The way we work is changing. Even before the global pandemic upended ideas of morning commutes and in-person meetings, workers were already becoming less tethered to the traditional office space. For years, the trend toward working remotely—or anywhere employees could feasibly plug in a laptop—has been growing more widespread. COVID-19 accelerated that trend, of course, but it was already well underway.
As companies change size and shape, coworking spaces provide the opportunity to decentralize teams, scale up and down more easily, and cut down on travel by enabling staff to work from a desk nearer to their home. Flexible, short-term leases are a way for startups and freelancers to navigate an uncertain business landscape without the hassle of a traditional lease, while still enjoying the benefits and amenities of fully-equipped office space.
But now there’s an even more flexible offering in the cards. Daily office space rentals allow anyone to book workspace one day at a time, with zero commitments and on short notice. Whether you’re a frequent business traveler, a freelancer in need of a professional space to meet clients, or you simply need a break from the many distractions of working from home, renting an office by the day allows you to stay productive no matter the circumstances.
To rent office space for a day, WeWork On Demand is a day pass for 160 WeWork locations, granting you access to stylish office spaces and meeting rooms in cities across the United States, all with no monthly commitment. With the new WeWork On Demand app, you can quickly search, book, and pay for available office space to rent near you.
Another way to access different WeWork office spaces every day is through WeWork All Access, a monthly membership plan that unlocks WeWork locations in 150 cities around the world. This membership would ensure you and your team are never far from a quiet office when you need it.
Benefits of daily office space rentals
There are a host of reasons why coworking space on demand might make more sense than a traditional lease. Maybe you’ve been working out of your living room and need a space away from home to reestablish a healthy work-life balance. Or perhaps you’re taking an unplanned business trip and need a desk with a reliable Wi-Fi connection and the facilities you need to stay on top of things. Let’s take a look at some of the key benefits of renting an office by the day.
Because you only pay for what you use, daily office space rentals are the most affordable way to book a short-term workspace in a timeframe that suits your needs and your budget. Whether you’re a freelancer in search of a walk-in coworking space, or a large company looking for a temporary office for remote teams, you can avoid the usual monthly commitments and pay a simple, flat fee instead. There’s no need to pay for additional costs like security, maintenance, and office supplies.
Even more savings can be had when renting meeting space. Book meeting rooms by the hour, and not only can you meet with clients and coworkers in a professional environment, but you avoid ever having to pay for a room you’re not currently using. A coworking space booked through WeWork On Demand costs as little as $29 per day, or $10 per hour for meeting rooms.
Flexibility in location
Many businesses are having to quickly adapt to new ways of working across larger distances, and with teams increasingly spread out, it can be difficult to predict where you or your workers will be on a month-to-month basis.
A walk-in coworking space gives you the flexibility and freedom to choose a workspace in a location that’s convenient on any given day, meaning decentralized teams can stay productive and connected in a professional and well-equipped office space. From New York to Los Angeles, there are currently 160 different WeWork On Demand locations across the U.S. available to rent for the day.
Ease of use
Using the new WeWork On Demand app, you can search for available coworking space nearby, book instantly, and pay as you go, all from your phone. Whether you’re planning to be somewhere weeks in advance or you’re looking for a temporary desk because your connecting flight has been canceled, you can find a conveniently located space and get right to work, even when life throws you a curveball. You can book as late as the evening before you plan to use the space.
It’s easy to cancel or modify your booking should your plans change. Meeting room reservations can be canceled in the WeWork On Demand app up to 60 minutes before your booking begins, while daily workspace reservations can be canceled up until 11:59 p.m. the day before your reservation. Refunds are automatically applied.
There’s only so much you can do while perched over your laptop in a noisy coffee shop. With a daily office rental, you can supercharge your productivity by taking advantage of a fully-featured, dedicated workspace. WeWork coworking space amenities include reliable high-speed internet, printing facilities, smartly designed meeting rooms, private phone booths, and—for your caffeine kick—unlimited micro-roasted coffee.
By choosing an office near to where you live, or near to your clients, you can cut down on lengthy commutes, freeing up more of your time to focus on getting things done. Surrounded by like-minded professionals in a focused environment, you’ll find yourself more motivated and less distracted.
As more freelancers and self-employed workers settle into the routine of working from home, the Zoom meeting is now a staple of doing business with clients and colleagues.
Renting a meeting room by the hour provides an opportunity to make a lasting impression on your clients, in person, and in a setting that’s a little more professional and private than your local coffee shop. A member of the WeWork Community team at the front desk can help your guest check in and find their way to the conference area.
Spaces that prioritize safety
In response to COVID-19, more intensive sanitization practices have been introduced in all WeWork buildings, as well as behavioral signage to guide workers around newly laid-out office spaces, and maximum capacity notices to promote social distancing. De-densified meeting rooms and reconfigured lounges create plenty of personal space for members, so you can work with confidence.
A single day coworking space nearer to your home can also help you avoid traveling on crowded public transport during busy peak times.
Daily office rental options and prices
The WeWork On Demand app is available on iOS and Android, and unlocks day pass access to nearby coworking spaces when you need them, with no monthly commitments or additional fees to worry about. Whether you’re a work-from-home freelancer in need of a break from the apartment, or you want to meet an important client in a stylish and professional setting, WeWork locations provide the space, community, and next-level facilities you need to stay productive.
Prices for WeWork On Demand start from $29 per day for coworking space, and $10 per hour for meeting rooms. Meeting rooms can be reserved through the app in half-hour increments, and pricing is dependent on the size of the room and the time of the booking. All prices are displayed in the app, so you always know exactly what you’re paying.
To get started, download the WeWork On Demand app and create an account to begin exploring WeWork On Demand locations near you. There are currently 160 locations across 11 cities in the U.S., with new spaces and rooms being added all the time. To be notified when WeWork On Demand comes to your city, sign up for alerts here.
Steve Hogarty is a writer and journalist based in London. He is the travel editor of City AM newspaper and the deputy editor of City AM Magazine, where his work focuses on technology, travel, and entertainment.