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When searching for a place to do business, the buzz term of co-working can be confused with shared office space and office business centers. However, they are not the same thing and it’s important to find the best option for your business. It can be helpful to understand the subtle differences between a co-working space and a shared office.


What is a co-working space?


A relatively new concept, it can be defined as a business services model that involves individuals or teams working independently or together in a shared space.

If we focus key points, the fundamental idea behind a co-working space is to provide a work environment that doesn’t double as a kitchen table or their kids’ playroom. It can be great for freelancers, professionals, entrepreneurs and start-ups.

At the same time, it is a place for small corporate teams who do not want to make a huge capital investment. Everyone can focus on growing their core business and forget about the hassles of owning a space or mainstream renting.

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What is a business center?


Business centers have been around for decades. The principle is to offer companies an comfortable place to work where they can have a professional business address.

Office centers can offer a more professional career environment. Often giving clients access to boardrooms and high-tech meeting rooms that they wouldn’t normally be able to afford in a traditional standalone office.

Besides a shared office space, a business center can provide semi-private and private offices as well as executive suites with a window view. Furthermore, centers often come with access to professional administrative staff, telephone answering and call transferring services.

Additionally, business centers can offer pay-per-use services such as fax machines, photocopiers and network printing. Some co-working centers can also provide these services but usually one has to pay immediately when using them. However, it’s better to receive one invoice at the end of the month for all expenses which is less ‘paperwork’ for businesses.

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Which one should I choose?


Before making any decisions on what will work best for your business, it’s vital to know that there are hybrid business centers. These spaces offer the best of both traditional office space and co-working rentals.

Integrating both of these models in the same office, is where the Guinness Business Centre is different from the crowd. Guinness offers sleek and stylish office rental solutions in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Members are provided with a comfortable, chic space, paired with personalized services in a welcoming environment. The Guinness staff is dedicated to curating affordable office rental and virtual plans to support, develop and grow your business.




Vancouver Office Space

Guinness Business Centre offers you a Vancouver office rental space that matches your commercial real estate needs. The workspace requirements of setting up a new office, relocating from an old office or working as a dynamic team on-the-go, can be a challenge. We provide you with the right office rental space in Vancouver that suit your needs and budget. Our customized lease solutions can cater to businesses looking to set up a private Vancouver downtown office. We also cater to those looking for more modern virtual office options and even those looking to find a balance between modern and traditional conventions by opting for co-working spaces.

Explore the possibilities that we have on offer. We cater to a varied range of office rental space types and offer different workspace solution packages because we understand that office rental space requirements are different for each business.

Select and customize your Vancouver office rental space preferences by size, space, amenities, availability or even location and allow us to do the rest. Guinness Business Centre enables you to work more productively and flexibly as we take complete control of securing the right office rental space to suit you and your team.

Vancouver Co-working Space

We provide businesses in Vancouver with the best office rental space. Whether you are a solo entrepreneur, or you have a dedicated team at your beck and call, we’ll provide you with the right Vancouver office rental space that fits your needs and budget.

With an array of elegant and distinguished offices available for rent in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Guinness Business Centre offers a traditional alternative to co-working. Contact us today and take a tour of what we have to offer.

Our Vancouver Co-working office spaces are aesthetically and beautifully designed offices with open areas that can fit teams of various sizes – large or small. The co-working space is fully decked with shared and furnished amenities such as pantries, kitchens, bathrooms, with the option of adding conference rooms or meeting rooms for your team.

Vancouver Shared Office

We offer a prestigious selection of office rental space in Vancouver suitable for conferences, co-working, shared office spaces or private office rental. Visit us for a consultation to get more information on our flexible terms. Whether you are a dynamic enterprise looking for a satellite shared Vancouver office or whether you are an established company looking for more traditional yet convenient alternatives such as a Vancouver co-working space, we offer an office rental space that will match your need.

Vancouver Virtual Office

A Vancouver virtual office plants your business in the heart of downtown Vancouver whilst giving you the flexibility to spread your reach to anywhere across the globe. We provide you with a secured physical location and address in a local Vancouver office rental space, whilst giving you the freedom to operate and expand internationally. The support and foundation of having an established Vancouver virtual office is beneficial whether a company is simply starting up or already thriving and seeking to place one of its global branches in a Vancouver downtown office.