If you’re looking for your first office space, you might be a bit apprehensive about what to expect. Finding an office is hard, so that’s completely natural but we’ve put together a few tips to help you find an office space that works for you and your employees.
When looking for your first office space, it’s always important to research the area thoroughly before you decide to buy. If the rent seems cheap and the deal seems too good to be true, you might want to think twice.
Large, cheap buildings normally suggest that there is something wrong with the area and keeping yourself, your property and your members of staff safe is a top priority. Furthermore, if your business is located in a ‘dodgy’ area, people might be put off working for you or buying your products.
You might have found the perfect office at the perfect price but if it’s in the middle of nowhere, you are hindering your business. Good transport links are essential for running a good business. If your workforce has to drive to get to the office, then you’re shutting out a whole range of potential employees.
Excluding potentially brilliant employees from your business, simply because they can’t drive, is not good business planning. Excellent transport links will ensure you get all the best people, from all walks of life, coming to work for your company.
You should look for an office space that is well maintained and not likely to need major work done in the near future. If you can’t tell just by looking at it, always ask the agency or seller questions about the structure and security. If they’re reluctant to answer you, it might be time to run.
Are there good amenities either in the building or nearby? It might seem trivial but neither you or your employees are going to want to spend half of their lunch break trying to find food and drink. Office spaces near banks, pharmacies and other shopping areas are highly valued by employees who need to run errands during their breaks, so it’s an important aspect to consider.
Building spaces in the city do come at a premium but there are pockets of space further out that still offer some great nearby amenities.
Ask yourself; is this building big enough for my needs? You might only have 3 or 4 employees now but what are your plans for the future? You need to consider how you are going to expand and how rapidly you expect this to happen. A stuffy office can hinder productivity but an empty one might end up wasting your money.
Plan not just for now but for the future of your business as well.