If you are a business person in Australia, have you considered using a serviced office? Have you wondered whether such offices are available in Australia, and what benefits they hold? This article provides you with some insights into the topic of serviced offices and gives you food for thought concerning their advantages.

What is a serviced office?

A serviced office is an ordinary office, situated in a smart area: the building and its surrounds are looked after by a management company who rent out space to business people just like you. The furniture, IT and other communications equipment, and all the other office fittings are supplied by the management company: you pay for using them.

What do I gain from using a serviced office?

The chances are that you are the owner of a small business, possibly in the consulting field, and that you spend most of your time interacting with clients, providing services, and generating new business. Many of the day-to-day aspects of running a conventional office are a real burden: calling the repair man when the telephone gives problems, organising for paper jams in the printers to be fixed, remembering to pay the bills for the rent, internet, copier, and the amazing number of different services that are provided to a conventional office.

Using a serviced office gives you more time. You don’t have to puzzle over issues related to keeping an ordinary office ticking over comfortably. You pay one bill at the end of the month, which includes the space, cleaning, services you use, and so on. So you are free of the little niggling worries that would otherwise keep you away from the important things, namely those that bring in revenue.

What about the costs?

You may ask how the costs of serviced offices compare with the costs of setting up your own office. The answer to this is that it is more economical to use a serviced office. The businesses that supply serviced offices enjoy economies of scale: they are not purchasing or renting one photocopy machine at a time, as you would, but several hundred. Likewise, each of the other costs related to running an office is replicated many times. Thus the companies can offer you more comfortable offices and better equipment than what you could afford if you tried to do this yourself.

Are there any other benefits to using serviced offices?

Oh yes, there are. One of the big advantages is that you are freed from much of the risk of renting and setting up an office of your own. Firstly, with a serviced office you do not need to commit yourself to a lengthy lease period. Some offices can be rented for as little as three months at a time. So, if you are not sure how successful your business is going to be, you don’t have to worry about the fact that you are tying yourself to a lease agreement for a long time. Then, because you are renting the furniture and equipment, you also escape the obligations and the costs associated with buying or renting them yourself.

Serviced offices are readily available online: a quick Google search led us to the website of provider Regus (http://www.regus.com.au/products/offices/serviced-offices.aspx). That is where we learned that one of the significant benefits of a serviced office is the ease with which it can be set up. A project manager needing to organise office space in a hurry, or a business owner needing to concentrate on his clients, can organise a well-equipped office with just a couple of phone calls and emails.

Are serviced offices only for small businesses?

Serviced offices are ideal for all sorts of businesses. They suit entrepreneurs who are not sure that their business ventures will fly, and want to test the market. Since, as reported by News.com.au, changes to the living-away-from-home (LAFHA) tax policy are bound to affect many employers, such a mobile solution could prove apt to take care of the issue—via alternative methods. They are ideal for project managers or consultants from one-man businesses who need to be in a place for a few months. They also suit large corporates who need to get a branch of the business going in a new place quickly, and who may later on decide to move into a different type of office set-up.

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