Working from home sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it? You can sleep in late and come to “work” in your PJs. You don’t have to answer to anyone, and you can take as many breaks as you want. While all of these things are true (to some degree, anyway), there’s a price to pay for treating your home office more like home and less like an office. Often, the cost is decreased productivity. Sure, you should be comfortable, but you’re still running a business – be sure to keep the space around you reflecting that!
Keep a Dedicated Room – No Distractions
You should have a dedicated room for your office. Don’t use the living room or breakfast nook in the kitchen. A lot of people do this. It’s a huge mistake. Huge. Why? Because there are so many distractions around you. Spouses, kids, and even normal household items like ticking clocks, pets, the temptation to turn on the TV while you work, and even the UPS delivery man stopping by periodically throughout the morning.
Moving to a new office space is an exhilarating and important step in any growing business. Whether undertaking a remodel of an existing office space or constructing an office building from the ground up, the process can often prove more expensive than anticipated. Savvy business owners will stack the odds in their favor by selecting an experienced general contractor for the project who can help keep construction costs under control. Here are five unexpected costs you to be on the lookout for when remodeling or building a new office space.
By Felicia Baratz
Appearance may not be everything, but it counts for a great deal, and presenting a professional image is important for any business. If your office needs some sprucing up, some effective remodeling basics can be done without spending a bundle. Whether it’s flooring, painting or reorganizing, a do-it-yourself approach can allow you to do exactly what you want and within your budget.
Some simple remodeling projects can be done without professional help. Following are some of the ways you can improve your office environment without spending a fortune.
Nobody likes going to work in a bare office with white walls, formal cubicles, and no hint of refreshing or energizing colors in sight. Some people decorate their desks, but desk decorations can’t convey an overall atmosphere of productivity or positivity throughout the entire office. When you’re renovating or buying an office, you need to be able to consider the importance of interior design.
There are many advantages to focusing on interior design when you design an office. You will create a productive, efficient atmosphere and help keep employee morale up. You want your office to be the kind of place people look forward to going on Monday morning, after all.
Location, location, location. We hear these words constantly from real estate consultants and it couldn’t ring more true. The location of any commercial business, whether big or small, can have a huge impact on its success and productivity.
If you find an ideal office space at a great price that’s 20 miles from the area where you conduct most of your business, you’ll probably find that it’s not such a great deal after all. Ideally, you want your headquarters to be in a place where you can attract both clients and employees and in a location that offers amenities and networking possibilities.