Shared Offices: Getting a Clear Picture

Written by Wes Towers
Wednesday , Jul 3, 2013 0:10

When it comes to “shared office spaces”, it is not always so easy to define exactly what the concept is. Often it is referred to as “co-working”, but generally we prefer the term “shared offices” as it seems to cause less confusion.


According to academic Nina Pohler it can be defined this way:


“Every workspace with flexible structures for and by people with atypical, new types of work ¬†that is not exclusively for people from one certain company”.

However for someone who has never even heard of co-working or office sharing, that definition might lack meaning. Basically a shared office space can be defined as a leased workspace for people involved in new and flexible types of work, that is shared with other people involved in new and flexible types of work. This may include freelancers, self-employed entrepreneurs, techies, artists and designers, as well as owners of small businesses of all kinds who do not wish to rent dedicated commercial premises, or work solely from home.

So what exactly is the new type of work? Firstly we might need to talk about the old type  often referred to as Fordism (after Henry Ford). This revolves around standardisation, mass production, a clear division of labour, and a set wage structure. The new types of work (post-Fordist) are not easy to define but generally-speaking they are more flexible, independent and creative than the old, and more likely to be variable in terms of demand and income. The work of freelancers and independent entrepreneurs fits into post-Fordism.

Of course, people performing independent work also need a workspace, but it needs to provide a good match for their type of work. So they might seek a desk space for lease, or look to share office space with other professionals for a temporary period. As an example, at Shared Professional Office, our workspaces consist of office workstations for rent in a shared space, as well as private offices. Our lease arrangements are short-term and low cost, providing an affordable option for freelancers and small business owners.