More and more companies both non-profit and for profit are implementing or considering implementing shared workspaces. According to Deskmag there are over 800 shared work space locations in the U.S. In 2000 they only counted about 300. By sharing office space companies are able to share the cost of HR, accounting, IT, and other behind the office administrative expenses. Denversharedspaces.org is a great example of this type of setup. Because of the cost savings of sharing expenses they are able to get better internet and phone service, and other better quality products and services.
In addition to saving money companies that share office space are also experiencing an increase in flow of creative juices and collaboration. If you are considering sharing office space companies and nonprofits agree on a set of rules to abide by.
- Make sure your company missions align
- Incorporate a set of rules or expectations for cleaning and noise
- Figure out who pays what share of what in the beginning. Obviously larger companies should pay more. May agree to cover all expenses on a cost per person.
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