It looks like the folks who run the Regus Business Center operations around the world know that a discerning and informed business person is someone to highlight. Just this week they issued a press release about one of their new, and very useful business person's essentials for types like me who need to be Working Anywhere.
This isn't the first time Regus has quoted me. Over the past few years I've gotten to know their first rate management team well, as I make suggestions and interact with them, often talking to their team, not only their booking operations folks.
To be totally transparent I am NOT PAID by Regus, nor am I some kind of pitch person who you see on the morning news programs who have been paid by a company to tell a story. I'm a paying customer of Regus/HQ and have for sometime had their Network Access product and now carry their newer product whenever I travel. Their business centers and the added benefits it brings (access to some airport lounges) are essential for my maintaining my busy and global nomad lifestyle.
As a work from home type, I don't have an office per se, but I do hold meetings, and prefer not to hold them in my living room. The Regus/HQ locations provide me that at a very reasonable per hour or by the day price. What's more, I can use their more than 900 centers at any time, and drop in versus sit in a noisy coffee shop and drink all the coffee I want, for free as part of my low monthly fee. When I need a conference room, Regus is where I go first, not always some unknown hotel where I'm unsure of just what level of service I'll receive.
I'm honored that out of all the Regus/HQ customers around the world they have again me as their "Poster Child." Why do I endorse them? Because their service works and delivers a super value that is an essential part of the business person's tool set that's needed today in the world of working away from home or the home office.
I've used their service in Airport Lounges, in locations here in the USA and in foreign lands. My best experience was in Lisbon, Portugal of all places. I strategically chose my hotel to be within two blocks of their downtown office. Not only was a great wine bar a few blocks away, but their location was along the avenue where all the better shopping was, meaning my wife could shop while I did some work. One morning, I woke up to a fire across the street and a crowd of fire trucks and police cars. The hotel Internet was cut off, but the two block walk and the open Regus center made it easy for me to make a SightSpeed call, Skype calls and the cup of "bica" as they call coffee.
To me, having the Regus/HQ card in my wallet is really more than having the AMEX card it bills to. It's like having a key to an office in every major business location around the world that lets you in without any reservation required.