WeWork, Regus, Spaces, or Airbnb?

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How you present yourself is critical in business. Clients and customers evaluate your website, business card, and everything in between. In my previous role as a financial advisor, I created a virtual office through Regus in which I paid to use a commercial address for my business. Mail handling came with the service, and I could rent a private/meeting room by the hour and on-demand to meet clients.

My needs as a digital nomad and online marketer are much different compared to my previous profession. For example, I don’t need mail handling services or a business address. However, I occasionally want to work outside of my home and interact with like-minded people in person (not only online). I recently spent an afternoon at a coworking space and the experience was excellent. I met a few ambitious individuals, and we had lunch together. It was a nice change of pace.

Entrepreneurs, small business owners, self-employed professionals, freelancers, global citizens, and frequent travelers have similar and different needs. We all need to make money, be productive, balance work and life, and so on. On the other hand, some of us must meet with clients while others seek to network. Some of us want to work in office environments whereas others want to work from home. Many of us want to replace working in hotels, hostels, libraries, and coffee shops with something else. In this post, I’ll cover some ideas and options to meet your goals.

Co-Working & Office Spaces

Co-working spaces are challenging traditional work environments. Many people thrive in co-working spaces because they’re convenient, flexible, and community-driven. Other benefits include networking, flexible pricing, memberships, and cost savings. The following terms describe the services and products associated with co-working and office space providers.

  • Co-working involves individuals working independently or collaboratively in a shared office space and communal setting. A co-working location will typically have different work arrangements such as a workstation to a private office. Co-working companies range from one office to multiple offices in a city, state, country, or countries.
  • serviced office is an office or office building that is fully equipped and managed by a facility management company, which then rents individual offices or floors to other companies. It often has office furniture, equipment, internet, and lunchroom facilities. Also, the premise is maintained and cleaned by the facility management staff.
  • A virtual office is an office without a physical location. The virtual office will have a business address and possibly a phone number.
  • A private office is a room for an individual or team and not shared with others.
  • A workstation, workspace, or “hot desk” is for one person to use. It can be on a shared surface or stand-alone.
  • Meeting/conference rooms facilitate communication between multiple people.
  • Call-answering services feature an onsite receptionist who will manage incoming phone calls for an individual or business.
  • Mail handling services feature the administration of incoming and outgoing mail for individuals and businesses.
Global Co-Working Companies

Office space and co-working companies operate in most cities around the world. An online search will reveal plenty of options. However, there are only a handful of companies that operate globally including WeWork, Regus, and Spaces. These companies provide hundreds of locations for members to use locally and abroad. They offer the same services, benefits, and pricing across their networks for consistency.


WeWork transforms buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces and provides on-site services, events, and technology so members can focus on doing what they love. WeWork offers a global network of serviced office spaces, community, and physical and virtual services to enable companies to grow. It’s present in more than 20 countries and 80 cities. Its membership base of 260,000+ individuals includes entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, digital nomads, artists, small businesses, and large companies.

  • Founded in 2010
  • Modern and trendy office layouts
  • Co-working, virtual office, dedicated and shared workspaces
  • Private offices and meeting rooms
  • 24/7 office access
  • Office equipment, furniture, supplies, internet, private phones, kitchen, and free refreshments on-site
  • Limited mail handling services: incoming mail and package handling only
  • Call-answering services: no
  • Enterprise: WeWork works with clients to build and manage office spaces
  • Members get exclusive offers and discounts
  • Networking/social events and fitness classes


Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace solutions. Its network includes almost 3,000 business centers in 800+ cities across 100+ countries. Through its range of office formats, it enables individuals and companies to work where they want, when they want, and how they want at different price points. Regus is part of IWG, a multinational corporation that provides workspaces globally under different brands. Its customers include professionals, remote workers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, and businesses of all sizes.

  • Founded in 1989
  • Professional and classic office layouts
  • Co-working, virtual office, dedicated and shared workspaces
  • Private offices and meeting rooms
  • Office equipment, furniture, supplies, internet, private phones, and lunchrooms on-site
  • Must pay separately for consumables, such as coffee, photocopies, and calls
  • Mail handling services: yes
  • Call-answering services: yes
  • Get admin support for various tasks
  • Access business lounges around the world
  • Members get exclusive offers and discounts
  • Regular events and activities


Spaces was built on the idea that success breeds more success. That’s why it has cultivated a community of members who are thinkers and achievers. It provides workspaces that suit your every need. Spaces has locations in 40+ countries and nearly 200 cities. IWG acquired them in 2015, and of the IWG brands, it competes directly with WeWork. Its customers include entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, digital nomads, artists, small businesses, and companies.

  • Founded in 2008
  • Modern and trendy office layouts
  • Co-working, virtual office, dedicated and shared workspaces
  • Private offices and meeting rooms
  • 24/7 office access
  • Office equipment, furniture, supplies, internet, private phones, kitchen, and free coffee on-site
  • Catering packages
  • Mail handling services: yes
  • Call-answering services: no
  • Members get exclusive offers and discounts
  • Networking/social events and fitness classes



Airbnb is an online marketplace for people to list, discover, and book accommodations worldwide. It connects hosts and guests in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. Airbnb is primarily known for short-term rental accommodations. However, it does promote business travel for individuals and teams, extended stay, relocation, and travel expense tools. Airbnb for Work now accounts for 15 percent of its bookings.

As a writer and content creator, I prefer to work from home. I’ve been using Airbnb to book entire places (not private or shared accommodations). When searching for a home, I filter for Wi-Fi and inquire with the host about internet connectivity, reliability, and speed. I typically purchase an office chair, which I sell upon leaving. Working in solitude is not for everyone and doesn’t come with the benefits of office space and co-working environments. That said, Airbnb is a good option for me because I don’t need a business address, mail handling, call answering, a meeting room, and so forth.

Offices in multiple countriesYesYesYes
Serviced officesYesYesYes
Virtual officeYesYesYes
Private officeYesYesYes
Dedicated and shared workspacesYesYesYes
Meeting and conference roomsYesYesYes
24/7 office accessYesNoYes
Mail handlingLimitedYesYes
Exclusive offers and discountsYesYesYes
Events and fitness classesYesYesYes
Month-to-month pricingYesYesYes
Final Word

WeWork and Spaces are alike, and Regus raises the bar with mail handling and call answering services, which professionals and businesses might want. Airbnb is a robust option for people who prefer to work from home while traveling or living abroad. On the flip side, WeWork can be expensive and an unnecessary cost. Also, there are many more affordable and free coworking options entering the market daily. For example, in parts of Latin America, Santander Bank offers free co-working at its Work Café locations.


Chad Tennant

Chad is an online marketer, publisher, and advisor. His primary goals are to help businesses and individuals achieve growth and financial success. Learn more at digitalfodder.com/about


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