As your business grows, its base and surroundings may need to adapt. When the time comes that your home business needs to move to an office space, it’s a big step and one which should be done correctly.

Yourself, your employees and your clients all need to adapt to the change and when done with thought and planning, the move should positively affect the business for future prospects. Today we cover some things to consider when moving your home workspace to a commercial office space.

Finances

First comes the less exciting, but extremely crucial bit. When planning to move your business into an office, ensure you’re in a secure and suitable financial position to do so. Budget carefully and plan all costs involved; transport, deposit, electric and maintenance, fit-out and design features, etc.

When looking for a space, it’s important to be strict regarding what places you view. While it may be tempting to look at the slightly more modern, three-times more-expensive space next door, my advice is don’t. 

Also be sure to do your research; consider different locations, see what’s out there and make the choice of leasing or buying one which suits your needs and budget.

Location

Where you choose to set up camp is one of the most important factors to get right. It’s important to strike the right balance for yourself, your employees and current clients, ensuring commute times are admissible and the office is accessible.

It depends on the type of business, and how you like to do things; if you’re keen to meet clients face-to-face regularly, put yourself in a space with good transport links. If you’re hoping to expand your client base through being in a busy, business-hub, consider paying that bit extra to be in a city centre or high street where footfall is high. If not, opting for a cheaper, out-of-town business park is a good option.

Size and future prospects

The size of the space you opt for depends on your employee-count, design vision and future prospects for your company. Ensuring everyone has a suitable workspace will avoid overcrowding and make the workspace a productive one.

If you’re planning to expand and grow the company, make your choice by considering if you’re able to get extra space if needed. Ask about options available when shopping around, or if budget allows, purchase a space bigger-than-needed and use space planning techniques (such as using a moveable wall system) to accommodate growth when required.

Branding and interior design

The type of office you choose and how you design the space can speak volumes about your company, especially as this is your first commercial headquarters. Lisa Evans, commercial property solicitor from law firm Kirwans, advises:

“If your business has an edgy, indie feel, then moving into swanky plush offices will send out mixed messages to its client base, leading to a confused feeling to the brand. Conversely, if you’ve always prided yourself on having a corporate style, a quaint barn conversion in a picture-perfect setting may completely jar with your image.”

As for interior design, it’s worth hiring a fit-out design team to really bring your design-vision to life in an innovative and professional way. Doing this also means you can spend time settling in and continuing running your business; all you have to do is give the team your ideas and they’ll do all the hard work for you, making the space stylish, well-branded and functional.

“Leaving home working arrangements behind and taking on your own office is undoubtedly an exciting move,” Evans continues. “Done well, it can enhance your business, helping it to establish a more visible and professional presence while allowing it to grow. However, done badly, a move into commercial premises could result in financial difficulties, confused clients and unhappy employees.” 


Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our Content Writer.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with a love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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