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Eight signs you’d be better off with a serviced office


Eight signs you’d be better off with a serviced office

It’s the stuff of small business legends: The now major enterprise that has its humble origins in a garage in the suburbs.

There are clear advantages to ditching the idea of a conventional office (and the high overheads associated with it) when you first set up a business. Yet many entrepreneurs will still feel that having a formal office space is an essential part of communicating your professionalism to your clients. By opting for a serviced office, you could do both.

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It might not be the right solution for everyone, but if most of these points apply, you could be better off trading in the traditional office and renting desk space and meeting rooms in a serviced office service instead.

1.You can’t afford a traditional office with bells and whistles.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but one of the primary advantages of choosing a serviced office is cost. Few businesses require a whole office when they first start out, let alone the services of a full-time receptionist or the use of boardrooms.

2.You use temporary or contract staff.

If you’re starting small and outsourcing a lot of your work with only a handful of permanent staff, it may be more efficient to hire a few hot desks in a business center on an ad hoc basis.

3.You spend less than 4 hours a day at a desk.

Depending on the nature of your business, but particularly in the early stages, you are likely to spend a lot of time networking and at meetings. Rather than race back and forth to the office, maximise your productivity by opting for more flexible working conditions.

4.You mostly meet with clients at their offices.

If you only rarely need to receive clients there is no need to splash out on a professional office. Hire meeting spaces on a needs-basis instead.

5.When clients come to you, you prefer to meet them in a casual environment.

Many professionals prefer to sidestep the stiffness of the boardroom entirely and set up meetings in more relaxed atmospheres. Many serviced offices have business lounges you could use for this purpose.

6.You have a lot of missed calls but can’t afford a secretary.

Most serviced office packages include a virtual office service with a dedicated phone number and professional call answering, screening and forwarding for a fraction of the cost of a fulltime receptionist.

7.Your email and document storage are already on a cloud.

If you’re already relying on cloud services like Google’s Mail and Drive apps for business, and don’t need in-house servers or IT staff, working remotely or circulating between hot desks should be relatively fuss free.

8.You expect your business to expand quickly.

One of the major advantages of using a serviced office is that there is room for growth. Ensure you choose a serviced office provider that offers flexible terms so you can change your package as your business expands.

i2 Office runs an expanding number of business centres, including virtual office services, business lounges and hot desks in prime city centre locations across the UK.

I am the founder of Startup Today. I am the main writer and have put in many hours of work into creating this blog. If you want to find out more about me then lets get in contact.

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