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Friday, January 2, 2015

Choosing temporary office space for your business

Temporary office space
Temporary office space reduces fixed business expenses
By Kelly Gilmour-Grassam

If your business is looking for a short-term let on office space, you’re probably wondering where to start in finding somewhere that ticks the boxes without costing you a bomb.

Whether you’re setting up your first office environment and need a starting point to test the waters, or your business has lost the lease on its current location, temporary offices can be as lavish or as basic as you choose to make them. However in a bid to get installed in your new environment as quickly as possible, don’t lose sight of costs and the real essentials.

Location, location, location

Choosing the location for your office is one of the most important considerations for this temporary workspace. It needs to be in a place that is easy and convenient to get to for your workers – with parking or good public transport links to make that morning commute less of a pain. Likewise, if you deal with a lot of customers or clients, you’ll want to be accessible to encourage them to visit. On the other hand, if most of your work is done online you may want to reconsider whether you really need that central London office.

Get cost savvy

A serviced office space might sound very convenient, but often these environments can put a high premium on facilities that you could quite easily organise yourself for a lot less. By signing up to flexible day rolling contracts for services such as telecoms and broadband, you can secure an affordable short-term solution that could make renting that temporary office space viable for your business. Especially if you already have many of the staples such as furniture and technology, serviced offices may be an unnecessary expense for your businesses.

No place like home

You may only envisage using your new office for a few weeks or months, but if you want your staff to feel motivated and your clients to feel welcome, try to make the place feel a bit more like home. A quick trip to IKEA can add a splash of colour to the workplace, and you can always take these furnishings with you when you relocate. Employees are likely to feel unsettled when you uproot them, so do your best to help them embrace their new location. Drinks after work at the local pub, anyone?

Make your time in temporary office space more memorable and less of a nightmare by thinking carefully about where you want to base your office, and where you can save costs without compromising on the essentials. You never know how long you might be based in this location – even if you think it’s likely to be no longer than a few weeks or months – so don’t rush into any decisions. And when you do move into your new office, make it feel like home for the time being and you’ll have a much happier workforce and workplace! Now start your search with these things in mind.

About the author: This article is written by Kelly Gilmour-Grassam, you can follow her on Twitter @KellyGGrassam. She is a freelance copywriter and wrote this article with helpful information from Option Box.

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