Virtual offices and meeting rooms let you live the ‘digital nomad’ lifestyle

More and more people are choosing to live and work as ‘digital nomads’ and with services like virtual offices and meeting rooms, you can do just that.

Digital nomads enjoy a work-life balance that comes from the ability to travel around and work from wherever they go.

In fact, in a recently published article in World Leisure Journal, Marko Orel from the University of Economics in Prague noted that they are often mistaken for tourists because they can be out and about in the daytime instead of hidden away in a workplace.

He wrote: “Digital nomads seem thrilled by the relativization of geographical distances made possible by working virtually from any location.

“However, it appears that they still tend to use similar workplace infrastructures regardless of the geographical area of their stay.”

Go nomad with a virtual office address

A virtual office address allows you to keep the same business contact details even if you decide to travel around.

Your virtual office address is tied to a physical Serviced Office Company building in London, Manchester or MediaCityUK.

When a client wants to contact you, they can write or call and we will forward their communication seamlessly on to you.

Virtual offices give you an outward appearance of professionalism and a permanent presence in your target market, even when you are physically located somewhere many miles away.

Make contact with meeting rooms

If you ever need to meet face to face with clients, customers and other business contacts, our meeting rooms give you the ability to do just that.

You can hire meeting rooms ad hoc so if you don’t hold many meetings, you don’t have to pay for a room that you hardly ever use.

Best of all, because the meeting rooms are located in the same Serviced Office Company building as your virtual office address, this gives you a seamless physical presence using your usual contact details.

Come home to serviced office space

Finally, if you decide to take a break from travelling around, serviced office space is a great way to establish a physical workplace quickly and easily.

Again we have serviced office space in Manchester, MediaCityUK and London, so you can set up in the north-west or south-east, whichever you prefer.

That means you can make full use of the digital nomad lifestyle to test the waters in both parts of the country – with virtual office addresses in both the north and south to see where your biggest market is based.

And then, once you have decided which region works best for you or which you would most like to live in, you’re ready to make the switch from a virtual office address to physical serviced office space without having to change your business cards and letterheads.

Of course there’s no reason why you have to settle down in one place – with virtual offices and physical meeting rooms available when you need them, you can live the digital nomad lifestyle for as long as you choose.

How serviced office kitchens increase knowledge sharing

It’s more than just a place to make a cup of tea – the serviced office kitchen is the place where the British equivalent of a ‘watercooler moment’ takes place on a daily basis.

The ‘watercooler moment’ used to refer to a big-money scene in a popular TV show, which would inevitably be discussed around the watercooler the following day.

It has since become a more general term for those informal conversations that happen during a drinks break, including chats about work.

And in UK serviced office kitchens, that’s as likely to take place around a cup of tea as it is around a cup of water.

Why does the office kitchen matter?

Kitchens, canteens and other informal spaces enable quick, productive conversations about all kinds of issues.

Employees can raise minor grievances that they might not feel warrant a full meeting or complaint, or can make suggestions that help improve productivity.

But interestingly – especially in buildings like Serviced Office Company’s serviced offices in Manchester and London – this knowledge sharing can go beyond just one company.

A recent article in the journal Facilities by a team from Eindhoven University of Technology found that in communal spaces, knowledge is shared between different individuals and companies as well as those who work for the same business.

Who shares knowledge?

The researchers found that within an organisation, knowledge is typically shared in more closed environments, whereas across different organisations, more open and relaxed environments are preferred.

And the kitchen or canteen offers a balance between the two, finding favour for both types of knowledge sharing.

In their research paper, the team wrote: “Public and private non-codified knowledge is more frequently shared with people from other organisations by those who more frequently use an event space, lounge space, canteen or consultancy services.

“Knowledge sharing with colleagues within organisations was influenced by the use of individual closed workspaces, meeting spaces and restaurant/canteen and gender.”

More places to share knowledge in serviced offices

At Serviced Office Company we are proud of the rich mix of different individuals and organisations who use our serviced office space and we aim to give you as many places as possible to benefit from sharing your knowledge and expertise.

That includes kitchen facilities so you can make refreshments throughout the day and pick the brains of anyone else who is in there at the time.

We also provide relaxing lounges to use as breakout spaces, to de-stress and recover, and again as a place for informal conversations about work, last night’s TV or anything else you want to talk about.

And finally when you need a more formal space for work-related discussions within your organisation, we have meeting rooms available on-site for you to book as and when you want them.

Together with your own serviced office space, this adds up to plenty of places to share knowledge with your colleagues and with your counterparts from other businesses – allowing everyone to benefit from using serviced office space in a communal building.