CloudVO Partner Compares Prices and Customer Reviews with Regus

It was not even close!

Our Northern California Partner (and sister company) Pacific Workplaces recently conducted a comprehensive comparison of Regus prices vs Pacific Workplaces  based on actual published prices, for a number of virtual office and meeting room bundle of services including:

  • Mail collection and forwarding
  • Digital Mail
  • Live phone answering
  • Bundled access to Day Offices (2 days and 5 days).

Pacific Workplaces also reported on the Regus customer reviews on Google and Yelp and compared them with its own, for each of the locations.

The methodology was the same in all 15 locations that were the object of this benchmarking effort, where nearby locations in buildings and shared office spaces of similar standings were targeted across both companies. The report published by Pacific Workplaces in all transparency includes all locations branded Pacific Workplaces, with no local spinning and no “pick & choose” element that could induce a competitive bias.

The analysis reports the price difference on a location-by-location basis which we can summarize as follows:

  • Regus Basic Mail Plans are 50%+ more expensive than at our CloudVO Northern California partner locations, on average.
  • Regus Virtual Office Packages, which add to the basic mail service a local phone, live answering services, and access to CloudVO Partner Pacific Workplaces versus Regus Price Analysis Blog Post2 days of day office each month, are on average 20%+ more expensive and considerably less flexible.
  • Regus Virtual Office Plus packages that provides 5-day access to day offices each month, on top of mail services, local phone number, and phone answering services, are on average close to 30% more expensive than at our Northern California partner locations, and infinitely less flexible.
  • Hourly rates on meeting rooms are over 70% more expensive. Really?
  • Customer Reviews on Yelp and Google also show big differences in favor of our Northern California partnering locations, often by a significant margin, based on several hundreds of reviews.

See details of this comparative analysis report on our partner Pacific Workplaces web site: Regus Price & Customer Review Comparison. There is also a paragraph that addresses the lack of price competitiveness of Regus in full time offices with reasons as to why.

Thank you Pacific Workplaces for sharing such a comprehensive bench-marking analysis.

Note that we have a few locations in Northern California with even more attractive prices for some of these virtual office services. Check them all on the San Francisco or California pages.

This result is consistent with our own research last year, when we conducted a comprehensive price benchmarking effort focused on hundreds of Regus and CloudVO meeting rooms in the U.S. that pointed to CloudVO meeting rooms being often 50% less expensive than Regus on an
apple-to-apple basis. See the report here.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudMeetingRooms.com and CloudVirtualOffice.com e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms over 650 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Don’t Leave Your Clients Out In The Cold

Don’t leave your clients out in the cold. That’s what Virtual Offices are for!

Keith’s short video is not just hilarious; it gives a true sense for at least a couple of the key value drivers that plead in favor of virtual offices:

1) Convenience – Your home office may not be out in the snow like Keith’s, but chances are it’s not a convenient place to have a business meeting. Alternatives like meeting at Starbucks have limits, WRT privacy, amenities, or lack therefore. CloudVO features over 600 Virtual Office locations worldwide with multiple professional meeting rooms, part-time offices, and touchdown spaces in each center.

2) Brand & Image – Not all business transactions can be done online. People often want to know who they are dealing with. Meeting in a professional space will often inspire more confidence. At the minimum, it is more likely to support a productive meeting (for example with reliable Internet connection and projection tools). The concept of image here is not about “pretending” you have a big shot office in a nice building, this is about being efficient and effective. A productive meeting that you host will reflect positively on your brand, personal or corporate, which is related to, but goes way deeper than a superficial view of “image”. A virtual office provides this opportunity at a fraction of the cost of a full-time office in the same building.

3) Better Customer Service – If your virtual office plan includes the use of live phone answering service, you will ensure that your customer calls will always been promptly answered and that you will be less likely to miss an important prospect call if you are not able to answer the call directly. While a call is patched to you, you also have time to mentally prepare yourself, collect your thoughts, and make the caller feel he or she is your most important customer.

