There is a wide-range of office spaces available in Amsterdam, from inspiring shared work environments for freelancers to large modern buildings that can accommodate big corporations. How do you find your next business address in Amsterdam?
EBC Amsterdam, who offer premises and support to businesses in the Dutch capital, explain how to go about finding office space in Amsterdam.
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Types of office space in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has office spaces to suit the diverse needs of the business world, with something for everyone from small start ups to multinationals in a range of different environments. Office space in Amsterdam can broadly be split into three types:
Traditional office space in Amsterdam
This can be a room or rooms rented out, often within a larger building such as a business centre. Businesses get their own self-contained space which usually includes office furniture and wifi. Some facilities may include extras such as office equipment, use of kitchen facilities and other types of business support.
Virtual office space in Amsterdam
If you run a business or enterprise where you’re not located in one place all the time, you can hire virtual office space in Amsterdam. This provides you with an official business address which you can use for correspondence and registration with the chamber of commerce. Some virtual offices provide additional services such as admin and secretarial support (answering phone calls, booking meetings, etc.).
Co-working spaces in Amsterdam
This is a modern type of workspace where businesses and freelancers share space and typically belong to a community. Coworking spaces offer office space, access to equipment and wifi and opportunities to collaborate with professional networks. Spaces will often be geared towards specific professions (e.g. tech, creative, media).
EBC Amsterdam, who have been providing office space in Amsterdam for 42 years, specialise in both traditional and virtual office space. “We have a wide range of office spaces available fully furnished and with phone and fibre-optic network connection” says general manager Maaike Verdonkschot. “We also offer extensive virtual office provision. Our focus is on secretarial services. As well as office and meeting room space, we run networking events for the business community. Our aim is to help new businesses in the city grow.”
Where to find office space in Amsterdam
There are a number of ways to go about finding office space in Amsterdam. The best place to contact in the first instance is the City of Amsterdam business support. This local authority service can help you find business premises, property owned by the municipality and creative spaces suitable for start ups. There is also a support team for each Amsterdam district and a page on the website for start ups.
Other ways to find office space in Amsterdam include:
- Contacting amsterdam inbusiness. This is the city’s foreign investment agency who can offer support to anyone looking to bring their business to Amsterdam.
- Searching for office space through a directory or search engine. Funda in Business lists commercial properties for rent, Flexas has details of office space to rent, Coworker has information on coworking spaces.
- Asking for advice through local business or expat networks.
Who can rent office space in Amsterdam?
The diversity of spaces available in Amsterdam means that there is something for everyone from large businesses looking to relocate or set up a branch in the city, through to freelancers who want a business address and the chance to network with other professionals. Most premises are available to clients from outside the city, including international businesses and entrepreneurs – as long as they have the necessary visa to operate in Amsterdam.
“EBC Amsterdam are part of the Alliance Business Centers Network, so we advertise our services globally” says Maaike. “We mainly target businesses but can also accommodate individual freelancers.”
How to book office space in Amsterdam
Each provider of office space in Amsterdam will have their own procedure and requirements for renting space, including the amount to be paid upfront to secure the booking. Coworking spaces normally charge a membership fee to join a network.
Once you’ve found a space, you will probably want to arrange a viewing. When your heart is set, you’ll need to sign up for a certain period (usually between 3 months and a year) and pay the necessary upfront fees. If you need to sign a lengthy contract, you may want to get it checked by a lawyer.
“With EBC Amsterdam, we usually try to arrange a face-to-face appointment first. If this is not possible, we can have a conversation by phone or Skype” says Maaike. “We take bookings from people approaching us directly and we also take referrals.”
Cost of office space in Amsterdam
The cost of renting office space in Amsterdam can vary from a few hundred to a few thousand euros a month depending on exactly what is being provided. Factors to take into consideration include:
- Size of space in square metres
- Whether the space is unfurnished, partly furnished or fully furnished
- What additional services or facilities are being provided
- What district of Amsterdam the premises is located in
- Whether access is 24/7 or just during business hours
“Prices at EBC Amsterdam are with all services included and range between €800 and €4000 a month” says Maaike. And, best of all? “We offer a discount on virtual offices to Expatica users.”
|Maaike Verdonkschot, general manager at EBC Amsterdam, grew up in the city of Haarlem. Her interest for different cultures and people and her love for travel brought her to live and work in The Caribbean, South-East Asia and the Mediterranean before finally settling down in Amsterdam.|
Here she found the serviced office industry would really suit her well: she thrives on a providing clients with quality services at competitive prices, with inspiring joy and an innovative spirit.