High office rentals, long-term lease agreements and the day-to-day cost of doing business are punishing, especially when you’re a start-up, entrepreneur or small commercial entity.
Take into account the hours wasted just trying to get in and out of the office, and the life of the small business owner in Johannesburg is tough.
If you’re a freelancer, independent contractor or a proprietor of a business venture with only a few employees, the sky’s the limit in South Africa’s biggest and most influential business hub – provided you choose coworking in Johannesburg over more traditional options.
What is coworking?
In case you’re not aware, coworking is one of the most exciting business trends to emerge in the 21st century.
It’s a next generation way of working where everything, from the office space, business services and infrastructure, is:
- owned and managed by a third-party service provider,
- shared with friendly co-workers, and
- accessible on-demand for a competitively priced fee.
Why opt for coworking in Johannesburg?
As the amenities are communal and the costs are ‘shared’, coworking is a financially viable solution with a slew of extra business perks.
A centrally located business address
The best coworking spaces in Johannesburg are located in upscale business areas that are usually unaffordable to the freelancer or small business owner.
That means you can set up meetings with investors, potential clients and strategic partners without worrying about making the wrong impression.
These high-end work spaces are easily accessible, have plenty of parking and, if you need a more personalised environment, you’ll have free use of a fully equipped meeting room, and access to a plush boardroom with video-conferencing capabilities for a nominal extra free.
Access to business services and support
Location is one major benefit; access to premium business services and support is another. As a coworking client, you’ll have the full gamut of business services available at your fingertips… as and when you need them.
Essential office services, such as copying, printing, telephone calls, Wi-Fi or high-speed fibre internet connectivity and courier services are available on a value-added pay-as-you-use basis.
There’s even a friendly front of house reception team that’s there to support your business every step of the day, from meeting and greeting your visitors to forwarding your calls – at no extra cost!
Flexible coworking packages
One of the most attractive elements of coworking in Johannesburg is its incomparable flexibility. You’ll find that there are tailored packages payable on a month-to-month basis, where you pay for the use of the facilities for a prescribed number of hours per day or per month.
That means you can avoid the Johannesburg rush hours by working from home in the mornings, and only using the coworking space for a few hours in the afternoons. You can also upscale or downscale the use of the facilities according to your business needs.
Coworking inevitably means a tight knit little business community where everyone shares contacts and ideas. It promotes and supports a diverse network of people who can feed off each other to generate more business leads.
It’s an ecosystem that allows you to work on your own but never get lonely, as there are always likeminded people within an arm’s length. Coworking is a fun yet focussed way of earning your daily bread!
An affordable work space
As the infrastructure is already set-up, the costs of starting and maintaining a business are negligible. Shared work pace translates into affordable rental rates that even a part-time freelancer or student can afford.
To top it all, you’ll find your monthly overheads are really low as you only pay for the services you use, and the big-ticket items like security, reception staff and cleaning services are for the service provider’s account!
Best coworking in Johannesburg CBD: The Workspace Selby Branch
If you’re looking for comfortable, contemporary coworking space in the heart of Johannesburg, the Selby branch of The Workspace has a prime position on the Francois Oberholzer freeway. It’s within an easy stroll of Faraday train station and has all the facilities and business services required to give your company a competitive edge.
Depending on your location in or around Johannesburg, you may also be interested in a tour of the exceptional facilities at any of the following branches of The Workspace: