Coworking space vs. Traditional office space

Looking to rent a new office space to work from is a hassle in most cities, and that is the case especially in a city like Abidjan. For most people, their ideal office space is at the intersection of these three important factors: good location, well maintained space and reasonable costs associated. In Abidjan, many companies opt for renting private villas and turn them into offices, and some of them turn towards another option - working out of a coworking space.

In this article, we will try to help you better understand the factors to take into consideration when choosing THE best solution to meet your company's needs.


1.    Time

One of the first things to consider when looking for a workspace is time commitment. Generally, for a private office, the lease - whether professional, commercial or mixed - is for a period ranging from 3 to 9 years with a notice period of 6 months to end the contract. It is therefore a relatively long-term commitment that requires careful thought.

Signing yourself or your company at a coworking space is much more flexible and adapted to the requirements of all types of structures, from individual to multinational companies and start-ups.

For example, at the Royal Work Club, the membership contract is one year, a commitment that allows you to settle while leaving you a margin of flexibility according to the evolution of your business.

2.    Costs

Once you've defined your vision and your strategy and you know the direction you want to take, then the most important question is: How much can you afford to pay at this stage? 

If you are interested in being in the economic and financial center of the city - Plateau, costs of renting an office space can be getting pretty steep very quickly!

An alternative solution may of course be the rental of a villa, as mentioned before, but besides all the maintenance that comes with them, villas are generally outside of the very center of the city. Costs to take into account when renting an empty space: furnishing and decoration equipment and supplies, electricity and internet connection, maintenance and security ... and the list goes on!

When working out of a coworking space, you don't have to worry about any of that, as everything is included in your rental agreement and ready to be used: from furniture to internet, secretarial service, printing, etc. In short, no investment to make prior to moving in!


3.    Services

A true luxury when we talk about office rental: a high level service. It may not seem like it, but a good service - while it represents the image of your business, can often be costly.

High level office management with meticulous secretarial service and reception, mail handling, steadily available coffees and refreshments, printing, scanning, etc. 

To summarize, picking a traditional office obliges the renter to consider the minimum leasing time, the costs and time associated with equipping the space with all the furniture and services, hiring the right staff for office management - depending on the level of services that they want to have within their office space. 

Coworking spaces seem to be the right solution for those seeking to simply plug and play. 


At Royal Work Club, besides the usual services coworking spaces offer, our members can enjoy additional, well thought through premium service for an optimal work experience. Like the one you would experience at a hotel: luxury fully equipped shower, mini massage station, café space, lobby, lounge areas, cigar lounge, conciergerie, and to top it all - rich calendar of social events and a network of professionals to tap into!


Do not hesitate, come visit us and join the Club!
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Martina Culjak