There comes a time when that basement or spare bedroom you’ve converted into an office just doesn’t cut it anymore. You need a real office space — a place where you can meet clients without your small toddler crying in the background, a place where your filing cabinet doesn’t double as a table for the microwave.
And unless your business is picking up pretty good then you probably don’t have that extra money to rent an office space. However, there are a few things you can do to help you save money without feeling like you’re cutting too many corners. Here are some tips to help you get started:
I. DO THE LEGWORK YOURSELF
Hiring the help of an agent may seem like the correct thing to do. But hiring an agent means there’s going to be fees to pay. So in order to save some money you might want to go solo on your office search. You’ll find it easier to find the perfect space, after all you’re the one who knows more about your business.
2. HOW MUCH SPACE DO I NEED?
Before you go out looking for an office space, you need to stop and calculate how much space you will need. You don’t want to end up renting a 10,000 square feet office when you only really needed 7,000 square feet. Which would mean, you will be paying every month for and extra 3,000 square feet of office that you don’t really need and aren’t really using.
3. FURNISHING THE OFFICE
With the great list of used and refurbished office furniture available today, purchasing new is most often a waste of money. Don’t go buying new furniture when there is many thrift shops or classified ads that have office furniture that is in very good condition and for a very good price.
4. PREMISES TO MATCH YOUR TYPE OF BUSINESS
Don’t underestimate the value of appearances. How your office looks can have a huge impact on business & investor relations so it is crucial that the premises you choose match with the image you want for your business.
5. NOT CONSIDERING FUTURE NEEDS
Renting office space can be risky because it may be difficult to predict your future business needs. Renting the proper amount of space, in a location that suits the business, is sometimes a great risk you will be taking. The property owner does not share in your risk-taking, and it won’t be the landlord’s problem if the office turns out not to suit your needs. If you signed a contract, it’s your space until the lease terminates.