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If you’re an entrepreneur and are just starting to get your business going in the right direction, then this question should be familiar – and important – to you: where will I settle and what space will I get to use as an office? It’s an important question, and often the choice of office space will either make or break a start-up business.
It’s an important question to answer because a lot depends on it. It’s also a hard question to answer because it requires knowledge of your requirements – it requires some research and a good understanding of what you really need. Looking for an office space? Here are the key factors to consider when looking for the ideal office space.
Think about the space first
Space is important for two reasons. First of all, the space that you get is space that you pay for, so it will influence your budget. You’ll want enough space to comfortably move around and create an efficient working atmosphere, but you don’t want to be paying for space that you don’t use. Consider your requirements and base your search on those.
On the other hand, it’s never a bad idea to get a little more space than you initially require. Businesses that expand rapidly often have their growth hampered because they are stuck with a contract for an office that prevents them from growing larger in a quick manner. Err on the side of expansion rather than stifling growth potential.
You’ll receive visitors, and your visitors should be able to find your office in an easy manner. You should also make sure there is parking space nearby and that your employees and staff are not burdened in their everyday environment with factory noise (or smell) or other serious inconveniences.
Get the right contract
Read the fine print and try to get a contract or agreement that gives you flexibility.
When you’re just starting out, it’s important to be ready to be flexible. You may have grand plans but unless you find the right office space to set up shop, these plans might not come true. On the other hand, you may be more successful than originally expected, so you should find a space that will accommodate fast growth and rapid expansion. It’s a balancing act – and it should be reflected in the contract you are about to sign. Think of your needs first, present and future; and understand that everything is a negotiation and compromise. Think it through; it’s an important decision. If you need additional guidance, you should get some more top tips on finding the perfect office from an infographic created by Commercial People, known property experts in the UK.
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