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Serviced offices are growing popular throughout the UK due to their ability to cater to flexibility whilst being affordable. This is of course great news for start-ups.

When choosing a serviced office, you first must think about the needs of your business. What does your IMG_9970business need in order to function?

  • Meeting rooms?
  • Call areas?
  • Break-out rooms?

Remember to check whether you can rent them as-needed or on an ongoing basis. Also, you will want to find out whether the office’s reception includes answering customer calls. If they do, you are going to want to see if the reception staff are professional and friendly, as they could be speaking directly with your customers or clients.

Next, you’re going to want to think about location. If you have clients or colleagues coming into the office, and thinking about your own travel arrangements, you need to ensure that your serviced office is easily accessible. For example, our serviced office in Reading, in a 5 minute walk from Reading train station. The great thing about these offices is that they are mostly situated in central locations, in which if you were to rent a standard office, you would be paying a lot more money for probably a lot less than you would have access to in a serviced office. Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 15.58.19

Try before you buy! Make sure you have viewed images of the office online before paying, as these images may be outdated. If the office allows you to book a viewing then do so. You may think you have found the perfect serviced office for you, but when you arrive it’s not exactly how it looked on the website. Similarly, you may have seen some fairly basic pictures of a serviced office,  but absolutely love the place when you go to view it.