Whether a business is given life in some bar or at the kitchen table or in the workplace, it is extremely likely that decisions will have to be made at
some point about where it will be based.
To be able to make that decision, you have to have a firm understanding of your business and have an appropriate vision to go with it. Getting the right
office space is important, because your business will have to live with it while you are stationed there.
Get it right and you have a happy and productive staff; get it wrong and it will slow people down, cause aggravation and waste money.
Now to decide on the best office there are three prime categories that need to be meticulously examined to ensure that you have the best possible office.
Are you in a safe location?
If you are not in a safe location then you can kiss your business goodbye. Since your employees will be spending many hours at the office, if they don’t
feel safe there is a very good chance that they won’t be able to get any work done.
Are there amenities close by?
Are there restaurants close by? What about office supplies? Choosing a location with these things nearby is not only good for the employees but also for
you. If you need to go out and get something you can be back in a few minutes as opposed to a few hours.
How easy is it to get to this location relative to other parts of the city?
If you are having meetings and discussing business with clients, you want them to easily be able to find your office. If your office is hidden somewhere
and is very difficult to find it reflects poorly on you and lowers the chances of having a proper and successful business transaction.
Is the building secure?
Back to key point number one. If your business does not appear to be properly secured it looks bad for employees and possible clients, so in the long run
you are only crippling your own business.
Is there available parking?
Might seem like a common sense thing, but how embarrassing would it be if a client had to park a mile away? If your building doesn’t have its own parking
lot, is there sufficient parking nearby for employees and regular visitors?
Are there any competitive businesses located here?
You don’t want to have staff from a rival company lounging near your office and picking up details about your work and business.
There are things to consider which are easy to miss when viewing an empty office with the windows closed. A noisy office is one of the most common
complaints from staff. Check the acoustics of the internal space. An echoing space can be very uncomfortable to work in. Proper acoustics allow your words
to travel and be received by employees and clients alike smoothly without any disruption.
You need to ascertain how much freedom you have to make the space your own. Are there any restrictions? If you can decorate as you see fit, will you have
to return the space to neutral decor before you leave?
Is there room to expand?
Finally, it is an obvious one, but if you are hoping for growth, then make sure that there is room to grow.