Today you can run your entire office from the basement. Granted, this may not be the ideal way to start your business, but it is a way; and one which has been successfully pursued in the past. Consider that Apple and Microsoft both started out with geeks in garages dreaming up technical solutions. But they didn’t have today’s tech advantages.

It’s possible to run a truly large-scale operation from a remote location today because of modern technology. You can have employees who work remotely, are paid digitally over the internet, and facilitate infrastructural requirements without ever meeting you. You can additionally run such an office in a “green” way that gets tax breaks and saves money.

Quite a few startup companies use cloud computing solutions; and there are a lot of reasons why. One is a trend which is continuously diminishing the expense of maintaining an infrastructural center for your startup business. That trend uses smartphones, the internet of things (IoT), and other tech to consolidate expenses.

Forbes lists 100 companies with “remote work” solutions. Startups going this route can save quite a bit, and even have a progressive “angle” to their business model. Eventually, of course, it will come time to expand; but as it turns out, modern tech has made construction of actual offices less expensive as well.

How to maximize savings via prefabricated building solutions

If you go with a prefabricated building, you should be able to find one whose overall costs of construction end up making it between $10 and $20 per square foot. That means a 1,000 square-foot space only costs $10,000 to build. If your land costs under $5k, you could build and own a 1,000 square-foot office for under $15k.

Here’s the clever bit. Add in solar solutions and wind-energy (plus a fireplace in the back of the building “just in case”), and you can make the building entirely sustainable as well. Solar panels go for as little as $.70 per Watt. That means you can install a 10,000 Watt system for only $7k. This will increase the property value such that it’s near the installation expense involved.

So ultimately, once you’ve built the property and installed a workable solar system, its value has increased so much that should your small business venture fail to take off, you can recoup infrastructural expenses—and then some—by selling the property. Add in wind-energy, and this becomes doubly true.

But there are more uses for a small (or large) prefabricated metal structure than just offices. From commercial/industrial applications to the storage of aircraft, high-class cars, or even building projects done in a “work shop” atmosphere, prefabricated building solutions represent a surprising bevy of possibilities.

Startups to hangars, pre-fab possibilities are quite extensive

As AmericanSteelSpan.com points out, the prefabricated metal airplane hangar offers “…storage that is durable, cost-effective, and maintenance free.” Such buildings can be a positive and cost-effective way of establishing infrastructural space for your startup. Plus, you can use them however you need; startup or no.

If you find yourself considering metal buildings in West Virginia, you may find there are more options available that could potentially fit your needs than you previously considered.

Building a structure in segments then assembling it remotely is a practice that goes back hundreds—perhaps even thousands—of years. But in the world of today, this process has been streamlined such that it is more effective than it ever has been before.

One final note: steel-sourced buildings are even good for the environment—steel’s mostly recycled. This means in the right community, if you build “green” enough, your startup may even become eligible for a tax break.