Moving Your Business Into Its First Office
No matter what kind of business you’re running, there’s always going to be a heap of stress on your shoulders when you’ve got to move locations and/or find new premises. And this stress is magnified tenfold when you’re moving into an office for the very first time! Now you feel like a real professional, and you’ve got the office premises and bills to pay on top – it’s quite the adjustment.
But it’s not impossible to adjust to. You just need to know what you’re doing, and take things day by day for the first couple months. After all, you’ve got a lot of legwork to do right now, and if you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got a handy little list below to guide you.
Check Over the Lease
The first thing to do is re-read the lease you signed and see what you’re allowed to do with your office. Of course, it’s always best to negotiate as hard as possible before signing, to ensure you have a good lease length and you’re allowed to make renovations here and there, but that’s by the by right now.
Instead, see what you are able to do – if the lease states you must not make permanent alterations, you can still make temporary ones that are just as good. They’ll also be easy to remove when the lease is up and you have to restore the office to its original condition.
Outfitting with Technology
How much tech have you invested in for your business so far? Probably a fair amount, but guess what? You’re going to need to invest more now that you’ve moved into a commercial office! You’ve got an entire office layout to outfit now, and plenty of employees who will need to depend on a stable network and hardy servers, as well as a cubicle with all necessary office mod cons.
Not to mention that a physical expansion is always followed by a digital expansion; you’re going to need more cloud storage, a higher bandwidth, and bigger servers for the website to run on, thanks to all the new customers you’re going to be bringing on board as well. You don’t want your infrastructure to fail you when you’ve got such big plans for the future!
Keeping the Place Clean
Of course, even though you’ve just moved in, you’re probably already noticing paper and boxes everywhere, and fluff and dirt all over the carpet. And this problem is only going to get worse if you don’t get a proper cleaning team in place! You’re unlikely to have the team to sweep up yourself, so looking into hiring a commercial cleaning company is your best bet. It also has the added bonus of granting you peace of mind over disinfecting your workplace, which has been a big worry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moving into your first office doesn’t need to be intimidating. Make a list of what you need to do, and follow it closely.