As a startup, you are probably looking forward to moving into your first office. It will be a great indicator that you are finally making it in the business world, and that you are establishing yourself in your industry.
However, because you’re a startup, you still need to think about saving money. In this guide, we’re going to talk you through several ways of reducing your costs from what can be an expensive time.
Perhaps some of these ideas will help you move a little quicker – or maybe you will be able to save enough to afford more investment. Either way, there are significant benefits. Let’s take a look at what you need to know.
1. Find the Right Office
First of all, you need to rein in your dreams a little. It’s easy to get carried away when you start looking for your new office. So, don’t tempt yourself by viewing spaces that you know you can’t afford.
The perfect office with views of the river and all mod cons inside might feel fabulous. But if it’s out of your budget, forget about it. Many a new business has crippled itself by expensive rent and rates, so always look for as cheap a deal as you possibly can.
It might be worth concentrating on less popular areas where the rents aren’t so expensive. That way you can have the size and space you need, without the exorbitant price tag.
2. Perfect Planning
As with everything in life, better planning equals better results. You need to be organised and ready long before the big day and have all services you will be using in place. Speed is going to be your friend here, and a good plan will help you reach your time goes. And time, as we all know, is money when it comes to business.
Draw up a list of tasks that need doing, and try and get family and friends to help you as much as possible. Don’t forget that the longer you and your employees are kept away from your work, the more money you will see going down the drain.
3. Don’t Buy New
With regards to kitting out your new office, try and avoid buying brand new equipment. By going into the used market, you can get the same quality of kit for a fraction of the cost. Yes, it’s nice to have brand new furniture, workstations and equipment in your brand new office. But let’s not beat around the bush – it costs a pretty penny.
Besides, looking into the used or reclaimed markets can give you a chance to design a unique office space that fits your company much better. You could pick up some awesome looking wooden desks, and set them off with surplus steel for a contemporary, industrial look.
And, you could keep your eye out for other businesses in your area who are moving on to new premises and selling off their old equipment. Play your cards right and you could save anything up to sixty or seventy percent on what you would pay for buying new.
Hope this has helped – and, as ever, let us know if you have any more tips. Don’t forget that moving office can be expensive, so wherever you can save on costs the better. Good luck with the move!