It’s a new year for your business, and you may be thinking of moving your business. It is finally the right time to move away from the small room in your house and into a fully furnished office of your own. Transferring your home business to an office can be a big culture shock and will require a lot of planning, so if you want to make a move this year, read on.
IS IT NECESSARY?
First things first before you start to set up meetings with potential properties, you need to decide whether or not you are making the right decision here. Do you need to move into an office? If you are thinking of hiring staff and expanding then it will likely be a great idea, however, if you are still alone and straightforward wanting more space- is the outlay worth it?
The key to a successful move from your home to and the office is to make sure you plan everything. Think about the fact that during the days you are moving you will be losing the chance to work. Therefore it makes much more sense to carry out the move at the weekend. Book a furniture removalist if you are planning to take your desk with you, make sure you have the right facilities you need and get someone to help you set everything up. Make a to-do list of everything you need to either buy or move in.
BUY OR RENT?
The next question you need to ask yourself is whether you want to buy your office, or directly rent a space in the city. Even though it is great to buy your office and have full control over the building, there are some significant benefits to having a landlord for the office. It means that you don’t even need to think about repairs or services, and you will likely have access to amenities if you are part of a shared office building. It will allow you to utilise different facilities during your working week and only have to focus on your work.
LOCATION IS KEY
The area of your office is a crucial factor to consider when deciding to move from your home. You will now have to commute each morning to reach your work, so it needs to be within a reasonable distance of your home, and if you want to employ people, you will want it to be in a central location.
DON’T COMMIT RIGHT AWAY
Don’t jump in for the first offer you see. Choosing the place you are going to work is a big decision to make, and therefore it needs time and careful consideration. You might love the idea of working in an office rather than at home, but is it efficient for you? When you begin to look for a short-term contract to test the place out. If you don’t like it, you will only need to stick with it for a few months until you can go home again. Keep your options open. Collaboration.