At some point, most businesses are going to have to make important decisions regarding their workplace. Choosing an office isn’t always as easy as most people think! Here are some of the tips you need to make sure you have an office suitable for your company.
Considering the size
One of the most obvious concerns when it comes to choosing an office is the space. You don’t want to cram everyone into too tight a space. But you also don’t want employees to have to go on epic treks to speak to one another. Remember how many employees you have in your company.
If the office you’re looking at comes equipped with desks and chairs, then that gives you a good idea of how many you can fit in there. But most offices come pretty empty. Consider getting the employee numbers info from the business owner who previously occupied the office!
Most businesses these days have what we call the “open plan” office. This has everyone working in the same area, able to see each other freely. This often sees the business owners and other top managers sitting among their employees.
It’s supposed to create a feeling of, well, openness! But you may decide that you’d get better work from your employees by giving them their own space. Personal offices or cubicles can sometimes cost a bit more to set up, but they can definitely be worth the cost!
Money on my mind
Of course, one of the biggest considerations you have to give is to the price of the office. Presumably you have a budget you’re working with, right? The factors that alter the prices of an office are quite varied. There’s the location to consider, of course. An office in, say, London isn’t going to be friendly to your wallet.
You could probably get a much bigger office for a lot less in another place. But you might think that working in such an exciting city is worth the extra cost. Figuring out the economics here can be hard. Research it all carefully!
Serious and conventional… or something different?
So, what’s your office going to look like? Is it going to look pretty standard, with a mostly blue, grey, and white colour scheme? Hey, if you feel that that’s the best way to go then don’t let all those “modern offices” pressure you into doing something different.
But if you want to have a quirkier, more colourful design, then you’ll definitely seem a lot more modern. In either case, make sure you’re working with the right office fit out service if you need to change anything.
No office at all!
Let’s say you have around ten employees or less. You may want to consider the possibility that you’re jumping the gun a little bit, here. Not all small startups need an office, after all! You’re probably better off using a “virtual office”. This means just keeping it all in the cloud, for now. A small company might just be wasting valuable time and money by trying to get a bigger office than they need!