How to choose your office space
We understand how daunting it can be to search for an office space. There are many different factors that play a role in your decision-making process. Your office is a big part of what your company stands for and how your brand is seen, so it is crucial to make the right decision.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing an office space:
Location, location, location
This may seem like an obvious one, but there are many factors to consider when it comes to choosing the best location for your office. The office needs to be conveniently located for both employees and clients. If employees are unhappy with the long commute to a new office space, you might lose valuable employees as a result of the location. The same can be said for clients; if clients need to travel very far in order to get to your office, they might end up choosing someone who is more accessible and situated closer to them.
We understand that pricing is also a big factor when it comes to location, but the bigger picture needs to be considered holistically. Saving a bit on rent might not be worth it if you are losing money due to a decrease in foot traffic, a shrinking client base, and making a bad first impression.
Room for growth
When looking at a new office space, it’s important to consider whether the environment will allow for business growth in the future. The space might be adequate for your current requirements, but if your business were to grow, the space has to allow for that possibility. Thinking long-term instead of short-term might make a big difference when it comes to making the right decision.
Also consider whether the office has enough space for products or supplies that need to be stocked. An office that is too small can easily hinder productivity, look cluttered, and give an unprofessional impression.
What is included?
Make sure you know exactly what will be included in the rental agreement such as utilities. Ensure that you don’t get caught off guard when it comes to extra costs, because these can be a strain on any business’s wallet. It’s better to be cautious and ask questions than to wait and get a surprise when the bill arrives.
Choose your neighbours wisely
If you are thinking of moving into an office space where a competitor is present, it might not be the best idea for your business; it might also complicate life at work unnecessarily. You don’t want your competitor accidentally bumping into your best client or your employees socialising and sharing company secrets with the competitors. Keeping friends close, but enemies closer might not be the best tactic to apply in this context.
All about accessibility
From nearby facilities to the internet infrastructure, it’s crucial to consider what you will have access to at the new office. Is there enough parking for all your employees and clients? Is the office wheelchair-friendly? Accessibility matters, because this forms part of the first impression – even though clients haven’t even walked through your doors yet.
Got the office, now what?
If you have decided on an office space and need some help with tailoring it for your business, get in touch. Our team of professionals would love to transform your vision for the space into a reality