A recent Entrepreneur magazine article reported that choosing the right office space is often one of the most daunting tasks a business undertakes because of the repercussions it can have on the company. An office's location, for instance, can make or break a client's decision to close a deal or sign on with the business. The address can also lure or deter potential employees or networking opportunities.
As leases can last for several years, a business owner may want to put careful thought into choosing the right office, layout and business furniture before making purchases or signing a dotted line.
Before selecting a potential location, consider three key points:
1. Is the location convenient for clients, business partners and employees? Sending clients on a wild goose chase to visit the office or choosing a location far from public transit options can discourage top clients and talent from working with the business.
2. Will the space be big enough to allow growth? Factoring in the business' goals for the next few years can help an office-seeker choose a place that will meet both immediate and future needs.
3. Does the office transmit the right message about the business? Choosing a space that boasts cascading waterfalls in the entryway, chandeliers and overpriced office furniture may leave some clients scratching their heads or wondering if they are paying too much for the services rendered by the business. On the other hand, a threadbare or cramped space may induce visitors to worry about the financial state of the business and lose trust in the goods or services offered.
Ensure ADA compliance by hiring an office layout expert
Another thing to consider is whether the space is compliant with safety regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to certain U.S. laws, office doorways must be at least 32 inches wide to allow for wheelchair access, and doors must require fewer than five pounds of muscle force to open.
In public areas, carpeting must be less than half an inch up of from the ground, Entrepreneur magazine reports. Hiring a professional office layout designer to help plan the space can help a business owner ensure the office is up to code with all fire safety and disability requirements.
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