Mistakes to avoid in an office move
Conducting an office move is a huge event, particularly if you are a small business and it is your first major relocation. The key to a successful office move is to plan well in advance and be aware of some of the pitfalls which might occur during the process.
One of the largest decisions to make as a small business is choosing the right time to make the move from working from home to moving into your first office lease space. The first question to consider is whether an office move is actually going to help your business prosper. There are many small firms who move because they think it is the right thing to do, when actually they incur extra costs that could have been avoided by looking into alternative office services.
Choose a virtual office
A small business in its start up months could really benefit from using a virtual office. This type of service will provide small businesses with a prestigious mailing address, a business telephone service (so that someone is always on hand to pick up your calls) and the use of meeting rooms as and when you might need them. All of these services are there to help prepare small businesses for the next step up.
Make decisions early
If you are considering relocating offices, make sure that you start the search for office space with a clear idea in mind of what you want. Many small business owners who have never searched for an office space before waste valuable time exploring options which will not fulfil the needs of their company so it is very important to have clear business objectives in place in order to find the perfect office space.
Avoid getting tied in
Many small business owners will sign up to a long-term commercial lease agreement where they will be expected to commit to an office space for several years. This is an extremely costly and inflexible option which is best avoided at all costs as it will put you and your business under unnecessary pressure. There are plenty of more flexible office lease space options available in the market and if you do your research thoroughly you can even find firms which specialise in leasing office space to new start-ups.
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