TRANSNET Uganda Limited, a newly-established company, has introduced an initiative that allows its customers to hire an office space for the during of their choice.
Also known as workplace solutions, the offices will be fully-furnished and staffed with personnel to give support functions or products like secretarial services.
They will also be serviced by wireless internet offered to the clients freely.
Separated by collapsible partitions, the offices can also be instantly turned into conference facilities.
Dubbed â€˜Virtual Offices (VO) concept, the innovation helps individuals and companies to reduce costs and rid themselves the burden of looking for office to rent and furnish.
â€œWhat Transnet has done is to enable a client â€˜ownâ€™ an office for a period of oneâ€™s choice,â€ Nakitto Musoke, the projects coordinator, explained at their main offices at NSSF House on Jinja Road last week.
â€œYou can elect to â€œownâ€ the office for 30 minutes, an hour, a month or a year,â€ Musoke added.
With flexible terms, Musoke said, the offices are intended to fit into an individualâ€™s time and needs.
â€œWhen a client â€˜ownsâ€™ a VO, he enjoys free secretarial services, fax, document mail and telephone handling. â€œA client is allocated a telephone number that can be given to whoever he wishes,â€ she added. Transnet also manages an internet restaurant.
â€œThis means that clients do not have to move to look for meals,â€ Musoke said in an interview.
The companyâ€™s adjoining cyber cafÃ© and the business-centre are net-worked to service the VOs.
The internet cafÃ© facilities include camera- mounted comps with headphones, DVD and CD burning, and online-driven movies.
â€œAll the facilities associated with class and pomp are what one notices as soon as you enter the internet cafÃ©.
â€œThis is a demonstration of a novelty that must be a result of hard thinking that engaged the owners in an effort to meet and satisfy the needs and expectations of their clientele,â€ Musoke asserted.
She disclosed that a customer who â€˜ownsâ€™ a VO in the exclusive wing is entitled to a free mug of coffee or tea.
Musoke said the company plans to introduce other products in the medium term such as data organisation for under and post-graduate students undertaking research programmes, information archiving and event repository and teleconferencing.
Other future plans include video conferencing, corporate workstations and mobile work offices.
You can own an office for 30 minutes