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In a small business there is much focus on staff performance to maximize profit. For example, you could have your sales team constantly on the phone reigning in new clients, or have account managers pitching additional services to existing customers. However, one factor that can occasionally be overlooked is the office the whole team works in.
Whether you are a new business or an established company, having an office that works on a profitable level is just as important as one that is practical to the staff within it. Many companies feel the need to relocate every now and then for a refresh and it is important to consider a few factors when choosing a new base of operations.
3.) Location – Research the Area!
When sourcing a new building or office, don’t set all priorities on how it looks. Get some research done on the area it is in and what it can offer you as a company. Avoiding a plot where business is almost non-existent is just as important as dodging areas where your rivals have established customer bases. Either way you’ll struggle for new custom, unless your services are miles above those of your rivals.
Look at the strength of local businesses and whether the area has grown or shrank in recent years. Choosing a new office in a commercially flourishing environment could very well give your business the boost it requires. Obviously moving to an area heavily affected by the economic downturn will have the opposite effect.
Existing customers should also have no trouble in reaching your potential new office or industrial unit and it can be easier than you think to isolate your client base; every town and city has its tough places to get to, be it Manchester in the UK or LA in the States and you need to pick the most accessible.
2.) Renting over buying
Neither the economic climate nor the property market are ever in a stable condition in this day and age. Buying new property for your business is rarely a safe call to make. Therefore, renting is almost always the way to go as it is relatively easy to control monthly costs, whether you are looking for industrial units to let or a commercial office in a business park.
Even when renting, you will have some freedom over the design and set up, although a creative touch is easier in a commercial office, as industrial units don’t really have the capability of having some pretty pictures adorning the walls. For more ideas, you can always click here.
1.) Essential Equipment
Setting up a new office is often expensive and time consuming, therefore it can be a massive help moving to where essential equipment is already present. No one enjoys sorting out internet capabilities for an entire office, so knowing that a network is already up and running can be a relief.
Simple items such as tables and storage are also important elements and remember your existing equipment needs a place to go; you don’t want a trip to Ikea to spend a mountain of money on flat-pack tables and desks.
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