Can You Rent An Office By The Hour?

If you find yourself setting up camp in coffee shops and straining to hear calls over the sound of the milk steamer, renting an office by the hour is a flexible, affordable, and low maintenance solution. There are several compelling reasons why renting office space on an hourly basis can benefit your business far more than any of the other flexible options incspaces provides. However, if you’re in the market for an hourly rate you will have limited time on site, so it is important to know what you are looking for as you won’t have the luxury of being able to reconfigure the workspace at a later date, or gradually add facilities and equipment as you go along.

For example, if you are looking to hire an office for a couple of hours for a client facing meeting, you will want comfortable seating and to be able to offer them a coffee once they arrive. If you’re presenting to them, you’ll need a big enough screen and a method of transferring your work to it. Do they provide a simple HDMI cable or is there a facility like Click Share?

If you’re looking for a change of scenery for a few hours to focus on an important project, you’ll need reliable, high speed internet, good lighting and an ergonomic desk set up. Will you need a printer or photocopier?

Once you have established the services and facilities you’ll need, all you have to do is let our sales team know, and then turn up to the booking.

If you’re thinking about whether or not hiring a workspace by the hour is the right option for you, we have compiled a list of the most common benefits we have encountered for renting office space by the hour.

Collaboration & communication

By gathering your team together, you can work in complete collaboration and focus with your employees. It also simplifies and enhances communications because issues can be addressed and fixed right away instead of waiting for a reply or getting stuck in lengthy email chains.


Coffee shops are not very private locations to conduct business in. Although they may be vibrant, busy places, they are full of distractions and nosey fellow customers. Home offices also come with many distractions and often the line between work and home life becomes blurred. By utilising an office by the hour, you can have a secure, private location to focus on work, and leave your work at the door once you finish.


You never know who you will bump into when you rent an office by the hour. Being in a building full of entrepreneurs, small businesses and like-minded individuals could open up opportunities for you that may benefit your business. Or, if you’re usually a lone worker the buzz of being in an office building may help you feel more motivated and inspired than sat working in a home office.

Impromptu bookings

Hourly work-space bookings enable anyone to rent office space for a single hour at a time, with no long-term commitments and easily accessible on short notice. Whether you’re a regular business traveller, a freelancer looking for a professional area to meet customers, or simply need a break from the many distractions of working from home, renting an office by the hour gives you the flexibility you need.


Ever had a meeting that seemed to drag on far longer than was necessary? By allocating a set amount of time for a particular meeting, project, or session, you are far more conscious of time and will be less inclined to procrastinate. Which means your workload will be completed quicker, more will get done, and you can have more free time away from your work.


When looking for office or meeting room, most aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses are concerned about their budget. As you’re not obligated to stay past the allocated time slot, renting by the hour will save you a lot of money. You can always top up your booking as you go, meaning you’ll never have a wasted empty office because you overestimated how much time a task would take.

Little to no maintenance

Printers. Cleaning. Utility bills. Bathroom supplies. Simply put, everything you need is included within your hourly price, so you do not have to worry about anything other than your work.

Professional appearance

If you do not have the financial means to run an office right now, co-working spaces are a great way to keep things professional and organised so that your business can excel. You can meet clients, conduct interviews, and even have a professional looking Zoom background, whilst only paying for the hours you need them.

An hourly rental may not be the best option for you, but our team is on hand to discuss your options and find the perfect fit for your business. With our locations across London, Leeds, and Manchester, we have a range of options to suit any needs.

Nixon Williams has been providing specialist accountancy services to contractors, freelancers, consultants, and interim professionals throughout the UK since 1995.

Recently featuring Incspaces as one of the optimal shared office spaces to work in the UK, Nixon Williams also states that the costs of renting an office are allowable as a business expense and so renting shared office space could cost you less than you think. It can also provide that much-needed setting to focus on your business or meet clients, away from your home.

“Starting out on your own as a freelancer can be lonely. A shared office space can help to recreate the office environment that so many miss when going solo but without the office politics! You will also benefit from tax relief on the cost of renting an office.”
Quotes by: Joanne Harris, Technical Commercial Manager at Nixon Williams.

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