Getting your first office is a very exciting time; you will finally have the space to grow your business in line with your dreams and goals. However it is important to keep a sensible head on your shoulders when you are looking for your office; it is easy to get caught up with the excitement which could lead to you making the wrong decision.
So what is worthwhile to consider when choosing your very first office space? Here are a few suggestions to help you on your way.
Where will it be located?
The first thing to think about is where you will want to be based. There are many offices to let in London that are situated near tube stops; will this be important for your staff members commuting in each day? Perhaps you would prefer something more suburban, or even rural. It completely depends on the type of business you run and the logistics that come with it. If you do have a lot of clients and customers, perhaps it would be more convenient if you were in a place that was easy to reach so they could visit without fuss.
How many staff do you need to fit inside?
Once you have an idea about where you need to be, it is time to start thinking of how much square footage you require. It is a good idea to measure up a desk and bring the tape measure with you when you visit various locations. It will be much easier for you to figure out whether the space is workable for the number of employees you need to fit in it.
Will you be moving again shortly?
If you are looking for a temporary space before moving on shortly, you might want to consider a shorter contract for a serviced office. This means you will not be tied into anything long term and you also will not have to buy any furniture or organise utilities. Serviced offices can be very helpful for your second or third office space too as they do take out a lot of the stress from the moving procedure.
Does it have a good internet connection?
Remember to ask questions prior, during and after your visit to office spaces. One important thing you should enquire about is the internet and phone connection. Serviced offices will likely have these established already – you will just need to pay the usage charges. Yet some buildings may be in areas where there is not a superfast connection that you need. These little things can really affect the day-to-day running of a business so it is best you ask about them now.
Are there good facilities?
When everything else is coming together, do a final check that the office will work for you and your employees. A kitchen and toilets is vital; see what condition they are in and if any changes need to be made. Look externally too and see whether there are any shops and cafes nearby that might be attractive to staff for their lunch breaks and breakfasts.