When you searched for an office, you considered a number of factors: rent costs, lease terms, accessibility and overall location. But, now that you have the right office, how do you create a space that suits your business without breaking the budget?
First, consider flexibility; your office space will serve multiple functions. It has to keep employees happy, impress your clients and provide the room your business needs to function and grow. The slide and the fireman’s pole are probably out of the question, but a comfortable environment, reliable technology platform and quality furniture are worth the expense.
You’ll also want to consider the type of work you’ll be doing, and how traffic will flow within the space. Spending money to lay out a formal workspace doesn’t make sense for creatives, but would be essential for a conservative business in the financial sector. Remember this before you install fixed spaces and partitions, which can demand a significant amount of space and cost.
What’s more, a reception area is only worth the investment if you welcome clients on a regular basis. Reception desks can be especially expensive and, in a small business environment, many employees are willing to handle the comings and goings as needed.
As you decorate, consider ways to save through low-cost finishes, art and upcycling. It’s possible to create compelling space with transfers and digital artwork created from your own photographs. Plus, you may be able to execute low-cost upgrades on what’s already available in the work space — turning doors into coffee tables or using old crates as light housings. Not only can these touches reflect brand identity, they can reinforce a business’ green credentials.
For floor coverings, consider maintenance costs – and what happens when your lease ends. Carpet is relatively simple to install, and certainly easier to replace than tile or stone. Many businesses choose to vary the style of carpet they use to break up the space or establish pathways for workers or guests.
Possibly the most important place to splurge in a new office? The coffee machine. Nearly 90% of workers polled in a recent survey said a good cup of coffee can make their entire workday better.
Need more insight into the right places to splurge and save on your new office? Reach out to the professionals at Intelica Commercial Real Estate. We can help you make the most of your budget — and your new space.