Launching a startup is one of the most exciting –– and challenging –– things a professional can do in their entire career. As one can imagine, getting a startup off the ground is a big task that involves numerous key decisions and projects. And one of the most important elements to ensuring your startup success is optimizing your workspace. Perfecting your startup office space can boost your team’s morale and productivity, improve your brand image with customers and clients, and help your business grow. So let’s take a look at how you can make your startup office dreams a reality:
Finding Your New Business Home
First and foremost, startup owners should look to either buy or lease office space that can adequately support their business. Unfortunately, doing this is easier said than done. You should definitely make sure that you know your actual budget (available funds) and have both a good attorney & broker. These three things will set you up for finding a good space quicker than doing it yourself and most likely without unexpected contingencies or fees that go along with spaces. Once you have your budget, attorney, and broker, you can start looking for a space.
Factors you should consider when looking for real estate include, but are not limited to:
- The size of the office.
- The cost.
- The location/quality of the neighborhood.
- The potential for expansion.
Working with an office space that’s too small or too remote for your needs will put you behind from the very beginning. You may have to be patient to find the ideal office setup for your team.
Work with a Designer & Space Plan Expert
Most startup owners have a some vision or idea of how they’d like their office to look. Whether you want to use a modern aesthetic, an open office design, an eco-friendly workspace, or a more traditional office, all are possible within a budget. Even if you don’t have any ideas, professional designers know how to ask the right questions to draw out the best possible options for your new home. Remember, hiring someone to help you with the design, build, and furnish of your new business startup is always a good idea and shouldn’t be viewed as a luxury or an added expense. In the long run, it will save unexpected & unnecessary costs, extra stress, and take a lot less time.
Make the Most of Your Resources
Speaking of costs, unless you have unlimited funds to build your startup –– in which case congratulations –– we understand that you’ll likely have to watch your budget closely when you build out a new office. This means that startup leaders should try to make the most of their available space and resources when creating an office plan. It’s never a good idea to cut corners in the field of office design, but you can invest in certain measures to optimize your space. Communal desks, modular walls, and multi-purpose rooms can give your company flexible and cost-efficient solutions to common office problems. Professional designers know ways to cut corners in your budget so that you can have a clean and updated space without breaking the bank.
Plan for the Future
Just because you only have 1 or a few employees now, it doesn’t mean you should only look for small office spaces. Ideally (and I’m sure in your vision), your business should grow and evolve over the coming years. So if you’re intent on building an office for your company’s future, plan your space accordingly. As companies grow, they could have needs for new bathrooms, breakrooms, and lunch areas.
Our team at Key Interiors has years of experience working with business entrepreneurs just like you. We can help you transform your office and build a workspace you, your team, and your clients will love. Contact us here for more information or to get started on a project today.