- The internet: availability, bandwidth and outages
- Security: comms room access, shared networks, and firewalls and VPN
What is a Serviced Office?A serviced office differs from a leased office in several ways. While the latter is entirely yours for the duration of your lease, the former is managed by an operator. It’s their space which they rent out to you on a pay-as-you-go basis. So you’re not contractually locked into staying there as you would be with a lease. There’s more flexibility. As the name suggests, it’s serviced. It comes with chairs, desks, tables, printers, and most of the equipment you’d typically find in an office. Many will come with an internet connection too, but it’s worth checking out the specifics of this – we’ll get to that in a second. But you don’t have to supply any of this yourself. In a leased office, you’ll be the only tenants. But in this alternative, you’re sharing with others. You might find yourself sitting opposite someone from another company, so there’s an opportunity to foster some collaboration and community spirit (your choice).
The InternetMost serviced offices will come with an internet connection. But this is worth making sure of. It would be a disaster if you moved in and found this wasn’t there, or if the connection doesn’t have enough bandwidth for your business needs. And there’s always the possibility of a connection outage. So ask the owner these questions before moving in:
- Is there an internet connection?
- What bandwidth does this have?
- How long will an outage last?
SecurityNo company is immune from the threat of cyber attacks. Hackers will try to breach any business they can, no matter how big or small it is. There are some cybersecurity risks to a serviced office you need to be aware of:
- Comms room access
- Shared networks
- Firewalls and virtual private networks (VPN)
Want to Know More?Serviced offices give you the chance to share your workspace with like-minded individuals and companies. You aren’t as contractually tied down to staying there as you would be with a leased office, as they work on a pay-as-you-go basis. And most office supplies are included in the rental costs. But there are a few things to be aware in regards to the internet and security available:
- You need to know if the internet is included, if you can work effectively on the bandwidth provided and how long an outage will last
- What access to the comms rooms is like, how to protect yourself on a shared network and if you can add additional firewalls and a VPN