Entrepreneurship, freelancing, and remote work has been on the rise for years now. And with it, the trend of coworking has grown and become an entrepreneurial beast all its own, with various coworking locations opening up all over the world, catering to people who want the camaraderie of an office, without the commitment of an office.
With the increase in popularity, there are now multiple options of what kind of coworking space or office you want to rent. It’s no longer only about sharing a desk with people you don’t know. Coworking has gone mainstream and gotten an upgrade.
Keep reading for a brief breakdown of the differences between a private office and a dedicated desk. They are two of the most popular coworking options currently available and while they have some similarities, they are targeted at different folks, with different strokes.
The Private Office
Though it can seem a little odd to desire a private office amid a coworking space, it’s actually become quite popular. You get all the benefits of coworking, such as networking, community, and sharing knowledge and jokes around the water cooler, while still having a private area to take client meetings and important calls, or just hibernate with your laptop and coffee.
The beauty of a private office is that it’s, well… private. It’s also customizable, fully enclosed, and comes with a lock and key, so that no one can enter your space without an invitation. Private offices are great for established companies as well as individuals, making them excellent for enhancing teamwork or getting your most important work done in peace and quiet. If you’re looking for an oasis of privacy amidst an active community, a private office in a coworking space may be just the ticket.
The Dedicated Desk
For entrepreneurs that want to be a part of a coworking community without necessarily being out in the open, and who don’t want to leave their desk rental to chance, they might find that renting a dedicated desk is their best option. A dedicated desk is for someone that values the security of having their own desk, chair, and filing cabinet, but they don’t mind sharing that office space with 2-3 other like-minded professionals.
It’s like regular coworking, with a little more structure and routine. You get to work with the same handful of professionals from day-to-day and work at the same desk, and you can lock up all your necessities, so they are ready and waiting each day. Dedicated desks are great for individual entrepreneurs that want to feel a sense of consistency in their day but aren’t concerned about having a private office all to themselves.
Deciding which option is best for you is really a personal choice. Evaluate your needs and wants, evaluate the benefits of each, and then go with what works best for your business. You can always change your mind later. The beauty of coworking in all its shapes and forms is that it’s extremely flexible and offerings are designed with you in mind.