Alternately, traditional office space is often too expensive and can require months to find and require years of commitment.
Linda Trim, director of FutureSpace, a joint venture between Investec Property and workplace specialists Giant Leap that offers high end shared working, office on demand, space in Sandton, said: "Suites and shared spaces can offer a more affordable and flexible alternative with many baked-in benefits.
Here are some of the perks you can expect with a shared office space:
“You are the right in the middle of where clients are and where they want to meet - at a lower cost.”
Trim noted that if some small-businesses or independent consultants tried to get office space in prime buildings on their own, they’d likely face a tougher time of it because their businesses are too small. Shared spaces gives small-business owners access to the types of offices and locations they want.
“Offices are fully furnished with phones, internet and other utilities already set up. Conference rooms have ‘plug and play' capabilities, so just bring your computer, and you’re good to go,” said Trim.
“Shared spaces typically offers different membership levels with private office suites and open co-working options. Since you pay a monthly or annual membership for a shared office rather than a long-term lease, you can typically upgrade or downgrade plans at any time. If your business expands or contracts, you can add or remove space as needed," Trim said.
Said Trim, "Many of our members find work through fellow co-workers. Shared workspaces are extremely stimulating and exciting places to work with like-minded people.”