Coworking is a simple concept in theory: Companies pay a fixed price each month for access to shared office space that includes, among other amenities:
- High-speed internet.
- Conference rooms.
- Private offices (for those who need it).
- Office supplies.
- Food and beverage appliances.
- A coffee shop.
- A fitness center.
- An event space.
There is no lease, and the cost of utilities such as electricity, water and gas are all baked into the monthly fee. It’s the perfect setup for small and medium-sized businesses and freelancers who want dedicated workspace without the typical commercial real estate overhead and headaches.
But what about for enterprises?
For companies with 500 or more employees, renting coworking space seems impractical at first glance. At some point, an increasing headcount warrants leasing a spacious, dedicated office space.
But there are endless scenarios where bigger businesses benefit from access to a flexible workspace with pay-as-you-go pricing.
Case in point: Meet Clay Boyce of Lauren Engineers & Constructors. The Abilene, Texas, company has more than 1,500 employees, but only about a dozen of them are based in Tyler, Texas – and a few more will soon be added to the team.
Boyce was tasked with building up a Tyler-based team of engineering and administrative staff, one that would eventually have its own private office. But as he built up that team, he knew that it would make more sense to work from an office that would only charge him for the space he needs at any given time.
Enter WorkHub. The Tyler-based coworking space acted as a temporary home for Boyce and his co-workers as they gradually added to the local headcount.
“WorkHub has been ideal for our office needs as we have grown,” Boyce said. “Being able to add new employees as needed and pay as we go without long-term commitments, fit our needs perfectly. It has given us a space to work together and collaborate.”
No commitment; everything you need
Boyce didn’t need much in the way of resources as he grew his team, which is apparent in his choice of favorite amenities:
“The most useful is the Wi-Fi internet connection, which is critical for us to do business out of Tyler,” Boyce said. “As we have grown, being able to reserve a conference room has also become more useful.”
Keep in mind, WorkHub also has shared creative spaces, free coffee, a fitness center, on-site daycare, a walking track and a massive event space. None of these mattered to Boyce, though, as much as the convenience of not having to commit to a lease or worry about setting up the office space for prime time.
“You can pay by the month for the space you need without long term commitments” he said. “And you have the built-in office amenities without the hassle of maintaining them yourself – internet, printer and copier, conference rooms, address for business shipping and so on.”
On-demand resources post-tenancy
When Boyce began his tenancy at WorkHub, it was with the intention of eventually moving out of the space to rent a private office somewhere else in the city – and that’s still the plan.
Nevertheless, WorkHub’s doors aren’t closed to him once he and his team vacate. In fact, Boyce fully expects that he may need to call on the coworking community’s resources from time to time. He foresees two particular occasions that would bring him back to WorkHub:
“One is utilizing the large conference room if a larger space is needed for special meetings, and another is using the dedicated desk option if we get into a situation where we outgrow our new space in the future.”
This highlights a few benefits of coworking spaces that many people overlook:
- You can come and go at any time. If you end up in a situation where expansion has left you with more bodies than chairs in your current office space, you can pay for dedicated desks on a monthly – or even daily – basis.
- Conference rooms and event spaces are there to be used. You don’t have to be a member to rent them out for an afternoon – you just have to need them. (By the way, the event space at WorkHub is enormous, and well-suited to company parties.)
Simply put, WorkHub is more than just a temporary office space – you can always come back, and you can rent out specific amenities as needed.
See the benefits for yourself
If you’re in need of a temporary workspace, an event space, a private office for your team or just a conference room, feel free to get in touch with us online.
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