Doesn’t It Seem Like Business Centres Have Always Been Around?

Business Innovations

10 July 2018

Doesn’t It Seem Like Business Centres Have Always Been Around?

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

In today’s competitive environment businesses are always on the lookout for ways to improve productivity and efficiency, without increasing their overheads.

Furthermore, many businesses are crossing geographies and exploring opportunities in new territories. For many of them, it isn’t always possible to have the complete office set-up ready from day one. These businesses have the budgets, but they need to study the market and scout for locations that suit their needs before making the investment.

This is where business centres come as a boon to many a new company that is looking to establish a foothold in this tough marketplace or as an easier, more flexible way of working for established companies.

Its meaning: What makes a business centre?

A business centre can be termed as an office away from the office. This is a professionally managed commercial facility, and it offers professionals and companies alike a wide range of business support and services, for short- to medium-term requirements.

The beauty of a business centre lies in its flexibility. Customers have the option of selecting infrastructure as per their needs. They can choose from a range of fixed or customized services, for a specific period, or as and when they need it.

Its history: How did it all begin?

Business centres trace their origin back to 1929 in the USA during the Great Depression. Times were bad, but businesses had to continue, work had to be done and money had to be made. However, all this needed to be done while limiting expenses and cutting costs wherever possible.

A small group of attorneys began to gather in common workplaces, sharing management costs, and the expense of meeting rooms and office assistants. And that’s how a business centre first came into existence.

Its usage: What are the advantages of business centres?

Business centres have typically been used by accountants, wealth managers or other professionals looking for a place or a desk to work from.

Today, the use has broadened, and entrepreneurs and MNCs alike, use a business centre as the perfect setting to operate from.

There is no hassle of putting together services and support infrastructure critical for the business. And there is no immediate investment in buying or leasing a place either.

Customers of a business centre can use these services as they see fit for their needs

Additionally, most business centres are already located at prominent addresses. This way, clients can start to benefit from the advantages that a well-connected location brings.

A business centre often includes semi-private offices, private offices and also executive suites. Many business centres are fully equipped with boardrooms and tech-enabled meeting rooms as well.

Clients can also use support services like fax machines, photocopiers or printing facilities, which get billed at the end of the month. From a tax perspective, this works quite well as these monthly bills can be claimed as office expenses.

What is the present day scenario?

Business centres have been around for a while now and their demand is only going to increase. Most of these spaces come with fully-furnished offices, state-of-the-art infrastructure and complete technical support. However, before you pick one, there are a few pointers to consider.

*Location: You need to find a business centre that is centrally located. Which means proximity to the main business hub, financial centres, transport services and recreation facilities.

*Executive offices: The centre should offer the best possible business infrastructure, and have well-maintained and fully-equipped offices.

*Technological support: Basics like wi-fi, business support services, voice and video facilities, AC control, printing and copying facilities, power back-up, etc. are a must

*Meeting rooms: The business centre must offer a combination of fixed as well as flexible facilities, option to scale up and down, video conferencing and LCD projectors, etc.

*Hospitality: A professional receptionist, well-maintained guest handling procedures, snacks and refreshment options, housekeeping facilities and end-to-end maintenance support complete the business centre package.


The business landscape today is dotted with entrepreneurs and start-ups who wish to simply take an idea and turn it into something large and noteworthy. What they require is the infrastructure support and office services to be able to take off from. The seed might have been planted during the Great Depression; however, the times are anything but disheartening now. Entrepreneurship is widening its reach, and business centres are at the heart of this movement, continuing to support innovative business ideas in the years to come.

5 Apps to Increase Productivity at Work

Business Innovations

25 August 2021

5 Apps to Increase Productivity at Work

  • Posted by awfis

Life has become much easier with the advent of technology. With access to latest technology, work has become less strenuous. The biggest contribution to technology has been the invention of smartphones. They have not only made communication easy, but also play core to organize our lives. The hundreds of ‘add on apps’ have made life stress-free and have definitely helped increase productivity, in every possible way.


Here are some applications that we feel will help you outperform at work.

  1. WandurList:

As the name suggests WandurList is an app that helps you in maintaining a number of lists. It is a clean application which enables you to make multiple lists under various folders. It is available for Android, iOS and web users, but what makes it stand out is that WandurList enables you to access the lists from anywhere and from any device. The lists that you make are saved in the cloud, thus letting you share the lists with the other users. So the next time you are out of your office and need to assign work or access previous work, WandurList will be your go to app.

  1. Shoeboxed:

Tired of keeping track of your expense receipts before submitting for tax reduction every month? We have a perfect solution for you. Use shoebox and say goodbye to the strenuous process of filling out forms. Shoeboxed is perfect for people who are up and about in the name of the business. Shoebox can access either via android, iOS mobiles or also via the web. Scan the bills and Shoebox sorts out and collates the receipts for you and also generates an expense report.  By the end of the month all you will have to do is send it out to your accounts team.

