TargetBox’s Diving Deep into the Pros and Cons of Shipping Container Offices

TargetBox shipping container offices are popular throughout Ontario and British Columbia, as businesses of all stages and industries want affordable, flexible workspaces that can also be mobile at a moment’s notice.

Something so leading edge as shipping container offices has both advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look!

The Pros of Shipping Container Offices

1. Cost-Effective

Shipping containers are a budget-friendly alternative to traditional office spaces. They are relatively inexpensive to purchase and can be set up quickly, saving both time and money.

2. Durable

Shipping containers are incredibly durable, built to endure the harsh conditions of ocean travel. Their robust steel construction helps them stay strong even when the worst environmental elements strike.

3. Flexible

Need to relocate your office? No problem! Shipping container offices are 100% portable. Load them onto a truck and you’re good to go. This mobility is ideal for businesses that require flexibility, such as construction companies or event planners.

4. Modifiable

Shipping containers are like blank canvases for whatever you need them to perform. They can be customized to meet your specific needs, whether that’s adding windows, insulation, or a funky paint job. With the right modifications, TargetBox offices can be just as comfortable and stylish as traditional offices.

5. Eco-Friendly

TargetBox repurposes shipping containers directly from ports, helping to give them a new lease on life and reducing waste. For the ultimate in ‘green’ office life, you can install solar panels and use sustainable materials in your design—just how eco-friendly your office is will be totally up to you!

6. Ground Level Access

With shipping containers, there’s no need to add custom stairs to get in and out of your office. There’s also no having to worry about trailer maintenance, insurance, registration or lights that no logner work. You have immediate access with little maintenance – the best of both worlds!

The Cons of Shipping Container Offices

1. Limited Space

Fitting an entire manufacturing facility into a 40’x8’ space might be pushing it. Although shipping containers have the right amount of space for most businesses, they may not be ideal for larger businesses with staff at a single site or those with complex requirements.

2. Climate Control Challenges

Without proper insulation, shipping containers can become unbearably hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. You will either need to retrofit them yourself or trust the modification experts at TargetBox to help make your space cozy any time of year.

3. Zoning and By-Law Hurdles

If you want to place your shipping container in your backyard, municipal rules may make your plan a little more difficult than you originally thought. You will need to check with your local by-law officer to be very clear on what’s allowed and what’s not allowed.

4. Compact Working May Be Challenging

When you have a cozy space with everything you need for your business in a single shipping container, you may never want to leave! That’s right, containers can even be retrofitted with small washrooms and storage, while amenities can include phone service, Internet and much more.

5. Aesthetic Options

Although TargetBox’s modifications team can transform your shipping container into a fashionable office worthy of the most chic downtown district, a standard big metal box may not have the same curb appeal.

Do the Shipping Container Office Pros Outweigh the Cons?

We certainly think so. TargetBox’s shipping container offices should be the #1 solution for many businesses. They are cost-effective, durable and customizable; however, they also come with challenges that will need to be overcome.

Before making the leap to a shipping container office, carefully look at what space you need to determine if a shipping container office is the right fit for your business. Reach out to see what TargetBox offices are ready for you to take home today!