It is in the nature of businesses to grow as time goes on. Of course, this is what most business owners are hoping for. There is little use in having a business unless you work towards making it as successful as possible. With increasing success comes a changing business. Often, this means that big changes have to be made to accommodate the business’ newfound size. If your business is at this point, then congratulations are in order. Watching a business you started get to this kind of point of expansion is a real joy. However, there is also a lot that you need to think about. A lot of the time, such a sudden spike in sales will means that big changes will have to be made. One such change is the relocation of the office. This is often necessary to deal with the growing business, especially if you also need to take new people on board. If you are thinking about relocating your office, then there is plenty to consider. Let’s have a look at what you need to think about.
Equipment & Furnishings
Let’s look at what you will stock your new office with first. It is worth thinking about this first of all, because it is often a major expense during such a transitional period as this. A larger office needs more equipment and more furniture, particularly with new people on board. That’s why it is so much in your interest to save as much money as you can on these essentials. There are many ways you can do this. More info here: www.smarta.com/advice/general/the-ultimate-guide-to-moving-into-a-new-office/
The first, and most obvious, is to reuse some of the old equipment from the previous office. The truth is, you will probably find yourself reusing the majority of the computers. However, you might not. Some business owners like to make the most of this time during a business’ growth. Such people might well splash out on new systems. At the very least, it is worth considering – or selling the old machines to pay for the new ones.
Another large concern for any office is the smaller equipment and stationery. It might not seem like these take up much of the budget – but you’d be surprised. In fact, it soon adds up, so it is worth sourcing cheap supplies. Have a look at www.filmsourceinc.net/pouch-laminator-machines-426-ctg.html for some examples.
Lastly, you need to find a sustainable way to source your furniture. This is deceptively important, as comfort makes for a much happier workforce. Never skimp on ensuring that your employees are as comfortable as possible in the workplace.
It can be difficult working out how much space you need in your new office. To remedy this difficulty, I would highly recommend making a plan of the new office long before you need to relocate. This is vital for the successful completion of the transition. With a proper plan in place, you can see at a glance what exactly needs doing. It is much easier, on paper, to work out the space required and make it work for you and everyone involved. When you are working out what space you need, it helps if you have a clear idea of how many new people you will be employing. The ideal office space, for many, is one which has a combination of open and closed areas. Different people work in different ways, so it makes sense to cater to their individual needs. Ensure that you have both areas which foster collaboration and areas which allow individuals to work in peace.
Beyond that, make sure that there is also a fair amount of ‘dead’ space. The last thing anyone wants is to work in an office which is crammed to the walls with desks and computers. Your employees will work best if they feel that they have a bit of space to move around. It is a great idea, for this reason, to introduce a comfy relaxation area as well. What’s more, it helps to have a little space for the business to ‘grow into’. After all, there is every chance that your business will continue to grow in the future. It is helpful if you don’t have to change offices again straight away. Plan well; think of the future.
There is one rule which applies equally as well to business as it does to real estate: location, location, location. This famous adage works very well when it comes to choosing the right office space to move into. The location of your office is paramount, after all. Your employees need to be able to get there easily and without much fuss, for a start. If you relocate to somewhere further away, then people are unlikely to be very happy about it. You should ideally try to stay fairly central. Of course, it depends on where your business is located. But there is a fine balancing act which you need to consider if you want your office to work as smoothly as possible. If you are located in the city, don’t suddenly move your office to the suburbs. Your employees won’t appreciate the commute. However, there are downsides to being placed too centrally as well. For a lot of people, it helps to work somewhere slightly away from the centre of things. More information on the importance of location can be found at www.inc.com/magazine/20091001/.
The location also plays an important role for you financially. Let’s not forget that you will be paying rent for your new office space. With that in mind, be sure to find somewhere which does not drain the business of its resources. There is little use in spending all of your money on new office space. There is a fine line to draw here – you don’t want to sacrifice on quality either. Finding the right balance can be difficult – but it is worth it and it pays off in the long run.
With a little dedication and some serious time put into it, you can find your new office easily. As long as you remember the importance of keeping your staff happy, and watching the pennies, you should be fine.