Whether you are a solopreneur or the head of a large company, the size and quality of your office space is bound to be a consideration sooner or later. Everybody needs a place to work. That spot might be a spare corner of your basement or it might be on the fortieth story of a building in downtown Los Angeles. Many factors might influence your choosing of a new office space. Here are a few you should consider.
You’ve Added a Lot More Employees
If you suddenly have too many employees for your office space, you’ll have to find a solution. But first, if you haven’t actually hired these new employees yet, maybe you could utilize freelancers or contractors instead of full-time workers. If you have a team of productive employees who can move heaven and earth but are just too busy, contract workers are a great solution. You won’t have to pay for benefits, they’ll only work when you need them, and many of them will be remote, accessible mainly by email or phone. Freelance workers can be a great way to complete necessary tasks that can’t be performed by staff you have on hand. It may not be the answer to every problem, but it may keep you from having upgrade your office size.
Your Office is a Dump
A lousy office can put serious a damper on business. If clients come in for meetings, an old dingy office can make it look like your company isn’t going anywhere. Even if a client never sets foot in your office space, a depressing environment can have a negative effect on you and your employees. Think of it like the broken window effect, where environmental problems like broken windows cause people’s behavior to get worse. In an office setting, this might translate to less productivity, negative growth, or any of the other factors that indicate a business that’s circling the drain.
You Need a Change of Environment
For some individuals or small companies, sometimes an office just gets old. Sometimes you just need a change of pace, even for a few days. Coworking spaces, virtual offices, and executive suites, available through a variety of providers like Servcorp, can have you in new digs in no time. Even if you just need a fresh environment for an important presentation, or a place to work while you’re traveling overseas, these spaces can be a game-changer. Even if you’ve never heard of shared spaces like these before, they’re worth consideration. In some cases, they may be better than your own office. They can fill all your environmental and technological needs, while impressing the socks off of you, your employees, and your clients.
In any of these cases, a new office setting can be the cure. But each situation is worthy of careful thought. There are ways to get the same effect of a brand new office, while saving money. But in other situations, the new office is the only choice.