September 2017

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Flexible workspaces are part of the future of work. More and more companies have begun taking strides into this future by transforming our typical idea of what an office should look like. Some companies, like Google and Facebook, made offices “cool”; while some companies, taking it a step further, deconstructed and transformed not just offices, but also the way we work.

Enter “flexible workspaces” a.k.a. “nontraditional offices”. All over the world, we’ve been experiencing shifts toward these new work environments. But before we go further, perhaps it would help to go back to basics, and define first some of the fundamental terms that are associated with this global movement: traditional office, serviced office, serviced office, and coworking space—what’s the difference, anyway?

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TRADITIONAL OFFICE
“Traditional offices” refers to offices as we have known them for a long time. They are spaces—whether a room, set of rooms, or even an entire building—usually built from scratch or are fitted out to suit the needs of a particular company. Within their walls are all the furniture, equipment, and other things needed by a business and its employees to operate. Companies who go the traditional route factor in various operating expenses such as building dues, Internet fees, and utility bills as separate items in their budget. Traditional offices are either bought or leased, and, because they were customized to begin with, are designed for use for the long haul.

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SERVICED OFFICE
On the other hand, you can think of “serviced offices” as “plug and play” versions of the traditional office. They are spaces—also of varying sizes—that are already set-up and fully equipped for business needs. Like a traditional office, they have the essential facilities and services needed for a company’s successful operation. Unlike the former, companies who avail of serviced offices get the convenience of a single bill that already includes building dues, Internet fees, and utility bills, among others. In addition, unlike traditional offices that need time to be constructed or fitted out, serviced offices are designed for immediate occupation. Companies who opt for serviced offices no longer have to wait for construction to be completed before they can move in. Serviced offices can also accommodate shorter term leases so they are more flexible, and can be cheaper in the long run.

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VIRTUAL OFFICE
If you or your business don’t require a physical office space, but still need the best location, technology, and support staff to maintain your professional standing, perhaps a “virtual office” is the way to go. Virtual offices allow you to protect your privacy by keeping your personal contact information private. Instead, you can use your virtual office’s permanent business address to register your business. Having a business address can likewise enhance your professional reputation. In addition, virtual offices give you the ease of centralized mail, phone, and message services, as well as other added front office and back office support. Plus, , most virtual office companies have physical workspaces that you can book and use when the need arises.

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COWORKING SPACE 
For freelancers and self-employed professionals, coworking spaces have gained quite the following in the past few years. A “coworking space” is a shared workspace, where each person is assigned a dedicated workstation or a "seat at a table" to suit his/her individual needs. Perfect for those who know that working at home or in other non-conducive environments just won’t do the job, coworking spaces can boost your creativity and productivity without you having to worry about space maintenance. But perhaps the top draw of coworking spaces is its being a melting pot of like-minded professionals. You’ll get ample opportunity for networking and collaboration!

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BONUS: MEETING ROOMS
If you already have a preferred workspace, but only need another venue for a meeting, some companies that offer shared workspaces also offer meeting rooms that may be booked and used depending on need. Whatever your working style is, no matter your budget, know that there is a work environment that would best work for you!

If you’re ready to take steps toward the future, and are looking to start with a nontraditional office for you or your company, let us know. One Asia Center offers not only serviced offices, virtual offices, coworking spaces, and meeting rooms; but also other business support that you need to ensure your success.

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Bored with the usual dinner, coffee, or movie hangout with your squad? Looking for something different to do on a date night? If you’re up for something different, we have the perfect place for you: Sip & Gogh! The first “paint and sip” studio in the country, Sip & Gogh offers its customers the unique experience of bonding over painting and drinks, with the guidance of art teachers. They provide all the art materials that you’ll need—canvas, paints, brushes, palettes, easels, and apron—so you only have to bring yourself. (And your family or friends, plus your creativity and enthusiasm, as their website suggests.) But before you reject this as a mere throwback to art workshops from your kiddie days, fret not, because Sip & Gogh has an adult twist: You get to drink wine while making fine art! How about that? Prices depend on the session you’ll attend. Check out their website to see their branches and book a session. (There’s a branch at Century Mall, just few blocks away from One Asia Center.) At the end of the day, you’ll have an artwork to bring home, and fun memories with your loved ones to look back on.

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Have you ever scheduled a meeting at a coffee shop, only to arrive there and find that there are no more tables available? Or have you ever found yourself in the middle of a meeting a restaurant when a noisy group enters and provides quite the distraction? Let’s face it: coffee shops and restaurants are simply not the most conducive places for business.

Luckily, our meeting rooms are! We have various booking options and incentives to suit your needs. And our very reasonable rates will keep you coming back for more!

FREE TRIAL
If you've never used our facilities before, book your first meeting with us and get your first hour FREE. If your meeting is less than an hour, then you don't pay anything at all.

REFER A FRIEND 
Refer a friend to us and get FREE meeting room hours equivalent to the hours booked by your friend.

RETURN CUSTOMERS
If you book our meeting room within 2 weeks of your last booking, you receive an additional 20% discount. If you book within 1 month, you will still receive a 10% discount.

VIRTUAL OFFICE PLUS
If you are an existing Virtual Office client, add Php 2,000 to your exiting Virtual Office plan and get FREE 2 hours a day meeting room usage.

MEETING ROOM PLAN PACKAGES
Enjoy up to 75% discount from our regular hourly meeting room rate by purchasing a consumable hours plan. These plans are perfect for those who don't have a fixed meeting schedule. Consumable hours are good for up to one year from the purchase of your plan.

Call us today at +63 2 718 9500 and book your next meeting with us!