If you’re looking for a new business property for your company then a serviced office can be a great solution. Typically located in a business center and leased on a monthly business, you can pay a fixed rate which covers rent, rates, service charge, utilities, cleaning and core office furniture. But what should you consider when looking for the right serviced office for you? Here are some tips on things to look for.
What to Pay?
A lot of people will tell you that serviced offices are expensive, but there are all kinds of affordable options available on the market. When you break down all the separate expenses included with your rent, you may find yourself making good savings compared to how much it would cost if you took care of each one individually.
Also consider the fact that a serviced office gives a good degree of flexibility and prevents the hassle of having to ensure your computers are always working or who is going to clean the office and stock the kitchen. You may find that serviced offices from companies like Landmark PLC actually provide good value for money. Some providers ask for a minimum of three to 12 months’ commitment before they take you on, but some centers may offer contracts starting from just one month.
What Facilities are Included?
If you need to be in the office outside of normal working hours then it’s important to look for a place where you can access your office any time you like and on any given day of the week. Find out when reception services are available, and whether onsite security is provided all day and night. The reception will be the first point of contact for many visitors and callers, so find out how they will greet your guests and answer your calls before you agree to anything so you know what impression your business is giving. Also be sure you can take advantages of other facilities inside the building, whether that’s stocked kitchens, toilet and showers, breakout areas or gyms.
Make sure when you meet prospective landlords that you are clear on what is included and what is not, so that you don’t find any nasty hidden costs cropping up later down the line. That way you can find the right serviced office for you and your business, and get moved in and start taking your company from strength to strength.