The ancient Mayans predicted the end of the world in 2012, we think that they probably read the signs wrong and 2020 was closer to the mark. Now that we have that horrible year behind us and can take a moment to look forward we are practicing reading other signs. Your business survived last year and possibly thrived in a “new normal”. Or you might have taken the leap in lockdown to start your own enterprise, following your dreams towards independence and financial freedom. As your business grows what are the signs that you need an office upgrade? What should you look out for?
Building A Team
You have worked hard to build your business from scratch. You’ve invested time, money, sweat and more to follow this passion. It is paying off and now you have grown. The balance sheet is looking good, clients are queuing up for your service and frankly you need to spread the load a bit. Having a team can be immensely rewarding. Just being able to bounce ideas of someone with your worldview can ignite that creative spark and take your business to the next level. Being able to have a passionate brainstorm over your kitchen table can be tricky when you have to balance family too. A private professional office upgrade could give you the space to capture your imagination and bottle it for your customers.
Many clients are sold on the quality of your work and the friendly way you handle their enquiries. Others like to be made to feel special, well who doesn’t. The hotel lobby or a local coffee shop sometimes just doesn’t do the trick. Lunch at a flash restaurant can’t be a regular option, you are a business owner not a billionaire (yet!). An office upgrade to your own well designed space with privacy and plenty of natural light in a stunning heritage building will go a long way to creating the impression that they seek. The option of conference and meeting rooms is the icing on the cake.
Improve Morale And Productivity
Poor office space can lead to low morale and productivity in your workforce. The choice of space can reflect the way they see the values of your business. Other productivity torpedoes can include outside noise, lack of space even the choice of furniture. An office upgrade to a private office with ergonomic desks and chairs, ample natural light, easily accessible tea, coffee and snacks and an on site wellness suite to improve mental and physical health will go a long way to making your staff feel valued and keep them driving your enterprise forward.
Adapting To New Working Arrangements
We don’t want to use the C word. We’d like to pretend that 2020 didn’t happen but it did and Covid changed the way many of us work. Dining tables, desks crammed in spare bedrooms or converted garages were only the beginning. Remote working and hybrid arrangements are becoming more popular. Work life balance took a hit during the pandemic when everything blended into one. Moving out of the shed but not all the way back to the city can be achieved with an office upgrade to a local private serviced office. This gives you the balance of separating work from home without the huge commute and mask wearing crowds.
You Need More Support
Doing what you do best is what is propelling your business forward but as it grows you will find that there are tasks that you would rather not do. That could be some of the marketing or answering phone calls and emails. It could be other admin tasks. Having a full time assistant would be great but might not be feasible. Using a private office to avoid physical disruptions combined with a virtual assistant to help with all of the other disruptions could be the perfect office upgrade solution. This gives you control over your most precious resource, your time.
Not Enough Space Or Poor Conditions
Putting care, attention and love into your work is important to you. When we roll back the desk chair to stretch and it clips the end of the bed we get irritated. When we have to move the desk lamp in the middle of the afternoon so we can read the contract properly it gets under our skin. These little annoyances creep up on us through the day. We lose concentration and spend too much time huffing at them and lose focus on the work. The work takes longer, we get more tired and frustrated until it shows up in the product or service we deliver. Eventually the client starts to order less and complain more. It is a vicious cycle. Ergonomic furniture, good natural light, reliable technology, these are all things we can look for in an office upgrade. These are all the things that can turn your business frown upside down.
You Need New Technology
After staff the most expensive part of setting up your business is technology. It helps us run our enterprise seamlessly. It is easy to forget what business was like without it. Laptops and mobile phones are an essential tool for any business but these are just the tip of the technological iceberg. What about unlimited high speed fibre internet? An office upgrade with access to high quality multifunctional printers, scanners and copiers sounds like a dream. Imagine meeting rooms with wireless screen sharing. Picture your team meetings with Smart Board technology. Consider an event space with a 9 panel video wall. Having these tools available to you when you need it could make all the difference between your business and that first million dollars. Get on site IT support in your private office and you’ll never have to “turn it off and turn it back on” again.