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Office sharing

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Office sharing is a concept that allows companies who own or manage an office, that have redundant office space to share or rent the workstations or self-contained units to smaller companies looking for flexible workspace. This creates revenue for the company that runs the office, and provides a cheap, flexible alternative for companies looking for an office outside of their home. The main benefit of sharing an office is that it provides a more dynamic environment for both companies involved and access to new markets.

However, sharing office space does come with some problems of its own:

  • Higher office management costs (cleaning services, printer ink, office supplies and so on)
  • Faster wear and tear of office equipment
  • Potential NDA issues if the space isn't properly divided
  • Setup costs (dividing the space with fake walls)
  • Management Software costs (resource management, reception desk software, meeting room management and so on)

The arrangement can be particularly sensitive in the case of attorneys and MDs - in such cases, a legally-binding Office Sharing Agreement should be carefully considered and redacted.[1]

Office Sharing is similar to Coworking, though coworking spaces tend to include more tenants, a broader range of amenities and a stronger emphasis on community and networking.[2]

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  1. ^ "Concerns about office-sharing arrangements addressed in new ABA ethics opinion". ABA Journal. Retrieved 2023-12-14.
  2. ^ "First results of Global Coworking Survey". deskmag.com. Retrieved 2023-12-12.

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