When you first start out in business for yourself, it’s often likely that you’re working on your own and may even have a little home office that your company operates from. For starters, it’s great. You work to your own time, you’ve got just the right amount of space for you, and your business is running well. But then, as your next big idea comes along and your company starts to grow, you can often find that you need more. Suddenly, and it does always seem to creep up on you, you’re running out of room, and you need to reassess your current situation.
As that happens, you’ll start to wonder whether it’s time to get your first office. There are often a few tell all signs that can indicate to you whether you’re ready, but a lack of physical space and a need to house staff or more equipment is always a huge giveaway. When you find yourself at this point, it’s probably time to start looking for that office. To get yourself started, you’re going to need to write up a kind of office shopping list – and no, that’s not for the things you need to put in it, but what you need from the office itself. So let’s take at some of the most important things to consider.
This is definitely going to be one of the most important factors, if not the most important factor of all. More often than not, the office space that you can get for yourself will be determined by the budget that you have. So you need to work out what a realistic amount to spend on an office space each month will be and go from there. That way, you won’t tempt yourself with unaffordable options.
Next, you need to think about the space that you’re going to need from your first office. Not only do you want to work out how many actual office rooms that you need, but you should know what desk space you are going to need to house any employees that you’re taking on, and the meeting spaces that you’re going to need too. You may also want to make sure that you have enough room for communal use as well.
For some people, this may not matter, but location is definitely another factor that should be high up on your list of considerations. Choosing a location for your business isn’t always as easy as it sounds. You need to make sure that it’s easy to get to, accessible for your staff or any customers that may drop it, and that it also represents your business well in terms of the outer image.
Safety & Suitability
You should also make sure that you’re keeping safety in mind when you’re looking for your office space. It’s easy to assume that any space available to let will be suitable, but that’s not necessarily the case. You may even want to work with health and safety consultants to make sure that you know what you need from an office space in order for it to be a law-abiding workplace. Don’t just assume that any space will be up to scratch.
You also need to think about some of the practical aspects that your office may need to satisfy, like parking. Not every office space will come with allocated parking space. If having parking is vital for you, you need to make sure that you keep this in mind from the start. You may also need to pay for the additional spaces that you need, and remember to inquire about visitors spots too.
Likewise, you should also think about the key facilities that your office should have. Now, this can work in two ways. First of all, you may want the space to decide on to already have things like bathroom facilities, a kitchen area, a communal area and so on included. Or, your other option it to visualize the space and add them in after. Either way, you need to know what you’re looking for to make sure the office is adequate.
With office spaces, you can often opt to have them managed or run them entirely on your own. If you’re not sure which will work best for you, it could be worth looking into the benefits of serviced offices to see if this might be something you’d like to consider. With a managed space, you will have facilities and maintenance provided, so it could be an easy and flexible option to think over.
The next thing you may want to consider is the staff that you may need to keep the office running. Some offices will run themselves as we talked about above, and some you may be okay with taking care of yourself, but there are tasks that need to be covered off. Everything from cleaning to security needs to be considered, so be sure to be aware of that when you’re looking for the right place.
Then there’s also the atmosphere to think about. Now, you may think that this can only be created once you’re in and you start adding your own flair to the space. While that may be true, it’s also a little off too. If you choose a building in a really noisy area, it will affect the atmosphere and work environment overall. The same goes for comfort. So there are key things that you need to think about if you want this space to work.
And finally, you may also want to look at the potential the space has. Whether you go for somewhere serviced or self-managed, be sure to consider how the space could work for you if you were to expand. Of course, this may not be something you’re ready for right away, but if you do find a location that you love, you may not want to leave it when it comes to finding somewhere bigger. So be sure to search for the potential in any space that you consider.