Finding an office space that meets your needs and budget is both exciting and stressful regardless of whether you are a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned one. But it doesn’t have to be. Not if you are empowered with the right info and tools from the onset. Here are some tips to help find the perfect office space.
Identify how much space you need
As a rule of the thumb, you’d need 1000 square feet space for every 4 to 6 employees. Depending on how you arrange the office layout, you should be able to fit everyone comfortably.
Be considerate of your staff
Find time to map out where members of your staff live after which you can seek out an office space that’s relatively convenient for them (staff members) to travel to on a daily basis. Experts have pointed out the essence of companies to set up base in centralized locations. If you make it easy for your employees to get to work then you can be guaranteed of retaining the best workforce. Unknown to many people, this also makes it convenient for prospective and existing clients to reach you. In a nutshell, ask yourself:
1. Can your employees get to your office without any hassle?
2. Can your clients get to you easily?
If the answer to both these question is yes then, you’ve found yourself the ideal office space.
If you are just starting to pull in revenue, you may not have enough cash to convince your prospective landlord to rent a commercial property for longer periods. In this case, consider subleasing the office space. This arrangement is often on a monthly basis though there are cases where a week-by-week agreement can be struck.
Work with an agent
As an entrepreneur, you’re bound to meet like-minded individuals with whom you share ideas. Ask if any of your buddies got their office space courtesy of an agent. Don’t work with an agent who has never found an office space for someone you know. In other words, go with an agent who your network trusts. If need be, do a follow-up.
Identify nearby amenities
Make a list of the things you want close to the business premises. For example, you may want to be near a restaurant or maybe you’d love to settle for an office space with a kitchen. Here are some ideas to get you going:
* is the office space close to a parking lot?
* do you have conference facilities at your disposal?
* is your bank near?