4) Low Cost – A virtual office is the most cost-efficient way to establish a strong local business identity at a fraction of the cost of a full-time office – even in a shared office space. Anywhere between 5-20% of the cost of a dedicated office, in our experience, depending upon the level of service you need.

The Cloud Office plans by CloudVO are designed to establish a strong local business identity, with a local phone number, live answering services, and 16 hours/month of free access to day offices and meeting rooms at many of its 600 locations. Their cost is typically in the $250 to $350 per month range, but Virtual Office plans can start as low as $50 with basic use of a building address and mail services; although most mail services would be in the $69 to $99 range.


About CloudVO ™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudMeetingRooms.com and CloudVirtualOffice.com e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 600 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Switching to Virtual Office Space in Orlando

As a small business owner in the Orlando area, you may be struggling to make the transition from working at home to running your business out of a professional office space. After all, there are cost benefits associated with working out of your house, but you may want to have a more professional space to present to your customers and clients. If you are like most small business owners, entrepreneurs, or solo-attorneys, you may be debating between a home office and renting or buying a full-time office space. Neither one may seem like the perfect match for your needs. The good news is that there is a third option that you may have not yet considered, the option to rent a virtual office space.

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What Is a Virtual Office?

A virtual office space provides the best benefits of both working from home and renting a full-time office space. This is a space that may provide you with a small, dedicated or shared work area as well as shared common areas, such as a conference center, a reception area, a business lounge and more. Generally, these are located in desirable areas of the city with a high-end address. You may continue to work from home on some days of the week, but you always have the option of coming into the office when needed. For example, you can reserve the conference room if you are scheduling a meeting with clients in the near future, and this means that you can create the impression of having a full-time office space when you have meetings.

What Are the Benefits?

If you have not yet considered the option to lease a virtual office space, you may not be aware of what all of the benefits are. For one, this rental option is often available to you at a fraction of the cost of a full-time office rental. It provides you with on-site staff to support you, such as  catering or beverage service, document services, and/or video conferencing setup. You also have the option to add live telephone answering, which includes professional receptionists answering calls to your dedicated office line with a customized greeting. In addition to these benefits, you will have complete access to all of the office services and amenities you need. You will not need to worry about paying to outfit a traditional office space to enjoy access to common office equipment, furnishings and more. This provides you with an exceptional solution to your dilemma.

How Do You Find a Virtual Office in Orlando?

After you have learned more about the virtual office option in the Orlando area, you may be ready to take a closer look at the options. There are several virtual office environments you can consider in the local community, but CloudVO may be your best option. This is an established virtual office reseller that has plans available for you to lease today. CloudVO provides you with access to a professional support team, a reputable address, a dedicated business phone number, and all of the amenities and features you need to create a fully functional work environment.

Although you may feel torn between working out of the house and renting a professional office space, you can relax knowing there are many options available. Virtual offices are becoming increasingly popular and are especially beneficial for small business owner in the local area. Before you make a final decision about where to office, take time to reach out to CloudVO for more information about virtual offices solutions. With this information in hand, making a decision that is best for your business can be easy.

The Perks of Running your Business from Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California. Perhaps no other city in the world captures the imagination the way L.A. does, a city synonymous with fame, wealth, and success. The L.A. metropolitan area is home to nearly 20 million people, enjoys some of the best weather in America, and is also the business hub of the West coast.  As an entrepreneur, L.A. is a great city to make it big with a small business or startup. Unfortunately for a determined and thrifty entrepreneur, L.A. is also home to astronomically high prices for office space. Virtual office space is a contemporary and savvy solution to this problem, allowing your company to have a business address in some of the most sought after locations in the City of Angeles without paying the excessive fee other companies pay to be located there.