  1. Speek:

Conference calling is an important aspect of how work happens in the business world. With growing business environment one needs to connect to people from various parts of the world and that’s where Speek steps in. It is an application that enables you to have a con-call by eliminating the process of dialling the numbers and the pin codes. Speek gives you a personal link which has to be shared with the people you want to have the conference call with and all they have to do is click the link to join in via their laptop, smartphone or the computer. So want to make a conference call? It’s just a link away now!

  1. Keeper:

Have a lot of passwords of various platforms to keep track of? Tired of sending email to the IT to retrieve your passwords? This application takes that burden of remembering passwords off your shoulders. You have one master password that has all the passwords stored in it. If any hack is attempted all the passwords are automatically erased to maintain secrecy. This application can be accessed via a phone, laptop or a computer with the android, IOS software or by using the web.

  1. Prezi:

Need to make flawless presentations that capture your client’s attention? We have a unique cloud based presentation application – Prezi. This app lets you put down all the information on one canvas and mark it out instead of making separate slides. It uses Adobe Flash Technology to animate the presentation. The application is easy to use and is also compatible for Windows, chrome, iOS and the Web.

Try the apps out and see the increased productivity that these applications bring about in your work life!

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Freelancers Work Better in Office Spaces than Coffee Shops

Business Innovations

25 August 2021

Freelancers Work Better in Office Spaces than Coffee Shops

  • Posted by awfis

You would have seen freelancers and solopreneurs working intensely at coffee shops, buying a cup of coffee accompanied with something to bite on now and then, more to keep the table occupied rather than ordering by choice! But working out of a coffee shop comes with a set of challenges. Being in such a relaxed, casual ambience for work, you are not really motivated enough and you can only rely on self-motivation to keep you going.

Thankfully, this is something that can be resolved by working at collaborative office spaces. Leased workspaces and desks that you can find on a reliable collaborative working website like will also give you access to all amenities that you need when you work in an office, like free Wi-Fi and unlimited tea and coffee to keep you fueled up.

Freelancers in office spaces

Freelancers are looking for offices spaces with a positive atmosphere to conduct their work. More often than not, freelancers have a lonely job. They are at their laptops doing their work. However, at home, they have several distractions to keep them away from their desk. Coffee shops do not make the best talking environments for productive business meetings as a plethora of distractions come your way. No such worries exist in a collaborative working space where you are paying rent to be at your desk for work.

Let’s talk about the motivation factor now. Because you are in a roomful of people working on their desks, you are motivated to be a part of that workforce. You can make some great professional friends. As a freelancer, you cannot deny that working alongside others is a much better feeling that being a lone wolf, especially on days when things are a bit rusty. The general working ambience keeps you afloat, something that you find in plenty of plug & play rented office spaces.

If you have not considered working in a collaborative working environment, now is a good time to do that. All your criteria will be met and your business will commence in a cheerful and inspiring environment. After all, your venture deserves only the best.

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Changing The Commercial Office Space Landscape With Awfis

Business Innovations

25 August 2021

Changing The Commercial Office Space Landscape With Awfis

  • Posted by awfis

The concept of working from a designated desk is slowly dying a premature death. Young professionals are no longer bound by the idea of a fixed office desk. For them office is their laptop and they take it where they want! When it comes to getting a super productive work space on a ‘Just in Time’ basis, without being bound by the lease period or lock in’s, all you will need is to login to

Our Pro-Working Centres are collaborative working structures that provides several advantages over working from home or even the nearest coffee shop! One key advantage is the immense flexibility offered through the easy to use mobile app . You can begin work at a short notice, immediately after acquiring the leased office space. There is no long lease period that you have to be bound with or limitations of continuing work in that same space for long. There are even premium cabins and fixed seats at Awfis centres that one can book from the Awfis App.

Rented Coworking offices in mumbai

Along with flexibility, comes the factor of freedom. When you enter into an agreement with Awfis for occupying its workspaces on rent, you hold the key to walk out of the arrangement as you see fit! There are no legal obligations to keep you chained. For example, if your startup is not really taking off and you want to discontinue with the office, you can opt out without any hang-ups. You can shift premises as per your requirement to meet the demands of your business as well.

Another advantage of working out of Awfis is the proximity of the office spaces with the transport lines of the city. All the major properties of, be it Mumbai, Bangalore or New Delhi, are located in a central business hubs. Your clients and customers will be able to visit your office in a jiffy. These locations add a lot of value to your business. In fact, when your own commuting hassle is drastically reduced, you are in a better position to work harder!

Awfis has several strategic business partners who provide preferential professional services at a subsidized rate as an additional offering to all its members. The amenities offered at centres include Wi-Fi, unlimited hot beverages, printing credits and meeting room credits. Therefore, after operating out of our pro-working centre’s for even a week, you will seldom consider the idea of shifting elsewhere. Once you have experienced working at Awfis, it will change the way you think about collaborative working.