If you are a working professional who is in the market for a workspace that you’ll carry out your daily operations in, you know how time-intensive and exhausting the process can be. Sometimes the task can even be daunting, but if you go into the situation with a level-head and a determined idea of what you’re looking for, you’ll walk way happy.
The fact of the matter is simple however, as there are many things that you should look for if you want to thrive in an environment that you’ll be calling home during the typical 9-5 grind. For us personally, we believe that the most important things to look for are the location of the workplace, the price of the space itself, and whether or not the building reflects your core values and what you appreciate as a working professional.
Choose a Location That Stimulates You:
There is no denying the importance of a location’s setting. Whether it’s the neighborhood, the borough, attractions around the workspace, or how long of a commute it is to get there – location, location. Do need I say it again? Location. It’s everything and probably one of the most integral facets of choosing a workspace that you can call your own. Plus, the location of your place of business is an important characteristic that affects your overall success. Working professionals should want their business practices to be conducted at a location that suits their needs without much compromise.
Working professionals have to take into consideration some of the following features associated with space location when choosing an office:
- Make sure that your office is located in a safe neighborhood that embraces sustaining a safe environment for both it’s residents and it’s transplants.
- If the area is eco-friendly or “green friendly,” it creates a culture of positivity that can extend far beyond the reaches of your office and into the minds of both current clients and prospective clients.
- Make sure that the area has efficient and readily available forms of public transportation in case you or your clients need to be somewhere in a hurry. Whether it’s subways, taxi stations, rental bikes or bus stops, it’s important to know your options when you require them.
- Having a surplus of amenities at your disposal is a wonderful way to please your cravings and treat your clients. Whether it’s having a nice coffee shop in the area, locating a great place to stop and grab lunch, or maybe even a breakfast stop that you can run into on your way to work – the more options, the better.
Make Sure That The Price Is Right:
I know we were preaching the importance of location, but when it comes to price, there is no other decision that factors into your workspace more. You don’t want to wind up spending significantly less than your budget just to be stuck with a workspace that you’re not satisfied with, but at the same time you don’t want to spend too much and burden yourself with something you cannot afford. For a working professional, finding that happy medium between price and satisfaction is essential.
Some of the things to consider when pricing out an office space are:
- Making sure that the kind of deposit necessary falls in line with your budget or financial situation. You don’t want to cough up a hefty deposit only to fall short on rent for a month.
- Inquire about any costs that aren’t mentioned because you never know when hidden costs will be placed on your plate and you have to pay up. It’s important to stay the informed renter because sometimes facilities require you pay for parking passes, maintenance costs or amenities.
- Do your due diligence and price out the properties that you are interested in. Just because you like the first property that you saw, it does not mean that you should end the search immediately and sign. It’s important to compare prices and see how each property stacks up against the next.
The Building Should Reflect Your Values:
Say you have a client coming in to conduct a business meeting with you: the entrance is beautiful, the security guard requests their name, the floors are marble and the elevator ride is just about as smooth as butter. This is just one of the many features that your office building could have, each of which goes a long way when it comes to impressing. If you’re a working professional, you want to work in a building that reflects your core values and represents how you operate – with class and professionalism.
Some of the features that professionals should look for in a workspace building are:
- Making sure that there is a significant amount of space to function and carry out your daily operations. You want to make sure that you have at least 60-80 square feet to operate with so that you and your clients can be comfortable.
- Take a look at the areas where you can have conferences, the kitchen, bathroom facilities and designated recreational areas for when you want to take a break.
- Make sure that the quality of service that is being provided to tenants is top-notch and assures not only your safety, but also the reliability of your landlord. For example, make sure that the Internet connectivity is up to par.
- Take in any aesthetic-based incentives that might make your workspace more appealing. Maybe that full-scale kitchen is the make or break!