Give your startup a running start with CloudVO's Office Space in Los Angeles

 

 

How a Virtual Office Works

        CloudVO’s virtual office service allows a small business to have an official office presence in Los Angeles at a fraction of the cost of actually renting office space. Rather not test L.A.’s notorious traffic? With a virtual office you can work from home without ever leaving your suburb, but still have a business address in some of the hottest areas in town. Do you need a place for business meetings that isn’t a coffee shop? Would an L.A. business address or phone number give your company important legitimacy? Do you need someone to answer the phone, but don’t want the hassle of employing your own receptionist? CloudVO allows you to package services that will meet your needs, without having to pay for extras.

Services Provided In Los Angeles

CloudVO offers three main services to small businesses looking for 21st Century solutions. First, CloudVO offers business addresses and mail forwarding. This service allows your business to have an address in some of Los Angeles’s premier office spaces (more on this later). Mail sent to your virtual office address is forwarded to wherever you choose. Second, CloudVO provides live answering services for your business. Need an L.A. number but live across the country? CloudVO can provide your business with a local or toll free number. Depending on the options you choose, the calls that come through on your business line can either be directly forwarded to your cell phone or a businesses voicemail. Through CloudVO’s live answering services, do your work in a chill beachside SoCal café while one one of CloudVO’s receptionists takes your calls (answering with the name of your company, of course). If you occasionally need to meet with clients and investors, and prefer not to do it in that beachfront café where you do your work, CloudVO has a solution for that too. Office space and meeting rooms are available to work and meet in on a subscription or rental basis at your business address. With impressive spaces and professional office staff on location to greet your guests, those you meet with won’t suspect you haven’t already made it big.

Los Angeles Locations

Location is everything, and that is what CloudVO specializes in. An exhaustive list of available virtual offices in L.A. can be found here, however, here a few highlights. Ever heard of the Sunset Strip? You clients certainly have. One option for your virtual office is on this iconic street, next to world-class hotels like the Chateau Marmont. Another option is in the award winning MGM Tower in Century City, where your address can be nestled in with established film studios and media companies. Wherever you decide to make your virtual office, CloudVO allows you the freedom to pick the services you need on your path to making it big in Los Angeles.


About CloudVO ™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudMeetingRooms.com and CloudVirtualOffice.com e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 500 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Virtual Offices in Silicon Valley: Modern Business Solutions in the World’s Tech Hub

Silicon Valley: the home of Facebook, Apple, Google, and dozens of other technology companies known for their unqualified success and the way their products have changed they way we live. A Silicon Valley startup company is synonymous with innovation and the potential for unbelievable prosperity. Unfortunately, for those scrappy entrepreneurs aspiring to be the next Zuckerbergs, Silicon Valley is not only known for a hub of innovation and commerce, it is also home to some of the most expensive office (and residential) space in America. Fortunately for those who have yet to make their billions, CloudVO offers a 21st century solution to small business owners who are not quite ready to build a corporate campus rivaling Google’s.

Virtual Office Space: How it Works

Work in a coffee shop and have a real business address with CloudVO's Virtual Office Space Solutions!CloudVO’s virtual office solutions allows a small business owner to have an official office presence in Silicon Valley at a fraction of the cost of actually renting office space. Do you work from home, but still need to meet clients or investors occasionally, and would rather not do it in a coffee shop? Would a Silicon Valley business address or phone number give your startup important legitimacy? Do you need someone to occasionally answer the phone, but don’t want to hassle with an actual employee? CloudVO allows you to package services that will meet these needs and more, allowing you to pay for only what you need.

Services Provided

CloudVO offers three main categories of virtual office services. First, CloudVO offers business addresses and mail forwarding. This service allows your business to have an actual address in some of Silicon Valley’s premier office spaces (more on this later). Mail sent to your virtual office is forwarded to whatever address you choose. Second, CloudVO can provide live telephone answering services for your business. This allows you to have a local or toll free number, without you personally having to deal with phone calls. Depending on your needs, those who call your business line can either be directly forwarded to a phone number of your choice, or your businesses voicemail. Through CloudVO’s live phone answering service, one of CloudVO’s professional and friendly receptionists will answer your business line with the name of your company, and then take a message or forward the call to you. Lastly, CloudVO offers private and shared workspaces and meeting rooms to use, on a subscription or hourly rental basis. This service allows you to meet with your clients or investors at your business address in an impressive conference room or  day office, with a professional administrative staff on location to greet your guests.

