If you are setting up a small business having a physical office is one of the things that you should look into especially if you will be having a couple of employees that would help you run the business and you will also be accepting walk in customers or you would need to have face to face interaction with your clients. Building your own office is an exciting way to launch the business but can also be a little bit overwhelming at the same time. So in order to help you out, below are some tips that you may need.
Get the necessary business and building permits
To avoid running into trouble it is important that you have all the necessary permits needed to start a business. It will only take you a few days to accomplish these task so make it your priority. If you have no idea how to secure one, you can always visit the city hall and the staff would be more than happy to guide you through the process.
Look for the perfect office space for your business
Location is crucial to some businesses, make sure to scout for the perfect place where you can establish your own physical office. You can either choose to rent a ready made commercial space or purchase a vacant lot and start to set up construction. Again this will depend on the kind of business that you will be having and how much budget do you have. Should you wish to have a space constructed, you might want to look into using shipping containers as your office, they are more economical, sturdy and easy to install. You can start by looking into a few units of 40ft shipping container for hire instead of spending more money building a concrete structure which is not really recommended for a startup business especially if you are using loaned capital money.
You can scout for several companies online who sells these units, always remember that shipping container price varies based on size and condition. You can choose to buy brand new or second hand containers depending on your current budget. After you have made a the purchase, all you have to do is look for a licensed manpower who can take charge of installing power and air conditioning, water and plumbing into your office space.
Purchase the things that you will be needing in the office
Invest on good quality office tables, chairs and maybe a few couches that you ca use to accommodate your walk in clients. You would also be needing a couple of computers and a printer and a few cabinets where you can keep your files and receipts organized. Fax machines and photocopiers might be necessary but optional as well.