Selecting the right office space is crucial to your business, which is why it is so important to consider certain factors before making a final decision. Focusing on the present needs of your business isn’t enough; focus on what your company will need in the future in order to achieve success.
Ask yourself these essential questions when viewing potential office spaces.
How much space do you need?
At first, the amount of office space you will need can be difficult to determine. It depends entirely on your number of employees and the space you need for your office. Are there employees that require a separate space? How much do you intend to grow? Future goals should always be at the forefront of your thinking process when viewing potential office spaces.
Accurately predict your growth and determine the size of the space you can sustain, and always add extra space to the amount you calculate. Since signing the lease commits you to the amount initially chosen, this assures you that extra room is available as your business grows.
Can you afford it?
Affordability is a major concern when viewing potential office spaces, and so comparing what other offices in the area are charging is one way to ensure a reasonable price. When deciding whether you will be able to afford the office, understand that rent may not be the only expense. Utilities may or may not be included – think maintenance, cleaning and insurance. Unforeseeable expenses can soon add up, leaving some nasty surprises in store for you at the end of the month.
This is why renting a serviced office from BE Offices may be the answer – other offices talk about giving excellent service, but BE Offices guarantee it. Everything from restocking the kitchens and replacing light bulbs, to disaster recovery on IT networks, it’s all included within their office spaces – saving you thousands of pounds in the long run.
Is it the right location for my employees and clients?
Employees that are crucial to your business may not want to commute a long distance each day, so keep that in mind. In fairness, longer commute times are linked to increased stress and higher blood pressure and give us less time to do things that are good for us, like cooking healthier food, or getting more sleep.
Rather than travelling long distances, your employees may decide to seek employment closer to home. Choose an office space that is centrally located to make it easier for employees and clients alike to access your business.
What’s more, check to see other businesses that are located in the same building or nearby. If you locate to a building with several similar competitors, it’s unlikely you’ll receive the amount of business you’re looking for. Making things easier for your business can mean the difference between success and failure.
Finally, have a look at the nearby conveniences to your potential office space. Locating near to conveniences you use on a daily basis – think banks, restaurants, supply stores and childcare facilities – can mean a massive plus for employees and clients.
What about technology?
Depending on the type of commercial office chosen, it is possible to have many services included in the lease amount. However, many neglect to mention a lack of electricity, phone, WIFI or security. It can be a major source of stress considering the cost of the many services that are vital to your business.