A Short Guide to Choosing Your Company’s First Office

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Edwin van Buuringen

Many small businesses start off in the owner’s home, especially if it’s based online. But there often comes a time when the company has grown too large to be run from a garage or spare bedroom. Perhaps you have started to hire employees, and you want them all to work from one place, rather than from home. If you think it’s time to move on and rent out a dedicated office space, you have several options to choose from. You have lots of choice for your first office, from a few desks in a coworking space to something larger and more flexible. Here’s how to find the perfect one.

What Sort of Space?

First, you need to consider just what kind of space you’re looking for. There are lots of things to keep in mind, from the location to what’s suitable for your brand. A lot of young tech companies choose to move into coworking spaces. You could have a few desks or a small office, and a creative culture to get involved in. But you might prefer your own office, perhaps even serviced, so you don’t have to commit to a long-term lease. Consider where you need to be for your employees and clients to get there. Keep your brand in mind too; are you suited to a formal office with cubicles?

Using an Agent

You can try to find an office yourself, but you could find it much harder than you had hoped. The best thing to do is look for a commercial property agent that can help you find somewhere suitable for your company. Choose a local agent who knows the area well, so they’re helpful and efficient. For example, Canning O Neill are specialists in the North West of England. Using an agent will save you a lot of time and make things much less complicated. They can support you in your search and make sure you find the right place.

Considering the Lease

Just like when you rent a home, you’ll have a lease between your landlord and you, the tenant. It’s usually very much on the landlord’s terms, so you need to decide what you’re happy to agree to and what you’re not. Think about things like the length of the lease, increases in rent, opportunities to renew, and so on. It’s important to consider these things in advance so that you know what you’re happy with. Looking for some legal help won’t go amiss either.

Think of the Future

Although it’s your first office, you can think about the future too. You might only have one or two employees now, but do you intend to have more in the next year or so? What is your vision for the company and how it’s going to grow? You don’t want to have to move every time you expand slightly, so consider your future needs.

Moving to your first office is an exciting time, but don’t get too caught up in the excitement. Remember to think carefully about your choice, and whether you’re even ready for it.