Locations in the Silicon Valley

CloudVO offers virtual offices in some of the best locations in the Silicon Valley area. How about an office in Cupertino, blocks away from Apple’s corporate campus and within two miles of other giants in the technology business? Maybe an office in Palo Alto, within minutes of Stanford University and with easy access to the East Bay would suit your needs better? Check out these and other great locations CloudVO offers in the Silicon Valley area.

Virtual Office Solutions

The personal computer, smartphones, and social media have all changed the way we live. Now virtual office space is changing the way we do business. The rise of technology has made working from home possible in a way unimaginable thirty years ago, but small businesses owners and entrepreneurs still find themselves needing the services and legitimacy that only a physical office can provide. CloudVO is the answer. With a virtual office space, get what you need and don’t pay for the extra.


About CloudVO ™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudMeetingRooms.com and CloudVirtualOffice.com e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 500 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Virtual Office Space: Creating Your Business in Washington, D.C.

Are you a small business owner looking for a way to give your business a reputable face without breaking the bank? CloudVO’s virtual office solutions allow you to do just that. CloudVO provides affordable mail plans, coworking and meeting spaces, business addresses, and administrative services in Washington, D.C.

Why a Virtual Office?

You can have a virtual office space by the Washington Monument!Maybe you are self-employed and are able to work from home, but occasionally need a setting to meet with clients that is more professional than the corner café. Perhaps you would like an address for your business that is not in the middle of the suburbs or a P.O. Box. Maybe you need an office presence in D.C., however, would rather not pay for office space considered by Forbes to be the third-most expensive in America. CloudVO can meet all these needs and more by allowing businesses to tailor a service package to their specific needs.

Virtual Office Services Provided

CloudVO offers three main categories of virtual office services. First, CloudVO offers business addresses and mail forwarding services. This service allows your business to have an actual address at some of Washington D.C.’s premier office spaces (more on this later). Mail sent to your virtual office is forwarded to whatever address you choose. Second, CloudVO can provide phone and live answering services for your business. This allows you to pick a local D.C. or toll free number for your business. Depending on your needs, those who call your business line can either be directly forwarded to a phone number of your choosing, or your businesses voicemail. Through CloudVO’s live answering service, one of CloudVO’s professional and friendly receptionists will answer your business line with the name of your company, and then take a message or forward the call to you depending on your needs. Lastly, CloudVO offers actual office space and conference rooms to use and meet in, on a subscription or rental basis. This service allows you to meet with your clients at your business address in an impressive conference room or office, with professional office staff on location to meet your clients.

Prestigious Location in Washington DC

Washington D.C. is the political center of the United States, perhaps the political center of the world. Prestige matters when you are dealing with the world’s power brokers. Unfortunately, D.C. is ranked only behind New York City and San Francisco as having the priciest office space rent in the country. Get a D.C. office without paying thousands of dollars a month. CloudVO offers business addresses at a variety of distinguished locations throughout D.C. area. Whether you need a business address or a meeting room a block away from the Capitol Building, or an office just up the street from the Oval Office and the White House, CloudVO has workspaces available for you. If you prefer a business address offering office space surrounded by upscale restaurants and shopping as well as numerous foreign embassies, CloudVO has a place for you. Now offering fourteen excellent virtual office locations across D.C. in addition to numerous options in nearby Baltimore, Arlington, and Alexandria.

The 21st Century Solution to Your Office Needs

While companies like Airbnb and Uber revolutionize the way we travel, CloudVO is changing the way business owners meet their office space needs. CloudVO allows you and your business to have a prestigious location without paying astronomically high rent. You can have a receptionist without worrying about how to keep them busy. CloudVO gives you and your businesses the ability to get the services you need, without having to pay for the things you don’t.


