Find Flexible Office Space for your Business
Small businesses must be able to respond to changes in their business environment quickly with minimal interruption to their operations. Instead of long-term contracts that lock them into their office arrangements for long periods of time, small businesses are often better off with more flexible office space. Such office arrangements can accommodate the continuing expansion of small businesses, while also letting them remain free to make changes as needed. Flexible office space needs may include needing a lease that can be broken with minimal penalty, space that can be expanded as the business grows, shared office space with other businesses or renting a desk in an office or shared work location.
Here are some things to keep in mind when trying to find office space for your small business:
Real Estate Agent Business Environment
Getting an experienced real estate agent on your side should shorten your search and give you more options that you may have found on your own.
Real estate agents can help their clients find the right space by leveraging their resources, knowledge of the area, and connections. They do not get paid until they help you sign a lease, so they are motivated to finish the search quickly. Using an agent can help shorten the research time and negotiation headaches for a small business owner who has a business to run while seeking new office space.
Property owners are often willing to negotiate the terms of a lease. If there are any requests that you have to make the space or lease terms a better fit for your business, go ahead and ask. They might be willing to give part of a month free as an incentive to sign the lease quickly. They might be willing to help offset remodeling costs in order to fill the space. Discuss any concerns that you have and see if there is a way forward that works for both parties.
Speak with established businesses to see if there is space in their buildings or office space to rent. Find small businesses in adjacent services or industries and start networking and picking their brains about office space. You may be able to rent part of space they are not using which is mutually beneficial to both parties.
On a related note, speak with other start-ups to see if their owners are interested in sharing office space. Both options tend to be more flexible than traditional office arrangements, but come with their own share of problems. Businesses that share office spare with one another must overcome the same problems as roommates, though in most cases, start-ups might also be able to benefit from the experience of their counterparts. It also helps to share the cost of office services.
Consider looking for a desk to rent in a small business owners who may only have one or two employees. These options can be beneficial because you will have somewhere to conduct meetings, receive packages, and establish a physical presence other than your home. Another option would be Regis Temporary Office Space available all over the US.
Small businesses have ever changing space needs. Enlisting the help of a real estate agent can shorten your search and save you time that can be spent running your business. Don’t be afraid to negotiate the terms of any lease to better suit your needs. You may not get all that you ask for, but may be able to make a less than ideal space work if the owner is motivated to fill the space and can offer you with incentives.
Networking with other small businesses and start-ups may uncover opportunities to share space or to learn about space in the hidden market. Small business owners are often creative problem solvers, and the same approach works well in the hunt for a new business environment.