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Finding An Office For Your New Tech Business
Whether you’re a brand new tech start-up or a veteran in the industry finding an office can be tricky it doesn’t matter if you’re moving into your very first office or moving to a new one things can be difficult. But I can help, below I’ve compiled a guide that will take you through the main steps of finding an office for your business.
Everyone’s circumstances are different but when it comes to finding an office there are some general tips that can benefit everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re downsizing, going bigger or are looking for your first office these tips can help everyone! So, without further ado let’s take a look at the main things to consider if you’re looking for a new office for your business.
Get Professional Movers
Let’s get this tip out of the way first once you’ve got your new office chosen and have a date set to move in the job isn’t quite finished. You have one last thing to take care of and then is getting any equipment and furniture you need moved to your new place of business.
There are lots of ways you could do this but I would always recommend using a professional moving company. Too many businesses and new entrepreneurs have made the mistake of trying to do this job themselves or hired inexperienced people for a lower price.
Moving office equipment and furniture is much harder than you might think which is why hiring experienced professionals like Secure Move will always be your best option. Secure Move offers a wide range of moving services including a specialist office moving service and offer competitive prices.
Because arranging movers is usually the last job when it comes to finding a new office many people either rush it or try to do it on the cheap. But if you want to be sure of the best results calling in experienced professionals like Secure Move is the best thing to do.
Narrow Down Your Location
It’s debatable but in the majority of cases, the most important aspect of your new businesses office will be the location. You could find an office that is the perfect size with great rent but if it’s dozens of miles away from you and your employees then it’s not really going to be suitable is it?
Depending on what industry your business is in you could have a lot more flexibility when it comes to narrowing down a location. But even in those circumstances that allow for more versatility and flexibility, you will still likely need your business to be with a specific area.
It could be due to transport links, amenities, security or many other factors but before you start looking at possible offices get your location or locations narrowed down. Once this is done you can move on to the next step.
Work Out Your Essentials
What does your office need to have in order for you to maintain your business’s operations? This is a loaded question I know and the answer will be different for every business but you need to think carefully and get at least the minimum essentials worked out.
When you know what you need for at least the very minimum you can then use it as a checklist for any potential offices you view. This doesn’t just mean what space you need either, your essentials could go beyond that.
Do you need to be able to brand your office and decorate it? Many businesses will want to do this, they might not want to do it straight away but they might want to do it later but not all landlords will allow you to.
Similarly, not all landlords will provide the same services, some might offer maintenance services while others might expect you to pay extra if you want them. When you’re working out what your essentials are you need to look beyond the obverse and really think about the big picture and long term of your business.
Set A Budget
Once you’ve got your minimum essentials worked out you will then need to work out how much you will be willing to pay for your office. Of course, your budget can be flexible and you can always negotiate on price but even with this in mind, it’s best to have at least a rough idea in mind about how much you’re willing to pay.
If you find you can’t get all your minimum requirements met within your budget then you’ll need to go back and make some changes. There are numerous ways to approach this you could opt for increasing your budget, consider moving to a different location or rethink what counts as an essential.
Start Viewing Offices
Once you’ve reached this stage you can start to have a bit more fun and actually start looking at potential offices. Approach any viewing as you would for a house, you’ll be spending plenty of time at the office after all.
Be sure to ask plenty of questions especially if you’re looking at a new or very old building. If you’re sharing the building or office space with another business then be sure to speak to them as well to see what you can find out. Sometimes tenants will tell you things landlords and agents won’t so they are always worth talking to.
Once you’ve found an office that seems suitable make an offer and don’t be afraid to negotiate a little if you think you can get a better deal. Negotiating isn’t something that always comes naturally to people but there is no harm in trying.
Enjoy Your New Office
Well before you can really fulfil this part you’ll need to go back and read my first tip and get any equipment or furniture you need moved first. Remember it’s always better to go with professional, experienced movers like Secure Move to ensure the best end results. And once all your equipment is in place and set up you can finally enjoy your new office and continue business as usual.