“I don’t need a private office” – Reasons for switching to a shared office space
You used to rent an office. What made you switch to a shared office?
When you rent an office, you need to clean and manage it. Since we were doing the cleaning ourselves, we preferred to spend that time working. I also get bored easily and don’t like working in the same place all the time. Overall, we decided that we didn’t need an office and that a shared office space would be more efficient.
In terms of cost, our old office was in Shirokandeai, Minato-ku, so fixed costs accounted for a large portion of our expenses. Since we started using a shared office space, we have been able to cut our rent by about a quarter.
Why did you choose Servcorp?
I considered several other companies and visited them to compare. I felt that each one had different kinds of users. I am the type to be concerned about my surrounding environment while working, so I wanted to work in an environment that is quiet and calm. I also have experience overseas so I like an international environment. Servcorp was the perfect fit for both of those reasons. I love the relaxing presence of both the users and staff, as well as the interior design. There are no distractions and I can concentrate on my work quite well.
What services do you use and how often do you use them?
My contract is with Servcorp’s “Virtual Office” and the five of us use the coworking space. All of us go to the office almost every day.
You mainly use the YANMAR TOKYO location, what do you like about it?
I would say it is the sense of openness. The ceilings are high, and the large windows overlook Tokyo Station. Being in an environment where I can switch seats whenever I want is truly freeing and leads to greater work efficiency and productivity.
The flexibility I have is incomparable to a regular rented office. It’s always clean even though you don’t have to clean it, and the staff can handle phone calls and visitors. The reason I wake up in the morning and want to go to work is because I can concentrate on my tasks without worrying about unnecessary things while being in a comfortable environment.
Do you ever feel inconvenienced by not having a private office?
When I have meetings, I can reserve a private room, so I don’t think there are any inconveniences. The only thing I would mention is that there is not a lot of room for storage. We have a lot of product samples, so it is difficult to find a place to put them. We actually just signed a contract for a new locker today.
Do you plan to expand your business overseas in the future?
Yes, I do. Our goal is to become a leading skincare brand in Japan, but we are also looking into expanding overseas. From now on, I will be traveling outside of Japan more and more. Considering this, I am very happy that I chose Servcorp.
Servcorp has offices in 150 locations worldwide, so you don’t have to search for a workspace every time you travel. The ability to work in a familiar environment wherever you go is a huge advantage.
Thank you very much.
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