5 Differences Between Coworking Spaces and Managed Office Spaces

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In recent years, there has been a boom in coworking spaces and managed office spaces. Both these types of office spaces are outperforming traditional office spaces for good reason. They provide more flexibility and are more cost-effective. However, there is still some confusion between the two terms. In this blog, we’ll talk about the key differences between coworking spaces and managed office spaces.

What are Coworking Spaces?

In the simplest of terms, a coworking space is a shared office space where companies of smaller size share a reserved office space with others while having common facilities like cafeteria, recreation room, etc. This helps cut down costs and encourages the growth of a thriving entrepreneurial environment. 

What is a Managed Office Space?

A managed office space is an office space leased to a single company and one that is completely managed and provided by a third-party provider. The provider takes care of all the administrative hassles. This provides employees with privacy and can be tailored to fit the needs of your business.

Differences Between Coworking and Managed Spaces

Let’s take a look at the 5 major differences between coworking and managed spaces.

Privacy

Privacy is one of the major differences between a coworking and managed space. In a coworking space, you get limited privacy since you are sharing the space with others. But with a managed office space, you get plenty of privacy since the office space is only for you and your associates. This is especially beneficial if you tend to work with confidential information. 

Lease Flexibility

Coworking spaces tend to have a more flexible lease period than managed office space. A coworking space usually has a locked-in period of 6-12 months and you can easily leave once the contract is over. But with a managed office space, there is less lease flexibility and the lock-in period is longer and may last up to 24-36 months.

Customisation

Another major difference between coworking and managed space is customisation. With a coworking office, you get access to ready-made infrastructure and services such as tables, chairs, internet connection, pantry, etc which leaves very little room for customisation. But with a managed space, you can get the third-party provider to customise the space according to what your business will require. Most managed spaces also come as plug and play offices with the infrastructure company taking care of housekeeping, security, repairs and maintenance, etc .

Costs

When it comes to upfront costs, a managed office space and a coworking space have the same costs per seat. However, renting a managed office requires a lot of capital since you’ll need to pay at least a 4- 6 months security deposit. While, for a coworking space, there is less cost since it doesn’t require a hefty security deposit compared to managed offices.

Brand perception 

When it comes to highlighting brand perception, managed offices are much better at it than coworking offices. A managed office has the ability to be altered, which allows for the space to be customised according to your brand identity. While for a coworking space, it can be difficult to forge your own brand identity since you are surrounded by other companies.

Choosing the right office space can be daunting. Dwaraka Infrastructure has both coworking spaces and managed office spaces across Hyderabad including Jubilee Hills, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur & HITEC City. We offer ultra-flexible office spaces where one can move from one office to another depending on workload and office requirements. 

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