Establishing Your First Office
For a startup, the move out of the garage or the basement into that first office can be a scary step. These areas might traditionally be used for storage, but for you, it was where you began your journey, nurturing your initial ideas and helping them bloom into a profitable business.
However, there comes a time where every company needs to move to a new office. There could be a multitude of reasons you’re looking to move out of the basement.
You might be craving a more professional environment to meet with clients or need to create more of a separation between your work and home life. You might have read a study that an outside office would help you to be more productive or you might simply be growing your workforce beyond what your home can accommodate. No matter the reason, it’s time to move out of your house and into a legitimate office space.
However, you might be stumped as to what you will need in your new space. After all, you’ve had the finest amenities that your home could provide, complete with your favorite foods from your kitchen and the shortest commute possible. How can you find an office space to compete with such luxuries?
Atlanta has become a tech startup dream, exposing even more business professionals to the frustration of the city’s special breed of rush hour traffic. Having an accessible office is crucial, particularly during the clogged morning and evening hours. Try looking for a space that is close to a major highway junction, but still has an address attractive enough for investors and customers to feel comfortable visiting.
Startups are also a living, breathing business, and sometimes need care at inopportune hours. Ensure that you can access your space at any time of the day or year so that you and your team can work on your schedule. It is also important that your office be properly guarded, so verify that your space and equipment are protected by a high-quality security system.
Startups are often constantly in transition, be it in size, function or form, and you need an office to accommodate that. A space that understands this consistent state of evolution is key, so try looking for a month-to-month lease rather than signing on for an extended period of time.
The space itself should also be sensitive to your needs. Ask the building managers if you are able to expand or shrink your space as needed, to accommodate your staff’s growth, be it seasonal or due to expansion.
It is also a good idea to see if you have access to any storage space, which can be needed to store products, and to verify how utilities are handled. If the space charges you separately from your lease for the lights or isn’t climate-controlled, you might want to look elsewhere.
Beyond being sensitive to your needs and easy to find for your clients, a space needs to serve you on a day-to-day basis, even if your staff numbers only one.
Look for a space that includes modern conveniences, such as access to a break room or conference rooms. The space should look modern, as your company is forward-thinking and needs to project such a persona. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for perks, such as included Wi-Fi or mail and package receiving services.
Your first office should represent the success you’ve earned and the path of greatness you’re paving, so ensure that you are getting exactly what you deserve.