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Things To Consider When Searching For Your First Office.
Searching for your very first office can be a daunting task as there are so many factors you will need to consider. Ensuring the office is right for both you and your team is essential. Here are some things you should consider when searching for your very first office space.
Choosing where to locate your first office is difficult, you first need to consider how accessible the office is for you and your staff. Ideally an office should have good transport links, so it is relatively easy for your staff and visitors to get to the office via bus or train. If you are thinking of expanding in the future, then you might want to consider the location for potential new employees.
If high footfall is a key factor for your office space then choose a location with plenty on other businesses in the area. Think about all the opportunities for networking and partnerships.
You will also want to consider how the office premises looks to outsiders. Does the office look inviting and friendly to customers and visitors? Are there reception staff on site to greet your visitors?
Following your budget.
It’s always a good idea to set a budget of how much you are willing to spend on an office before you start viewing offices. Office space will probably be one of the biggest costs you encounter, however office costs should not have a negative impact on your finances as a start-up. If you’re looking for a low budget option for an office, then a shared office or a virtual office might be more suitable for you. The fact is, not everyone needs office space, if you are comfortable working from home then a virtual office might work for you.
Choosing an office for you.
For many business owners using a serviced office is a more practical solution when choosing their first office. Using a serviced office means you don’t have to worry about buying furniture and everyday maintenance such as cleaning as it is included in one monthly fee. That doesn’t mean that you can’t customise serviced offices, many allow you to decorate as long it is returned to its original state if you ever decide to leave.
Serviced offices also come with flexible contracts from only 3 months, meaning that you don’t have to commit to long contracts if you decide that an office is no longer suitable for you.
Extras you might need to consider
You’ll want to consider telephone and internet packages. Typically Serviced Offices will provide these for you whereas in leased properties you’ll have to arrange them for yourself. Using a shared internet connection is suitable if you’re only a light user (e.g. occasionally checking emails), however if you’re a heavy user then you would benefit from your own dedicated line.
If you regularly hold meetings with your clients, are there any meeting rooms available and how many meeting rooms does the building have? If there is only one meeting room, you might find that it is fully booked so you can’t use it when you want to. A business centre should ideally have at least 2 meeting rooms that you can use. Also, what about printing facilities? There might be times where your printer breaks down or you might need to print A3 so an office with a ‘pay as you go’ network printer is an added benefit.
Inform a Business Centre if you’re not going to make a viewing or if you need to re-arrange times. When you’ve chosen an office, let the others you’ve viewed know – it’s as simple as making a quick call or email and can be the difference between lots of phone calls and emails and peace to settle into your new office!
Whatever option you choose, whether it be a serviced office or a leased office, it’s a decision that shouldn’t be rushed. Take you time to evaluate each option and view a few different offices to get an idea of what type of office would be right for your business. Ask lots of questions and don’t feel pressured by brokers or sales people.
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