Everyone knows that starting a business is a big deal, but a part of that set up is going to be finding your own premises. When you begin your beginnings, it’s likely that you didn’t need anything more than your laptop and a dining table to work at. Soon enough, though, you’re in a position to grow and develop your business in a way you didn’t think would happen so soon. It’s a big step. It’s a vital development in the future of your company and there is a lot to consider before you pop the champagne all over your new commercial space.
So, when it comes to the next step in your business there are some things you need to think about. It can get a little jumbled up, so you need a list. Below, you’ll find a guide to setting up your very first office space so that you can get it right the first time!
- Legal Bits. Gather your company board (yep, you and your partner!) and decide whether you are financially in a position to make this move in your company. Once you know it’s the right decision and you can commit to a period of time and therefore a rental period, you’ll need a property real estate agent that specialises in commercial buildings. It’s important that they tell you that you should investigate the state of a commercial building and you need to view more than one, so that you get the right building for your business.
- Costs. A house move is a big expense, but an office move is massive. Even if you are moving into a new space with a bunch of new employees, you need to consider the costs of the furniture that you may have to purchase, the overheads you’ll need, the cloud solutions and services for business that you will now have to pay for. Some businesses like to rent serviced offices that have a whole package included in their contract, as this can provide optimum support. This can be the most cost-effective way to do it, depending on the size of your business, of course!
- Location. Your move is going to be a good thing, but only if people can find you. Clients and employees need to be able to arrive at your office and know that they are in a prime business location. There are a lot of compromises and considerations that you should be thinking about when it comes to the location of your business premises but try to be sensible. Everyone wants a central location but not everyone has a central location budget – be sensible.
- Decorate. Moving into a new office means you get to personalise it to how you want – even if it is a new one that is managed. Think about the brand that you have spent time developing and make it your colour scheme for the office!
Moving to a new office is a huge deal; congratulations on the next step in your business.