It’s exciting to get to the stage in your startup when you can afford to expand into a proper office space. Whether you’re renting or buying your new headquarters, there are a few things you need to bear in mind when looking around for the perfect space. There might even be a few requirements that are not so obvious. Here is a checklist that will help you narrow down your options.
As a business owner, you want to have a good location to attract customers, but you should also consider the needs of your future employees. Your staff will be commuting to work, so the obvious question for big city center offices is how close the nearest subway or rail line is, but consider bus, bicycle, and automobile routes, too. You should also consider telecommuting as an option if you want to attract talent from all over the country.
Additionally, you should check if the neighborhood is safe. Your staff and visitors will feel safer visiting your office if the area has a good reputation. Furthermore, employees spend around eight hours a day in the office, so having a secure neighborhood where your employees feel safe should be a priority. With that in mind, you should also check if the building itself is secure.
Much like when you buy a house, you need to look at the features of the office before you sign any documents. There’s no point encouraging employees to commute by bike if there isn’t a place on the premises where they can safely lock their bicycle. A kitchen is a useful feature, as employees benefit from a regular supply of drinks and snacks, and the option to bring in their own lunch from home. You also need to consider whether the building itself is well maintained. Is there a regular Sanitary Waste Disposal system in place? Who manages the security and services of the building? Will your staff be able to access the building outside of normal office hours? These are all things you should consider when you’re asking questions about the building. It might benefit you to ask other tenants about the quality of service.
The space itself is the most important aspect because this is where your employees will spend the majority of their time. The best kind of office space is one that will promote productivity in your staff. No one feels inspired to work in a cramped, dark, enclosed space. Even if the space looks big enough when you first see it, it will get smaller once you install all the necessary furniture, equipment, and all your products. If you want your employees to be happy, comfortable, and productive, you’ll want an office that is spacious, well lit, and with plenty of windows to let in natural light. Find out how much freedom you’ll have to decorate. If you can make the space your own, you can add decor that will create a positive work environment.