Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Moving an office to another space is a big decision for any company. A move like this will affect clients, staff and suppliers, as the focal point of your business will move along with your address. Before you start looking into available commercial spaces to buy or rent, here are some tips you should keep in mind.
Move towards more business
If possible, you should move your offices closer to where most of your clients come from. This is the exact reason why many advertising firms, for example, stay within Makati’s city limits since most of their clients are there too.
Do take into account presentation
When you move to a new office, you shouldn’t only be thinking of how your workforce will fit. You should also take into account that some of the space should be devoted to presentation – meeting rooms for clients and a front lobby. Even if your clientele is composed mainly of people who don’t have a problem with seeing your actual operations, it’s still a good idea to have a separation within your space for client meetings and your staff’s work area.
Make sure utilities are ready
If there’s anything that your office needs up and running immediately, it’s electricity and the Internet. You should always check if both are ready for use by the time you move in. Otherwise, you will end up with more wasted hours or days. Aside from finding out if the utilities are ready, you should also test how reliable they are. If your electricity, for example, is fluctuating, then you should have that looked at before you move.
Move when the time is right
Sometimes, you may have to schedule the move for when your staff is about to expand, or if your business is in an expected lull. Whatever the case, do make sure that your operations are disrupted as little as possible. In fact, one way to do it would be to move your staff team by team to the new office. On the other hand, if your office is small enough, you should move during a weekend.