Working from your home office is super convenient. You can be close to everything at home to manage everything there, plus have all the things you need available. However, there can come a time when your home office just isn't suitable anywhere. It might be that there are too many distractions at home or maybe you need to start working closely with other people. Whatever your reasons for moving your business, there are important things you might need to consider before and after you move. Choosing the right place to go to and getting the most out of it requires some careful thought.
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Moving Your Home Business Away from Home: Key Considerations
Location is a pretty big deal if you're looking for somewhere new for your business. You're used to being right at home, which means you can roll right out of bed and into your office chair. If you're going to go elsewhere, you need to think about what kind of commute you can manage. You'll be lucky if you can find somewhere that's a five-minute walk down the road, but you're more likely to have to go a little further. Think about your other commitments, and how much time you're able to sacrifice to a commute. If you're expecting to have staff or clients use the premises, you need to think about them too.
Size and Budget
You're likely looking for somewhere to move your business because it's becoming too big to be contained within your home office. Hopefully, this means you have a bit more money to spend. However, it doesn't mean you have unlimited funds for your new space. You have to think about how much space you need, and what your monthly budget looks like. Sometimes, this will mean one monthly cost, with any bills or extras included. It could also mean that you need to think about bills, commercial cleaning and other expenses separately, depending on your setup. Be realistic about what you can afford and consider whether you can put your prices up to cover the costs.
Consider whether somewhere is going to work for your brand image too. This is likely to matter more if you have clients visit you or you're going to hire staff to work with you. But even if you work alone, people might still look up your business address. Where you choose to base your business can influence how people see you, so think carefully about the image your business location presents. You also want to consider your cleanliness. Instead of hiring employees this purpose, you could hire a Green facilities service to do it for you.
Are you thinking about moving your business because you want to get closer to other business people? It might not be your main reason for moving, but it could be a bonus consequence. There are some great opportunities to get more involved with entrepreneurs in your area. You can do this by sharing an office building with other businesses, but often the best option is a coworking space. You could end up working right next to other people who can help you learn and grow. You might even discover someone who could be perfect for partnering up with.
Don't let your business be held back by staying at home. If you need somewhere else, look for the right location now.
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