Finding The Perfect Office
You are at the point where your company is ready to move on. And by move one, we mean move to a bigger and better office space. Finding a space which meets your needs but is also in your budget can be incredibly stressful, but with the right tips, it doesn’t have to be. Before looking and buying a new office, make sure you think hard about these 5 tips to ensure you get the perfect place.
- Know how much space you will need
This may seem obvious, but it is often overlooked. Making sure you have enough room for all your employees and furniture is important. After all, ensuring that your staff are 100% comfortable should be your main priority – a comfortable workspace leads to higher productivity levels. More importantly, you may want additional space for you and your staff to relax i.e. free from distractions. If that’s the case, you need to think about this as well when looking at potential places.
- Consider co-working spaces
If you are ready to move out, but you’re still on a tight budget, why not consider using a co-working space. These are relatively low budget and can be fairly flexible if that’s what you are looking for. Better yet, it gives you and your staff the chance to meet and be around other like-minded businesses!
- Think of your staff
Always, always, always be conscious of your staff. Find out where they are travelling from and how long it would take them. Keeping the office relatively close and accessible to everyone can be really helpful and appreciating. Obviously, this is a lot harder if you have a big company, but if that’s the case, maybe look around places which are close to your current office.
- Always arrange viewings
As the saying goes, you need to try before you buy. Make sure you have a look around lots of different spaces, take photos, show them to your staff, maybe even take a couple of your staff with you for second viewings so you can make a final decision. Looking for a new office is not something to take lightly; there are so many different things you need to think about so take your time and pay attention. If needed, you can even call them for any further questions.
- Pick the right location
Along with making sure it’s not too far away from all your employees and space isn’t too small or crowded, you also want to make sure it is in a good area. Having a big comfortable space is great and all, but it means nothing if the location doesn’t match. First, you need to ask yourself whether you are choosing an area for your staff or for your clients. For instance, maybe the area is full of other similar businesses and clients, or it’s a good location for meetings. Ideally, you want both, even somewhere you can go out for drinks with the team.
Once you have finally found your office space, the next step will be to furnish it which can take a huge hit on your budget. Furnishing your office is incredibly important, not only for your staff to feel productive, but also to show to your clients what your business is all about. If your budget is tight, think about using companies like Coggin Group. They provide recycled furniture pieces which are relatively affordable and are always in good condition whether you’re looking for a sofa, good chairs or storage. If that’s not enough for you, how about the fact that you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment – that’s always something to think about!