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by Caroline Hamilton / Business Manager

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1st Feb 2020

Finding a business office can be time consuming and costly. Get a workspace that’s not right for you and you could struggle to attract the right talent, get into the wrong lease for your business, you could find yourself trapped metaphorically and financially. For many ‘find office space’ falls to the bottom of the to-do list for fear of getting it wrong.

Here at Origin Workspace our priority is to offer flexible workspace options for businesses at different stages of growth. Here are our top tips when looking for a new office space:

Align long term business objectives with workspace you need now

If you’re planning to recruit in the next 12 months, can your space accommodate? What would it cost to add an additional workstation?

Be realistic about additional costs

We hear a lot from business owners who, after opting for a cheaper office lease, are left surprised by the additional costs it takes to run an office. Think about what else you will need, from furniture and equipment to sundries, can your business take on the additional expenses?

Is your space fit for purpose?

Whether you’re leasing, renting or in a coworking space, you need to imagine a day-to-day working environment in your new space to ensure it’s fit for purpose. If the team are on the phone, will they have a quiet spot to do that? If your business is in creative services, will the working space inspire creative thinking and let teams collaborate freely? By imagining a working day, you safeguard the productivity of your business and ensure employees have the right environment to do their best work.

List additional resources and services your business might need

A common reason why new business owners opt for a coworking space is the community that it brings. From legal and accounting, to general business advice it’s worth considering what your business needs to grow and how your workspace can support this. If you don’t have a wide enough network, a coworking space might be just the option to help you source the extra talent your business needs.

Consider a serviced office or coworking….

  • If your business is entering a period of growth, opt for a flexible workspace that allows you to upscale space as needed
  • If time and resource are limited for admin and operations roles. A coworking space, like Origin Workspace, has community hosts to help with ad hoc tasks like booking meeting rooms
  • If company culture is key. Coworking and serviced offices have a range of employee retention programmes in place to keep staff happy. Here at Origin Workspace as well as our member perks we have a variety of wellbeing options available, including a gym in the basement to help employees achieve a good work/life balance.

If you are looking to find an office space where your team can grow, speak to us about how Origin Workspace can help. We have everything from private office space memberships, to hot-desking options available.

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