So you have come up with an idea for a small business, and it’s looking good. You have your finances in place, you’ve formulated the business plan and identified your target market. Now all that is left to do before you can get started is to decide where you are going to work from.
Many small businesses start from humble beginnings at home, but if you don’t have the room, you may have decided to lease suitable premises from the off. If so, you may be in need of a little guidance to making the right choice.
One of the first considerations is how much space are you going to need? Obviously, this will depend on how many employees will be working here, and there is a general rule of thumb which allows 100 square feet for each employee but this, of course, is open to negotiation. Also, consider how space is going to be used. Will you need storage space for stock and will this need to be readily available? You could even have your premises made bespoke in the style of Armstrong Steel buildings.
The environment in which you work will play a huge part in your daily life, so it pays to take the time to get it right. Is the exterior appearance important? Will customers be visiting the premises? If the answer’s yes, your unit must look professional and be in keeping with the nature of your business. A run down shed in a deprived area will not make a good first impression.
Lighting and interiors
Research has shown that a well-lit environment makes for a more productive workforce. Try and choose somewhere with lots of natural light and make sure the decor is light, bright and airy to keep everyone happy. A clean, pleasant environment will result in happy, motivated staff.
Always remain vigilant and be on the lookout for any potential health hazards both in the premises and the surrounding area.
Find out about any neighbouring businesses in the vicinity. Are they likely to compete with you and does their image conflict with what you are trying to project?
Access all areas
It is vital to have good access routes to your premises for everyone. Do your homework on the public transport links that are available and assess factors such as parking, delivery facilities and of course disabled access.
Prepare a checklist of all the amenities that you would like a potential new building to provide. Do you require burglar alarms, air conditioning, telephone lines, sockets? The list is endless so be thorough, and you won’t be disappointed on moving in day.
Last but not least, make sure you have considered all costs involved and have a clear budget in place. This should include rent, rates, running costs and maintenance but should also take account of initial outlay for fixtures and fittings, etc.
With all this planning you should now be ready to choose your new home from home and get stuck into making some money!
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