About CloudVO ™

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudMeetingRooms.com and CloudVirtualOffice.com e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 500 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Heard at GCUC Last Week

Our Team of Experts at GCUC
Our Team of Experts at GCUC

Last week, our CloudVO Team of Experts attended GCUC in L.A. There were several discussions about building a stronger community and brand. Our Team of Experts provide answers to two popular questions heard at GCUC.

Are smaller meeting rooms better?
Is that wise to monetize meeting rooms?
The questions came up multiple times.  Is it better to have a large training room or use the space with several smaller size meeting rooms?  What’s the optimum ratio between open collaborative space and private meeting rooms?  There was much debate on these questions, which we have tackled in a recent meeting room business white paper you can find on CloudVO’s Resource Center for shared workspace operators.

How to develop new line of services?
Another question that came up several times was “How can I be helpful to my community and generate more revenue?”. One area that was not discussed much, but we want to bring to everyone’s attention, is live phone answering services. This is particularly helpful if your members would benefit from call screening or need to establish a strong business identity. Many attorneys and consultants have that need, however so do start-ups faced with a high volume of customer or investor calls. Find out how CloudVO can help with our outsourced CloudAnswering Services.


About CloudVO ™
CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service ™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudMeetingRooms.com and CloudVirtualOffice.com e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 500 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

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When to Charge (or not) for Meeting Rooms?

Update: 2019 Meeting Room White Paper is now available.

One of the key elements of the value proposition of shared office spaces is to provide collaborative space and meeting rooms to their members. This blog post will explore what we believe are the best practices for workspace providers to monetize access to meeting space.

Do Not Charge for Informal Collaborative Space on a Pay-Per-Use Basis

One of the tenets of coworking is to build a closely knit community of professionals that often interact in unplanned ways to maximize serendipity. Although convenience and privacy are more central to the value proposition of serviced offices, community curation is critical to their success as well. Note that in this article, we are using the terms “Serviced Office” and “Business Center” interchangeably.

Semi-private informal meeting spaces in the coworking area and/or by the break room of a business center are very desirable amenities to encourage instantaneous meetings without encroaching on the privacy of other members doing concentrated work.

Trying to monetize this kind of informal space (e.g. comfy couch, chairs, stools, or even meeting tables in open space) on a pay-per-use basis would be an undesirable barrier to accomplishing community bonding goals, not to mention in some cases, life changing serendipitous moments. Access to that kind of space should be part of the privilege of membership. If the space is heavily used, then day pass and virtual office users may be barred access from it, or else be charged a premium for it, as they are only peripherally involved with the community.

However, in general we like to discourage access restrictions to this kind of space, even to visitors, as today’s virtual office or meeting room user may become tomorrow’s full time member. In our experience, few virtual office or “walk in” visitors turn out to be heavy users of that kind of informal collaborative space anyway.

Charge Everyone for Access to Formal Private Meeting Rooms

Some operators include several hours of access to private meeting rooms as part of the privilege of membership. This is especially true for private office users whose monthly rent or membership fees are considerably higher than the virtual office or coworking passes.

Five to ten years ago, it was a common practice for serviced office space operators to think that the primary function of the meeting room was to serve full time office clients. Many provided a generous package of free access to the meeting rooms, 16 hours per month and sometimes more.

That practice is disappearing, and most operators are monetizing their day offices and meeting rooms aggressively. They learned that the contribution of a healthy meeting room business can be very significant to their business model both financially and also in terms of filling the pipeline of future full time members.

CloudVO Meeting Room Utilization by Type of Users
CloudVO Meeting Room Utilization by Type of Users

We believe that the best practice for operators is to offer no more than 4 hours of free access to formal meeting rooms as part of a full time user package. Many provide no free hours at all but offer meaningful discounts to full time members as a privilege of membership (e.g. 10-25%). Regus provides full time clients with free access to meeting rooms that is a function of how much money the clients spend every month. This typically accounts for just 1 or 2 free hours of a medium size meeting room. Pacific Workplaces (based in Northern California, with 15 locations) offer 4 hours of free access to their standard full time office members, a 50% reduction from what they provided less than 5 years ago and a 75% reduction from 10 years ago.

