02-Aug-2016 02:10 PM Startups
A big part of what makes a new company's culture fun, engaging and unique is the setting up of its new office. Most startups reach a point where running a company from the garage or their dad's basement just doesn't cut it anymore. It's very important to find an office that suits the company's needs and matches the scale at which it is growing. It's important to remember that when running lean, it is not always possible to get the best-in-class facilities.
In this post, we will highlight 5 absolutely essential things to keep in mind when setting up your first office or moving into a new one.
Your budget will dramatically affect where and what you look for office spaces, how you organize the move and how you set up your team. Be honest with yourself on what you can and can't afford. Know that you will almost always overshoot your planned budget, so keep a very tight hold on what you are spending.
Find an office which is the closest to a majority of your employees' homes. Check for bus stops, metro (local train) lines, and parking area. The last thing you want is for your employees to be already fatigued by the time they walk into an office.
This is an obvious point. Bad connections lead to bad employee attention spans which in turn leads to irritated employees resulting in nearing zero productivity. So no compromises on Internet availability.
Let your lawyers, accountants and any other vendor you deal with on a day to day basis know about the changes happening. Make sure that the change of location is understood by all; otherwise it may ruin your full fledged plan.
You don't want to be moving every few years because you keep growing out of your space. When you choose a space, make sure it gives you room to grow.
Obviously, there are plethora of variables to consider when it comes to choosing the right workspace. All you need is to think outside the commercial real estate box, you will get a solution that both saves you money and meets your organization's unique goal.