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Moving into your first offices?

There’s no more exciting moment than when you’ve grown your business enough to move into your first office. However, it can be easy to get carried away in that excitement. It’s important that you make the right decision and there are a number of factors to consider.

Location, available transport connections, facilities and nearby conveniences are all important. Perhaps more important than any other is budget and making your money go far is a careful balancing act.

Thankfully, all it takes is some careful planning. Here we look at some of the key things to consider when you’re choosing your first office space.

Finding the perfect first office for your business

Location

Do you need an accessible city-centre location, or can you make do with something cheaper on the outskirts of the city or in a business park out of town? If you have clients who will regularly attend the office, make sure you consider how far they’ll have to travel.

It’s worth considering competition too – and that’s not as straightforward as it might seem. While you might not want to set up shop right next to your biggest competitor, it can conversely make sense to locate in an area that’s known for your product or service.

Transport

Wherever you situate yourself, check out transport links well in advance. Is there an airport, train station or local bus routes nearby? If people are travelling by car, is there adequate parking? Consider too how busy the local roads get during peak hours and watch for locations that have extensive road maintenance going on – these can last for years, sometimes, causing frustration and delays.

Budget

One of the most crucial things to consider is how much the business can afford. You don’t want to grow your business only to have the office become a massive money sink. Best to start small with an option to continue to grow over time.

Also, make sure you look at a variety of offices in similar locations to check for value. A great way to start out can be to use a shared office or “incubator” within a larger office building.

Business needs

Think about what you’ll need your business to do daily. If you regularly see clients, you’ll need a reception area and meeting rooms. Think also about IT, telephone lines, storage and access – if you need to access the office 24/7, for example.

Image

What kind of image do you want to project? Do you need the office to look impressive and highly professional, or does your product or service allow for a more creative or DIY approach?

Interiors

The furniture you choose will be crucial too. For starters, you’ll need to make sure you choose an office that has enough room for the furniture you need. Think about storage options too – many people think about desks but forget to leave room for cupboards, cabinets and document storage.

Choose computer cupboards for your first office

Computer cupboards can offer a degree of flexibility and versatility, especially if space is at a premium. We stock a full range that includes wall mounted laptop cupboards, computer mobility kits, workstations and modular components.

Our computer cupboards also come in a variety of long-lasting materials and colours that will suit any environment. Take a look at our full range here.

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Last Modified / Updated on: May 21, 2018 at 10:43 am

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