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Choosing the Best Office for My Business
The environment you work in can have a big impact on the work you produce and the morale of those who work alongside you. For this reason, it’s essential that you choose the best office space for rent. You might think an office is just four walls with desks and computers, but it is in fact so much more.
There are different types of offices available, each ranging in function and purpose. If you’re looking to make the move to a new office but are unsure as to what is the most suitable for your needs, here are some tips you can use to make the best choice for your business.
Number of Staff
Firstly, you need to think about how many members of staff need to be accommodated in your workplace. If you have 200 full-time employees who work collaboratively together and are based in the office, it’s probably worth having a permanent base for them. In this instance, either a managed office or a serviced office with a long-term contract is ideal.
A managed office is comparable to a traditional lease in the sense that it’s more geared towards a long period of time, so is an ideal solution for established businesses who want a cohesive base that everyone can work from and that is customised to feel like their own.
A serviced office comes with the option of short and long-term leases, and there are spaces of all sizes available. From one person to 200 people, there is a lot of variety available to suit all size teams. With a serviced office you can’t undertake a complete re-fit, but when you have a lot of people to manage, it can be the easier option. All your bills and rent are combined into one monthly payment, so you don’t need to juggle multiple responsibilities on top of managing a large team.
For small start-ups, a coworking office space is ideal. You only pay for the desk you need, making for a professional environment to work at a cost-effective price.
Length of Contract
Next, you need to think about the length of the contract you require. It might be that you only need an office for a couple of months, or you might be looking to find a more permanent solution that you can grow into over the coming years.
You will need to combine this with the number of staff you have because it’s unlikely a large team will be prepared to move office multiple times. It can be disruptive to workflow, but if your business is in its infancy, it’s natural for there to be a lot of changes early doors. For this reason, you’ll likely want to hold off on making any long-term commitments.
If you’re looking for something more short-term, a serviced office space is a great option. You can get contracts of any length. This makes it easy to scale up or down, as and when you need to.
Alternatively, more settled businesses might choose a managed office space or even a semi-serviced flexible office space, which is like a serviced office but without some of the add-ons like post-management.
Depending on where you want to work, commercial office space could be expensive if you go down the traditional leased route. If you’re on a budget but want to find an office to rent in London, it might seem like an impossible task, but it isn’t. Semi-serviced offices are a great solution because they essentially offer the same benefits as serviced offices in the sense that you get a private space to work, but by cutting out things like secretarial support, you can save money. This is a good option for those wanting a centralised office but without the hefty price tag.
Frequency of Use
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a big shift in the way we work, with most people realising that they can work efficiently from home with minimal office time. If this is you, don’t waste money on renting out a whole office unnecessarily. Your best option is to book out a co-working space on the day you need meetings. You can pay a separate fee for meeting rooms as and when you need them, making this a good option for businesses who have adopted a more hybrid model of working.
For collaborative industries, having permanent office space is still the best option because communication is far easier. If you intend on keeping Monday-Friday hours, a serviced office space is ideal, as is a managed office.
Find Your Next Office
Choosing the best office space is no mean feat. Get in touch with our team to discuss your requirements. We will use our expert knowledge to help you find the office you need, be it in London, Brighton, Edinburgh or Leeds. Call us now on 020 3950 0797.