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6 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Selecting Your Business Premises

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Before you select your business premises, there are a few things you should ask yourself to ensure you’re going to pick the right place. You’ll probably view numerous offices and buildings, and they’ll each have their own set of pros and cons. However, by asking the 6 questions below, you can make sure you’re making the right choice.

Take a look and see what you should be asking:

  1. Does This Need Work Before We Can Work Here?

You might need to do some work on a place before you can move in and begin work. It might need to meet health and safety regulations, or it might just not be in a fit state yet. Perhaps it hasn’t been used for a while, or it was used for a completely different business in the past and therefore it’s unsuitable.

Consider whether realistically you’re going to need to pay for work to be done on the place and what that is likely to cost you. You may need to contact a company like tilt up construction to get a quote if you want to be sure.

  1. How Much Is This Going To Cost?

Think about what you can afford happily before agreeing to a business premises. You want to think about the rent on a place, utilities, insurance, and any extra costs that could mean you end up with very little money left over.

  1. Is It Spacious Enough For Staff, Equipment, etc?

You need to have plenty of space. Your staff shouldn’t be packed into the office like a tin of sardines. Everybody needs plenty of space to work and breathe. Then, you need to think about whether you have enough space for equipment and anything else that you’ll have in the workplace, too.

  1. Is It Easily Accessible To Clients And Anybody Else Visiting?

Who will be visiting this premises? If clients and potential clients will be visiting, it needs to be easily accessible. For example, you should have parking, transport links nearby, and anything else that will enable people to get to you seamlessly. You should also consider how your staff will get into work.

On top of being easily accessible, you’ll want to make sure that your premises looks the part too. It needs to make a great impression. What will people think when they arrive?

  1. Does It Suit The Company Culture?

Your workplace should suit the company culture. If it doesn’t yet, are there changes you can make that will help you to make it more suitable? Ideally, you’ll have a solid picture of your company culture already.

  1. How Easily Can We Get Out Of The Contract/Lease?

Make sure you know exactly how you can get out of the contract/lease – when is it up? Will there be charges? It’s a good idea to choose something that doesn’t tie you down too heavily, as you just never know when you may need to move. You might grow faster than expected, or it might turn out that you need to downsize.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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