This trend towards charging for usage of private meeting room while not charging for the usage of informal meeting space makes sense when realizing that the ‘utility’ associated with a formal professional meeting is typically significantly higher than the ‘utility’ associated with informal meeting space. Another way to say this is that there is so much invested in a formal meeting that gathers 5, 6 or more people, in terms of everyone’s opportunity cost to be in the meeting, that the cost of the actual meeting space becomes a small % of the collective investment made to attend the meeting.

Think of a sales pitch or a fund raising pitch to busy third parties that cannot afford to be encumbered by technology glitches or a beer bust breaking out in the middle of the meeting.

Hence it makes sense for the operator to reflect that value in how he or she charges for the space, and to get a significant ROI on that meeting room space investment.

The space charged on a pay-per-use basis needs to be private, professional, with plenty of bandwidth, wireless access, and standard presentation equipment (flat screen with Apple TV or HDMI cable). That, along with the dedication of the meeting room space, is an expensive investment by the operator. The good news is, with the proper plan, that space should be the most profitable line of business for the operator as shown in the Expected Revenue Graph per meeting room size we explained in a a recent webinar on meeting room pricing.

Potential Revenue per Meeting Room Type - US Average
Potential Revenue per Room Type – US Average

Provide Meeting Room Choices

In that same webinar, we highlighted the importance of having several meeting rooms of different sizes in your inventory (1 or 2 day offices, 1 or 2 medium size rooms and one large room as a minimum). We touched on regional differences. We also explained how distributors, resellers, and other partners can quickly help develop a meeting room business with new, unique visitors, generating very high revenue per square foot and desirable traffic to also feed new memberships. Please refer to the webinar and to the associated White Paper on meeting room pricing and check our Resource Center with other similar goodies for operators.

Bundle Plans

Monetization of meeting room can come in several ways, including charging hourly rates, with or without discounts, deploying an e-commerce platform on your web site to enable real time booking of meeting rooms and charging user credit cards, leveraging partners like CloudMeetingRooms.com to expand your marketing reach, but also by providing well thought out bundles of meeting room hours.

Bundles should always be priced as a function of expected usage, in a statistical sense, based on data analysis of your pool of meeting room users. Hours should expire every month. If the operator follows these two principles well, the bundles can be priced at very attractive levels, and with minimum advertising, the meeting room revenue will increase quickly.

If you are starting your operation, use the CloudVO data as a meaningful starting point. For example, our experience of the average use of a 16-hour bundle (with no carry over of unused hours) is 3.9 hours/month when the bundle is an add-on to an existing package (e.g. Mail plan or Full time user); and 6.9 when it is a stand alone package. Price your bundles accordingly, not as if everyone were going to use all their hours. They don’t, and the light users typically more than pay for the occasional heavy user. Most people end up consuming fewer hours than they initially projected. This is particularly true if you package a 16-hour bundle with a 3-month minimum contract, which we recommend.

Upload your center information on our CloudVO portal, and we will automatically populate our e-commerce sites, CloudVirtualOffice.com and CloudMeetingRooms.com, with your offering. Join LinkedIn Workspace-as-a-Service ™ group for more data driven discussions on our industry.


About CloudVO ™
CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service ™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudMeetingRooms.com and CloudVirtualOffice.com e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms at close to 500 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Is it a Strategic Mistake for Business Centers to provide a Coworking Offering?

I am tempted to say: Yes, be careful!

Coworking CrossroadsThis answer may surprise many of you. I have been an enthusiastic observer of coworking ever since ‘The Work Club’ started in Emeryville, CA, in 2004. I believe that all players in the Workspace-as-a-Service arena will eventually converge to offer a menu of choices ranging from private offices and professional meeting rooms to coworking options, all under the same roof. Walking the walk, as CEO of Pacific Business Centers, I drove our own experimentation with coworking 3 years ago.

So am I disavowing my own coworking strategy while at the helm of Pacific?

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