What is the difference between a virtual office and coworking?

In this post, we’re going to highlight and compare the differences between coworking, virtual coworking, and virtual offices.

In fact, these tools carry so many benefits that we’ve decided to build a virtual coworking space here at Pipewing.

Let’s kick things off with the virtual offices.

What is a Virtual Office?

A virtual office is an office with a physical mailing address but without permanent full-time desks. Therefore, in contrast to traditional offices, employees still work remotely.

Typical features of a virtual office include:

  • A physical address
  • Postal mail scanning and forwarding
  • Meeting rooms
  • Phone services
  • Virtual offices are a great option if you’re running a startup or your business aims to cast a broader net in different states and countries.

It provides you with everything you need to secure your internal and external communication channels.

Therefore, you can focus on working with your customers, employees, and suppliers without worrying about administrative things.

What is a Coworking Space?

A coworking space is a physical building where you can rent a desk or an office for a short time, like a month, a day or even a few hours. Fast internet is usually included.

In some coworking spaces, there are additional benefits like meeting rooms, a library, etc.

A coworking space takes away the need to commit to a lease or spend a fortune on office administration.

Another reason to work from a coworking space is to meet and engage with other people. Especially if you’re working from home, this can be refreshing.

Advantages of a coworking space are:

  • Meeting other people
  • Great internet connection
  • Low costs
  • High flexibility

What is a Virtual Coworking Space?

A virtual coworking space is a virtual space where you can work together with other remote working people. It can help boost productivity and reduce loneliness when working from home.

Pipewing is an example of a virtual coworking space. Here is how it works.

  • First, you decide on a focus topic that you want to work on for the next 50 minutes.
  • Then, Pipewing pairs you with another remotely working person.
  • Both of you work alongside for the next 50 minutes and hold each other accountable.
  • It might sound strange. But we urge you to give it a try; you won’t be disappointed.

Benefits of a virtual coworking space include:

  • Great for working from home
  • Very inexpensive, or even free
  • Reduces loneliness
  • Boosts productivity


A virtual office, a coworking space, and a virtual coworking space are three different things. Which one is right for you depends on your situation.

Consider a virtual office if you’re looking to have a physical office address while working from home.

If instead, you’re bored of working from home all day, you might want to visit a coworking space.

And if you want to boost productivity and reduce loneliness while working from home, you might want to utilize a virtual coworking space like Pipewing.

Author: John Donnelly

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