What to Expect from a Furnished Office
Finding the right flexible office space for you and your team is a critical step for both company growth and employee happiness. Even in the new world of remote work, the office is still at the heart of a company’s culture. It plays a vital role in collaboration, collective innovation and worker wellbeing.
Reasons to Rent a Furnished Office
When considering different office set-ups, you’re likely to come across the concept of a ‘Furnished Office’. On first impressions this implies renting an office already equipped with tables, chairs, sofas, lighting and other tangible furniture items. However, there are many additional benefits of a ‘furnished office’ beyond the practical convenience. In fact, a fully furnished office space also saves time, money and hassle, and gives your company the flexibility to grow, while offering plenty of extra services that impact employee wellbeing.
Here are 5 reasons to opt for a furnished office:
A Furnished Office Space Saves Money
There are many hidden costs in moving to a traditional unfurnished office space, beyond the actual monthly rent payments. Consider the regular utility, insurance and IT overheads. The cost of hiring a designer and shopping for the right furniture and fittings. Paying for electricians and plumbers and connecting the WiFi. Most furnished spaces are flex offices, where all the above services are included in the rental agreement, reducing overall overheads.
A Furnished Office Space Saves Time
There is a long list of things to organize when you move offices. Arranging a removal company, connecting utilities and the hassle of renovating, refurbishing and getting everything set up so that your team can comfortably work from a new space. With a furnished office you get a turnkey solution – removing most of the stress and time involved in building, operating and settling into your new work environment.
A Furnished Office Helps You Avoid Hassle
Air-conditioner broken down again? Coffee machine playing up? Run out of paper for the printer? There is a never-ending to-do list for the maintenance of an office space. When you opt for a furnished office, you also get all the backend and technical servicing as part of the deal. At Mindspace we understand the importance our members place on hassle-free hospitality, and pride ourselves in providing first-class customer service. It’s a major part of the decision-making for companies choosing a furnished office, as it frees up executives to focus on the more important aspects of running a business.
A Furnished Office Space Gives You Room to Grow
A furnished office (aka flex-office or coworking space) enables you to book extra meeting rooms, studios and event spaces on-demand. These shared spaces work out to be much more economical for companies – and mean that you can cater for larger groups when you need to. In addition – given that most rental agreements for furnished spaces are short-term and flexible, it’s very easy to upgrade and add extra rooms, desks and hot-desks. By avoiding a long-term fixed office space and opting for a flexible furnished option, it’s easy to add more room for new employees as you grow.
A Furnished Office Space Provides a Professional, Relaxed Atmosphere
Whether a large enterprise company seeking a satellite office for global talent or a start-up or SMB setting up their headquarters, a furnished office is a fast and affordable way to give your employees a pleasant and comfortable office. Central to the employee experience, an attractive, well-designed office is imperative for wellbeing and worker retention. At Mindspace we use design-thinking techniques to build workspaces that inspire productivity and encourage collaboration. Our interior designers ensure that furnishings and artwork are coordinated, there is plenty of natural light and greenery and the overall décor is both professional and inspirational. We ensure that whether our members are hosting potential or existing partners, employees and clients, that the office and its furnishings reflect brand credibility. A furnished office, flex office or coworking space also provides something that a beautifully designed virtual office cannot – atmosphere and community.
Things to Expect From a Furnished Office Space
A ‘furnished office’ means a ‘serviced office’ – where everything is already set up for you. Office design and furnishings that provide an inviting, professional and on-brand environment for your company. There is no need to pay for a presentable lobby, installing restrooms and air-conditioning. In addition, the common set-up for a furnished office is a coworking arrangement where companies share amenities. This includes everything from sharing a kitchen and lounge area – to a gym, rooftop bar and yoga studio. Also, instead of paying for private meeting rooms which often sit empty – companies have the choice of booking a shared meeting room on-demand. By sharing amenities and overheads, a furnished office provides a more economical office space and lower overheads.
Here are 5 Ways to Take Advantage of its Amenities and Services:
From free-flowing coffee to sharing a microwave, it’s not just economical to share a kitchen with other companies, it also serves as a meeting point for employees. It’s the best place to meet new people, spark new connections and start conversations.
Everyone loves snuggling up with their laptop to get some serious work done. Many people feel their most productive when working from a cozy area. It’s also these beautiful lounge areas that provide the perfect space for collaborating with other colleagues. Whether brainstorming or finding your creative groove, no office in the modern world is complete without its beloved lounge areas. Often a staple feature in a furnished flex space or coworking office, it’ll help you get through even the most boring conference calls.
Whether it’s for the monthly board meeting or daily team meeting, a furnished office provides you with different sized conference rooms to cater to every business need. You can book them as you need.
The cost of building a sound-proof recording studio with all the accompanying equipment makes it prohibitive for most companies, particularly solopreneurs or early-stage startups. However, podcasts are a valuable communications tool for everyone. Many of our Mindspace locations offer podcast studios – and our members can book them on an ad-hoc, on-demand basis.
Rooftop, lobby & communal spaces:
From early morning yoga sessions to late-night parties, the rooftop, lobby or communal area is one of the most popular features for any flex-office provider. It’s the ideal place to relax, unwind and take advantage of additional wellness and social activities organized by the coworking provider. With a furnished office it’s all set up and ready for you.
If you’re still not convinced of the major advantages of a furnished office – then why not give it a go? Unlike long-term traditional office leases there are a variety of short-term rental agreements and membership subscriptions available, meaning you can start small and let your office expand in line with your business.
Minspace now has more than 40 locations in over 20 cities worldwide – offering several different sites and buildings in major coworking hubs such as San Francisco, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and many other cities. Our signature Mindspace design and first-class hospitality are attracting companies of all sizes to embrace a fully furnished office, whether a flexible private office or open plan coworking space. While employees still like to work remotely in their own virtual office, companies have realized that a hybrid model is essential to help promote collaboration, innovation and employee wellbeing. A flex-office solution will enable you to give your workers the best of both worlds. If you want to understand how your business can benefit from our fully serviced and fully furnished offices, and how we can tailor it to fit your brand and company growth, please get in touch with our Mindspace team or learn more about our furnished offices and private office spaces here.