’re guaranteed to get to know much more about each other, and each others’ businesses than you would otherwise. You will already have been part of the community, in advance of the actual space being set up, and so, will have gotten to know people already. Joint projects, referrals and mutually beneficially business and personal friendships are happily inevitable.
Are you trying to replace traditional workplaces and business centres?

No. We are simply providing an alternative. If these type of unplanned opportunities appeal to you, get in touch to find out more about our packages.

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Dawn Baird

Community Curator at WabiSabi
Dawn is a Partner in Sensei, the parent business of the WabiSabi project. She is keen to gather a tight collection of crazy, creative and generous individuals, freelancers and small business owners to the WabiSabi community. She can be bribed with a caramel square and an Earl Grey.
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