office space

For any business, an office is not just a place of work but also a hub where employees can collaborate closely together. There are two popular ways of securing an office space: one is to build one’s own office after leasing or acquiring it (traditional/conventional office space) and another is to rent a serviced office. Learn about the difference between the two and the factors to consider in deciding which kind of office would be the most ideal for the business. 

Traditional office vs Serviced Office 

Traditional or conventional offices are usually secured through a long-term lease from a landlord, where the rent is dependent on the size of the office. This means that should companies downsize, their monthly lease would not change as it follows the agreed-upon terms from the lease contract. Companies with a traditional workspace can have complete control over how they want to design their office. IT businesses can have better privacy as they can keep their own infrastructure manned by their own employees, with their fit-out works or IT equipment are a one time long-term investment. 

Serviced offices (some call co-working spaces) on the other hand work on much shorter-term leases and can be very flexible based on the needs of the company. These come with a plug and play set-up so the timeline to start operations in the office is immediate. Think of serviced offices as like hotels: you pay for the convenience of the ready facilities and the flexibility of short term stay.

This option has become appealing for new companies testing the waters and for companies without presence in the Philippines yet. Companies looking to downsize however will still find no change in their monthly rental payments as the contract for serviced offices is on a per seat arrangement. Companies that are not able to set aside a budget for fit-out construction and IT infrastructure may find this arrangement more agreeable. 


One important factor when deciding on an office space is the budget that a company has allotted for it. If the business is well established and can afford fitting out an office and a long-term lease contract spanning years, then having a traditional office is the way to go. 

This flexibility may not be immediately available to newer businesses which will relatively need more control over up front costs. They would find it easier to pay for only the space that they need with a serviced office, the fees of which already cover the facilities and services such as maintenance, cleaning, and equipment. This is perfect for moving in as there is little to no downtime and can give rental savings, freeing up space for other business needs. 

Strategic location

Getting an accessible and attractive office is ideal—this can mean being in the center of the city that can attract the best talent, being near the important transportation routes, and being in the vicinity of other similar firms. 

Facilities, infrastructure, and services 

An advantage to a traditional office would be getting to design one’s own office the way they want it to—from the equipment, furniture, and layout. For established companies with already their preferred equipment and IT infrastructure, this would be ideal to be able to have the office that suits their needs. 

However, for businesses still without their own equipment and technology and do not have the budget to spare to get their own, serviced offices can provide a good alternative. Serviced offices can provide users with services and equipment that they may need on a pay-as-you-use basis. Tenants in serviced offices can pay for the facilities or additional meeting rooms on-demand, giving tenants much-needed flexibility when it comes to costs. Serviced offices can also come with services such as maintenance and administrative services. 

The verdict

Traditional and serviced offices both have their advantages for any business needing a space of their own. The important thing is that the office space is able to align with the goals of the business. Get advice from a real estate services company Santos Knight Frank in deciding one’s next office space. Santos Knight Frank has a strong track record in various real estate services from brokerage, consultancy, office fit out, and more. Learn more by visiting

Find media contacts, and get access to news releases and announcements.

About Santos Knight Frank

The world of real estate can be a difficult place to navigate. Whether property is your investment or a tool that drives your business success, you need a partner who can guide you in every step of the way.

Since 1994, Santos Knight Frank has been guiding Fortune 1000 companies, BPOs, private clients, and institutions in all facets of real estate. We advise companies on their best office, retail, and industrial location, oversee commercial fit-out projects, and manage facilities. We have facilitated over 4 million sqm of office transactions on behalf of clients and managed over 40 million sqm of real estate under our property & facilities management arm.

Our residential brokerage platform and wide collection of bespoke homes allow our private clients to buy, lease, and sell properties within their budget, timeline, and lifestyle.

For landlords and investors, we provide valuations and appraisal, consultancy and research, sales and leasing, and property management services across the Philippines.

Santos Knight Frank is part of the global Knight Frank network of over 384 offices in 51 markets, including the strategically important U.S. partnerships with Cresa (commercial real estate) and Douglas Elliman (residential real estate).

We are locally expert and globally connected, end-to-end and best-in-class – as any great partner in property should be.