If you’re considering or already on the road of a startup journey, then one of the biggest decisions and tasks you will have to undertake will be in regards to setting up an office for the task. Doing so can be quite a large undertaking, especially the bigger the potential office is. So, you need to carefully figure this out in order to be as successful as possible with your new startup.
For that reason, here are a number of ways that you can work to set up your very own startup office. One that helps enhance and support the growing culture and future of your business.
Put Together a Plan
A plan is always better than attempting to do something without any ideas or contingencies in place. Things can and will go wrong, so being prepared for this is vitally important. Or you risk a number of mistakes which could cost you time, money or both. Even something as simple as a checklist can be all you need to successfully ensure the setting up of your office.
This needs to include things like; rent, business rates, utilities, internet (vital for a startup), furniture, decoration and lots of other small things that you might never have considered before. Such as cutlery, a business needs cutlery, but is it something you may have considered prior to this? Likely not. It’s for this reason that you need to put together a comprehensive plan or list to cover all of these important, and not so important, items. So that nothing is missed out accidentally.
Location, Location, Location
The location of a startup can say a lot about it. The fact is that many tech startups, as you may or may not know, choose to set up office in as flashy a location as possible. It’s fashionable, is an added boast to entice investors and can even be a selling point when it comes to hiring new people. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best choice for your new startup. Don’t be afraid of going smaller or slightly less expensive to begin with, as it can save you time and money in the future!
Location needs to consider amenities, the ability to get somewhere and whether or not it’s the kind of area to base an office. But, it is also important not to be tempted by something just because it’s flashy. An important tip to remember!
Whether it’s clients, customers or staff, you need to make sure that your office is easily accessible for anyone who needs to get there. Poor transport choices can often lose you more business than you might think. This ties into location, make sure you have a good public transport link or a close by parking lot (that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, preferably). You may be surprised by how much happier people are for it!
Choose Quality Furniture
One of the biggest aspects of the startup life that you may be prone to overlook is that of furniture. When staff spend more than half their day in a space, you want to make sure that doing so is actually enjoyable. And a lot of this falls on whether or not the furniture is comfortable.
For that reason alone, you should consider buying quality designer furniture. Especially pieces which offer comfort and a space to escape to should your staff require that, such as a designer sofa. Not only do these ‘break out’ spaces offer a little bit of added home comfort. But, they can really improve the overall feel and look of an office as a whole.
Setting up a new startup office isn’t all rainbows and sunshine, but it can be a great deal of fun. Especially if you consider all of the smaller tasks such as decoration, working out the office design and even simple things such as how you want to arrange your conference area. Small details which can quickly add up to a larger, more intricate picture.