No matter what type of business you operate, finding the right office is key. If you’re currently searching for the perfect office space for your company, you may be wondering what to look out for. From location and size to style, facilities and equipment, there are plenty of things you should consider when renting an office space.
How much office space will I need?
Firstly, you’ll need to work out exactly how much office space you need. Miscalculating how much space you require can have a huge impact on your business and finances, so it’s important to get it right. 100 sq ft per person allows roughly 50 sq ft for desk space and another 50 sq ft for space in communal areas, and is generally the accepted rule.
Working out exactly how much office space you need will depend on the number of employees you have, combined with the type of working environment you want to create. For example, if you want to encourage an isolated work style with individual workstations and cubicles, you should allow up to 200 sq ft per person. If employees feel cramped in the office, productivity could suffer.
What style of office should I choose?
Do you want an open-planned office or closed-off work spaces? Different businesses have different preferences, and it’s important to choose a layout that works for your team. Many bosses and managers prefer open-plan offices because they encourage collaboration, offer flexibility for the future and are often more affordable (as costs are reduced on construction and utilities).
Location and facilities
The location of your office should be convenient and easy to get to for both employees and clients. The availability of parking is an important factor to consider; if there isn’t parking spaces on the premises, check if there is free or cheap street parking nearby. If some of your employees cycle to work, make sure there is a bike rack or enough space in the building for them to store their bikes.
It’s also important to consider the facilities you need. For many small businesses, renting a serviced office is an ideal option, as they provide a range of services and facilities within the lease agreement. Facilities may include office furniture, communal areas, storage areas, wifi and a kitchen.
Think about what your office needs – do you need a private meeting room? Are communal areas important? How many plug sockets and connectors do you need?
At RCM Business Centre in Wakefield, we make renting an office, business space or serviced unit as quick and easy as possible. We offer a range of serviced and unserviced offices as well as warehouse and industrial unit space.