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Are you over working from home or a grim little office somewhere but you don’t fancy the hassle of committing to a long-term lease? It might be time to consider co-working or serviced office spaces.

Flexible Workspace is a local competitor to big, global firms like Regus and recently opened its Umhlanga Business Centre.

It is a slick, modern facility in the Beacon Rock building, above SMG in central Umhlanga.

(There’s an office there with arguably the best sea views in Durban that can be had for about R10k a month.)

Flexible Workspace has fully serviced offices and virtual offices in Midrand, Fourways and Sandton in Gauteng, and Morningside and Umhlanga. Entrepreneur Bradley Porter, who worked in the UK serviced office industry for eight years, established the company in 2005.

He saw a gap in the South African market for fully furnished and equipped offices.

Porter’s offering is smart, fully fledged offices but with flexibility required by new era entrepreneurs and branch offices that need a professional company image, but with fewer financial and resource risks.

In Umhlanga, Flexible Workspace has 35 offices, ranging in size from one to five person suites. The cost for a workstation starts at R4 230 (excluding VAT and parking) per person. Clients have access to a receptionist with telephone answering serviced in the company name. There are also additional telephony, broadband (50MB/second) and office furniture offerings. There is 24-hour security and access to an impressive boardroom and copiers, printers, faxes and scanners. Trendy, spick-and-span reception and recreation areas (including a terrace, fully fitted kitchen and casual seating room) add to the appeal.

Flexible Workspace also offers a virtual office with costs starting at R750 per month and including access to a receptionist with personalised telephone answering; message taking with email notification; call forwarding and mail; fax and courier services, to mention but a few in the impressive service bouquet. Hire of the boardroom is R255 per hour.

Flexible Workspace also offers hot desks or desks for the day, plus access to fully equipped meeting, training and boardrooms.

Another, slightly different and perhaps more informal, hot-desk offering can be had nearby at The Sett in Ridgeside Office Park in Umhlanga. Here, there is bottomless coffee and reliable Wi-Fi.

These are but some of the offerings to meet the apparently insatiable appetite for small office spaces in Durban. Another, perhaps less glamorous, but totally functional offering is Xtraspace in Glenwood and Chris Hani (North Coast) Road, which offers a business centre and offices for short-term lease and storage space ranging in size from 3m2 to 80m2.