What To Look For In A New Office Space
Choosing a new office space is no small matter. You’re going to spend a lot of time working and growing there. Make sure it’s somewhere you feel comfortable and can make your own.
There are a number of things you should consider during your search. The first office you look at is unlikely to be the one you choose. But you will find your perfect space eventually.
One of the most important parts about choosing a new space is to ensure it fits, or in this case that you’ll fit. Every business is different and caters to a different amount of employees and clients. It’s not a one size fits all matter, however, there’s an office to suit everyone.
You don’t want to be cramped, and you always want space to grow. Picture how many desks you can fit comfortably, compare this with the size of your current team and account for growth.
Consider Goldilocks’ philosophy: too small and it’s cramped, too big and it will always feel empty, so make sure it’s just right.
Is the building conducive to productivity? Does it have a picturesque view? Is it bright enough?
Office spaces are all about working, so ensure the space fosters this. You also want your team to want to turn up everyday. One of the best ways to do this is to ensure they like where they work. Of course, this is about the team, but it’s also about space.
While homely adjustments can be made to any space, the less changes needed the better. Check the brightness, natural and artificial.
Having nice surroundings to appreciate before, during and after work hours can also boost mood/morale.
A great break room and time out spaces are proven to boost staff morale and increase productivity.
Speaking about surroundings, don’t forget to consider the amenities. Sufficient parking for the whole team and clients is essential. Close by public transport is always a plus also, especially if you’re wanting to set up in a city area.
Accessibility is a consideration here, if you’re not on the first floor make sure you have access to an elevator. Stairs aren’t everyone’s friend.
Nearby parks and cafes or restaurants are great also for getting fresh air during lunch breaks or meeting up with clients on neutral ground.
This is all to say that location is key.
Location, Location, Location
Businesses rely on clients, so make sure there are clients nearby. If you already have an established clientele then consider their location when choosing your new space. If you’re just starting out then research the areas where your market will thrive.
Clients don’t want to travel for hours for a service. Time is money.
Of course, you don’t want your rent to blow the budget.
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