Thinking of upgrading to a new office – or hiring office space for the first time – but don’t know where to start? Office space is one of the biggest expenses for your business, so you want to make sure you get it right. Here’s our guide to choosing the right office space for you and your team.
Having your office based in a great location is vital for many businesses. Have a think about what would make it a great location for you – is it proximity to transport links, easy access to clients and customers, being close to other related businesses?
We might be biased, but we think Eskmills is a great location for businesses. We’re just a short distance away from Edinburgh city centre, and have great transport links – whether you’re driving or travelling by bus or rail. Take a look at our previous blog post, 5 Reasons Why Working in Musselburgh is Great, to find out more.
Next, have a think about what facilities you’ll need in your office. Will the work be mainly desk-based, or will you require workshop areas? Will you require a reception desk or meeting rooms? Will you need a kitchen and break room for your staff? Write down a little checklist of all the things you definitely need (and any facilities that would be an added bonus) so when viewing potential new offices, you can make sure the space works for you.
At Eskmills, we provide a wide variety of offices – ideal for both small and large teams with different requirements. In addition to the facilities within each individual office space, we also offer a range of support services and amenities for all tenants within Eskmills. Click here to read more about the services we offer, including security, cleaning and maintenance.
Storage is something that can often get forgotten about when looking for new office space. You’ll make sure there’s plenty of space for all your staff and their desks… but what about all their files, equipment and products? Storage is less of an issue for service-based businesses, but it’s still a good idea to make sure there’s plenty room for filing cabinets, printers, stationery and all that kind of thing.
For product-based businesses, it’s vital to make sure there’s plenty of space to store all your products safely and securely. You might want to look for an office with a separate store room so you can keep things tidy and organised.
Room for Growth
There’s no point hiring a lovely new office space, only to realise you’ve outgrown it within six months. Have a think about how your business is likely to grow over the next couple of years and get an office space that will grow with you. Be realistic about growth – if you’re a start-up, your team might expand from two to four people within the first year, so don’t overestimate and hire an office big enough for 20 people!
Because we have such a wide range of offices, your business can grow within Eskmills. If you find your original office becomes a bit too small for your team, we’ll do our very best to find you a bigger office within Eskmills so you can move offices with minimal disruption.