Moving From The Home Business To An Office Of Your Own
It can be a pretty daunting step to make. However, if you have successfully managed to grow your business to the point that it can no longer be contained in the home alone, that is something to celebrate. A lot of businesses don’t make it that far. However, the transition is going to come with challenges, so here are a few tips that can help you manage them and to get ready for an exciting new era of your business.
Do it for the right reasons
Before you consider the practical considerations of moving into a new office, you have to think about why you’re doing it in the first reason. If you’re just doing it because it seems like the next logical step of a growing business, that isn’t good enough. If it’s more cost-effective or will help you reach your business goals to have your team at close range, that’s a better reason.
Make a budget and stick to it
Moving into a new office is not a cheap affair. Aside from the expenses of actually renting the space, you might have to move your furniture in there and, if you’re making space for a whole team, you’re going to need to spend on furniture for them, not to mention digital tools.
Even if you’re running a bring your own device office, you have to provide the internet access as well as things like cybersecurity tools they need to securely connect to your network. You need to create a detailed budget to cover these costs after you’ve got the necessary quotes and then work hard to stick to it.
Getting the right office space
Naturally, the choice of the actual office space is going to make a huge difference. There are some key considerations to make.
You have to ensure that you choose office space that has enough room for your team as well as the equipment that they need. But you also have to consider whether it will allow you to continue to grow in that space without having to move, or if you’re content to keep things at the scale you have now. It’s also worth considering the specifics of the location in terms of client accessibility, the commute for your workers, and so on.
All-in or remote?
You might want to move your own office and some of your team into the office, but what about everyone else?
Remote working setups have become far more common throughout the working world, so will you afford any space for those who might not want to or be able to make the move to the office? If you already have a team established, it might be worth offering some flexibility, as there are certainly those who would be more willing to find a new job than to work in a traditional office environment, especially if they’re far away.
Managing a healthy scaling process into a new office and working reality is a huge deal, but after that comes the need to keep growing to sustain this new reality. Keep it up.