- A coworking space is not just one, open work area. It offers different types of workspace setup such as a hot desk, a fixed desk, and a private office.
- Each type of workspace has its own advantages and disadvantages, and knowing them can help you decide which one meets your needs.
- Common Ground offers inclusions and membership privileges for every type of coworking plan.
A coworking space is known for its open office floor plan and upscale interior design that encourage collaboration and inspire creativity. While coworking offers a lot of benefits, lack of privacy and the assertion that it only works for certain types of workers and businesses are a well-known misconceptions when it comes to this office type.
It is important to realize that a coworking space is not just one, ginormous work area where anybody can see everybody. There are different types of work areas or office setups in a coworking space that can suit the needs of different businesses.
These different types of workspaces are reflected on the membership plans a coworking space offers. By checking and understanding each membership plan, you can better decide the office solution that works best for your business, and make the most of your coworking experience.
The 3 Common Types of Workspaces or Membership Plans in Coworking
While they vary from one coworking space to another, here are the most common types of coworking setups or membership plans you can find.
- Hot desk or flexible desk refers to any workstation currently available for a member.
- Fixed desk or dedicated desk is a reserved workstation for a particular member.
- Private office is an exclusive work area perfect for groups or teams.
Now let’s have a more in-depth look at each workspace type by knowing its benefits and drawbacks for better understanding and decision-making.
Hot Desk or Flexible Desk
With this kind of coworking space setup, you are not tied down to the same office desk every time. You have access to any workstation you want as long as it is available. Without a designated work area, there’s a chance or option to change desks every day.
- It offers the greatest flexibility. You can work wherever you want within the coworking space where you are most comfortable.
- You get better opportunities to widen your network and collaborate with others by sitting next to new individuals and teams.
- There’s less room for clutter so you can focus more on work. Since the space is not fixed, you have to empty and clear it at the end of every workday. There’s no chance to pile up unnecessary clutter such as sticky notes and cat photos.
- It is the most affordable workspace option.
- It can get distracting. There may be too many people present or elements that can catch your attention.
- Less privacy. This can be cumbersome when handling confidential business matters or when you simply need some alone or quiet time.
- Your preferred workstation may not always be available. You might have to come in earlier to secure your favorite work spot.
- Storage is usually not included in the plan. If you’re dealing with so many hard files or you need extra gadgets or equipment to get your work done, then this could be a challenge for you (unless you’re willing to carry all those stuff to and from work).
Fixed Desk or Dedicated Desk
The term pretty much explains itself. Here, you have a permanent office desk reserved for you. This is a perfect setup for those who prefer or work best in a more consistent work environment.
- There’s stability. You don’t need to relocate to a new workspace every day. This way, you can save time and effort from finding the right spot for you.
- It normally comes with storage space for your belongings. You can keep and leave your office essentials there. No need to bring them along on your way to the office or as you go home.
- There’s a greater chance of developing stronger business ties or work relationships when seated next to the same people for a longer time.
- Privacy is limited. Even though you have your own work desk, you’re still in an open office space. You might need to book a meeting room to get complete privacy.
It may come as a surprise that a “shared” office such as a coworking space offers a private work area within its realm. This may appear somewhat ironic. But with this, you can have the best of both worlds. You can have the privacy of your own office while reaping the rewards of being a part of a larger community outside your business.
- You can work in private. This is perfect if you are handling confidential information or have a non-disclosure agreement with clients.
- You can take ownership and control. Perhaps the best thing about having your own workspace is that it is your own. You’re free to customize and the style it your way. Put up your official logos or even a mini-fridge. Personalize it however you like it.
- You can minimize distractions. Unnecessary interruptions are less likely to disrupt your flow or momentum when you’re working behind closed doors.
- A sense of detachment can creep in. You may have less chances of socializing or collaborating around the coworking space especially when you spend more time inside your private office. This might lead to feeling a bit “out of place” with the rest of the members.
- It is more expensive. In fact, this is the most pricey membership plan in virtually all coworking spaces.
Okay, now what?
Now that you know that there are workspace options within a coworking space, it’s just a matter of weighing in your requirements and preferences, and the pros and cons of each coworking plan. When it comes to the advantages, ask yourself, can I make the most out of this benefit? Would it really be able to help my business or my team?
When you’re bothered with a particular drawback, know that there are things you can do as a workaround. For example, if you want to have a private office but still want to experience the rewards of coworking, all you have to do is allot time to get out and roam around the open work area and meet other coworking members. If a hot desk meets your budget but you need a private area from time to time, check the inclusions of your membership plan. Most coworking spaces include the use of meeting or private rooms for a discounted rate or even free access for a limited time.
Common Ground offers more!
Our hot desk, fixed desk, and private office come with the best amenities and membership benefits, such as complimentary two-hour access to meeting rooms, high-speed internet, business support services, discounted international calls, and global coworking access.
What’s more, we also offer Enterprise office solution designed to power large teams of 50 or more. This membership plan comes with:
- Move-in ready office equipped with business-class facilities.
- Customizable space to align with your brand or corporate identity, or your office specifications and requirements with our in-house team of acclaimed designers and architects.
- Professional office management handled by capable people with years of experience in managing workspaces to ensure your business runs smoothly and efficiently.
Book a tour through our website or visit our official Facebook page to know more about our membership plans, and how you can be a part of our amazing coworking community. We can’t wait to welcome you, and share how we can help turn your ambitions to success.