The environment you work in plays a critical role in work efficiency, productivity, and job satisfaction. It also reflects the company’s identity and culture and contributes to its success or failure. Consequently, it is crucial to take into consideration several factors, including business type, size, target audience, etc., when choosing an office space. From location to business culture, let’s delve into how to choose a suitable office space for your business.
The type of business, size, and culture
Your type of business and size should be the first consideration when renting an office space. The space should be fit for purpose, in terms of accommodating the workforce, equipment, and other logistics. For example, a tech company would need offices for the various departments, general staff, equipment, a storage area, etc.
The offices should be spacious enough depending on the numbers they accommodate. This is very important because a small cluttered work environment will be stressful and unproductive. Employees will lack the motivation to explore, coordinate, and give in their best because the environment is unconducive.
Depending on your work culture, you can opt for creative office spaces, to present an enabling, exciting, and productive work environment for your employees. What you choose must also reflect the business culture.
Location is another important factor to consider when looking for an office space. Every business has an ideal environment they thrive. Just as a manufacturing company would choose a location closer to its main suppliers to minimize shipping costs, a law firm should rent an office around a commercial area of a town or city.
For business reasons, your office must be located in an environment that will attract and retain potential and existing clients. It should also be able to attract the best of brains to work for your firm. If your location is unsuitable and unfavorable for your employees, you will have a high attrition rate.
That aside, it should be in an area or close to an area with all the necessary amenities and services required for your business to thrive. Do you have banks around for smooth business transactions? Is the internet service good for your digital marketing strategies and others? Do you have easy access to the location? All these must be checked before hiring the office space.
Value for money
Is the office space worth its price tag? You can have something at a very good location that also suits your business, but the price may be far overboard. If your monthly office cost doesn’t correspond to your projected profits within the same period, then you are running at a loss. Later, you may have to relocate due to your inability to foot the rent, and that will affect your business prospects.
To know if you are getting a good rent deal, check the prices of other office spaces in the area. They should be of the same size and have similar amenities as the one you want to rent. If prices are close and you can easily afford the three months’ rent without any struggle, then go for it.
Go for a friendly atmosphere
This depends on the type of business. Some businesses require a serene atmosphere due to the type of clients expected, while others can be set up anywhere, so far as the location is great. Focusing on the former, imagine opening a health consultancy service or a law firm in a very noisy environment. How many professionals would want to work in such an environment? How many clients will want to patronize a business in such an environment? The office environment must be friendly to attract both employees and clients.
Safety and Security
Another important thing to consider when renting an office space is the safety and security of employees and clients. Some locations are very dangerous around certain hours. Such an environment is never good for any kind of business. Your employees and clients should always feel safe at your premises.
So, before agreeing to rent that space, access the security situation of the property and area. Are there security guards onsite, are CCTV cameras available and working properly? Also, how many minutes or hours would it take the law enforcement officer to reach the site in case of an emergency? Make this a priority during your search.
Your office space tells a lot about your business. It becomes the first point of attraction to anyone who wants to do business with you. Therefore, a search for such space is worth your time and energy. Use the above points as your guide throughout the search and don’t forget to always consider the type of business, size, and future plans.