Setting up brand new office space from scratch can be pretty daunting. It doesn’t have to be, however; if you plan ahead and do your research, you may even find yourself enjoying the experience.
Below are some things to think about when setting up your new office.
Lists are your friends! They can help to keep you focused when things start to get overwhelming.
You’re going to need different lists for the different areas of the office. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Legal Constraints & Obligations
- Communications & I.T.
- Stationery & Office Supplies
- Security Systems
Let’s look at these in more detail.
Legal Constraints & Obligations
If you’re leasing your office space, you need to be aware of any constraints there may be, especially if you’re wanting to make any alterations.
You also need to ensure the office observes health and safety laws as well as complying with the Equality Act to make sure people with disabilities can access the space.
Communications & I.T.
Phone lines, broadband and internet access points are the main areas of communication you’ll need to organise.
You’ll then need to decide how many computers and printers you’ll need and decide whether you’re going to have your own servers and network.
There are many different styles of office furniture out there so you’re going to need to visualise the space and decide how you want the space to look.
Desks, chairs and office storage for your employees are the first items that come to mind but you may also need larger conference or training tables and comfy seating for visitors.
Stationery & Office Supplies
Stationery is not just paper and pens, you’re going to need to think about letterhead paper, complimentary slips and business cards amongst other things.
You can design your own company logo for your letterhead and business cards, pick from hundreds of different designs online or have it designed specifically for your business by a design firm.
Do your research before buying and installing a security system. There are many different types and levels of security available to suit all budgets.
Don’t go with the first firm you find, get quotes and check reviews before parting with your money.
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